Considered removable replacements for tooth gaps and incomplete surrounding tissues, dentures are a quick and easy option for restoring teeth. Conventional false teeth are removable, while fixed dentures are held in place by dental implants.
Partial dentures are utilized when at least one or more of your natural teeth have been removed, either as a result of severe decomposition due to tooth decay, tooth breakage due to weakening, and/or exodontia (tooth extraction).
These removable appliances have a gum-colored bridge where the replacement teeth are fastened. Some versions contain a metal framework to further fortify the contraption on the upper and/or lower jaw.
Fixed bridges are set in place by anchoring crowns on the teeth. The part of the bridge that fills in gaps have artificial teeth which are cemented in. These bring about the appearance of having a complete set of teeth.
Complete dentures in Peabody, MA, are classified into two categories: conventional and immediate. Conventional complete dentures generally take time to be molded before they are ready to wear.
You will have to wait about 12 weeks after your tooth removal before you can return to your dentist in Peabody to receive your new set of dentures.
On the other hand, immediate complete dentures are usually available on the day of the tooth extraction. They are often carved and polished in advance. These dentures are also called “same-day dentures.”
However, as gums tend to shrink and/or expand during the healing process, it is possible that the dentures may not fit your jaws perfectly at the onset. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures require numerous adjustments. This is also why immediate dentures are often used as temporary solutions until their conventional counterpart is finally ready.
Our general dentistry in Peabody, MA, recommends dentures because they are an effective means of filling your tooth gaps. After all, that is their primary purpose. Dentures replace missing teeth and eliminate any potential problems caused by gaps.
An issue that some patients go through with other tooth restoration options is that after the procedures, they experience difficulties biting and chewing. Even to the point of gum bruising, which ultimately leads to pain when they eat.
But conventional permanent dentures can be retrofitted to ensure that the dentures are tailored precisely to fit your tooth gaps and jaw. You will not need to take them off when you have meals because they will feel as though they are naturally a part of your gums and teeth.
A concern with teeth gaps is that if they are not immediately resolved, they will, over time, affect the structure of your facial characteristics. Overbites and underbites, along with gaps in your teeth, may dramatically change your jawbone alignment. Large spaces in between teeth may also cause your cheeks to have a “hollowed” appearance.
Since dentures are secured in place of lost teeth, you do not have to fret about your facial muscles. You will still look like you, and better, because of your brand new, gapless smile!
Removable dentures can be taken off to brush and clean, hassle-free. Beyond this, they are typically made of hard resin, which is impervious to tooth decay. Thus, they are not susceptible to cavities the way your regular teeth are.
That is not to say that they are completely invulnerable and unbreakable. There are acids and chemicals in food and drinks that will slowly weaken the resin without the protection that proper oral hygiene supplies. Or worse, rot the remaining teeth you have. By simply remembering to brush at least twice a day and flossing at night, you will find it a breeze to maintain dentures.
For more information about dentures or to schedule a consultation, contact Peabody Dental Group. We would be happy to help you restore your smile!