As a two hundred year old solution for missing teeth, dentures are here to stay! Unfortunately, our teeth don’t always last as long we do and we lose them prematurely. Dentures are the most economical solution to multiple missing teeth. Luckily dentures come in various forms, shapes, sizes, and materials, and our dental professionals in San Antonio will tailor your dentures to fit your specific needs. Dentures can replace teeth in the short term (interim dentures) or long term. They can replace a few teeth (partial dentures) or all the teeth (complete dentures). We can make them from flexible materials (Valplast) or rigid materials (metal frame and acrylic). Most importantly, dentures are either supported by the natural tissue (gums and/or teeth) or by implants.
With dentures, stability and staying in place are usually people primary concern. Upper complete dentures tend to work well when supported by a patient’s gums because they can stay in place by suction. Unfortunately, lower dentures can be more problematic. Lower dentures don’t have the coverage to stay in place by suction and only stay in place as the patient balances them between their tongue and cheek muscles. Because of this, lower dentures are notorious for being difficult for chewing and speaking. Starting in the 1970s, Dental implants were introduced to provide relief for patients struggling with their lower dentures. Today, simple lower dentures that sit on a person’s gums are no longer considered optimal solutions to missing teeth. The standard of care involves combining a minimum of two dental implants in addition to a lower denture. The difference is truly spectacular. The result is a safe, secure, comfortable way of replacing multiple teeth, giving patients the ability to live without chewing challenges, fear of losing dentures, or the need to constantly buy and apply denture adhesive. Don’t settle for a denture you can’t use comfortably. Make your appointment today and find the denture option that works best for you!
When dentures no longer fit well, they are carefully evaluated by our doctors to estimate benefits of replacing them vs relining them. Dentures can be relined and their usefulness to the patient is extended considerably; we are happy to see our patients get more out of their current dentures and live a happier life.
We want our patients to enjoy a completely comfortable denture solution and are willing to work with existing dentures so long as the final outcome pleases the patient!
In most cases, patients can postpone their decision on receiving dental implant treatment. Our experience is patients who have experienced loose fitting dentures are the most compliant dental implant patients in our practice. They have experienced the pain and discomfort of dentures alone and are more than ready to receive a solution to this difficult problem.