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Dentures

Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures can cast a shadow over your day-to-day life. When you talk. When you smile. When you eat.

Let custom-designed dentures from Pendergrass and Wilkie Dentistry in Amarillo, TX, restore your dental function and self-esteem.

You have a range of denture options to enhance your quality of life. Take a look at what's possible when you work with us... 

Restore More Than Your Smile The Benefits of Dentures

The restored self-esteem that a beautiful smile offers is the most obvious benefit of dentures. However, there are other advantages that are easy to overlook but provide lasting effects for your quality of life: 

A Healthier You

Dentures allow you to eat a healthier, more varied diet, which contributes to your overall well-being and enjoyment of life.

A More Youthful Appearance

When you are missing teeth, the lower portion of your face shortens, leading to sunken cheeks and puckered lips. Dentures can restore the natural fullness of your face.

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A Stronger Jaw

Tooth loss causes the bone in your jaw to deteriorate. An implant-supported denture helps avoid this effect, as each implant post acts like natural tooth roots and encourages the bone to replenish itself. 

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Different Types of Denture Restorations

Full Dentures

Traditional full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are designed to replace a full arch of teeth. The restoration simply rests on your gums and can be easily removed for nightly cleaning and to allow your gums to rest. This type of denture is held in place by natural suction and dental adhesive, if needed.

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Partial Dentures

If you are missing several teeth in a row, a partial denture is an appropriate dental solution. Partial dentures are removable and typically attached to neighboring teeth with dental clasps for stability. However, our Amarillo, TX, practice also offers Valplast Flexible Partials that don't require clasps and move naturally with your mouth. 

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Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are the preferred dental solution for missing teeth at our Amarillo practice. These are held in place by titanium posts inserted into your jawbone. Dental implants securely support the restoration so it never slips. An added benefit is that the posts act as tooth roots and help maintain the health of your jawbone. Implants can be used to support a single-tooth crown, a dental bridge, or a full-arch denture.

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Traditional vs. Implant Dentures A Closer Look at the Difference

When considering your denture options, the most important choice will be choosing between traditional and implant-supported dentures. 
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The top image shows a full-arch restoration held in place with dental implants. Below is a traditional denture, which rests on the gums and is held in place by natural suction and dental adhesive. Both options have their benefits, and we'll be sure to explain them clearly so you can make an informed decision about your dental care.

How Denture Types Affect Your Oral & General Health

Today's traditional dentures are a wonderful option for patients looking to restore their smiles. Drs. Pendergrass and Wilkie in Amarillo, TX, use premium materials to create dentures that look just like your natural teeth while also restoring your ability to chew and talk clearly. While traditional dentures can be a great treatment option, the long-term benefits are not as robust when compared with implant-supported restorations.

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Bone Atrophy Risks

Traditional dentures cannot prevent bone loss, one thing that is vital for your continued jaw health. In fact, the constant pressure they apply to gum tissue can actually hasten the loss of bone. Over time, jawbone loss can affect the stability of any remaining teeth as well as your appearance. As your jaw continues to deteriorate, the lower third of your face can change in appearance, making you look older than you are. 

Preventing Bone Loss

Implant-supported dentures not only give you a secure smile you will enjoy sharing, but the dental implants themselves preserve the bone in your jaw and maintain a more youthful look. Like natural tooth roots, they stimulate the jaw, encouraging your body to regrow bone and maintain the strength and stability of your facial structure. Implants also ensure your restorations will never embarrass you by slipping or falling out. 

Are You Looking to Replace Missing Teeth? Get in Touch With Our Dentists Today

Tooth loss is a common condition. If you are looking for solutions, request a consultation with the dentists at Pendergrass and Wilkie Dentistry in Amarillo, TX, to learn what's possible for your smile. 

Our dentists, Tyler L. Pendergrass and Eric S. Wilkie, use premium dental materials to craft beautiful restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth

Whether you prefer traditional dentures or want the security of a restoration held in place by dental implants, we can tailor your dentures to your individual needs and your budget.

Our office accepts a wide array of insurance plans, as well as CareCredit® financing. Contact us online or call us:

(806) 358-8801

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We're with you every step of the way to ensure you get the precise, comfortable fit that will keep you smiling.

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Am I a Candidate for Dentures?

During a consultation at our Amarillo, TX, dental practice, our friendly dentists can help you determine if dentures are the solution for your needs. You may be a candidate for dentures if you:

Have missing teeth

Dentures are a restorative treatment option that can address multiple types of tooth loss, including complete tooth loss, partial tooth loss, or multiple isolated areas of tooth loss. 

Have teeth that require extraction

If you have compromised teeth that cannot be repaired, we can perform gentle extraction and replace them with full or partial dentures.

Are in good oral health

If you have existing tooth decay or gum disease, it must be addressed before you can qualify for dentures. This is to ensure a healthy foundation for your new restoration. 

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From Our Amarillo Team

If you’re wondering whether you qualify for traditional or implant-supported dentures, turn to our Amarillo practice for answers. We have everything you need to revitalize the form and function of your mouth. Our dentists can recommend the best option to help you speak, and, and smile with confidence once again. 

For more information on your candidacy and treatment options, get in touch with us today.

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What You Can Expect When You Turn to Us for Dentures

No matter your smile goals, we can design a custom treatment plan that will best deliver the kind of results you’re looking to achieve.
No matter your smile goals, we can design a custom treatment plan that will best deliver the kind of results you’re looking to achieve.

