Losing multiple teeth can impact your life in many ways – from eating and speaking to smiling with confidence, it can be difficult to deal with tooth loss. If you are facing tooth loss or extractions, custom-made partial or full dentures from Paxton Dental Care in Paxton, MA can help you start smiling again.
What you should do to keep your dentures clean and looking great
Caring for your new partial denture
It is easy to keep your second nature partial clean and looking great. The metal-free frame is made with Zirlux Acetal, an advanced type of high-strength thermoplastic, which is colored to look like gum tissue. Natural-looking replacement teeth are permanently attached to the frame for a convenient, one-piece appliance. To keep your partial denture clean, rinse the appliance after meals: Use an anti-bacterial denture cleanser daily: Avoid abrasive toothpastes or denture cleansers: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush thoroughly but gently.
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How dentures work
Dentures are a versatile dental prosthesis option that can meet a wide variety of patients’ needs. Gone are the days of fake-looking dentures—thanks to modern dental advances, today’s dentures look like natural teeth and fit great so you can enter any situation with confidence.
- Partial dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth, and are often held in place with clasps that attach to your teeth on each side of the gap that the denture fills
- Full dentures replace a full arch of teeth; they are typically fully removable and are held in place in your mouth with natural suction or denture adhesive
- Immediate dentures are a rapid solution for getting your dentures fitted and placed; instead of waiting until all of your extractions are complete to take impressions of your mouth and then fabricating the dentures, the impressions are done beforehand so that your dentures are ready on the day of your extractions
- Implant-supported dentures are typically a full arch of teeth that are held in place with multiple strategically placed dental implants; they offer greater stability than dentures that are held in place with natural suction
How denture technology has changed over the years and how dentures benefit patients
The benefits of partial and full dentures
Dentures were first invented to rebuild entire dental ridges that have lost all their teeth. Modern dentures still accomplish that purpose and help patients regain their smile while allowing healthy natural teeth to remain. Traditionally, placing a full denture would have required a tooth extraction to make room for the prosthesis. However, today’s partial dentures are designed and crafted to complement existing teeth. So patients can enjoy full smiles without sacrificing their remaining healthy tooth structure.
- If you’ve lost a single tooth or two teeth adjacent to each other, then a dental bridge can close the gap and restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. However, many cases of tooth loss involve multiple teeth that cannot be successfully addressed with a dental bridge. Your dentist can design a partial denture with a base that sits comfortably on your dental ridge, replacing teeth in precise places where you’ve lost teeth.
- A partial denture can restore the functionality and appearance of your smile and reduce your risk of experiencing further tooth loss and needing a complete denture. However, if you’ve already lost all the teeth on one or both ridges, complete dentures can be designed with the same level of comfort and precision.
- The optimal size, shape, and contours of your natural teeth are considered when designing the row of replacement teeth to ensure a natural and durable fit.
- If you’ve lost several teeth in varying places along your dental ridge or all of your teeth in one or both ridges, a partial or complete denture can help you regain a beautiful smile.
What to expect with dentures
At Paxton Dental Care, we use high-quality materials that look natural and provide a comfortable fit. After you first get your dentures, it may take some time to adjust to eating and speaking with them, but after a short while, it will become second nature. We are here to support you and offer any assistance needed to help you during the acclimation period. We schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that your dentures are still fitting properly and that your mouth is healthy, and we are always here to answer your questions!
To learn more about dentures and your other tooth replacement options at Paxton Dental Care, call us in Paxton, MA today at (508) 557-2400. We love helping our Paxton and Worcester, MA patients feel great about their smiles!