Missing teeth cause gaps in your smile and oral health issues like tooth decay. Dr. Nathan Muaina offers dentures to replace missing teeth at Southern Hills Dental in Garland, Texas. Dentures look and function like natural, healthy teeth, to instantly improve your smile and improve your speech, chewing, and digestion. If you have missing teeth you want to replace, call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about dentures.
Dentures are removable dental appliances Dr. Muaina offers to replace missing teeth. They can restore your beautiful smile because they’re custom-made to match the color, shape, and appearance of your natural teeth. Southern Hills Dental offers two types of dentures: full and partial.
Both types of dentures are made of a fleshy, gum-like acrylic base with replacement teeth attached on top. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth in either your lower or upper jaw. They rest snuggly on top of the gum line and draw on support from the curved shape of your jaw.
Partial dentures replace one or a few missing teeth, fit in the upper or lower arch alongside your existing teeth, and typically include mechanisms that clasp to the backsides of surrounding teeth to help keep them in place.
At your first appointment, Dr. Muaina takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental lab, where they custom-make your dentures.
During your follow-up appointment, Dr. Muaina fits your new dentures. They may feel somewhat uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. In some cases, Dr. Muaina recommends dental implants to support your full or partial dentures to provide more support than clasps.
Getting comfortable eating and speaking with your new dentures takes time and a little practice. It’s common to feel like they’re loose, even when they fit well, while your cheek and tongue muscles adapt to supporting your new dentures. After a few weeks, they should feel like your natural teeth.
Missing teeth cause your facial muscles to droop, making your face appear sunken and giving you a perpetually tired look. Dentures fill out the appearance of your face by mirroring the look and function of your natural teeth.
Gaps in your smile cause shifting teeth and bone loss. Dentures help reduce your risk of oral health issues such as tooth decay caused by teeth shifting. When you’re comfortable with your new dentures, they make functions like chewing, speaking, and digesting much easier than with missing teeth.
Your dentures should last at least 5-8 years, and this lifespan is determined by how well you take care of them. A good rule is to treat your dentures like natural teeth: brush and floss daily to keep them clean and healthy.
When you remove your dentures, store them in a safe place, preferably in water.
If you’re considering full or partial dentures to replace missing teeth, call or schedule an initial consultation today.