Full and Partial Dentures – San Antonio, TX
No More Gaps in Your Smile
If you’ve been living with missing teeth, then you’re already aware of how disrupting it can be to your life. Not only have you been forced to make adjustments in what foods you consume, but your confidence has likely taken a hit as well. Thankfully, whether you’re missing an entire set or just a few teeth, there is a solution for you: a custom set of full or partial dentures. The road to regaining a functional and attractive smile starts by contacting our San Antonio office today to request a visit with either Dr. Troy Jones or Dr. George Knight!
What are Full Dentures?
When an entire set of teeth is missing, the remedy is to receive a custom-designed full set of dentures. The removable appliance consists of a pink resin base that mimics the appearance of the natural gum tissue. Resting atop the base are porcelain teeth that are bonded in place.
Porcelain is the material of choice for dentures because of several reasons:
- They match the translucency of the original teeth.
- They are similar in strength to tooth enamel.
- Their color is nearly identical to the natural teeth.
A set of full dentures is held in place by applying dental adhesive to the resin surface and the natural suction that occurs inside the mouth.
What are Partial Dentures?
If you have one or more teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw, then partial dentures are the answer. Like full dentures in San Antonio, they consist of a set of porcelain teeth that are affixed to a pink resin base. Their purpose is to fill in the gaps where there are teeth missing, usually relying upon metal clasps to hold them in position instead of dental adhesive.
Partial dentures don’t just provide aesthetic benefits, though. They also help to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, which can lead to malocclusion (a poor bite) and gum infection.
Who is a Good Candidate?
A set of full or partial dentures can be an excellent solution for patients dealing with the following issues:
- One or more teeth missing
- Chipped or otherwise damaged teeth
- Red or swollen gums
Because each situation is unique, the first step to getting the help you need is to pay us a visit to be examined by either Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight. This will help to eliminate any guessing and ensure that you receive the type of restoration that fits your needs.
The Benefits of Full or Partial Dentures
If you have suffered jawbone loss, then a set of full or partial dentures provides a viable solution. As mentioned earlier, when any number of teeth are missing for a prolonged period of time, the surrounding teeth can begin to move. That’s because they depend on the natural tension provided by the other teeth to maintain their position. With the vacated space filled by a set of full or partial dentures, much of the shifting can be eliminated.
From an aesthetic perspective, with a complete set of teeth, you’ll feel more confident about smiling for photos and meeting new people. If you’re looking for even more unique advantages, then there is another option yet to consider.
The Advantages of Implant-Retained Dentures
While full and partial dentures replace missing teeth above the gum line, an implant-retained denture gets to the heart of the problem: the missing tooth root. Made from titanium, a dental implant is a cylinder-shaped fixture that is attached to the underlying jawbone.
Over time, it fuses with the existing bone to create a level of security that can only be matched by the original tooth root itself. To accommodate a full set of dentures in Stone Oak, a series of implants will be strategically placed, with abutments later added that will allow the porcelain restorations to be securely and permanently attached.
The final result will be a smile that looks, feels and functions like you were born with it. To learn more about all of these processes and to determine which route is best for you, contact us at Jones & Knight DDS to schedule an initial visit.
At Jones & Knight, DDS, we understand that extensive tooth loss can be stressful and emotionally difficult. Our team of dental professionals strives to be as helpful as possible as you consider your tooth replacement options. That is why we have compiled the most common questions we encounter regarding partial and full dentures in San Antonio and have answered them below. Don’t see your specific concern addressed in this FAQ section? Then give us a call! Our friendly team is always happy to discuss dentures and other restorative treatment options or schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight for you.
Can I Eat All My Favorite Foods with Dentures?
While no two patients are exactly alike, many individuals who wear dentures have to make some slight changes to their diet to avoid damaging their replacement teeth or causing their dentures to shift.
The type of denture you wear will likely influence what foods you can continue to consume with ease. Here is a breakdown of how the most common types of dentures can improve your dental function:
- Partial dentures – Most patients experience 30% or greater restoration of chewing range.
- Full traditional dentures – Most patients experience 20% of their healthy dental function.
- Implant-retained dentures – Most patients experience as much as 70% restoration of natural chewing function.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Full and partial dentures in San Antonio gradually wear down and stain with age. For this reason, dentures typically need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years. With implant-retained dentures, the implant itself can last for decades – or even the rest of your life – but the denture portion will also need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years. Your mouth also changes as you get older, so even if your dentures do not need to be replaced, they may need to adjusted periodically to ensure a proper fit.
How Often Should I Visit a Dentist if I Wear Dentures?
Even if you have lost some or all of your natural teeth and now wear partial or full dentures, you should still visit a dentist in San Antonio twice a year for a routine checkup.
During biannual visits at our office, Dr. Jones or Dr. Knight will evaluate the fit of your dentures, discuss how to properly care for your dentures at home, as well as thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of serious oral health issues, including oral cancer.
How Do I Clean My Dentures?
Regularly cleaning your dentures can help them stay in excellent condition for as long as possible. We recommend cleaning your dentures after every meal by washing them with lukewarm water. Hold them gently but firmly between your thumb and fingers and clean them using a non-abrasive soap or denture cleaner. When washing your dentures, it is a good idea to hold them above a towel or basin of water so they do not break if you happen to drop them.
Do Dentures Cause Gagging?
For individuals who wear dentures, gagging may occur for several reasons, such as:
- Loose dentures that move around and touch the tongue or parts of the throat
- Oversized dentures that touch the throat more than they should because they are too big
- Natural jawbone shrinkage due to tooth removal
For patients who are wearing dentures for the first time, adjusting to speaking and eating with the dental prosthetic is normal and may last for a few weeks. Using a denture adhesive may help in any of the above cases. If your dentures frequently cause you to gag, contact your dentist in San Antonio to evaluate whether your dentures need to be resized.