A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting position. A denture not only improves speech and the ability to chew, but also provides support for the facial muscles, thereby greatly enhancing the facial appearance and smile. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Wayde Fawcett offers a number of missing teeth replacement options that can restore both the function and the appearance of your teeth.
Full and Partial Dentures with Natural-Looking Results
Amazing advances in cosmetic dentistry have made it possible to create a smile as natural-looking as it’s ever been. Good-looking dentures should not have a “piano key” or “picket fence” arrangement, which looks like “false teeth”.
At Dr. Fawcett’s state-of-the-art dental office, we personalize dentures by taking into consideration aspects such as the shape of your face, skin tone, smile line and gender when designing a denture – one tooth at a time – specifically for you.
Our dentures offer a superior level of comfort, fit, and function due to the use of the patented Ivocap system. Modern dentures are not only stronger and more realistic-looking, but they also typically resist discoloration and last longer. Dentures that have been fabricated and maintained properly should not hurt, slip, click or whistle. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing any of these problems, please contact us. We can help evaluate the problem and determine a solution that’s right for you.
Regular dental checkups are important for denture wearers because the dentist needs to examine oral tissues for signs of disease or cancer. With aging, the mouth continues to change as the bone under the denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust or remake the denture.
Alternatives to Dentures
Advances in dental technology have provided superior alternatives to restoring a mouth with little or no teeth. Alternatives to dentures include:
Dental implants now provide a means of providing permanent support for bridges, thus eliminating the need for a denture. Although more expensive, the benefits of implants far outweigh the cost and gives the wearer the look and “feel” of real teeth. For the right candidate, dental implants have become the treatment of choice over dentures.
A full dental implant may not be necessary for patients who would like to add stability to dentures and bridges. Implant-supported dentures and bridges can reduce the potential for movement and slippage, giving your dentures extra durability when chewing and speaking. The implants are permanently anchored to the jawbone and the denture is securely placed on top of the implant, typically resulting in a natural appearance and more stable support. Implant-supported partial dentures can also reduce the chances of bone and gum recession in the area, and they have no effect on the surrounding teeth.
Contact the Fawcett Center for Dentistry, P.A.
For more information on dentures and other options for missing teeth replacement available at our practice, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fawcett, please contact us today.