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Full & Partial Dentures in La Porte

When you are missing several teeth or are on the brink of losing an entire arch of teeth, a full or partial denture provides an excellent solution. A set of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum colored base, dentures are a natural-looking replacement that restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence once again. Dr. Berquist and Dr. Ornelas provide full and partial dentures for patients dealing with missing teeth.

Full (Complete) Dentures

Just like the name suggests, a full or complete denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. The full denture can be used in the upper or lower jaw. It is held in place using suction or with the help of a denture adhesive.

Patients may initially have difficulty adjusting to a complete denture. But with several weeks of continued use, most find that life resumes as normal -- or better. Begin eating with dentures by cutting food into small pieces, and practice reading out loud to help your mouth adjust to speaking with dentures.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture replaces several missing teeth when some healthy natural teeth are still present in the gum line. The teeth may be missing all in a row or from various parts of the mouth. Partial dentures are held in place by clipping onto the natural teeth. The partial denture fits in the mouth like a missing puzzle piece.

Implant-Retained Dentures

The best way to retain dentures is with dental implants, which provide a prosthetic root for the set of teeth that are attached on top. Dental implants are tiny cylinders made of titanium, a material that fuses with bone matter in the process known as osseointegration. After dental implants have grown together with the jawbone, they provide unmatched stability for the partial or complete denture that is attached on top.

The benefits of dental implants include…

Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Patients should enjoy good oral and overall health to be considered for the procedure. People who have lost too much jawbone due to their missing teeth may need to undergo bone augmentation procedures to ensure the dental implants can anchor properly in the jaw. And patients dealing with serious health conditions, like HIV/AIDS, uncontrolled diabetes, or advanced-stage cancer are typically unable to undergo the invasive procedure. For these patients, tooth replacement with a traditional denture is the best option.

Schedule a Tooth Replacement Consultation Today

Every patient has different needs when it comes to tooth replacement. We can discuss your situation and determine what will suit you best when you schedule a tooth replacement consultation. Whether you need a traditional full or partial denture, or are eligible for dental implants, we can help you achieve a complete, beautiful, fully-functioning smile once again. Contact Region Dental to request your appointment today!