Custom Dentures from a Specialized Prosthodontist
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you are not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 40 million Americans do not have any remaining teeth. Losing most or all of your teeth can make daily tasks such as eating and speaking very difficult. If left untreated, it can even affect your jawbone structure and facial features.
As a specialized prosthodontist, Dr. Christine Hopkins has dedicated her career to helping patients in Plano, TX, restore their smiles with personalized care and natural-looking results. She can provide custom dentures that complement your facial features and help you feel confident once again. For patients who want added stability, she can also provide implant-supported restorations.
Who Should Consider Dentures?
Dr. Hopkins may recommend dentures if you have:
- Several missing teeth
- An entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth
- Several infected or decayed teeth that need to be extracted
The Treatment Process
Unlike a general dental practice, our practice dedicates extensive consultation time and careful planning to achieve highly functional and natural-looking results. Every smile is different and Dr. Hopkins designs each set of dentures according to the patient's needs, goals, and budget. Most treatments for dentures span several weeks and several appointments.
During your first visit, Dr. Hopkins will evaluate your case, determine whether any preparatory treatments are needed, and explain the benefits of dentures with our in-office Consult Pro patient education system.
Two-Stage Impression Process
Because not all jaws are the same, we will first take impressions of your jaws to fabricate custom-fitted impression trays. Custom trays will capture many more details about your jaws and soft tissue structures than standard, one-size-fits-all trays will.
During the second impressions appointment, we will take master impressions using these custom-fitted trays. This important step in the dentures process ensures that your dentures fit well, feel comfortable, and look as natural as possible.
Dr. Hopkins will then measure your facial structures to decide how much space is available for your new restoration. By carefully measuring the space available between your upper and lower jaws, we can select the proper tooth shape and size. We also take your facial features into account to match the color of your denture base and prosthetic teeth to your soft tissues, eyes, and skin tone.
Your personalized treatment does not end here. Dr. Hopkins will then personally design and set up your new smile arrangement in our in-house lab. We use premium materials to ensure that your new dentures look and sparkle just like natural teeth.
Dr. Hopkins will assess the esthetic and phonetic of your denture by making sure that your smile looks its best and that your speech sounds clear and feels natural. Once you approve the setup, this restoration is sent back to the lab to complete the process and finish the denture with premium materials.
Once your dentures fit perfectly, you will be ready to take your permanent restoration home.
Prosthodontists...combine science and artistry...to help patients find a tooth replacement solution that meets their needs.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer several benefits for patients, including:
- Improving your speech and ability to eat: Dentures allow you to eat the foods you want and enunciate more clearly than before.
- Helping you look younger: Your teeth support your cheeks and facial structures. When they are lost, you can look sunken or puckered. Dentures can help restore volume to your facial features and give you a more youthful appearance.
Dentures can transform both the look and function of your smile, improving your overall quality of life.
While traditional dentures themselves are a better alternative than leaving missing teeth untreated, many patients prefer the benefits offered by implant-supported dentures. Held securely in place by dental implants, this restoration provides:
- Added stability: Rather than being held in place by dental adhesive and natural suction, your dentures are held in place by your implants and will not slip or click when you talk.
- Jawbone support: Implant-supported restorations send powerful regenerative signals to your jawbone via the dental implants, helping your jaw stay structurally strong and preventing the jawbone atrophy that typically occurs after tooth loss.
- Natural-looking results: Because they do not slip or click, implant-supported dentures typically look more natural than conventional dentures.
If you are interested in implant-supported dentures, you will need to undergo dental implant surgery a few months prior to receiving your permanent dentures.
A Prosthodontist is Trained to Help You
Prosthodontists receive specialized training, combine science and artistry, and provide personalized care to help patients find a tooth replacement solution that meets their needs. Consequently, visiting a prosthodontist is essential for those who need dentures. To discuss your tooth replacement options with prosthodontist Christine Hopkins, request an appointment online or call us at (972) 781-0209.
"I have been going to Dr. Hopkins for years now. I was looking for a general dentist but also a doctor that also had a prosthodontist background so any major work that I would require in the future could be done by the doctor who has regularly worked on me. Dr Hopkins has met and even exceeded my expectations in oral care."Julie W.