Dentures – Richardson, TX

Reliable Prosthetic Teeth to Complete Your Smile

The most important element of a successful denture treatment plan is to select the right denture materials for your situation. Denture materials can be classified as either permanent or temporary.

Temporary Dentures

Temporary denture materials are used to restore your mouth for a short time until your natural teeth and tissue have healed enough to support a permanent denture. Temporary denture materials must be biocompatible with the tissue in your mouth. Most often, this means using a combination of plastic and acrylics.

Permanent Dentures

Permanent denture materials are those that remain in your mouth permanently and replace your missing tooth and supporting structures. This means that the material itself should be biocompatible with your oral tissue and should be able to withstand the conditions of your everyday life. Not all dental materials are created equal. Some are more durable than others and some last longer. Durable denture materials last longer and improve your quality of life by allowing you to eat whatever you want without worrying about your dentures falling out of your mouth. Unquestionably, your dentures should be made of durable, high-quality materials.

But what other factors should you consider when selecting your denture materials? How do you know what is the best material for your application? What questions should you ask your dentist or other denture professionals? The first step is to determine if you need a complete or a partial denture. There are a few situations where only a partial denture will suffice.

For example, if you have a small number of natural teeth left that are not suitable for a conventional denture, a partial denture may be all you need to restore your smile. Another situation where only a partial denture will do is when you have extensive gum disease that has destroyed much of the supporting bone and tissue in your mouth. In this case, a partial denture will help maintain the health of your gums and allow you to chew and eat almost anything with confidence. A partial denture is the only dental treatment that will restore your ability to chew and speak normally. Partial dentures are often preferred over complete dentures because they are easier to clean, are less likely to become impacted (caught) in your saliva, and are generally more comfortable.

Partial Dentures vs. Permanent Dentures

Keep in mind that partial dentures do not last as long as complete dentures. This is because they lack the supporting bone and tissue of a natural tooth. As a result, they tend to loosen over time and need to be replaced. However, replacing a partial denture is much less invasive than replacing a complete denture. Once your dentist determines that you need a full or partial denture, they will take an impression of your jawbone and gums so that a custom-made denture can be made.

Benefits of Dentures

Replacing lost or missing teeth is very good for your health and appearance. A complete or full denture replaces your natural teeth and gives support to your cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person look older and they will find it harder to eat and speak properly. Please schedule an appointment to go over the different options your dentist may recommend. That way, you can start enjoying a new you sooner than you think!