Dentures in Springfield MA
Dentures offer patients with substantial or complete tooth loss a way to regain oral function and a natural looking smile again. One out of every four Americans over the age of 65 has lost most or all of their teeth. If you are one of these patients, you may have learned to live without teeth. But you know what how this can affect your well-being and social life. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat a healthy diet or speak clearly. You’ve probably learned to avoid smiling, and you may feel embarrassed about your appearance. Over time, extreme tooth loss may lead to the collapse of your facial features and wrinkling around the mouth.
Benefits of Getting Dentures
Dr. Peck will properly design and fit a set of partial or full dentures to greatly improve your quality of life. Below are some of the benefits you will enjoy:
- Restored ability to bite and chew a wide variety of foods; a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables again!
- A more youthful appearance with your teeth, gums and jaw bone being restored. These are the structures that keep your nose and chin from being too close together when you close your mouth. Since you will now be able to chew normally, the muscles in your face will get a good workout and remain strong.
- Better self-esteem. You can laugh and smile without worrying what people think about your teeth.
- Clearer speech. You will be able to speaking normally, making communication easier
Dentures come in several varieties. The two basic types are full and partial. As the names suggest, a full denture replaces an entire set of teeth (upper or lower). Partial dentures generally fill in a gap of 3 or more teeth where a bridge won’t provide enough support.
Traditional full dentures are held in place in the mouth by the pressure of the cheeks and tongue and by suction; sometimes using denture adhesive and they are removable. Partial dentures are usually connected to remaining teeth with metal clasps. These may be fixed or removable. Full and partial dentures are custom made after the removal of any remaining damaged or decayed teeth.
Implant-supported dentures represent the latest development in denture technology. Full or partial dentures can be fitted to titanium posts that are implanted directly into the jaw bone. This approach has several benefits compared to traditional dentures:
- The implants hold dentures firmly in place so there is no rubbing or irritation
- Dentures don’t slip during biting, chewing or speaking
- Food doesn’t work its way under the dentures when you eat
- Implants promote normal pressure on your bone tissue, reducing the rate of bone loss in the jaw
- Implants provide more stability for lower jaw dentures than traditional prosthetics
Contact our office today if you would like to find out more about the different types of dentures available.