Dentures at Shelly’s Smile are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding soft tissues. Our Dallas dentist offers both full and partial dentures. Full or complete dentures replace a whole mouthful of missing natural teeth. Partial dentures in Dallas are used when two or more natural teeth remain in place.
Dental dentures in Dallas are available in two varieties, either conventional or immediate. A full conventional denture is made after an entire mouthful of teeth has been removed and healing has begun. This type of tooth replacement can be worn about 8 to 12 weeks after all teeth have been extracted.
At Shelly’s Smile immediate dentures in Dallas can be created in advance and placed during the same visit as the tooth extraction. For that reason, the patient will have replacement teeth during the healing period. However, gum and bone shrinkage does occur during the healing phase. This natural shrinkage makes it necessary for more adjustments to be made for a proper fit. For all of these reasons, an immediate denture is typically used as only a temporary tooth-replacement solution.
Unlike other dental appliances such as a fixed bridge, a removable partial denture consists of a pink plastic base and prosthetic teeth connected by a metal framework that attaches to existing natural teeth. Partial dentures in Dallas can be used when one or more healthy teeth are still in place. At Shelly’s Smile, partials not only fill in empty spaces left by missing teeth, but they also prevent teeth from shifting out of place. A partial denture with precision attachments is a more natural-looking tooth replacement option because it latches on internally, rather than with clasps on the crowns.
Several visits to Shelly’s Smile are booked to get dental dentures in Dallas. Denture appointments are usually spread out over a few weeks. Measurements and mouth impressions are taken to create a custom full or partial denture. It is not uncommon to have several trial and error visits to ensure proper fit, shape, and color until the denture is comfortable to wear.