Initial Consultation

During your first visit to our Amarillo office, we’ll review your medical history as well as your smile and oral health goals. Your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and gums to develop a custom treatment plan that will best deliver the kind of results you’re looking to achieve.

Preparatory Procedures

Once you and your dentist determine which type of dentures you should receive, you’ll undergo any necessary procedures to get your teeth and gums ready for them. These can include everything from extractions and tooth root removal to ridge augmentation to prepare your jaw. Your dentist will consult you on how this prep work will factor into your overall treatment timeline.

Dental Implant Placement

If you are receiving an implant-supported denture, the implants will be placed a few months prior to placement of the actual denture. In most cases, we’ll need to account for three to six months of healing to ensure the implants successfully fuse to the jawbone.

Impressions

After your gums heal from any necessary extractions or your implants have fused with your jawbone, we will take a detailed impression of your teeth and dental arch to design your custom-fit restoration. This information will be sent over to a trusted dental lab where skilled technicians will craft your new prosthetic.

Denture Placement

When your dentures are ready, they’ll be sent back to our office, and we'll schedule an appointment for placement. When you visit our office, we'll remove your temporary dentures, place your permanent ones, and make any adjustments necessary to ensure the best fit.

When Making an Investment in Your Oral Health...  It's Important to Read the Fine Print

Our team understands that dentures are an important investment for our Amarillo and Texas Panhandle patients. That's why, just as with any investment, we recommend you read the fine print when comparing pricing from different practices. You want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples to avoid disappointment about the final price or quality. Make sure you consider: 

What's the Total Price?

Be sure to find out which services are included with your dentures. Is that lower advertised price just to get you in the door, but then it quickly starts to balloon? Does the initial price accurately reflect the overall cost? Will the restoration be made from quality materials so it lasts a long time? 

Working With a Team You Can Trust

As local dentists, we value each and every patient. This is our community, and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure we live up to your trust, including giving you the full story about pricing. 

Once we are able to provide you with a personalized estimate, we can determine which costs, if any, are covered by your dental insurance. Implants, for example, are typically not covered, but restorations are.

Our office accepts a range of insurance plans and will work to maximize your coverage. CareCredit financing can be used to break up the remaining portion into manageable monthly payments so you can enjoy a beautifully restored smile on any budget.

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Living With Tooth Loss? We're Here to Help Request a Consultation at Our Amarillo Practice Today

Living with tooth loss can make eating and speaking difficult. Fortunately, dentures can help restore your oral function and transform your quality of life. With complete dentures, partial dentures, traditional dentures, and implant-supported dentures, we have a range of treatment options to address all levels of tooth loss and allow you to smile with confidence once more.

Start your journey to a beautifully restored smile by contacting us online or calling our Amarillo dental practice:

(806) 358-8801

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Very friendly staff!...And when I was leaving they all told me to have a great day with smiles on their faces! I will definitely be referring them to any who needs dental care!

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Partials rely on metal clasps and nearby teeth for support.

Denture FAQs

These are some of the most common questions our dentists receive from denture patients. 

How do I care for my dentures?

Caring for dentures is similar to caring for natural teeth. Each day, brush your dentures with a denture brush or soft toothbrush to remove food and plaque buildup. Use a non-abrasive soap or denture paste, as regular toothpaste is too abrasive. Gently scrub every surface, inside and out. This will help prevent your dentures from becoming permanently stained and allow you to maintain good oral hygiene. 

Can I sleep in my dentures?

While you can wear your dentures overnight, our dentists recommend removing them before you go to bed. This gives your gums and jawbone a chance to rest after supporting your dentures all day. If you do wear your dentures at night, it is important to take the time to properly clean both your mouth and your restoration before sleep. You should never wear your dentures for more than 24 hours without a proper cleaning.

Can I eat normally with dentures?

While it may take a little time to get used to eating with dentures, once you do, you should be able to eat most foods normally. For traditional dentures, a dab of denture adhesive can help stabilize the restoration and make eating hard or sticky foods easier. Implant-supported denture patients have no restrictions and can confidently eat steak, apples, and more. You should avoid chewing gum frequently, as it can stick to the denture material and cause damage.

How do you know when it's time to reline dentures?

When you notice that your traditional denture is no longer fitting as it should, it may be time to refit the base of your restoration. This is typically done every one to two years. Our dentists can perform a reline to give your dentures a tighter, more stable fit. We do not recommend attempting to reline your dentures with over-the-counter kits. If you suspect you need a reline, rebase, or repair, contact us and we will be glad to help.

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"Going to the dentist is something i extremely dread no matter what!! But the Pendergrass/Wilke staff makes it bearable!! Extremely nice, very clean, they get you in and out quickly, and Dr. Pendergrass is very awesome! I would recommend 10/10!!" Jessie P
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Pendergrass & Wilkie Dentistry

The Pendergrass & Wilkie Dentistry team is committed to helping you achieve excellent oral health through compassionate, professional, and personalized dental care. Drs. Tyler L. Pendergrass and Eric S. Wilkie are highly trained, trusted doctors who belong to leading organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • Texas Dental Association

To experience our advanced level of technology and welcoming dental office, call us at (806) 358-8801 or request a consultation online.

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