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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.
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Failing teeth, missing teeth--they are a recipe for a smile that just doesn't look good or work well. How can you fix your smile? Consult Dr. dental crownsJulie Folger and Dr. Ralf Poineal, your crown and bridge experts in Sherman, TX. Their combined expertise gives patients the edge in restorative dentistry techniques so anyone can optimize their smile aesthetics and oral function.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, or cap, is a permanent restoration which protects a tooth damaged by a blow to the mouth, multiple fillings, odd congenital shape or deep decay. Made of beautiful, natural-looking, and durable porcelain, crowns also restore dental implants when tooth replacement becomes necessary, and crowns anchor fixed bridgework to fill smile gaps of one, two or more adjoining teeth.

To determine if your oral health situation warrants a dental crown, Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal will perform a complete oral examination. Visual inspection and digital X-rays tell if a tooth is viable and can accept a crown. If it is, the Sherman dentist will remove the decayed areas and old filling material, shaping it for best fit with the restoration.

Also, the doctor will take oral impressions to send to a trusted dental lab. At the lab, a skilled technician will use the impressions and your dentist's detailed instructions to fabricate a crown that is a perfect match for shape, color, and bite.

Dental crowns may last up to 15 years, say researchers at the Cleveland Clinic. Simple brushing and flossing keeps them clean and bright, and Dr. Poineal and Dr. Folger recommend wearing a customized bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Bridgework replaces adjoining missing teeth. Conventional bridgework is made of lifelike acrylic and is anchored to natural teeth with dental crowns on opposite ends of the prosthetic. In some cases, bridgework may be cantilevered--that is, attached natural teeth only on one end of the bridge.

In addition, some fixed bridgework is secured directly to the jawbone with dental implants. These titanium devices adhere to the bone, providing superior security and longevity. With routine at-home hygiene and in-office cleanings and check-ups, most bridgework lasts for years.

A complete smile

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that a beautiful smile is a personal and professional asset. Additionally, you'll avoid impaired oral function that comes from smile gaps and deteriorating teeth. Find out more by paying a visit to Dr. Folger or Dr. Poineal. Call the office in Sherman today to arrange your crown and bridge consultation: (903) 893-2540.

By Julie Folger, D.D.S.
July 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Don't like the way silver fillings look? You may be interested in tooth-colored fillings. Our Sherman, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julie Folger, fillingsshares some advantages of the fillings.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings don't use a metal mixture to fill the cavity in your tooth, but instead, seal the space with composite resin. Composite resin is composed of plastic and glass powder and is also used to bond teeth. The flexible composite resin is applied to your tooth layer by layer, then each layer is hardened with a curing light in our Sherman office.

What are the benefits of composite resin fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings offer these benefits:

  • More Natural Appearance: If you would like to keep your dental history between you and your dentist, you may want to consider a tooth-colored filling. Composite resin is produced in the most common tooth shades to ensure that the filling doesn't stand out.
  • No Expansion and Contraction: Every time you eat or drink something hot or cold, the metals in a silver amalgam filling expand or contract. Eventually, the effects of expansion and contraction may crack your tooth. Cracked teeth are at increased risk of breaking if they're not protected with a dental crown. Tooth-colored fillings don't expand or contract, which reduces your risk of a tooth fracture.
  • A Stronger Tooth: Composite resin bonds to your tooth, which keeps it strong and helps protect if from breaking. When you choose a tooth-colored filling, a smaller area of healthy tooth structure will need to be removed to place the filling. Keeping as much of your healthy tooth structure intact as possible also helps protect your teeth from breaking.
  • A Mercury-Free Option: Silver amalgam fillings contain several metals, including mercury. Several years ago, researchers were concerned that mercury in fillings might be toxic. Despite assurances from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that mercury fillings are safe when used in people who are older than six, some people prefer to avoid amalgam fillings and opt for tooth-colored fillings instead.

Tooth-colored fillings enhance your smile and help keep your teeth strong. If you're concerned about a toothache, or it's been six months since your last visit, call Sherman, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Folger, at (903) 893-2540 to schedule an appointment.

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!



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