Missing teeth can have an impact on your sense of confidence in your appearance, your overall health, and your daily quality of life. Fixing this problem is just one of the restorative dentistry treatment options that Dr. Joseph Costa offers his patients.
Worcester, MA dentist Dr. Joseph Costa offers options for replacing missing teeth with dentures and partial dentures. Back in the day, they used to look bulky and fake. Today’s cosmetic dentures can provide a natural-looking smile that will feel comfortable and restore your mouth’s full function after tooth loss. They are the traditional method of replacing a whole row of missing teeth. We can even support them with dental implants for a permanently comfortable fit.
It is essential to replace lost teeth as soon as possible. Prevent the development of additional dental problems and preserve the aesthetics of your natural smile. In addition, missing teeth can lead to changes in your oral health, such as gum disease, bone loss, jaw shrinkage, and shifting teeth.
Dentures in Worcester, MA
As mentioned above, you now have a variety of choices to choose from when considering dentures. We offer three types of dentures, which can be either removable or fixed:
- Partial dentures: A partial denture replaces several missing teeth. Partial dentures can be secured either by a dental implant or by a natural tooth strengthened by a dental crown.
- Complete dentures: A full denture replaces the top or bottom rows of teeth. They are crafted by a skilled technician using the latest dental technology.
- Implant-secured dentures: This option is a full denture that sits on two to four dental implants. Your new denture will be permanently secured with several strategically placed dental implants. This option has the least amount of food restrictions and does not require the use of denture creams.
Implant-secured dentures offer several important benefits for both quality of life and overall oral health:
- Helps to reduce bone loss with several implanted posts which act as tooth roots.
- No need for daily maintenance and use of adhesives.
- Allows normal speech and a healthy, varied diet- no slippage!
Caring For Your Dentures
Good oral hygiene and routine maintenance are important for keeping your new denture functional and comfortable. In addition to visiting our office twice a year for preventive care and routine screenings for gum disease and oral cancer, use these oral care tips for the best result:
- Keep your dentures moist when not wearing them by placing them in room temperature water (not hot) with a cleansing solution.
- Brush your dentures daily to remove any food particles and reduce staining from dark foods and beverages.
- Brush your tongue and gums to stimulate healthy blood flow and prevent plaque from spreading and causing periodontal disease.
Dentures & Partials FAQs
Read answers to common questions about full and partial dentures to learn more about this restorative option:
When should I replace my old dentures?
Dentures should be replaced every five to ten years. They are not meant to last forever! Your mouth and jawbone change over time, so keeping your restorations in good condition are important. The older your dentures get, the more likely they will become less comfortable and not fit like they used to. Get your dentures checked at the dentist if they are causing gum irritation and other issues.
Do dentures hurt?
Dentures are bulky in the mouth and will take some time to get used to. However, they should never hurt. Properly fitted dentures should not cause you any issues. Please schedule an appointment immediately if you have an uncomfortable denture that creates mouth sores. It may need an adjustment or replacement.
How do dentures stay in place?
This depends on what type you have. A partial denture uses clasps made of metal or acrylic that will snap around existing teeth. A full denture relies on a layer of saliva between the gums and base to create a suction effect. Dental implants can also secure the denture. This is the most secure option. Dentures secured by dental implants will not move around in the mouth and will allow you to eat a diet with little to no restrictions.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you have poorly fitting dentures, worn dentures, or broken dentures, contact us to discuss repair or replacement and restore your dental health. Call us at 508-590-9383, or request an appointment online today.