Dentist in Fort Worth, TX explains full dentures
At Sycamore Dental, we understand that every patient has unique dental needs. We offer treatment for all ages, including children, and we often see patients who are experiencing the devastating effects of tooth loss or extraction. Our dentist, Dr. Vidya Suri, provides patients with treatment options in the Fort Worth, TX area. For patients who are missing all the teeth within the dental arch, full dentures are often the first line of treatment suggested.
What are full dentures?
Dr. Vidya Suri explains full dentures as a set of false teeth made for the top or bottom arch of missing teeth. These dentures are often made of high-quality acrylic and are custom fabricated for patients to look like a natural smile. While patients often think of dentures as those used by their grandparents, it is essential that patients understand the large strides made in cosmetic dentistry that ensures these new restorations look as natural as possible.
Full dentures are kept in place in various ways. Options include:
- Natural suction
- Denture adhesives
- Dental implants
The most reliable method of keeping full dentures in place is with dental implants. Implants that look like small screws are placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery. They are then used as a foundation for the placement of a full denture. The full denture is fabricated to snap into place over the dental implants. This gives the denture the best in stabilization and strength, and ensures patients feel confident that their restoration will stay in place – especially in social situations when a loose denture can be embarrassing!
How are full dentures made?
Full dentures are fabricated by a professional in a dental laboratory who uses the best quality materials available. Patients first prepare for their full dentures. If all the teeth within the dental arch are not missing, patients will need to have the rest extracted by our dental team. Once this is complete, the patient has impressions made of the gum ridges. These are sent to the dental laboratory, along with specific instructions regarding how the denture should look. Full dentures incorporate both false teeth and false gum tissue. Our dental team will work with patients to ensure they are happy with the final design, and then the process of fabricating the new dentures begins. Within a few weeks, the dentures arrive at the dental office and Dr. Vidya Suri will have patients come in for an appointment. This is the time when patients view their new dentures and learn how to use and care for them.
How do I care for my dentures?
Dentures can last a long time if they are properly maintained. Patients should remove their dentures to soak them in denture cleaner. Dentures can also be brushed just like natural teeth to remove food particles from the surfaces. Patients should also schedule an appointment with their dentist if they are experiencing a problem with their dentures, such as breakage or ill-fitted dentures. Sometimes, changes occur in the mouth, such as bone loss, that can affect how a full denture fits. Our dental team can provide necessary adjustments or may suggest a replacement if these changes are severe enough to require new restorations. We also encourage patients to bring their dentures to each dental appointment, including routine evaluations, to have them checked for breakage.
Who is a candidate for full dentures?
Most patients are appropriate candidates for dentures. Patients considering implant-supported dentures, however, may require substantial bone of the jaw to ensure successful placement of the implants.
Take charge of your smile and improve the function after tooth loss
Full dentures are just one of several options available to patients in the Fort Worth, TX area who are experiencing tooth loss. We welcome new patients to book a consultation visit with Dr. Vidya Suri and her team at Sycamore Dental to discuss the benefits of full dentures. The practice is in Suite 130 at 1900 West Everman Parkway and can be reached for an appointment at (817) 438-1828.