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Why Choose Shwarts Family Dentistry For Dentures?

  • Treatment Plans Are Tailored To Meet Each Patient's Unique Needs
  • Multiple Payment Options To Make Your Smile Restoration Affordable
  • Personalized Care From an Experienced, Compassionate Team

Who Is a Good Candidate For Dentures?

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Anyone who has lost several teeth or all of their teeth can benefit from dentures. With that said, each patient has a unique medical and dental history, which we'll closely evaluate before making a recommendation. In addition to assessing your gums and jaws, Dr. Shwarts will also look at your age, budget, oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle choices such as smoking. His goal is always to make sure your treatment successfully serve your needs over the long-term.

Different Types of Dentures

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Full Dentures

Full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower arch. They're made with a gum-colored acrylic base that has prosthetic teeth set into it. Traditional full dentures are removable and stay in place through natural suction and denture adhesive. To keep them comfortable, they should be removed and cleaned each day with special products designed for denture care. With daily maintenance on your part and periodic adjustments from Dr. Shwarts, you can expect your dentures to last 5-10 years before needing a new set.

Partial Dentures

If you have several healthy remaining teeth in either the upper or lower arch, a partial denture may suit your needs perfectly. This is especially true if you're looking for a low-cost or temporary alternative to a bridge or implants. This appliance is made with a plastic base or metal framework that includes prosthetic teeth to "fill in the gaps" where needed. A partial fits around your remaining teeth with clasps and should be removed and cleaned each day.

Implant-Retained Dentures

While traditional full and partial dentures are certainly a great option, dental implants can make them even better. Typically, just 2-8 implants are needed per arch and will give you multiple advantages over traditional appliances. First, implant-retained dentures stay more securely in place, giving you unmatched strength and stability while also feeling more natural. In addition, your implant denture will continue fitting well for significantly longer, without the need for as many adjustments. You won't have to worry about embarrassing “slips” during conversations the way you might with a traditional denture. Finally, implants preserve your jawbone and help you maintain a more youthful facial structure over time.

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

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If you're missing teeth in Richardson, here are just some of the benefits you can expect from dentures:

  • Dentures will greatly improve your self-confidence after tooth loss.
  • Traditional dentures cost less upfront than other options, although they do require ongoing adjustments and can cost more in the long run.
  • With the latest materials and techniques, modern dentures fit better than ever.
  • Traditional dentures don’t require surgery.
  • Dentures are fully customizable and can replace any number of missing teeth.

Over 35 million Americans have successfully used dentures to restore their smiles. If you'd like to learn more about how they can improve your dental health, give us a call today!

Denture FAQs

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Dentures are an outstanding solution for missing teeth, and we want you to feel 100% confident if you choose this tooth replacement option. That’s why, for your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common denture FAQs in Richardson to help you stay informed. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule your consultation!

I’m Interested in Dentures—Where Do I Start?

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth, your first step should be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shwarts. During this initial visit, he can help you choose the replacement option that’s best for you. First, he’ll take the time to have a discussion about your smile goals and address any concerns you may have. Then, he’ll review your medical history and inspect your mouth for any signs of oral health issues. If he finds evidence of tooth decay or gum disease, he’ll work with you to create a plan to correct these issues first. Once your oral health is on track, he’ll fully explain all your tooth replacement options as well as his recommendations.

How Are Dentures Cared for?

Just because your dentures aren’t vulnerable to cavities like natural teeth doesn’t mean you can slack off on your oral hygiene! Keeping your dentures clean plays a key role in maintaining a healthy mouth. If plaque and food debris aren’t cleared away regularly, you increase your risk of serious oral health issues.

Since your regular toothbrush and toothpaste are too abrasive to be used on your dentures, you’ll need to use soft-bristled brushes and denture cleaning solution instead. You should brush your dentures at least once a day as well as every time you take them out, if possible. You’ll also need to soak your dentures in cleaning solution every night to ensure every nook and cranny is free of bacteria.

Will I Be Able to Eat Normally with Dentures?

Dentures can help you regain your missing teeth right away, but they do take some time to get used to. When you first begin to wear your dentures, it’s completely natural to find eating somewhat awkward. As you navigate how to bite and chew with your new teeth, we recommend sticking to a diet of soft, nutritious foods and using a small dab of denture adhesive.

With practice, eating will gradually become easier and you’ll be able to eat crunchier, and stickier foods again. Eventually, you should be able to comfortably enjoy most all your favorite foods. This process is unique to every patient, but it typically takes about a month or so.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

With the help of modern dental technology and materials, dentures now last longer than ever before! We’re proud to craft each of our custom dentures out of lifelike and durable materials for the longest-lasting results. With the proper care, your dentures may last between 5 to 10 years before needing to be readjusted or replaced.

However, the same doesn’t hold true if you choose to pair your dentures with dental implants! Since dental implants fuse directly with the jawbone, they can replace teeth for 30 years or more. In fact, as long as you care for it properly and protect if from injury or infection, you can easily expect your newly rebuilt smile to last for the rest of your life!

If you’re ready to regain your complete, confident smile, call us today to see if dentures are right for you!