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By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss requires an adjustment in oral function and even in your self-esteem. After extractions, gum tissue and jaw bone structure dentureschange quickly and dramatically, diminishing the height of your bite and collapsing youthful facial dimensions. What are your denture options in Sherman, TX? Ask Dr. Julie Folger and Dr. Ralf Poineal for your best smile solution.

Partial or total loss

Don't feel as though you're the only one. About 120 million Americans have lost a single tooth to decay, injury, gum disease, and other circumstances, says the American College of Prosthodontists. Many more millions have no teeth at all. If you're counted in these numbers, your dentists in Sherman have denture choices to improve your appearance and how well you speak, bite, and chew.

To help you choose your best denture, Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal will perform a complete examination, including X-rays. You'll discuss how your denture will look and fit into your mouth, as well as the "try-in" process and adjustment to and care of your new smile.

Types of dentures

There are several and include

  • Partial
  • Complete or full
  • Implant-supported

Partial dentures work for people who have lost one or more teeth but still have some healthy natural teeth remaining in their mouths. Pontics, or replacement teeth, are custom-made from tooth-colored acrylic. They anchor to natural teeth via light metal clasps.

Complete, or full, dentures may be placed immediately after tooth extraction or after bone and gum tissue have healed. Held in the mouth by the suction provided by the gums and alveolar arch (part of the jaw bone), complete dentures require precision craftsmanship for excellent fit and function. Typically, a quality denture needs no adhesive, but most appliances should be relined or remade as time passes because of changes in the shape of the oral cavity.

Implant-supported dentures provide unparalleled stability as they attach to titanium implant devices surgically placed in the jaw bone. Usually, your Sherman dentist utilizes four or more implants to secure these dentures.

Caring for dentures

You'll love the look of your new dentures in Sherman, TX, but the feel, function, and care take some getting used to. For instance, you may have to see Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal a few times during the first month for adjustments on your appliances. Taking a denture in and out will feel awkward at first, and your oral hygiene routine will change to a special denture brush, toothpaste, or specially-formulated soak.

Additionally, be sure to come to the office as usual every six months for your examination, cleaning and any other concerns you have as a denture wearer.

Find out more

After tooth loss, life can be good again with premiere dentures from Dr. Folger and Dr. Poineal in Sherman, TX. Don't live with embarrassing and dysfunctional smile gaps. Instead, call our caring team at (903) 893-2540 for a personalized consultation.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
May 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental technology has evolved and kept pace with modern developments across the medical and health fields, and dentures are no denturesexception. In the past, dentures were something of a last result for older adults suffering from age-related periodontal disease and tooth loss. Although gum disease can be prevented and managed so that more people can keep most if not all of their natural teeth for most of their lives, periodontal disease and some degree of tooth loss remains a problem for Americans over the age of 30, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that dentures remain a standard solution for tooth loss for adults of all ages. Dr. Julie Folger, your Sherman, TX dentist, offers several denture options designed to restore both the cosmetic appearance and function of your teeth.

Give Your Smile (and Health) a Second Chance with Dentures in Sherman, TX

There are two main categories of dentures depending on the extent of tooth loss: complete (also known as full) and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing on either the upper or lower jaw; partial dentures are used to fill in the gaps when there are still a few remaining natural teeth. There are also immediate dentures, a temporary set that can be worn immediately after tooth loss or extractions until the permanent set is ready (typically within a month, depending on the situation). Implant-supported overdentures are a type of partial denture that are held in place by implants, offering more security and stability than the traditional fit.

Find a Dentist in Sherman, TX

The best way to prevent gum disease and avoid tooth loss is by practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups and cleanings. If and when tooth loss happens, dentures are an affordable and convenient solution. For more information on the different types of dentures and the best option for you, call 903-893-2540 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Folger today.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There is more than only one kind of denture to choose from in Sherman, TX.

If you have severe tooth loss then you may just think that you get one type of dentures and then your treatment is done. Contrary to what denturesyou might think, when you turn to our Sherman, TX, dentist, Dr. Julie Folger, you have options. That’s right! There are different kinds of dentures, depending on your needs and lifestyle. Here are the different kinds of dentures available:

Removable Partial Dentures

These can be a great option for those who are missing teeth but still have some natural teeth present. This removable prosthetic will replace the missing teeth in your mouth and clasps from the dentures will be used to hold it in place. These clasps, which can be made from plastic or metal, often attach around natural teeth that are strong enough to support your false teeth. Clasps make it easy for your artificial teeth to stay put while in your mouth, but still be able to easily remove them every night.

Removable Complete Dentures

If you have complete tooth loss then getting a full set of dentures can help. These dentures are also removable and can be used to replace your upper and/or lower teeth. Conventional complete dentures will only be placed once any tooth extraction that is needed has been performed and once your mouth has healed. These dentures are designed to fit closely with the gums and bone tissue to help seal it in place. Of course, some patients also choose to use denture adhesives to keep them from moving around.

