For hundreds of years, dentists have confidently depended on dentures and partials to rebuild smiles for their patients dealing with tooth loss. That confidence is even more certain today thanks to advances in dental materials and technology that make these prosthetics look more natural and feel more comfortable that ever before. Dr. Shelly Strohman and her staff have used full and partial dentures in Wichita Falls to replace missing teeth for many members of our community. We’ll be glad to work with you to design dentures that restore your smile’s form and function.
If you are missing a single or just a few teeth, a partial denture could be a solution that is affordable and convenient. A partial can be either removable or fixed—also called a bridge. Dr. Strohman will recommend the best choice for you depending on your situation.
With a removable partial, false teeth are attached to a metal frame with clips that hook on to healthy teeth to hold the partial solidly in place. Because a partial is a like a puzzle designed to fit between your remaining teeth, it can replace consecutive or non-consecutive missing teeth. A removable partial’s false teeth are made according to an impression of your mouth. This way, your new teeth look natural and fit comfortably between your other teeth.
A fixed partial or bridge is a single unit that consists of two dental crowns with a false tooth or teeth in between. The crowns are mounted to teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile, thus holding the false tooth in place. If your own teeth cannot be used, then the crowns can also be attached to dental implants.
For patients who are missing all of their teeth, there are full dentures. This prosthetic device can be made to fit either your upper or lower arch and is made of false teeth set on an acrylic base that looks just like your own gums.
If you’re missing all of the teeth along your upper arch, then a denture with an open palate may be designed for greater comfort and a better sense of taste. No matter what type of denture you choose though, your dentist in Wichita Falls will make sure your dentures are comfortable, secure and do not irritate delicate gum tissue.
For even greater confidence when you eat and talk, ask Dr. Strohman about implant-retained dentures. These attach to implants that are surgically positioned in your jawbone. As such, they offer even better security than traditional dentures.