Denture FAQs

Denture FAQs

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What exactly are dentures?

Dentures are a prosthetic dental restoration used to treat patients with varying degrees of missing teeth. Smilebos offer full dentures, partial dentures, and fixed dentures to restore missing teeth. Dentures are held in place by utilizing the existing structures in the mouth such as the gums and jaw bone. Fixed dentures are used in conjunction with dental implants for a firm, secure fit in the patient’s mouth.

Who is the ideal denture candidate?

The ideal candidate for dentures are patients that are missing some, most, or all of their teeth on one or both jaws. The type of tooth restoration used depends on the severity of tooth loss and the patient’s oral health. The ideal patient is in good general and oral health and has sufficient gum tissue and bone material to provide a strong base for denture support.

What types of dentures do you offer?

Smileboston offers three primary types of dentures; removable full dentures, removable partial dentures, and full or partial fixed dentures (also known as dental implants). A thorough oral evaluation during your initial consultation will be helpful in selecting the appropriate type of dentures for you according to your oral needs, dental health, and expectations.

What is the difference between full & partial dentures?

Full sets of dentures are best suited for patients missing most or all of their teeth on one or both jaws, whereas partial dentures are more appropriate for patients missing several teeth in a specific area of the mouth but still have a majority of healthy teeth remaining. Full dentures are typically held into place by using the existing anatomy of the mouth such as the gums and jaw bone. Partial dentures use a combination of existing anatomy and also support from adjacent remaining healthy teeth to keep them in place.

What are fixed dentures?

Fixed dentures are made up of dental implants that are surgically placed into the gum line and jaw tissue along with an attached dental restoration that is carefully color-matched to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your natural teeth for a beautiful aesthetic. Dental implants are made from a lightweight titanium material that is biologically compatible with the human body that can be used to anchor both full and partial fixed dentures.

Can anyone be treated with dental implants?

Unfortunately, not everyone can be treated with dentures that utilize dental implants for support of the restoration appliance. For people with certain health conditions, less than adequate gum tissue, and insufficient jaw bone mass, dental implants may not be an option. However, some patients may be able to receive a supplemental procedure to prepare them for the dental implant procedure. This can only be determined by Dr. Spitz during your initial consultation.

What are the major benefits of dentures?

There are numerous benefits to getting dentures. First are the obvious aesthetic improvements to your overall appearance. Your smile will look great and your facial structure will be full and restored, taking years off your appearance. There are also many benefits it can provide for your overall oral health as well. Patients are able to enjoy all the foods they love with their restored ability to chew well, jaw pain and strain will be noticeably diminished, and existing teeth won’t become misaligned or crooked. Moreover, your overall health will be vastly improved!

Is it difficult to care for dentures?

Much like normal teeth, it is very important to brush dentures regularly in order to remove remnant food particles as well as bacterial plaque that can cause oral ailments such as cavities and gum disease. Brushing dentures regularly while using effervescent denture cleansers will help keep dentures clean and fresh.

What alternatives to dentures are available?

If it is determined that dentures are not the right choice for you, don’t worry. Smileboston offers several alternatives to dentures including treatment with dental bridges and dental crowns supported by dental implants. Dr. Spitz will be sure to review all your options with you to ensure that the best solution is picked for your oral health.

How can I learn more?

We know that choosing a dentist can be overwhelming! The team Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry wants you to be able to make well informed decisions when it comes to your oral health. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding dentures. To learn more about your options, please contact either one of our Boston area offices.