Dentures have long been a staple in restorative dentistry, offering individuals a chance to regain the functionality and appearance of their smile after losing teeth. Whether due to age, trauma, or disease, missing teeth can significantly impact one’s quality of life. Dentures provide a practical and effective solution to this challenge.
Complete dentures, often referred to as full dentures, are used when all the teeth are missing. They can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, typically taking 8-12 weeks. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed, ensuring the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing process. However, adjustments might be needed as the mouth heals.
Partial dentures are ideal for individuals who still have some of their natural teeth intact. These removable replacements consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, often connected by a metal framework. They not only fill the gaps created by missing teeth but also prevent other teeth from changing position.
Beyond the obvious aesthetic appeal of having a full set of teeth, dentures improve the ability to eat and speak. They support facial muscles, preventing sagging and enhancing the overall facial profile. With advancements in dental technology, we offer dentures in San Antonio that are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.