Houston cosmetic dentists can agree that dentures are removable appliances that have long been the standard for replacing missing teeth. Although dentures are not as durable and aesthetically pleasing as other tooth-replacement options such as dental implants, modern dentures are designed to be comfortable, form-fitting, attractive and functional. Your consultation and thorough exam with Dr. David Hassid will help determine if dentures, implants or a dental bridge is the best solution for your missing teeth.
Partial dentures are dentures that replace a limited number of teeth and not an entire set. The base of a partial denture is custom made from either vitalium or an acrylic based material. The artificial teeth and gums are placed on this base and the partial denture is supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They can be removed at any time but generally are removed just to clean and while sleeping. Although not as durable as your natural teeth or dental implants, partial dentures are much more secure and comfortable than standard full dentures. Partial dentures may be especially beneficial if your adjacent natural teeth or not strong enough to support a dental bridge. Make an appointment today at the Houston cosmetic dentists office of Dr. David Hassid.
Complete dentures are an option if all of the teeth on your upper or lower arch are missing. Like partial dentures, full dentures are custom made removable appliances with artificial teeth and gums. Since complete dentures are required when no natural teeth remain, any shade, color and shape of teeth you desire can be fabricated.
Dental implant-supported dentures
A dental implant-supported denture is the same concept as a complete denture but the stability and retention of the denture is drastically increased. Instead of resting solely over the gums and relying on muscle control and adjuncts such as adhesives, the denture attaches to/clips into an attachment that is being supported by implants. One configuration of many is like that of a ball and socket. Installed inside of the denture is a socket component and placed on the implant is a ball attachment. The denture then clicks into these ball attachments and does not have nearly the same ability to move around.
If you would like to learn more about partial dentures, full dentures or other options for replacing missing teeth, please contact Hassid Dental to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. David Hassid. We welcome patients from the Upper Kirby, West University, River Oaks areas and throughout Houston.