At Dental Partners of Boston, we work hard to ensure preventative measures to enable our patients to enjoy healthy, natural smiles for as long as possible. Caring for your teeth and keeping up to date with dental checks can maximize your chances of keeping your natural teeth in check, but it’s not always possible to preserve the teeth for a lifetime. Injuries, accidents, dental diseases and general wear and tear can take their toll. If you’ve lost natural teeth, our Boston orthodontic dentists may recommend dentures.
Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth, which are designed to replace natural teeth that have been lost through trauma, decay or gum disease. Missing teeth can pose problems for oral health, as well as affecting the look of the smile, and dentures play a valuable role in restoring oral function. Dentures are designed to look like natural teeth, and they can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth or a few lost teeth. Many people have an idea of what a denture looks like that is based on seeing clips in movies or TV shows. If you’re familiar with old-fashioned dentures, you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you see modern versions. Today, dentures look very similar to natural, healthy teeth.
There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures, which are sometimes known as full dentures, are ideally suited to patients who have lost almost all, or all of their natural teeth. They replace entire arches, enabling you to eat, talk, and smile with confidence. In some cases, complete dentures will be recommended for patients who haven’t yet lost all of their teeth. If the remaining teeth are decayed or damaged, your dentist will remove the remaining teeth before creating impressions that will be used to create your bespoke dentures.
Once the teeth have been extracted, your Boston Orthodontist will make a mold of your gums, which will be sent to the laboratory. Here, an experienced, skilled dental technician will use the impression to fabricate your custom-made dentures. While your full dentures are being crafted, your dentist will fit temporary dentures. Once your complete dentures are ready, we will fit them, secure them, and ensure you’re 100% happy with your new smile. It’s crucial that dentures fit like a glove, so we will make sure that everything is perfect before you go home.
Partial dentures are designed for patients who don’t need a full arch of new teeth. They are commonly used to replace a small number of lost teeth. The look of the denture is very important with partial dentures, and the new denture should blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. Partial dentures often feature a gum-colored base to ensure a seamless esthetic. In most cases, partial dentures are removable, and they clip on.
It’s understandable to have questions about dentures and maybe even some concerns if you’re not familiar with dentures and you’ve never had them before. If you’re exploring your options, here is some useful information to take on board before you make a decision:
Dentures offer multiple benefits, including:
Missing teeth can have a negative impact on the look of the smile, as well as your oral health. If you have gaps in your smile, you may find that the remaining teeth start to move out of position, your speech may be less clear, and you might also find it more difficult to keep your teeth clean. Losing natural teeth can also affect nutrition, as you may struggle to eat some types of food, and it can also cause you to feel self-conscious. Dentures provide a solution to all these problems.
As the shape of the mouth changes constantly, we advise patients to check in with us on a regular basis, so that we can keep an eye on the fit. If dentures don’t fit properly, they can rub the gums and cause sore spots. We also strongly advise our patients to take good care of their dentures, cleaning them frequently and storing them in safe places. We will provide you with cleaning tips and tricks when you have your denture fitted, but if you have any questions or queries, we’re just a phone call away. When you have dentures, it’s important to keep them moist when they’re not in your mouth, to keep your mouth as clean as possible, and to avoid leaving them in places where they could get damaged or broken. If you do have any issues with your dentures, we can help with repairs and replacements.
If you’re looking for beautiful, functional dentures in Boston, then schedule an appointment today! Our team of dentists look forward to hearing from you!