Pros and Cons of Removable Dentures

By Dr. Damon on December 20, 2015

Close-up of a removable partial dentureDentures can replace your missing teeth, restoring your oral function, smile, and self-confidence. At Texas Denture Clinic, you have several types of restorations to choose from. Removable dentures are the traditional option, and they remain a popular choice. These restorations can restore your oral function and your appearance. With modern fabrication techniques, they are more lifelike than you may ever have thought possible. However, removable dentures also have some drawbacks. Fortunately, Dr. Damon and his team also offer advanced implant-supported dentures, which provide greater stability. We will carefully evaluate your health, goals, lifestyle, and financial concerns. Then we can guide you as you select the dentures that are right for your needs. To learn more about removable denture benefits, contact our Fort Worth, TX practice today.

What Are Removable Dentures?

There are many types of removable dentures, though they are divided into two main categories: full and partial dentures. Full dentures will replace all of your top or bottom teeth. The plastic base will match the natural shade of your gum tissue, and it will be created with accurate impressions of your mouth. Our in-house lab will make the new teeth from Diamond D Acrylic for a lifelike color and shine. Your dentist will supervise the entire process to make sure that your denture matches your natural jaw alignment and fills in your facial contours.

Partial dentures will replace multiple adjacent teeth. There are several types of partials available. Traditional partials will connect to your existing teeth with small metal clasps. We also offer cast, clear frame, and Valplast® partial dentures. Our team will craft your partial with the same attention to detail that they use to design full restorations.

The Benefits of Removable Dentures

Because we take such great care with the design and fabrication process, removable dentures will fit more comfortably than you may have ever imagined. You will still need to use denture adhesive to keep the restoration in place, but you will not typically have to worry about embarrassing slips while you are speaking or laughing. Your denture will also restore your oral function, improving your speech and ability to eat. In addition, a partial denture can prevent further dental damage. The restoration will fill the empty space, keeping your other teeth from migrating into that gap.

Implant-supported Dentures Are another Option

Modern removable dentures are a vast improvement from those of the past. Nevertheless, implant-supported restorations offer enhanced stability and several other benefits. Using advanced 3-D CT scans, your oral surgeon will place four or more implant posts in your jawbone. Your bone will integrate with these posts, and they will become permanently rooted in your mouth. Then your dentist can attach a durable fixed restoration.

Like removable dentures, your implant-supported denture will match your overall appearance and bite alignment. However, these restorations will look even more lifelike, since you will not have any metal clips, plastic bases, or denture adhesive. Plus, because the restoration will be permanently anchored in your mouth, it can fully restore your oral function. You will be able to eat whole fruit, steak, and other hard-to-eat foods. Finally, implants will prevent bone recession by sending regenerative signals to the nearby tissues. In this way, your restorations can protect your natural facial structure and the contours of your jaw.

Find the Right Type of Dentures for You

Learn more about the pros and cons of removable dentures. Contact Texas Denture Clinic to find out which type of restoration may be right for you. 

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