Dentures have long been a trusted method for replacing several or a whole row of missing teeth. A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum colored base. Full and partial dentures in Merrimack are available from Dr. Jini Shetty at Dental Designs of New England.
A removable partial denture is an attractive and affordable solution if you have gaps among your healthy natural teeth. Today, partials can be made from flexible, comfortable plastics that are barely detectable to others. They may be held in place by clips or brackets. Many times, the partial denture is the best option in situations where a fixed bridge cannot be used. A partial is designed to be taken out so you can brush and clean your teeth as well as the prosthetic device.
Then a full denture is your answer. A full denture replaces the whole arch in the top or bottom of your jaw to restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. When not retained by dental implants, a full denture is held in place by suction or with a denture adhesive.
Adjusting to a non-implant retained denture may be difficult at first. Excessive saliva, discomfort, and awkwardness speaking and eating are all associated with dentures in their beginning stages. But don’t give up -- most patients adjust to their full or partial denture after a few weeks of continued use.
Dentures don’t have to be retained by dental implants, but for eligible candidates, there’s no better method for keeping your tooth replacement stable and your oral health intact. Dental implants act as prosthetic roots, and they are the only comprehensive solution to tooth loss available today.
The benefits of choosing an implant-retained denture are multiple. Some include:
Because dental implants provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy and whole, an implant-retained denture will not require frequent relinings or refittings like a traditional one. With implant dentistry, your denture will fit like it should for years to come.
Discuss your candidacy for dental implants with your implant dentist. Patients should be in good oral and overall health to receive dental implants. Serious gum disease, uncontrolled diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and advanced cancer can preclude a patient’s ability to undergo the procedure for dental implants.
Dentures come with specific maintenance instructions. Follow them carefully to enjoy strong oral health and a prosthetic that stays stable, whole, and continues working like it should.
Clean your denture daily with hand soap or a mild dishwashing liquid to prevent plaque buildup and keep it shiny and bright. Before you reinsert your denture, brush your natural teeth, gums, and tongue to remove bacteria. Never use hot water when cleaning your denture, as this could cause it to warp and lose its fit. Soak your denture when you’re not wearing it at night to make sure it maintains its shape.
Are you suffering as a result of your tooth loss? Your dentist in Merrimack has many solutions for missing teeth. Call Dental Designs of New England today to find out if you are a candidate for dental bridges, dentures, or dental implants. We can’t wait to help you enjoy the benefits of a complete and beautiful smile once again.