Following extensive tooth loss, dentures can restore form and function to your smile. In addition to traditional dentures, Dr. Louis Russell, Jr., also offers implant-supported dentures at his Tomball, TX practice. Implant-supported dentures are a superior tooth replacement solution and are more stable and durable than traditional dentures. Regardless of which option you choose, the team at Russell Family Dentistry embraces a patient-centric philosophy. We do everything we can to make your dental experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
While traditional dentures are often more affordable, implant-supported dentures offer a greater number of oral health benefits.
Types of Dentures
There are various types of dentures that can replace missing teeth. At our practice, we offer something for every preference and budget. At Russell Family Dentistry, we offer three types of dentures:
- Traditional Full Dentures: If you are missing all of the teeth in your upper or lower dental arch (or both), full dentures could be an option for you. Traditional dentures can be crafted from a wide selection of materials from acrylic to porcelain. Custom-made to match the shade, shape, and size of your natural teeth, dentures are supported by the gums and underlying bone and offer a beautiful, natural-looking result. This type of restoration is secured in place with natural suction and dental adhesive. Conventional dentures are generally the most affordable teeth replacement option.
- Partial Dentures: If you have multiple missing teeth in various or sporadic locations, a partial denture can fill in the gaps to complete your smile. Partials can be secured with dental clasps that attach to adjacent teeth.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Dental implants provide added stability for a denture. Rather than resting on the gum tissue, implant-supported dentures permanently attach to dental implants, effectively eliminating any shifting or movement.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are considered the superior full-arch replacement option for many patients. Because the prosthesis is securely attached to implants, you can eat, chew, and speak with confidence.
Custom-made to match the shade, shape, and size of your natural teeth, dentures are supported by the gums and underlying bone and offer a beautiful, natural-looking result.
Not only do the implants prevent your denture from slipping out of place, they also offer long-term health benefits. Because dental implants imitate natural tooth roots, they preserve the jawbone by stimulating bone growth. This helps to prevent jawbone recession, avoiding the sunken look that can occur following tooth loss. By choosing an implant-supported denture, you are not only improving aesthetics, but health and function as well.
Treatment Process for Dentures
A traditional denture can be used to replace all of your teeth in the upper arch, lower arch, or both. During your initial consultation, Dr. Russell can determine if any of your natural teeth will need to be extracted prior to receiving your denture. Once any necessary preliminary procedures have been performed, impressions of your teeth and gums will be taken and sent to a trusted dental lab, where your prosthesis will be crafted for a precise fit. When your new prosthesis arrives from the lab, we will schedule an appointment to fit you with your denture. The plastic base of the prosthesis will be seated on your gums and underlying bony ridge. Because the base will be color-matched to your gums, it will blend in with the surrounding areas for an aesthetically-pleasing result. Dr. Russell will make any necessary adjustments, and will make sure your bite is functioning properly.
If you choose to receive an implant-supported denture, you will first need to undergo dental implant surgery. Once you have healed from the surgery in approximately four to six months, you can return to our office to receive your denture.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Russell to find out which denture option is best for you. Contact us online or call our office at (281) 351-5458 to schedule your consultation.