Along with many other advances in modern dentistry, the design and materials used in dentures have improved significantly. The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth and can improve your smile and facial appearance.

What are Dentures?

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Today, state-of-the-art dentures are made to closely replicate the appearance of natural teeth and can even enhance your smile.

Very detailed impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create dentures that are custom-fit to your mouth. The Dallas Dentistcrafts your dentures using a softer, flexible polymer rather than traditional rigid metal. Your dentures will be gently custom-fit to your mouth, ensuring that they fit comfortably and securely, enabling you to speak and eat with ease.

What are Dentures Made of?

Patients have many options of materials to choose from that can affect the aesthetic results as well as the comfort level afforded the wearer. Today’s polymer dentures are more flexible, so they are naturally more comfortable as well as being more natural-looking than plastic dentures.

For example, plastic dentures are very rigid resulting in soreness of the gums and cheek tissue. In addition to being stiff and uncomfortable, plastic dentures are also less durable. Polymer dentures crafted by the Dallas Dentist are somewhat more expensive, but most people do not mind paying the extra cost to gain the advantages of polymer dentures.

How Long Will Polymer Dentures Last?

Today’s polymer dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years. However, as with any dental appliance, they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point in the future due to normal wear.

Please contact our office to arrange a dentures consultation with our dentures dentist Dr. Tony Lin.

When thinking about dentures, most people only consider the health of their teeth or jaw to hold dentures in place. However, the Dallas Dentures Dentist wants to point out that health of your gums is just as important.
 
How Gum Disease Affects Your Oral Health
 
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. The infection is the result of the same bacteria that is responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. There are basically three stages of gum disease:
 
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Advanced periodontitis
As gum disease progresses, it dramatically increases the potential for tooth loss, further spread of infection, and other serious issues that even affect your general health.
 
Why Gum Disease is a Problem for Denture Wearers
 
Both gum disease and gum recession can lead to issues with the comfort and fit of a denture.
With removable dentures, severe gum disease of the loss of gum tissue makes it easier for dentures to come loose and feel uncomfortable when worn.
 
If your dentures are fixed in place with dental implants, gum disease can decrease the stability of implants being in place, resulting in failure of the implant and serious damage to the jawbone.
 
Treating Gum Disease
 
When it comes to treating gum disease, we usually recommends more frequent cleanings and the use of antibiotic rinses or medication. More severe cases may require a deep cleaning, referred to as scaling and root planing.
 
Maintaining Periodontal Health
 
If you would like to take steps to prevent gum disease before it damages your oral health, consider these helpful tips:
Brush and floss your teeth regularly, at least twice a day (ideally after every meal)
 
  • Do not use tobacco products
  • Clean and soak your denture/bridge as instructed
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and maintenance
 
Please Contact Us for an Appointment
 
Would you like to protect your dentures by improving the health of your gums? Please contact the Dallas Dentures Dentist to arrange an appointment for exam and cleaning.

Dentures or false teeth have changed a lot in the last several years. Patients facing the prospect of wearing dentures usually come to the Dallas, TX Dentures Dentist with questions about types of dentures currently used.

How long will my new dentures last?

Since your dentures are custom-made for your mouth they will fit perfectly. Right after your dentures are placed, they will have a snug fit. As time passes, however, your gums and jaw line can gradually change. This often causes someone with dentures discomfort, sometimes even causing blisters or sores to form in your mouth.

Following a schedule of routine checkups at our dentist office is your best approach to stop this shifting from causing you severe discomfort. Your dentures will be checked at each visit making it easy to identify slight changes to your mouth as they occur. Most dentures will need to be adjusted or partially remade every several years due to natural changes that occur in your mouth as you age.

What are ‘Immediate’ Dentures?

Immediate dentures are placed right after your teeth are extracted. They are custom made for your mouth but the contour of your gums will change as you heal. Immediate dentures need to be adjusted after healing is complete so that they will comfortably fit the changing contours of your mouth.

Will I need to use adhesive with my dentures?

You may not need to use adhesive if your dentures provide a really secure fit. But most denture-wearers enjoy the added security of using an adhesive to ensure that dentures stay in place. The Dallas, TX Dentures Dentist can recommend an effective adhesive if needed.

How long until I get used to wearing dentures?

Obviously dentures feel different than natural teeth. The most comfortable and well-fit dentures will require a period of adjustment so you can get used to the new sensations. We advise new denture-wearers to temporarily eat soft or liquid foods so they can get used to chewing. Learning to speak with your new dentures is an issue for some people, but within a few weeks the dentures will feel like a natural part of your mouth.

If you're interested in learning more about our comfortable dentures, please contact our office to arrange a consultation.

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