Full and Partial Dentures from the Dentist in Corpus Christi
After significant tooth loss, a full or partial denture completes your smile and renews your ability to eat and smile with ease. Your dentist in Corpus Christi provides the lifelike prosthetic devices in a matter of weeks -- learn more about full and partial dentures from Dr. John T. Thompson today.
What Is a Denture?
A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth set in a plastic base that looks like your gums. A complete denture replaces a full row of missing teeth in the upper or lower arch, and a partial replaces missing teeth when there is at least one healthy natural tooth remaining in the smile. The complete denture is held in place with natural suction, and a denture adhesive can provide additional security. A partial denture fits in like a missing puzzle piece with metal brackets or clasps.
The benefits of traditional dentures include…
- A fast tooth replacement
- Easier eating and speaking
Traditional dentures are a highly effective tooth replacement option, but patients who are eligible for the dental implant procedure should consider the comprehensive solution. A denture retained by dental implants offers superior stability and can last for a lifetime with proper care. Dental implants come at a higher cost upfront and can take up to a year to complete, but they provide the most effective tooth replacement. Dr. Thompson will evaluate your smile and determine which method is best for you.
Take care of your denture properly to keep it functioning properly for as long as possible. Clean your new teeth after each meal, and remove the denture during sleep. When it’s not in use, soak the denture in water or a denture solution for additional cleansing.
To avoid damaging your denture, remember…
- Never expose your denture to hot water
- Do not brush the denture with regular toothpaste, which could scratch it
- Place a towel on hard surfaces when handling your denture
- Brush and floss any natural teeth before reinserting your denture
With proper care, a traditional full or partial denture can be expected to last around six or seven years before it will need to be replaced. Let your dentist know as soon as your denture becomes loose or uncomfortable.
Adjusting to Your Denture
When you begin wearing your denture, you may experience the following:
- Excessive saliva production
- Soreness or discomfort in the gums
- Difficulty speaking normally
- Discomfort while eating
Don’t worry -- these symptoms are temporary! Keep wearing your denture as directed and you will adjust to your new teeth in a matter of several weeks. You can practice reading aloud to get used to speaking with dentures, eat softer food, and cut it into smaller bites to speed through the denture adjustment phase.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you are in need of new dentures in Corpus Christi or are looking for a dentist to provide superior denture maintenance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Thompson’s office. We offer partial and complete dentures in our state-of-the-art environment. Request an appointment today!