At San Pedro Smiles, our team strongly believes that it’s never too late for patients to regain strong and capable smiles that they can rely on, even after experiencing significant tooth loss. Dentures in San Antonio have been an age-old solution to this problem for countless years now, and our modern prosthetics are better than ever in terms of aesthetics, durability, and reliability. Contact our San Antonio, TX office today if you’d like to schedule a consultation.
Tooth loss can be life-altering. Not only is it more difficult to eat the foods you love, but you may also experience a harder time speaking clearly and feeling embarrassed by your appearance. If you are missing all your teeth, dentures are highly affordable and convenient to use. However, if you are not missing all your teeth along an arch, you may find another solution that is better for you (i.e., partial denture or a dental bridge).
Dr. Gonzalez offers full models (meant to replace an entire row of teeth) and partials, both of which can be removed whenever a patient desire. They are meant to be stored when sleeping and practicing oral hygiene.
If you’re interested in more permanency, implant dentures are also an option. By attaching the prosthetic to a small number of dental implants, patients can enjoy added biting strength and less unwanted slippage over time.
When preparing to address your tooth loss, it’s important that you schedule a consultation with our team at San Pedro Smiles. During your visit, we will examine your smile and determine which prosthetic is right for you:
Large gaps between your teeth can make it difficult to maintain good oral hygiene. Not to mention, you may feel more self-conscious about your appearance each time you smile. Fortunately, with a partial denture, your dentist in San Antonio can fill in the gaps and create a beautiful, complete smile that allows for greater confidence. Using a gum-colored, acrylic base, artificial teeth are added to the appropriate places, and the prosthetic is held into place by metal clasps that attach to natural, healthy teeth.
Similar to a partial denture, a full denture is made from the same materials except there are no metal clasps or clips. Instead, the full denture is created according to your individual smile and is custom-fitted to fit comfortably on top of your gums and using your natural suction. You may even choose to buy denture adhesive for added security.
If you are missing an entire row of teeth and want a permanent solution, you cannot go wrong with implant dentures. Designed to offer greater stability and functionality when eating, speaking, and smiling, these titanium posts are surgically placed into your jawbone and fuse with the bone tissues over 3-6 months. These are an ideal alternative for patients who are unhappy with their traditional dentures and want a more permanent solution that can last 30 years or longer.
Dentures are considered to be one of the most tried-and-true restorative solutions available. With dentists continually recommending them to patients suffering from tooth loss, you will discover there are many great benefits, such as:
Dentures can be lifechanging for people who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth, but you want to be well-informed before making the commitment. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions that we receive. If you don’t see your question listed below, don’t worry. Just give us a call. We’d be happy to get you the information you’re looking for and set you up for a consultation.
Traditionally, the average wait time is between six and eight weeks, but the exact amount of time depends on the type of denture. There needs to be enough time for the gums to heal properly. If you’re opting for dental implant dentures, you will need to wait between four to six months for the implant to fuse to the jawbone via the osseointegration process.
Repairing a damaged tooth is always preferred rather than replacing it completely. Tooth extractions will only be recommended if it is absolutely necessary, like when a tooth is too damaged to save due to extensive decay, a severe infection, or trauma that has broken off part of the tooth enamel. If all of the teeth in an arch are either decayed or affected by gum disease, replacing them with dentures may be the most cost-effective solution. There isn’t a limit to the number of teeth that can be extracted in one visit, but some extractions can be more expensive than others. Your dentist will always explore your options before recommending extractions.
There are a few different types of dentures out there. The requirements for getting each one are different. Partial dentures are great for people who still have most of their natural teeth. If you have lost a few teeth due to oral health issues, malnutrition, or an unlucky accident, you may be a good candidate. Full dentures are recommended if you’ve already lost all of your teeth or don’t have any remaining healthy teeth. This can occur as a result of bone loss, severe gum disease, and other advanced oral health issues. Implants can be used to support dentures as long as there is still a sufficient amount of bone density to support them. During your consultation, it will be determined which option you are best qualified for.
If you’re needing to have teeth extracted before you get your dentures, you’re likely to experience some discomfort after the oral surgery, but this can be alleviated with pain medication as you are directed. Any discomfort should improve 3 to 5 days after your procedure. When you first receive your new dentures, you may experience some minor irritation as your mouth adjusts to the appliance, but this will subside over time.