In this modern world, is tooth loss a problem? Unfortunately, it is. Are you one of the 36 million Americans who have lost an entire arch of teeth? Or, are you one of 120 million Americans (according to the American College of Prosthodontists) who are missing a single tooth? Either way, you need quality dentures, and Dr. Kevin Gill, your dentist in Pasadena, TX, can help. Learn here about denture types and which one may be right for you.
Creating a care plan
Before recommending a denture type in his Pasadena, TX, office, Dr. Gill will examine your mouth (including your gums and any remaining teeth) and take digital X-rays and oral impressions. This information helps him devise a treatment plan to replace your missing teeth with prosthetics that will look, feel and perform as naturally as possible.
Today's dentures are made from realistic gum- and tooth-colored acrylic, and when necessary, metal framework. Both dentist and dental lab technician consider a person's facial features, skin color, bite height and jaw function when they design and fabricate the finished dentures.
Proper fit is critical to oral function and to the maintenance of healthy bone and soft oral tissues. So, your denture process will involve "try-ons" and adjustments to ensure your prosthetic is just right.
Types of dentures
There are several, and together, you and Dr. Gill will decide which kind would suit you best. Types include:
- Partial dentures, comprised of one or more artificial, or pontic, teeth affixed to a light metal frame
- Full conventional dentures which replace a whole arch of teeth (top or bottom) and are held in the mouth by suction
- Immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction
- Implant-supported dentures which are anchored to the jaw bone with multiple titanium implant devices
Each kind of denture has its own unique characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. For instance, partial dentures resemble a jigsaw puzzle piece, filling in smile gaps as needed. Immediate dentures allow a patient to leave the dental office with a complete smile after tooth extraction. However, these dentures must be refitted within a month to six weeks. Conventional dentures fit properly right away because the dentist inserts them after gums and bone are healed. Finally, implant dentures are exceptionally stable, and they exercise the jaw bone every time the patient bites and chews.
Your new smile
Look forward to improved personal appearance and a smile that works well, too, with dentures from Dr. Kevin Gill. If you anticipate extractions or are dissatisfied with your current denture, please contact Dr. Gill's office for a personal consultation. Call (713) 947-0293.