Immediate Dentures

If you’ve needed to get a tooth extraction your mouth will need time to heal before complete or partial dentures are placed. In the meantime, you will be given immediate dentures to wear. These tend to be worn for about 8 weeks while the gums heal from the extractions. These dentures are placed the same day as your extraction so you are never without teeth. Of course, they will need to be to adjusted in a couple of months, especially since the gum tissue will change after your extraction.

Implant-supported dentures

Small metal posts known as dental implants are placed into the jawbone where they fuse together to become a permanent, durable foundation from which to hold a restoration. While most people assume that dental implants can only support a dental crown, placing several implants into the jawbone can help support even a full set of dentures.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? Want to find out if they are the right restoration to replace your missing teeth? Then it’s time you called Dr. Folger today to schedule a consultation in Sherman, TX. Don’t let tooth loss get you down!

Would you like to improve your smile but aren't sure which cosmetic procedure is right for you? Dr. Julie Folger, your cosmetic dentist incosmetic dentistry Sherman, TX, discusses several common types of procedures.

Composite Bonding

Bonding is an effective, relatively inexpensive way to repair damaged teeth and improve cosmetic issues. Putty-like composite resin, the material used for bonding, can be molded into any shape. Once it's applied to your teeth, it becomes as hard as your natural tooth enamel. Bonding is often used to lengthen teeth, improve the appearance of crooked teeth, fill slight gaps between teeth and cover cracks, chips and stains.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are hollow dental restorations that slip over a tooth, covering it completely. They're used to stabilize cracked or broken teeth or teeth that have been weakened by large fillings or root canal therapy. Crowns can also lengthen short teeth and conceal imperfections, such as oddly shaped or crooked teeth, discolorations, cracks and chips. Bridges replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth attached to crowns on either side.

Teeth Whitening

Dull, yellow teeth can make you feel self-conscious in business and social situations. After professional teeth whitening, your teeth will be as much as three to eight shades lighter. Your dentist offers both in-office whitening and take-home whitening kits for your convenience.

Veneers

Thin porcelain veneers hide flaws and imperfections that prevent you from enjoying a perfect smile. Since veneers are attached to the fronts of your teeth only, they don't require a complicated dental procedure. Veneers are used to whiten teeth and hide chips, cracks, gaps and oddly shaped teeth.

Dentures and dental implants

Full or partial dentures replace missing teeth, allowing you to eat and chew normally. Full dentures rest on your gums, while partial dentures usually hook over surrounding teeth. Dental implants are a good choice if you prefer a more permanent tooth loss replacement option. Implants replace your teeth from the root to the crown and can be used to replace one tooth or all of them.

Cosmetic dental procedures can make you feel like smiling again. Call Dr. Julie Folger, your cosmetic dentist in Sherman, TX, at (903) 893-2540 to schedule an appointment to find out which option is right for you.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
January 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

When you're missing teeth, you may feel like there's not much to smile about. Eating and speaking is difficult, and you don't look your best. Losing teeth can happen for a number of reasons, but there's no reason to live without a full smile thanks to dentures from Dr. Julie Folger, your Sherman, TX cosmetic dentist. Here are just a few of the ways dentures can improve the way you look and feel.Dentures

Confidence booster

A recent survey issued by the American Academy of General Dentistry found that about 86 percent of its respondents, a group of dentists, had patients who experienced "social embarrassment" as a result of their missing teeth. 68 percent reported their patients feeling nervous and self-conscious about their situation. It's easy to understand why these numbers are so high - in our culture, a beautiful smile is seen as a mark of success and approachability. Conversely, many people who are missing several or all of their teeth feel as though they're seen as incompetent or unfriendly, especially if they're apprehensive about smiling. With dentures from your Sherman dentist, however, you can smile with confidence, knowing you have replaced your teeth with high-quality removable dentures that look and function like natural teeth.

Diet enhancer

Almost all of the survey's respondents said that without teeth, chewing food was a problem for their patients. This is because teeth are one of the first components of the digestive process; they are responsible for cutting and reducing food into smaller pieces prior to swallowing. Without teeth, the gum ridges are left to do this job, and they are unable to properly decrease the volume of food in the mouth, making swallowing and digestion more difficult, even uncomfortable. This leads to people cutting important nutrients out of their diet - raw vegetables and meat being two of the main ones. Dentures made by your Sherman dentist restore your ability to chew properly. Although you may need to avoid certain chewy or sticky foods to prevent dislodging your dentures, you'll find eating overall to be a much more pleasant experience.

There are several more reasons why dentures can impact your life for the better. To learn more, contact the dental office of Dr. Julie Folger in Sherman, TX to set up a consultation. You'll be glad you did!



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