Millions of people across the U.S. have suffered a significant degree of tooth loss. If you are among them, you may be thinking about getting dentures. The All Dental team will be happy to help you acquire a functional, aesthetically pleasing prosthetic. Read on below to learn more about dentures in Westborough, including who is a good candidate for them and the different types of dentures that are available. When you are ready to schedule your tooth replacement consultation, contact our office.
Missing teeth can adversely affect your confidence, your ability to eat your favorite foods, and your speech. If you are struggling with such issues and it appears that your gums are healthy, your dentist in Westborough may recommend that you receive dentures. Keep in mind, though, that dentures are typically reserved as a treatment for extensive tooth loss. If you are missing just a few teeth, a bridge or another tooth replacement solution may be a better option.
Not all dentures are the same. When you visit us for your consultation, we will learn about your oral health and your goals for treatment before we recommend which type of denture would be best for you. Depending on what we learn, we may recommend one of the following:
Partial dentures are like a puzzle piece that fits in exactly where it is needed. They are held in the mouth with the help of small clips or attachments. They are an excellent option for patients whose remaining natural teeth are still relatively healthy and are unlikely to require extraction in the near future.
A full denture replaces either all of the upper or all of the lower teeth. It is custom-made to fit over the gums as comfortably as possible. Natural suction is usually powerful enough to hold a denture in place. However, some patients choose to use a mild adhesive for extra security.
Traditional dentures are a fine form of tooth replacement. However, they tend to lose their fit over time. They also have other disadvantages. Implant dentures are more secure because they are held in place by prosthetic tooth roots (dental implants). They are much more secure and have a longer life expectancy than traditional dentures.
Some benefits of dentures include:
Are you ready to get dentures in Westborough, or would you like more information before you schedule your consultation? If it is the latter, we invite you to take a look at the following list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find the information you were specifically looking for, give us a call. We enjoy speaking with our patients, and we will do what we can do help you find answers to all of your questions.
Some patients are eligible for immediate dentures, which are placed shortly after tooth extractions. However, immediate dentures must be adjusted more frequently than conventional dentures due to the mouth’s changing shape. Traditionally, the wait time between extractions and denture placement is 6 – 8 weeks. The waiting period allows the gums to heal.
If you are getting implant dentures, it might be several months after your extractions before you get your dentures. In the meantime, you will undergo a surgery to have dental implants placed in your jawbone.
It is always best to keep your natural teeth if at all possible. Therefore, if your remaining natural teeth are still somewhat healthy, we may recommend that you retain them. We may provide a partial denture to fill in any empty spaces around them. On the other hand, if your remaining teeth are badly damaged, or you are suffering from advanced gum disease, we may have to remove your teeth. Then after you heal adequately, we can provide you with full dentures.
When you first get your dentures, we may recommend that you wear them 24 hours, including while you sleep. After that, however, you should remove your denture every night. This allows your gums to rest and provides you the opportunity to thoroughly clean your prosthetic. Your excellent oral hygiene routine will prevent bacteria from accumulating beneath your denture and leading to bad breath and possible infections. If you wish to keep your dentures in 24/7, your best option would be to purchase a fixed implant denture.
If you undergo extractions prior to getting dentures, you can expect some soreness after your procedure. Pain medications, ice, and other measures should keep your discomfort to a minimum. Later, when you get your prosthetic teeth, you will have to go through an adjustment period. At first, your denture may feel somewhat uncomfortable. After several weeks or a few months, however, it should be easy for you to use and wear. If you experience any unusual, severe, or persistent pain, call your denture dentist in Westborough right away.