Dentures – East Longmeadow, MA
Eat, Speak and Smile Again
Have you lost all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw? If so, dentures are absolutely essential so that you can maintain a healthy diet and talk with clarity – not to mention you’ll feel a lot more confident when going out in public. At EMA Dental, we can provide full and partial dentures in East Longmeadow so that you can completely fill in the empty space in your mouth and start enjoying life again. Schedule a consultation with us today so that we can get started on restoring your smile.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures are simply removable appliances used to replace an extensive number of teeth. There are two basic kinds: full dentures and partial dentures.
- Full dentures replace every tooth in your upper or lower arch. They’re made of acrylic and are held onto the gums via suction or adhesive. Any remaining teeth will need to be extracted first; afterwards, you can wait for your gums to heal before receiving a traditional denture, or you can get an immediate denture right away.
- Partial dentures are used when there’s still plenty of healthy, natural teeth left in your mouth. They can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in different areas. They’re held in the mouth with a metal clasp.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many reasons why dentures can allow a patient to lead a more fulfilling life:
- A Varied Diet: Missing teeth can limit your nutritional options, but with practice, dentures will allow you to eat even tough foods like meat again. This goes a long way towards keeping your body healthy and fit.
- Improved Self-Image: Modern dentures are designed to look as natural as possible. You won’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious when you speak or smile.
- Longevity: You will need to get your dentures replaced eventually, but with the proper care, they can last up to a decade.
Taking Care of Dentures
If you drop your dentures while you’re taking them out, they could break; for this reason, only remove your dentures over a full sink or a soft surface such as a towel.
Plaque can form on false teeth just as easily as it can on natural ones, to it’s important to clean them every day. Rinse them in warm water and use a cleanser designed to work on dentures (conventional toothpaste, bleach, vinegar and soap might actually damage them). Always brush your dentures gently to clean them.
Of course, you can’t neglect your oral health even with your natural teeth gone, so don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue as well. You can finish your oral hygiene session by rinsing with mouthwash.
Traditional dentures might become ill-fitting and more likely to slip over time. This is because missing teeth can cause the jawbone to deteriorate and lose its shape. This can affect the structure of your face and cause you to look older.
With implant-retained dentures, your new teeth will be attached to metal posts that have been surgically inserted into the jaw; this helps stimulate the bone and lets you maintain a more youthful appearance. Furthermore, dentures that are anchored in place by implants are more stable, won’t slip, and improve chewing strength.