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Dentures – Dallas, TX

Fill the Empty Spaces in Your Smile at Once

Missing teeth can affect your physical and mental well-being, which only worsens with every lost tooth. Thanks to dentures in Dallas, though, everyone has the opportunity to regain a functional and confident smile — no matter the tooth gaps! Whether you need full or partial models, we have the tooth replacement options that you need. Therefore, call Arts Family Dentistry today to take the first steps in restoring your smile!

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Why Choose Arts Family Dentistry of Dallas for Dentures?

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Those who suffer most from tooth loss effects are the best denture candidates. Such people may have trouble eating, as lacking teeth can make it challenging to chew. They can also struggle to speak, given that pearly whites help pronunciation. Almost always, though, good candidates for dentures will feel embarrassed to smile. 

Of course, not everyone with missing teeth may need dentures. For example, someone who doesn’t lack all the teeth along an arch might benefit from a different treatment. On the other hand, a prospect may not have the healthy gums necessary to support dentures properly.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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Whether you’ve lost all of your pearly whites or you’re only missing a single tooth, those who have experienced tooth loss are likely to encounter difficulties with a variety of everyday oral habits. On top of feeling self-conscious about your smile, you may find it challenging to eat and chew food properly as well as to speak clearly when conversing with others.

Missing one or several teeth can also have adverse effects on your oral health. Since there won’t be any tooth roots to stimulate your jawbone, your bone tissue can begin to shrink—which can even increase the risk of losing any other remaining teeth. You might also experience complications like malnutrition, indigestion, and a higher chance of periodontal disease.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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First off, the only way you can be eligible to receive dentures is to ensure that your oral and overall health are in good standing. Should our team detect any underlying or developing problems in your mouth, such as dental decay or periodontal disease, we’ll need to perform the necessary treatments to address them before moving forward with your denture process. This way, we can be sure that your mouth is completely ready to support your prosthetics. Our team will make sure to walk you through the entire process during your initial consultation so that you know exactly what to expect.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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If you aren’t currently eligible for dentures, our staff can work with you to prepare your mouth for your future prosthetics. However, there are alternative ways for us to replace your missing teeth, such as dental bridges and dental implants—both of which are effective solutions in their own right. Here’s what you can expect from either option:

  • Dental Bridges : If you’re missing one to four teeth in a row, a dental bridge can easily and efficiently restore your bite. This method involves two dental crowns that are supported by the adjacent natural teeth on either side of the gap so that they can bridge the pontics (artificial teeth) to complete your smile.
  • Dental Implants : Instead of sitting on your gum line or fitting atop your abutment teeth, we can rebuild your missing pearly whites by placing titanium posts into your jawbone. These will serve as your new tooth roots, providing an incredibly lifelike and long-lasting foundation for renewing your bite. Best of all: your results can typically last decades to a lifetime with proper care!

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Types of Dentures

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Prior to an actual denture treatment, you’ll need to consult with Dr. Ludlow or Dr. Azimi . That way, you can get an idea of how your results will look. A consultation will also help our team learn your smile goals, medical history, etc.

 

Based on this initial discussion, we’ll recommend one of three types of dentures. The possible options include:

 

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are custom-made for each patient and only replace a few teeth. They work best when filling large gaps between your pearly whites.

 

A partial denture’s base is made of plastic (resin), cast metal, or porcelain. Regardless of material, however, the prosthetic has a framework and clasps to connect it to your other teeth.

 

Full Dentures

A full denture, unlike a partial one, restores an entire arch of teeth. As such, it relies on suction to stay secure instead of clasps or frameworks.

 

Complete dentures have the same materials for their bases as other kinds. That said, they’re adjusted to fit comfortably over your gums.

 

Implant Dentures

Consider implant dentures if you’d like a more permanent and unwavering option. These models rely on dental implants to stay secure. Consequently, they won’t have some of the downsides of traditional dentures.

 

Implant dentures also have unique benefits. One, for instance, is that they won’t ever slip or fall from your mouth.

The Benefits of Dentures

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With dentures in Dallas, you could enjoy a wide variety of perks. The most common of these are:

 

Denture FAQs

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Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

We recommend that all of our patients take their dentures out each night, leaving them to soak in an antibacterial denture solution while you sleep. It’s easy for dentures to collect bacteria, and for them to flourish under your prosthetic. Taking them out each night gives you an opportunity to keep them clean.

Dentures also naturally restrict circulation in the gums, which can cause issues with the health of your jaw and the soft tissues in your mouth. By taking them out overnight, you give your gums the opportunity to breathe for a while.

Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?

If all of your teeth on a single arch are diseased or decayed, it may be a good idea to remove them for your dentures. However, in general, we wouldn’t recommend removing any healthy teeth. Instead, we would recommend either partial dentures or another method of tooth replacement.

If you do need tooth extractions, we’ll talk to you about what that procedure will look like in more detail once we meet you.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

You might have heard that dentures impair your ability to speak, and when you first get them, this can certainly be the case. The changes to your palate and the number of teeth in your mouth can disrupt how you would normally talk, giving you a little bit of a lisp.

If you find that you’re struggling to speak naturally, don’t worry, you probably just need some practice. Start by speaking slowly and carefully, and over time your lisp will disappear.

If you find that your dentures often move when you speak, you can also try biting down and swallowing before speaking to ensure that your prosthetic is securely in place. You might also consider having your denture relined to ensure that they fit they fit properly.

Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?

Losing teeth means that your facial muscles have considerably less support, causing your cheeks to sag. This can give your face a sunken appearance and over time can cause wrinkles. Dentures can make your cheeks look fuller, giving you a more youthful appearance.

It’s also worth noting that poorly-fitting dentures may not be able to support your face as well as they could, so you should be sure to refit or reline your dentures if you notice that they don’t fit well.

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