Dentures in North Andover
Prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base, dentures can restore your self-esteem, improve your ability to speak, eat and do other activities after tooth loss. They also help to maintain the structure of your face, giving you a fuller, more youthful appearance. Are you in need of a wonderful tooth replacement? If you live or work in the North Andover area, continue reading to learn more about your options for dentures.
Dentures: A Stable Tooth Replacement
Dentures have long been a trusted choice for replacing several or a whole row of missing teeth. But with recent advancements in dentistry, today’s modern dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.
Types of Dentures
Dentures can be full or partial. Like the name suggests, full dentures are the conventional option that replace a whole row of missing teeth in the top or bottom of the mouth. For several missing teeth, partial dentures (also known as an overdenture) fit with the surrounding natural teeth like a missing puzzle piece. The option that’s right for you will depend on the extent of your tooth loss and the state of any remaining natural teeth.
Life with Dentures
It may take some time for you to get used to your new dentures, but it won’t be long before you’re enjoying all the benefits of a complete smile once again. Until then, you may experience slight soreness as your mouth adjusts to holding the dentures in place. Increased saliva production and minor irritation are common, too. These will go away with time, but if any discomfort persists, don’t hesitate to let your dentist know -- a refitting may be necessary.
Some things to keep in mind for excellent denture care include the following.
- Remove and clean your dentures daily to remove plaque, food particles and to prevent denture staining.
- Brush your dentures gently, using a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive cleaner.
- Clean your mouth thoroughly (the gums, cheeks, roof of mouth and tongue) to remove bacteria and prevent bad breath and oral infection.
- Remove dentures every night for sleep to ease pressure on gums and surrounding teeth.
For the ultimate in stability, Willows Dental Group recommends stabilizing dentures with dental implants. These miniature titanium posts are surgically placed into the space left by each missing tooth to act as a prosthetic root for the denture that sits on top. In addition to providing maximum stability, dental implants also provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to stay healthy and whole. Without dental implants, dentures will need to be refitted as the jawbone slowly loses its shape.
The total treatment time will vary based on where the dental implants are placed and the state of the existing bone, but the average dental implant treatment lasts about eight months. It’s a bigger investment in time compared to non-implant retained devices, but it’s one that’s well worth it in the end.
Contact Willows Dental Group
If you’d like to discuss your tooth replacement options, our team would be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your options. Schedule an appointment to discuss the benefits of dentures today!