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Dentures – Assonet, MA

Restore Your Smile’s Former Glory

Man in blue shirt smiling with dentures in Assonet

Do your missing teeth make you feel like you’re unable to live your life to the fullest? Do you get annoyed that you have to stick to soft foods or that you can’t smile with full confidence like you used to? If so, then you might be a good candidate for dentures. These custom-made, high-quality prosthetic teeth can restore your smile’s former glory, allowing you to speak, eat, and smile just like you could before you lost any of your pearly whites. If you’re missing teeth, keep reading to learn more about dentures from our Assonet, MA dentist, and if you’re interested in scheduling a consultation to see if you’re a good candidate for dentures, then just give us a call!

Why Choose Woodside Dental Care for Dentures?  

  • Able to Effectively Replace Any Number of Missing Teeth
  • State-of-the-Art Ceramic Materials Available
  • Eat and Smile with Complete Confidence

What Are Dentures?

Dentist holding set of full dentures

There are two types of conventional dentures: full and partial. When someone starts talking about dentures, you probably picture a set of full dentures. Full dentures are meant to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. They consist of a whole row of prosthetic pearly whites (usually made of lifelike dental ceramic) attached to a gum-colored acrylic base.

Partial dentures, which are sometimes just referred to as partials, are designed to replace only a few missing teeth when part of your natural smile remains. This type of prosthetic utilizes a metal framework. As many artificial teeth as you need are then anchored onto it. Partials usually stay in place with the help of metal brackets or clasps.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Full and partial dentures

Have you undergone tooth loss to any degree? If so, dentures may be just the solution for your smile. Patients who are missing all of their natural pearly whites may benefit from wearing a set of full dentures, while those with some teeth remaining might be a candidate for a partial, especially if your missing teeth are not consecutive and therefore can’t be replaced by a single dental bridge.

Before placing dentures, we generally ask that your gums and any remaining teeth are healthy and infection-free. If we examine your mouth and find any instances of gum disease or tooth decay, those issues must be addressed before you can receive your new teeth.

Benefits of Dentures

Diagram of dental implant-retained dentures

Dentures in Assonet are a wonderful alternative to living your life without teeth. They offer all kinds of benefits, such as:

  • Letting you smile with confidence again
  • Boosting your self-esteem
  • Improving your appearance
  • Being incredibly comfortable and realistic
  • Providing support for your facial muscles
  • Allowing you to eat a diet of various healthy foods
  • Being removable for easy maintenance
  • Improving your pronunciation and general speech

Dental Implant-Retained Dentures

Although conventional dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth, they can occasionally slip around when you’re eating or speaking, especially if they don’t fit correctly. They have also been known to lose their fit, having to be relined every few years and eventually replaced. To counter this, we offer full and partial dentures anchored in place by dental implants.

During the procedure, four to six of these titanium posts are placed at strategic angles throughout your jawbone to provide as much support for a full or partial denture. One great advantage of implant-retained dentures is that you can still receive them even if you have experienced bone loss due to missing teeth. This is because the implants that are placed toward the back of your mouth are done so at a 45-degree angle. While traditional dentures are removable, implant-retained dentures come with the option to be fixed or “permanent,” so you can effectively treat them as if they’re a natural part of your smile. They also offer incredible stability, meaning they won’t lose their fit every few years.

Are you missing teeth in Assonet? Then give us a call today to see whether dentures can solve that problem!

Dentures FAQs

A dentist answering her patient’s denture questions

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

When you first get dentures, it can be tricky to talk with them. That’s only natural – you’re more used to speaking via natural teeth. As a result, you may develop temporary speech problems like lisps, slurred words, etc. Even if that should happen, though, you’ll soon adjust to the new prosthetics.

Overall, the time needed to speak clearly with dentures varies. Different patients adjust at different rates. That said, the process will move more quickly if you practice often. You could also improve your speech by reading aloud, speaking slowly, and using denture adhesive.

Why Do My Dentures Smell?

Sadly, dentures tend to gather bad smells. This trait usually stems from one (or more) of the following:

  • Food Leftovers – When dentures don’t fit well and trap food particles, bacteria can gather and cause bad breath.
  • Ill-Fitting Dentures – In some cases, poorly-fitted dentures irritate your soft gum tissue. This irritation can lead to sores and infections that trigger bad breath.
  • Dry Mouth – Denture wearers often produce less saliva, resulting in a dry mouth. The latter condition then allows bacteria to multiply and cause bad breath.

Of course, you can keep dentures from smelling in the first place. One way is to clean them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and cleanser. Another, meanwhile, is to soak the dentures in a disinfecting solution nightly. You could also rinse your dentures after every meal to remove food debris.

Can I Have My Dentures Relined if They Don’t Fit Properly?

Over time, dentures can fit poorly for various reasons. Their shape may change due to wear and tear, or their teeth could be lost or broken. When such things occur, though, you can get your dentures relined.

Put simply, a denture reline shapes a denture’s underside. It thus makes the prosthetic fit more comfortably on your gums. However, a reline can come in two types: soft or hard. Which kind you get will depend on your situation.

A soft reline is the better choice when gums are sensitive to a denture’s weight. This option adds extra cushion to your prosthetic, ensuring it doesn’t irritate mouth tissues.

In contrast, hard relines are needed for extensive changes. They often require the dentist to send dentures to a separate lab. On the bright side, this reline’s results can last for years.

Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?

True enough, dentures should be brushed and rinsed daily. However, you shouldn’t use regular toothpaste for this process.

You see, standard toothpaste is abrasive. It usually leaves tiny scratches on a denture’s surface. As such, brushing with it could seriously damage your false teeth. (You should also avoid hard-bristled brushes for similar reasons. Instead, rely on a soft-bristled toothbrush.)

Rather than toothpaste, make use of hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid. You could even try specialized denture cleaners. These materials will clean your prosthetics without causing harm. That said, rinse the suds (or solution) off before putting dentures back in your mouth.