Dentures – Norwood, MA
Providing Complete Smiles to Those in Need
Individuals with missing teeth have various options to choose from these days when it comes to replacing their pearly whites. For those who prefer a safe, reliable and less invasive solution, the team at Norwood Dental Care can provide dentures in Norwood. These tried and true prosthetics have been around for centuries, helping individuals regain their aesthetics and confidence. Using only the best materials and advanced technology, we can give you the results you want and the boost in self-esteem you need to land that job, feel good about your upcoming blind date, or look your best at your company’s annual gala. Schedule an appointment with us today to find out more about replacing your missing teeth with dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Traditional dentures come in two forms: partial and full dentures. Both are created using a gum-colored, acrylic or metal base. Artificial teeth are then created and set within the base to create a natural, completed smile.
Partial dentures work much like a puzzle piece in that they can restore your arch even when teeth are not consecutively missing. The prosthetic is placed onto the arch using clasps or clips that attach to your healthy teeth.
Full dentures are designed either to cover the palate of your mouth (top) or in the shape of a horseshoe to make room for your tongue (bottom). Your natural suction helps to hold them into place, though many people opt for a dental adhesive to add another layer of security.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
Not only are dentures one of the most reliable restorations available, but they’ve been proving their worth for centuries. Even George Washington wore them! Granted, no one is using wooden dentures anymore, but they have evolved over the years to give patients an opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile that is achievable without surgery.
The benefits of dentures include:
- Increased functionality in your ability to speak, chew, and eat
- Natural in appearance
- More affordable than dental implants
- Designed to help avoid the potential for orthodontic issues by keeping healthy teeth in place
- Quick to create and place
- Allows you to keep your current facial shape
Caring for Dentures
When receiving dentures, your dentist in Norwood will provide detailed instructions regarding how to care for your new smile. These comfortable and effective restorations can last years if properly cared for, so it’s important you abide by these rules:
- Brush your dentures at least once a day
- When finished eating, make sure to remove your dentures and rinse them off before reinserting them
- Before reinserting your dentures, brush your remaining teeth, tongue, and gums
- While sleeping, soak your dentures overnight in a designated denture cleaner
- Place a towel in the basin of your sink to protect against accidentally breaking your dentures
- Avoid using toothpaste, as this is too abrasive and can scratch the material
- Avoid exposing your dentures to hot water or extreme heat, as these can warp the materials
- Keep your regular dental appointments with us so that we can check on your restoration to make sure everything is still fitting correctly
At Norwood Dental Care, we understand that losing teeth and living without a complete smile can be stressful and unpleasant. That is why we want to make choosing a tooth replacement solution as easy as possible! To that end, our expert team has collected the most common questions we hear regarding partial and full dentures in Norwood and answered them below.
If you do not see your specific concern addressed in this FAQ section, please do not hesitate to contact us online or give our office a call to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. John Michaels.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Full and partial dentures are an excellent way to replace missing teeth but, like any dental prosthetic, they do need to be replaced periodically due to gradual wear and tear and staining. On average, men and women who wear dentures get a new set of replacement teeth every 5 to 7 years. Even if your dentures do not need replacement, it is important to schedule regular dental checkups with a dentist in Norwood. Your mouth changes as you get older, so your dentist may need to adjust your dentures every now and then to ensure a proper fit.
Can Partial Dentures Match the Color of My Natural Teeth?
Yes! Dr. Michaels is highly trained and has many years of experience in the art of color and shade matching. He will work carefully to produce a partial denture that not only fits your mouth perfectly but also blends in seamlessly with the surrounding natural teeth.
Will I Be Able to Eat My Favorite Foods with Dentures?
While no two patients are exactly alike, you may need to make some slight adjustments to your diet to avoid damaging your newly restored smile. However, you will most certainly find it easier to eat your favorite foods while wearing dentures compared to eating while missing many teeth.
Here is a quick review of how the most common types of dentures improve dental function:
- Partial dentures – Restore 30% or greater of natural chewing range.
- Full traditional dentures – Restore 20% of natural chewing function on average.
- Implant-retained dentures – Restore 70% of natural chewing function.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
Dentures are widely considered one of the most affordable ways to restore an entire set of missing teeth. However, the cost of dentures varies widely based on a number of factors, such as:
- The complexity of particular treatment
- The amount of time required to complete treatment
- The general cost of living in the community (e.g., dental fees in big cities are often higher)
- The patient’s dental insurance plan
The best way to get an accurate estimate on the cost of dentures in Norwood is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Michaels at our office.
Do Dentures Cause Gagging?
Properly fitted dentures should not provoke your gag reflex. If you wear dentures and often experience gagging, this may be due to one of several reasons:
- Loose dentures that shift and touch your tongue or parts of the throat
- Oversized dentures that are so big that they touch your throat more than they should
- Natural jawbone shrinkage due to tooth loss
For any of these situations, applying denture adhesive may help keep your dentures in place and prevent gagging. However, if problems persist, you should contact Dr. Michaels to evaluate and potentially resize your dental prosthetic.