Smile, speak, and eat with confidence in dentures from Dr. Jones in Houston, TX
Teeth play a crucial role in appearance, communication, overall wellness, and life’s simple pleasures such as enjoying a hearty meal. Whether you are missing several teeth, have no natural teeth, or need extractions, Dr. Marilyn Jones has solutions to restore your smile and your confidence. She offers a range of options in dentures at Houston Biological Dentist in Houston, TX.
Causes of tooth loss
As a biological dentist, Dr. Jones focuses on helping you keep your natural teeth. However, teeth can be lost due to trauma, untreated decay, or gum disease. Periodontal disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for adults. Oral bacteria initially cause gums to loosen from teeth, eventually attacking periodontal ligaments and deteriorating bone. Teeth fall out or must be extracted.
Houston, TX dentist offers many options in dentures
Dr. Jones is known for meticulous attention to detail, creating dentures that fit snugly and comfortably, and look natural. She also provides guidance for adapting to and caring for dentures and the mouth.
- Partial – One or more replacements for missing teeth are stabilized by clips that fasten to remaining natural teeth. You remove a partial denture to clean it.
- Full and complete – All teeth in an arch are replaced by a full denture. The upper denture usually covers the palate. This type of denture is held in place by natural suction. “Complete” refers to full upper and lower dentures designed to work together.
- Immediate – In some cases, dentures can be planned in advance and inserted on the day teeth are extracted. You don’t have to go without teeth, and the denture protects your mouth while it heals. The immediate denture is relined to adjust fit or replaced, when healing is complete.
- Implant-retained – Four or more dental implants are placed into the jawbone to hold a full denture, with dramatically-improved stability. The denture snaps over abutments on the implants, so it can be removed for cleaning. An implant-supported upper denture does not cover the palate, allowing more normal temperature sensation and taste.