If you’ve suffered from extensive tooth loss over the years, you’re far from the only one. In fact, about 40 million adults in the United States are missing all of their teeth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Whether you’re missing just a few pearly whites or a full arch, this problem can make daily activities like smiling and eating cumbersome or even downright impossible. Your dentist in Braintree doesn’t want you to have to put up with these inconveniences any longer. At Pinnacle Dental, we offer three kinds of dentures to give you a full set of comfortable and lifelike replacement teeth. Contact us today to learn more about how dentures can restore your smile, oral health, and general quality of life.
Used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, a full denture consists of a row of porcelain teeth attached to a pink acrylic base that’s specially designed to fit your unique mouth. The artificial teeth are made from natural-looking materials so that you can smile with complete confidence.
Full dentures are removable, so it’s easy to just take them out when it’s time to clean them or go to bed. Because they’re held in place with natural suction against the gums, you can also count on them remaining stable.
For patients who are only missing some teeth, we might recommend a partial denture. In addition to natural-looking false teeth atop a gum-colored base, partials feature a metal framework that allows the denture to stay in place. The metal structure fits comfortably behind your remaining teeth to prevent them from drifting out of place while also discreetly blending in with your smile.
If you’d prefer a denture that doesn’t need to be replaced as often, we can anchor your new teeth with dental implants. By surgically placing four to six titanium posts in your jawbone, we can create a foundation for a long-lasting full or partial denture. Implant-retained dentures, sometimes called All-on-4, provide much more stability than traditional options.
While dentures can’t develop cavities, it’s important to keep them clean so that they remain beautiful and functional. At least once a day, scrub them with a denture cleaner and soft denture toothbrush. Also, gently brush your gums, tongue, and palate daily to prevent plaque buildup on your gums that could cause painful infections.
Every night, you’ll need to soak your dentures in either denture cleanser or room-temperature water. This keeps them from drying out and losing their shape. If you have a partial, remember to brush and floss your remaining teeth to prevent cavities from forming.