Dentures have held a common place in restoring missing teeth for over 100 years. Dentures offer an affordable and convenient means to gain a complete smile using prosthetic teeth. With properly fitting dentures, you regain your ability to eat and speak, while giving your facial structures the support they need for a youthful look. While dentures are the perfect solution to replacing missing teeth, you have to take care of your dentures and have adjustments made as needed. Overtime, your dentures will begin to slip or become uncomfortable. If you don’t have adjustments made, you’ll develop complications from ill-fitting dentures. As a dentist for dentures in Fort Smith, we’re here to educate you about the importance of properly fitting dentures.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
There are so many things to worry about in this day and age! Are you eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise, or watching your weight? Will certain medications cause side effects; are you eating too much sugar, or drinking too much caffeine? The list goes on and on, and it’s enough to make you crazy! Here is one less thing for you to worry about. Your Fort Smith dentist, Dr. Gilbert Lopez wants to ease your mind about dental x-rays and assure you that they’re perfectly safe.
Friday, March 4, 2016
Your Fort Smith, AR dentist, Dr. Gilbert Lopez, wants to improve your life. Learn how dentures replace missing teeth for a healthy, confident smile.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Heading out for an evening of wine tasting in Arkansas’s wine country is one of your favorite past times. On this evening, however you’re feeling a bit nervous because you’ll be surrounded at the winery by at least fifty of your coworkers. Your company is providing an evening out and you’re expected to speak to the group. You’re considering coming down with a sudden illness because speaking in front of people terrifies you. Because your teeth are stained and chipped, on a daily basis you hardly speak to any coworkers at all, let alone a group of them. Porcelain veneers in Fort Smith, AR may be just the solution you’ve been looking for.
Monday, January 4, 2016
According to the Centers for Disease control in Atlanta, 25 percent of American adults over 60 are missing all of their natural teeth. Replacement is not simply a cosmetic issue, but a health and self-esteem concern, too. Fort Smith, AR dentures, crafted by Dr. Gilbert Lopez, conquer many of the consequences of gapped smiles.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Decay, fractures, fillings--these, and other factors, compromise tooth structure. Fort Smith, AR patients get beautiful porcelain crowns at New Smith Dental.
When a tooth is so compromised it cannot be restored with fillings or cosmetic dental services, porcelain crowns from Gilbert Lopez DDS at New Smile Dental rescue smiles. They bring durability, health and great aesthetics to smiles in the the Fort Smith, AR area.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Life without a complete smile is a struggle. Poor chewing, pain, and compromised personal appearance result when teeth succumb to decay, accident or gum disease. In his Fort Smith AR practice, Gilbert Lopez DDS of New Smile Dental creates dentures that give life back to incomplete smiles.
Basically, there are 2 kinds of dentures--partial and full. Both are created from lifelike tooth- and gum-colored acrylic and frequently contain metal framework.
Dr. Lopez places a partial denture when the patient has one or more natural teeth. These teeth anchor the prosthetic made up of new teeth mounted on a frame with clasps. Dr. Lopez places a complete denture when the upper or lower arch or both are edentulous (missing all teeth).
Complete dentures may be conventional or immediate. The dentist places the conventional dentures after remaining teeth are extracted and gums heal. The patient does not receive his replacement teeth for 4 to 6 weeks after extraction.
The dentist places an immediate denture right after he removes remaining natural teeth. The immediate denture helps control bleeding and provides a complete smile right away. However, as gums and bones heal, they shrink. So, the immediate denture requires relining and refitting as time goes by.
The advantages of dentures
Dentures restore smiles to full function and appearance. Patients eat and speak normally, they have a full set of attractive teeth, and facial muscles are supported and more youthful looking. Quality dentures created by your Fort Smith AR dentist at New Smile Dental last for years with regular hygiene at home and professional care from Dr. Lopez and his team.
In an initial consultation, Dr. Lopez takes x-rays and dental impressions to determine how a denture should look. He offers the patient viable options and formulates a treatment plan. The dentist sends his instructions, the impressions and imaging to a dental lab where a skilled technician crafts the denture.
During a subsequent appointment, Dr. Lopez “tries-in” the prosthetic, checking fit, bite and appearance. The appliance may return to the lab for reworking if necessary. When fit and other factors are exactly right, the patient leaves with his denture in place.
Patients find they adjust to quality dentures quickly. Slight slurring of speech resolves, and facial muscles learn the proper way to bite and chew. Individuals enjoy their renewed facial aesthetics, and find they laugh and smile confidently.