Dentures – Rockwall, TX
Lifelike Removable Tooth Replacements
About 178 million Americans have lost at least one permanent tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their teeth. The older you get, the more likely you are to need a reliable answer for tooth loss – and Dr. McNew & Dr. Stein have the solution. Today’s dentures are more comfortable than ever, and many patients are able to get the most out of life whenever they eat, speak, or smile. Call McNew Dental today to learn more about the process of getting dentures from our Rockwall, TX dentist.
Why Choose McNew Dental for Dentures?
- Dentist with Over 30 Years of Experience
- Friendly Team Members That Have Been on Staff for Over 15 Years
- Lifelike Prosthetics Custom-Made For Every Patient
What are Dentures?
When Dr. McNew suggests getting dentures, she could be referring to full dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported dentures:
- Full dentures consist of an entire arch of false teeth that have been attached to a gum colored base. They sit on the gums and can be held in place by suction or an adhesive.
- Partial dentures need to be uniquely designed so that they can replace teeth in specific areas of the mouth. This type of restoration has a metal framework and is attached to the teeth by a clasp.
- Implant-supported dentures are non-removable dentures that are supported and retained by implants.
Dental Implant-Retained Dentures
Whenever possible, we’d recommend getting dentures that have been attached to implants. As useful as regular dentures can be, they only replace the crowns of your teeth. Dental implants, however, will act as new tooth roots. Whenever you bite or chew, the implants will stimulate the jaw, keeping it healthy reducing the risk of bone loss later in life. Furthermore, the posts will hold your dentures in place and allow you to successfully chew all your favorite foods again.
Are you having trouble imagining what your new smile will look like? We can give you a trial denture called a Snap-On Smile that you can wear until your permanent restoration is ready. Not only will this let you enjoy an enhanced grin far sooner than you might have otherwise, but it also gives you a chance to get used to the shape and function of a new arch of teeth. A Snap-On Smile can also be used before a full arch of crowns is placed.
Benefits of Dentures
One of the biggest benefits of full dentures is having a complete row of teeth to eat and speak with again. Living without teeth can be extremely challenging and may severely lower your self-esteem, but getting dentures can change that. Also, your new teeth will support your facial muscles, helping you maintain a more youthful appearance. In terms of maintenance, full dentures can easily be removed, letting you clean them very quickly and thoroughly.
Partial dentures offer many of the same benefits as full dentures, but there are a few key differences. In general, partial dentures tend to cost less since they only need to replace certain teeth. Also, they can usually be made much more quickly than full dentures and additional teeth can be added if lost in the future. When compared to dental bridges, partial dentures can do the same job without making any alterations to your remaining teeth. Finally, since they’re attached using clasps, you’ll never have to worry about using a messy adhesive to hold partial dentures in place.
Are Dentures or Partials Right for You?
Obviously, candidates for dentures and partial dentures will be missing teeth; the main question is how many. If you still have a few teeth remaining, we may need to examine your mouth to decide whether they should be extracted to make room for a full denture or if we can leave them in place and use a partial denture instead. While virtually anyone can get dentures, an ideal candidate will still have plenty of healthy gum tissue and jawbone.
Depending on the situation, you might be eligible for an implant-retained denture. Anchoring false teeth to implants ensures that they won’t ever slip while biting or chewing. Your jawbone will also be supported by the new titanium tooth roots from within, which will help keep it strong. However, we’ll need to check your oral health as well as your overall health to see if you’re a good candidate for implants; if you are, we’ll refer you to a specialist in the area who can perform the surgery.
Are you considering replacing missing teeth with dentures in Rockwall? With these restorations, you’ll be able to enjoy the function and look of your full smile again! Although you may be aware of the benefits of this treatment, you might also want to know more about what you should expect from your results. That’s why our team at McNew Dental has compiled and answered several frequently asked questions we get about dentures. Keep reading or reach out to our office if you’d like to learn more today!
Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?
One of the common challenges most patients experience with their restorations is learning to speak clearly again. Your mouth will need time to grow accustomed to your new teeth. However, this adjustment period doesn’t typically last long, as your dentures will be custom-designed to fit your exact smile specifications. This means your restoration should be well-fitted and feel as natural as possible. But if you do notice that they’re easily shifting out of place when you talk, try to bite down and swallow to ensure there’s no excess saliva. If this doesn’t address the issue, then you may need to visit us for adjustments.
What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?
Dentures can improve your chewing power significantly if you’ve previously struggled with tooth loss. That said, you may have to avoid certain kinds of foods while wearing your restorations. Hard or crunchy meals like nuts and chips can require excessive chewing, which can place too much pressure on your new teeth. Sticky foods such as gummy candy or peanut butter can accidentally tug and shift your dentures out of position. You’ll also have to be careful with tougher meals like steak. If you do try to enjoy this kind of food, be sure to cut it into tiny pieces to go easier on your restorations.
Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?
We’ll want to make sure to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. This may not be possible for some patients, such as someone struggling with a tooth that’s severely damaged or decayed. When keeping it isn’t a viable option, then we may need to extract it instead. Before considering these possibilities, you’ll first undergo an initial consultation and thorough examination so that we can determine how best to treat and restore your dental health.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
Though it’s possible to sleep with your dentures, we don’t recommend it. Taking them out before you go to bed will allow your gums a chance to relax as well as prevent irritation in your soft oral tissue. Having your dentures on for extended periods can also increase your risk of gum and tongue plaque, which can cause bacteria buildup and lead to infections. This is also a good time to soak your restorations in a glass of lukewarm water or cleaning solution overnight, that way they remain bacteria-free.
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