Partial and Complete Dentures in Carrollton, TX
A gapped smile can add years to your appearance, but it is more than just an aesthetic issue. Did you know that missing teeth can make speaking difficult, cause bite problems, and lead to jaw bone deterioration? If missing teeth are making you hide your smile behind your hand, it’s time to see Carrollton dentist Dr. Proctor.
Dr. Proctor offers many innovative solutions to replace missing teeth and help you smile confidently again. He provides full and partial dentures to replace a single lost tooth, several lost teeth, or all of your teeth. Our modern dentures are nothing like the fake-looking prostheses of years past. Thanks to advanced materials and technology, we create only lifelike, comfortable dentures.
Partial and Complete Dentures
Dentures can be partial or complete. Partial dentures are used if you have some teeth left, while complete dentures are used if all of your teeth are missing. Partial dentures or removable bridges are artificial teeth that rest on a gum-colored plastic base. Because the partial dentures are designed to fill isolated gaps, the teeth are not in a row. Instead, the teeth fill in the gaps and are held in place by thin metal clasps.
Full or complete dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. If you are getting complete dentures and have one or two remaining teeth, they may need to be removed to make room for the denture. Like partials, the artificial teeth sit on a plastic base. Complete dentures are held in place on the upper by a suction between denture and the upper gum. On the lower, they are held in place by a balance between tongue and cheek forces, and the centering on the existing residual ridge of gum covered bone.
Instead of resting on your gums, partial and complete dentures can be supported by dental implants. Implants are tiny titanium posts placed surgically into the jaw bone. Implant-supported dentures are the most secure type of dentures. They require no metal attachments, clips, or adhesive. You can eat your favorite foods (even raw apples), and never worry about losing your false teeth!