Dentures & Partials – Denton, TX
Regain a Complete, Confident Smile in No Time
Are you missing most or all your natural teeth? If so, we don’t need to tell you that tooth loss can take a significant toll on your quality of life. It can make everyday tasks you once took for granted a challenge, such as eating comfortably, speaking clearly, and feeling good about your appearance. Thankfully, you don’t have to let tooth loss hold you back in life! At Aguilar Family Dentistry, we can help you regain a complete, confident smile in no time with full and partial dentures in Denton. Read on to learn more about this reliable restoration and give us a call when you’re ready to put tooth loss behind you.
Why Choose Aguilar Family Dentistry For Dentures?
- #1 High-Quality Materials for Beautiful, Durable Results
- #2 Compassionate & Talented Dentist with Years of Experience
- #3 Multiple Ways to Make Dentures Affordable
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Whether you’re missing many teeth throughout your smile or an entire arch, there’s a good chance that you are a candidate for dentures. To ensure that dentures are a good choice for you, your Denton dentist Dr. Aguilar will conduct a thorough examination and have a conversation with you about your tooth replacement goals during your consultation. If oral health issues like tooth decay or gum disease are detected, we will plan out the appropriate treatments beforehand to ensure your smile is healthy before we complete it with dentures.
Types of Dentures
With the help of modern dental technology and high-quality dental materials, dentures are now more natural-looking and comfortable than ever before! Each denture is custom-made to ensure you receive the best possible results. Depending on your unique preferences and needs, we will recommend one of these three types of dentures:
Partials are used to replace several missing teeth around the mouth. Like a puzzle piece, a partial denture fits around and between your remaining healthy teeth to seamlessly fill in the gaps in your smile. Small, discreet metal clasps wrap around your natural tooth structure to hold the partial in place.
Full dentures feature an entire arch of custom-made replacement teeth set into an acrylic, gum-colored base. The base is precisely crafted to fit snugly on top of your gums, which creates a strong natural suction that holds your new smile in place. Denture adhesive can also be used to provide extra support for your dentures.
Implant dentures combine the traditional dentures listed above with state-of-the-art dental implants. We can use anywhere from four to eight of these small titanium posts to mimic the roots of your missing teeth and securely anchor your denture in place. This unique placement allows you to enjoy optimal stability, comfort, aesthetics, and longevity.
The Benefits of Dentures
Simply put, life gets tricky when you don’t have all your teeth. Unseemly gaps will ruin your smile, and the lack of pearly whites can challenge everyday tasks. The fortunate thing, though, is that you don’t have to bear such effects. Dentures are a restorative treatment that relieves your tooth loss and improves your way of living. In fact, they provide a whole host of perks that justify their price. As proof, consider the benefits of dentures listed below. Do feel free to call our office for details, though.
Mentally speaking, people often struggle to cope with tooth loss. After all, going without a full smile can make you feel anxious and insecure. From there, it’s quite easy to withdraw from your community and experience sadness or depression.
Given these realities, dentures are a valuable booster to your mental health. Since they give you a whole new grin, they improve patients’ confidence and body image. Consequently, you’ll feel more at ease regarding looks, speech, and chewing ability in social situations.
As you’ve likely experienced, missing teeth means having a rough time with speech. Your lips and tongue need pearly whites to position themselves well. Without them, some words are difficult or nearly impossible to pronounce correctly.
Thankfully, the artificial teeth in dentures act as tooth substitutes. In other words, they help to position your tongue and lips. All you need to do is briefly adjust and get used to their presence. Once you’ve practiced enough, the prosthetics will let you speak as clearly as ever before.
Of course, it isn’t just speaking; loss of teeth also makes eating rough. Fewer chompers mean a weaker bite force, making food hard to chew. Many healthy items have tough textures, too – veggies and fruits, steak, etc. If chewing them gets so bothersome that you stop eating such things, you’ll likely suffer malnutrition or indigestion.
That said, dentures give you new teeth that allow for better chewing. They thus expand your potential diet to include a wide range of healthy foods. If you take advantage of that fact, you’ll see your physical health improve alongside your nutrition.
Preserves Oral Health
Left unchecked, lacking teeth will harm your oral health. The resulting smile gaps, for instance, will provide harmful bacteria with ideal breeding grounds. Furthermore, they’ll tilt your surviving teeth until the latter ones also fall out.
Of course, dentures keep these issues at bay by “filling in” your smile. Without smile gaps, the harmful bacteria will have fewer places to thrive. Similarly, the restoration will prevent your natural teeth from tilting and keep them straight and narrow.
When it comes to first impressions, your smile is crucial. Studies show that people pay more attention to it than anything else in an initial meeting. As such, you’ll want your grin to look healthy and full, so you’ll have a better time with friends, family, and coworkers.
Naturally, dentures’ restorative effects expand many of your social opportunities. The prosthetics give you a whole smile to flash, prompting peers to think and feel better about you. Down the line, those improved sentiments could lead to amazing friendships, romance, and job prospects.
Dentures are an excellent option for patients who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. However, you may still have some unanswered questions when it comes to this restoration. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about dentures. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, just give us a call! We’d be happy to answer your inquiries and set you up for a consultation with us.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
Dentists usually recommend that you take out your dentures before you go to bed. When you first get your dentures, you’ll typically be told to keep them in your mouth for 24 hours, including when you sleep. After this, you should be taking them out every evening. Wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft tissue irritation and potentially speeding up ridge resorption. When you take them out, this will give the gums a chance to recover and get the nutrients they need at night. The dark space underneath dentures is also an ideal place for bacteria to thrive. Because of this, sleeping with dentures has been found to be associated with a higher risk of pneumonia.
Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?
If you have to have teeth extracted before you get your dentures, you are likely to experience some discomfort after the oral surgery. Be sure that you take all prescribed and over-the-counter pain medication as directed. The discomfort should improve in about 3 to 5 days. When you first receive your new dentures, you may encounter some minor irritation as your mouth adjusts to the appliance. The amount of time that the discomfort lasts varies from person to person. If you switch to a new set of dentures, the adjustment process may take longer than before. If pain persists, give us a call. This way, we can see if there are any underlying issues and come up with a solution.
Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?
When you first get your dentures, it will take some time to get used to speaking with them. The exact amount of time it takes to adjust varies from person to person, but the more you practice, the quicker the process will go. You may find that you have a lisp with the dentures at first due to the changes in your palate, but once you learn to correct this, the lisp will go away. To practice speaking, read out loud to yourself and repeat the words that you find difficult to pronounce. Try to speak slowly at first, as fast speech can come out muffled. Ultimately, with a bit of practice, speaking will come naturally!
Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?
When you lose teeth, your facial muscles will eventually begin to sag. This can give your face a sunken appearance. Dentures will provide support to the facial muscles that have collapsed and ultimately improve your appearance. However, ill-fitting dentures might not give your facial muscles the proper support, so it’s important that each restoration is designed to fit perfectly in your mouth. If you notice that your denture isn’t fitting properly, you should have it either resized or replaced.