Missing teeth can affect a person’s confidence and overall well-being. Thankfully, our dentures in Dorchester, Massachusetts, can provide a solution. However, choosing the right type of dentures can be overwhelming. Dr. Cressida Joseph, Dr. Cuthbert Joseph, Dr. Jacqueline Jacobson, Dr. Danika Crabtree, and Dr. Jessica Liu hope to educate you on the different types of dentures and the benefits of each.
Several types of dentures are available, including complete and partial dentures. Full dentures replace all teeth in the upper and lower jaw. On the other hand, partial dentures are used to replace one or a few missing teeth and are attached to neighboring teeth.
Dentures offer patients a range of benefits, including improved speech and chewing ability. Missing teeth in the lower jaw can affect a person’s pronunciation, while the inability to chew food properly can lead to digestive problems. Dentures also enhance facial features by filling out facial contours, preventing the sagging or sinking of facial muscles.
Our skilled and experienced dentists understand that getting dentures can be overwhelming, but it’s nothing to fear. The steps involved typically include the following:
The Initial Consultation:
The first step in placing full or partial dentures involves consulting your dentist. During this appointment, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine the health of your teeth and gums. Based on this examination, they will recommend the type of denture right for you. The dentist will also discuss the process and cost of getting dentures and any possible concerns or questions you may have.
Preparation of Your Mouth:
Once your dentist has determined that you need dentures, they will prepare your mouth for the process. This preparation can include extractions of any remaining teeth if required and thorough cleaning to remove any excess plaque or tartar. Your dentist may also take impressions of your gums and teeth to create a customized mold for your new dentures.
Fitting of Your Dentures:
Once we create your mold, the fitting process will begin. We will create a temporary set of dentures to ensure the proper fit and function of your new teeth. Based on your dentist’s recommendations, we will create the final set of dentures, which may take several appointments to refine and adjust. Your dentist will ensure your new dentures are comfortable, secure, and fit correctly.
Adjustments and Follow-Up:
Once we place your new dentures, it will take some time for your mouth to adjust to them. You may experience some discomfort, soreness, or speech impediments that will disappear as you get used to the new teeth. Schedule follow-up appointments with your dentist to adjust your dentures as needed and ensure they continue to fit correctly and comfortably.
Care and Maintenance of Your Dentures:
Caring for your dentures properly is essential to maintaining good oral health and extending the lifespan of your dentures. Clean your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and mild cleaning solution. Avoid using harsh or abrasive materials, hot water, or bleach-based products. Always remove your dentures at night to allow your gums to rest and recover.
Adjusting to Dentures
It may take some time for patients to get used to wearing dentures. Initially, dentures may feel cumbersome, and the patient may experience soreness in the mouth or difficulties speaking. However, patients can adjust more quickly by practicing reading aloud or speaking in front of a mirror. Starting with soft foods and gradually transitioning into a regular diet is also advisable.
Dentures in Dorchester
Dentures offer a safe and affordable solution to people experiencing tooth loss. Whether complete or partial dentures, dentures at Beacon Dental Group have a range of benefits, including improved speech and chewing, facial appearance, and oral health. Although it may take time to adjust to wearing dentures, proper care and regular check-ups with a dentist can ensure they last long and function optimally.
At Beacon Dental Group, we offer a range of denture services that suit your needs. Book your consultation with us today and restore your smile.