Dentures have been around for a very long time, and as a result some of the most well-known figures throughout history have relied on their use to replace missing teeth. Whether it’s historical figures like George Washington or famous celebrities like Clark Gable, dentures have been helping people of all different backgrounds restore their smile to the fullest. The good news is today’s dentures are far more esthetically-pleasing and functional than dentures of the past; just ask Dr. Tijerina yourself during your next denture consultation!
Once Dr. Tijerina has confirmed that dentures would be the best method for replacing your teeth, he’ll describe the treatment steps in greater detail. This includes removing any teeth if needed and creating a detailed mold of your mouth so that a permanent denture can be fabricated. After partnering with a trusted dental lab in the area, Dr. Tijerina will have your denture made and then schedule you for a future appointment to have them fitted. From there, adjustments can be made to ensure your denture fits inside your mouth comfortably and confidently.
One of the most notable benefits of dentures is just how affordable they can be, especially if you need to replace all the teeth in your top and bottom arches. Once fitted, you can expand your diet considerably and make breaking down your food easier, which ensures better digestion. You’ll be able to smile with confidence with your friends and family as well as speak more clearly than you could before. If you have remaining healthy teeth (which means you’ll be wearing a partial denture), you can even keep those teeth healthy for longer.
While full dentures are the most commonly reference denture type out there, they are far from the only option worth considering. If you are only missing teeth on opposite sides of your mouth, you may find partial dentures to be a better solution overall. This denture comes equipped with metal hooks that wrap around your existing teeth, allowing for a stable fit.
Additionally, dental implants can be paired with a denture to create an implant-retained version. Instead of solely relying on the overall shape of your mouth to stay in place, implant-retained dentures attach to implants previously placed and fused with the jaw bone.
While dentures can be affordable and designed to quickly replace many teeth at a time, implant-retained dentures take your tooth replacement to an entirely different level. After thorough treatment planning, Dr. Tijerina can place a series of dental implants throughout your mouth, give them time to heal and integrate with your existing jaw bone, and provide your denture with an even more stable foundation. This ensures that your denture does not shift out of place and your current bone tissue does not continue to break down.