For patients who’ve lost several or all of their teeth on one or both of their dental ridges, dentures provide an essential lifeline to restoring their bite’s function and their confidence in their smiles. For instance, consisting of highly lifelike replacement teeth, partial and full dentures fill the gaps in your smile to make things like biting, chewing, and speaking easier. However, even the most lifelike partial and full dentures have a number of limitations, such as the inability to restore stimulation in the jawbone or prevent the bone from changing shape over time. Because of these limitations, dentures often perform better when combined with dental implants, which improve the prosthetic appliances by offering realistic, root-like support for your dentures.
Replacing Lost Teeth with Dentures
Modern dentures are effective because they’re designed to closely mimic the ideal size, shape, appearance, and alignment of your healthy, natural teeth. In the case of partial dentures, the appliance is designed with replacement teeth situated where necessary along your dental ridge, supporting the remaining healthy teeth. In the case of a full denture, your appliance will consist of a complete row of replacement teeth designed specifically to fill your dental ridge.
Ensuring Your New Smile’s Success
While partial and full dentures are carefully designed to fit the unique shape of your dental ridge, they can often lose their grip and shift after years of use. This is due in large part to the shrinking of your jawbone, which results from lost stimulation due to missing teeth roots. To ensure the long-term success of your replacement teeth and prevent your prosthesis from slipping, dental implants can anchor your denture in place as well as restore stimulation to prevent jaw erosion.
Learn More About the Benefits of Implant Dentures
With the help of dental implants, dentures can do more to restore your smile as well as preserve its health and vibrancy in the long run. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.