Dentures & Partial Dentures – Oak Cliff, TX
Recreating Your Damaged Smile
Advanced tooth loss is often a painful and stressful situation, but the Hampton Dental team is here to help you make a complete recovery following the loss of any number of teeth. For those who have experienced advanced tooth loss, we will likely recommend a partial or full denture to repair your smile from the roots up. These advanced tooth replacement solutions allow us to restore numerous teeth with just one prosthetic for more conservative treatments and natural-looking results. If you want to learn more about full and partial dentures in Oak Cliff, call the Hampton Dental team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation today. We look forward to helping you recreate your picture-perfect smile.
If you’ve lost several consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth, a partial denture is likely the ideal option to fill the gaps in your smile. These prosthetics are crafted by molding a base material to fit between the remaining teeth and sit on top of the gums. The replacement teeth are all affixed to this gum-colored denture. Then, clasps are used to attach the partial to surrounding teeth.
A complete set of dentures is made very much like a partial, using a base material to support replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining teeth to provide support for the full denture, the base needs to be fitted tightly to the gum line. This close fit between the denture base and gum tissue leads to suction that will anchor your denture. Some patients also prefer to use denture adhesive to provide increased stability for their denture.
Tips for Adjusting to Dentures
If you’re a first-time denture wearer, you may be struggling to adjust. Many patients have difficulty getting used to the look and feel of their dentures. It may sound silly, but some patients make great progress toward speaking confidently by singing with their dentures in place! You don’t have to be on key, but singing can help you adjust to the ways your denture will feel when you say certain words and move your mouth in different ways. You should also remember to limit your daily wear as your mouth adjusts to the denture. Prolonged wear time can increase your risk for sores and bruising that will only make it more difficult to adjust to your denture. Proper hygiene is also essential as you get used to your partial or full denture. Make sure to remove the prosthetic every night and brush it gently using an ultra soft toothbrush or a special denture brush. Store your denture overnight in cool water or denture cleaning solution. Make sure to brush and floss any remaining teeth. If you are fully edentulous (without teeth), you should still gently clean your gums using a soft toothbrush, air or water flosser, and/or oral rinse. Finally, visit our office twice a year for dental exams and teeth cleanings. These visits are important to maintain the healthy function of your newly repaired smile.