Even though teeth are meant to last a lifetime, losing teeth can happen to anyone due to an accident or poor oral hygiene evolving into gum disease and tooth decay. Missing teeth comes with many challenges that people often don’t expect besides the obvious change in appearance, such as difficulty eating or speaking. When someone loses all of their natural teeth, their facial muscles may begin to sag and cause them to look older. Dentures and partials take the place of those missing teeth to counteract these issues and allow people to feel like they have a mouthful of strong, healthy teeth once again. At Picasso Smiles Dental, we create quality dentures and partials for patients in El Paso, Texas and the surrounding areas.
Complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s natural teeth are missing or severely damaged to provide facial and lip support, which will help avoid sagging facial muscles and restore their smile. When getting conventional dentures, all of the teeth must be lost or removed, and the tissue where the dentures are to be placed must be fully healed. This healing process usually takes about 8 to 12 weeks. Using conventional dentures causes a natural deterioration of the jawbone, which may lead to the dentures to no longer fitting correctly. This issue can be simply resolved by getting denture realigns, denture rebase, or getting a new denture.
There are dentures available that are enhanced and supported by implants. Once the implants are in place, retentive abutments are placed within the implants. The abutments are designed to fit perfectly into an attachment within the denture, that ensures a secure and comfortable fit.
Partials or partial dentures are other names for bridges. They restore missing or severely damaged teeth, literally creating a bridge from one natural tooth to the next. The bridge will help prevent surrounding teeth from changing position. With advances in dental technology, metal-free partials can now be handcrafted completely out of porcelain. These more advanced partials can virtually become flawless replacement teeth and restore your smile with a perfectly natural look.
Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from maintaining your youthful appearance and a bright smile. Contact us at Picasso Smiles Dental to speak with a member of our friendly and experienced team to see if getting dentures or partials is the right treatment plan for you. You can also stop by one of our offices in El Paso, Texas, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about getting dentures, or any of the other cosmetic dentistry services that we offer. We know smiles, and we know how to help you!