Tooth loss can leave gaps in your smile that make you feel self-conscious and impair your ability to eat and speak normally.
The team at Texas Dental Center can complete your smile with a custom denture created in our in-house lab for streamlined treatment.
Why should you choose dentures to replace missing teeth?
How does a partial denture work?
How common is tooth loss?
Dentures can be tailored to your needs...
However, certain factors can affect your candidacy for dentures...
Like all restorative treatments, dentures require a healthy foundation. You will need to receive treatment for gum disease and decay present in any remaining teeth prior to receiving dentures.
The jaw shrinks and changes shape after tooth loss. If you want an implant-supported denture, you may require a preliminary bone graft to make the jaw able to support dental implants.
If I choose an implant-supported denture, will I have to wait longer to complete my smile?
How does an implant-supported denture work?
How are dentures made?
The Texas Dental Center has an in-house denture lab that fabricates all of our dentures and allows patients to have a more streamlined treatment process. Dr. Clark Damon, Dr. Kari Blankenship, and Dr. MJ Secola are proficient and treat 20+ denture patients per week. If you are needing a denture repair, denture replacement, or Immediate Dentures we are a great choice.
Our in-house lab makes our complete or replacement dentures. We can fabricate dentures in about 10 days with superior quality.
All of our dentures are made with traditional heat-cured denture acrylic. We offer upgraded denture teeth and upgraded denture acrylic.
Regular Dentures: We offer Diamond D acrylic for regular dentures. The upgraded version is made with a High Impact GC America Acrylic.
Economy Dentures: Our economy denture teeth are made with two layers of denture tooth acrylic and come in seven shades. The upgraded denture teeth have four layers of characterization, uses a highly-filled resin, and includes more grooves for higher chewing capacity. The upgraded denture teeth last longer, are more fracture resistant, look more lifelike, and have more shades (including bleach shades).
Initial Consultation: The first step to your new dentures is to discuss risks, benefits, and expectations of treatment. Dentures are not teeth – they are a prosthesis and do have limitations. Understanding these limitations is vital to a successful outcome. In your initial consultation, we will make alginate impressions to create a mold of the jaws.
Wax Rim Appointment (if applicable) is the second step in the denture process. Vertical dimension is taken, occlusal plain, and midline is marked. Your choice of denture tooth color is chosen in this meeting. Not all patients need a wax rim appointment if they have most of their teeth; however, if patients are replacing their dentures, a wax rim appointment is required.
Wax Try-In or Viewing: For all complete denture patients, we try-in the wax set up prior to processing. Patients are able to see what their new dentures will look like to ensure proper sizing, placement, reveal, midline correctness, and the bite. Changes can be made and teeth can be re-set if needed. Changes are very common, and Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship are selective to provide you the comfort and happiness of your new dentures. For patients entering into an immediate denture, we conduct a teeth viewing. Unfortunately, you cannot try-in the teeth but you can look at their arrangement and size.
Delivery Process: For complete denture patients, your dentures are adjusted, trimmed, and fitted to jaws in the delivery process, which takes approximately an hour. We take special care to make good impressions; however, oral tissues do move and are tender and the acrylic shrinks when processed, so there is typically a slight discrepancy. A reline may need to be done at delivery if the suction of the top denture is not adequate. If you are receive an immediate denture, we deliver a reline at surgery once the teeth are removed.
Post-Operation: After you’ve had your dentures, there are still post-operation denture adjustments. One to three adjustments appointments after delivery are normal and should be expected.
A minimum of eight hours of technician work is required to make a denture the traditional way. “Same day” dentures is often correlated with low quality as one must cut corners to deliver them in the same day. Many “same day” denture patients will suffer from dentures that lack aesthetics due to no or a rushed try-in, break after a few months in function, have a rough surface, or contain teeth that pop out.
Immediate dentures are removable prosthetics made for the top jaw, lower jaw, or both. They are delivered at the time of complete mouth tooth removal so you will always have teeth. Due to health and lifestyle choices, teeth don’t always last. Fortunately, there are advanced tooth replacement options. Immediate dentures are a good and viable option for many patients facing tooth loss.
Patients with healthy teeth are not candidates for immediate dentures as healthy teeth do not and should not be extracted. Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship will never recommend immediate dentures to improve aesthetics.
Immediate dentures are a good and viable option for many patients facing tooth loss.
We deliver immediate dentures at the time of surgery. Typically, we place a soft liner at the time of teeth removal which will be changed out at one to two weeks after the operation and suture removal.
Partials replace multiple teeth and provide a removable solution to a few missing teeth. Patients can choose from three types: metal (most common and longest lasting), acrylic (flipper or a temporary partial; typically given if dental extractions are involved), or a modern material – Valplast®.
Patients ask what is the best partial all the time. We respond by saying that between the 3 types (acrylic, valpalst, and cast metal) we will chose cast metal for almost every situation due to the advantages above. We find also that many patients prefer this option.
To make cast metal partials, you need 4 appointments over about 4-5 weeks. We do not make the metal frames in house, but send them out to Bertrum Dental Lab. They are lab that ONLY makes partial metal frames for labs. They are very good at what they do. This is why our partials take about 2x longer then our dentures.
There are many types of Implant Dentures, including removable or fixed and can secured on 2, 4, or 6 implants. Removable implant denture can be attached by a bar, locator, or can be permanently fixed. We make both removable and fixed. We will show you different models and discuss the benefits.
Dentures can and do break from time to time. When they do, our In-House lab will fix your denture within a few hours. We will evaluate your denture no matter where the denture was made. If it is not fixable, we can fabricate a new set quickly. We also reline dentures on the same day too.
If you want to get your teeth back and want more than a denture as a full mouth tooth replacement option, consider permanent dentures. Texas Dental Center provides permanent same day full arch tooth replacement solutions with the proven All-on-Four® protocol in our office with IV Sedation.
Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship will provide IV sedation to make the process pain and anxiety free for the patient as the entire process includes multiple tooth extractions and bone management to make the jaws acceptable for dentures.
Many dentists give only oral sedation or perform this surgery while their patient is awake. Yet, neither of those treatment modalities works predictably for multiple extractions. With IV sedation, Dr. Damon and Dr. Blankenship tailor the dose of the medication directly to your needs allowing a comfortable procedure for the doctor and patient. Our staff has performed more than 3,000 successful and safe IV sedation.
We also provide monthly soft liners, temporary “liners” that help the dentures fit better during the healing phase. Liners are essential to maintaining patient comfort during the first few months. Our staff is well-trained and will address your concerns and help you adjust to your new lifestyle with dentures.