Dentures in Springfield, MA

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What are Dentures?

Dentures have been around since the 7th century BC when the Etruscans in northern Italy made partial dentures out of human or animal teeth fastened together with gold bands. The Romans expanded on the practice. Wooden full dentures were invented in Japan in the early 16th century.

The most famous denture wearer was George Washington, whose famous chompers were made with ivory from hippos and elephants, gold rivets, spiral springs, and real human teeth.

Surprisingly, one-quarter of the U.S. population over 65 years of age have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Many of those people, unfortunately, have learned to live without teeth, with the corresponding damage to their ability to eat certain foods, to speak clearly, and to their social life and overall self-esteem.

But it doesn’t have to be that way — dentures, whether full or partial, can give you back a beautiful, functional smile.

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The Benefits of Dentures

Expertly designed, well-fit dentures from Taylor Street Dental and Dr. Peck, Dr. Greenberg, Dr. Truong, or Dr. Tyra can have a dramatic impact on your quality of life. Dentures can:

  • Improve your ability to chew and bite properly and make it easier to eat a healthy diet rich in crunchy fruits and vegetables.
  • Help you look more youthful with the restoration of your gums, teeth, and jawbone.
  • Improve your self-esteem. You can smile and laugh without feeling embarrassed about the way you look.
  • Make it easier to communicate and speak clearly.

What is the Difference Between Partial Dentures and Full Dentures?

If you have at least one remaining tooth in the upper and lower jaw, partial dentures are your best option. With partial dentures, crowns are put on top of the remaining natural teeth, anchoring the artificial teeth in between. Partial dentures fill the spaces created by the missing teeth and also prevent the remaining teeth from moving into those open spaces. 

Partial dentures can be removable or permanent, depending on the number of remaining teeth. Full dentures replace all of your teeth. Any remaining badly damaged or decayed teeth are removed, and then various impressions are taken to use when constructing the dentures, which can take about two months. 

Full dentures are held in place through pressure provided by the tongue and cheeks and suction. Adhesive can be used to add stability. That’s why it’s important to have your dentures constructed and fit very precisely.

Who Are Good Candidates For Dentures?

If you are missing multiple teeth or a row of teeth on your upper or lower jaw, then dentures are likely to be a good solution. Don’t make the all-too-common mistake of assuming that dentures are only for seniors. They aren’t. While seniors (over 65) do represent most users, there are situations where younger people have experienced serious injuries or have experienced gum disease. Needing dentures is not age-dependant.

Regardless of whether those teeth were lost to gum disease or an injury, dentures can restore your smile. You may also be a candidate if your teeth are currently failing. In ideal situations, you want to keep the teeth you have. However, if some of your teeth are currently chipped or seriously damaged, then dentures can help.

What Are The Contraindications For Dentures?

There are medical conditions that could delay the use of dentures. Individuals with severe gum disease, ulcers, tumors, missing portions of their upper or lower jawbone, and ailments such as a cyst will likely need other remedies before dentures become a viable solution. That’s the key point. Even in situations where the health of your gums does not allow for dentures, there are ways to restore that health. There are also ways to improve your jawbone structure.

Are There Myths And Misconceptions Regarding Dentures?

A common myth is that dentures are only for seniors. This simply isn’t the case. Some mistakenly believe dentures don’t require maintenance. They do. Even though dentures are durable, they don’t last forever and must be maintained. Some people think dentures are easily noticed or that they require adhesives. Again, neither is true. When done properly, dentures can be virtually indistinguishable from regular teeth, and no, you shouldn’t have to use adhesive when dentures are properly fitted.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that once you get dentures, you no longer need to visit the dentist. Fortunately, that’s not true either. Dentists do more than just clean teeth. They help you protect your gums, keep an eye out for potential cancer, and ensure your dentures are in good shape. Ultimately, with dentures, you’re getting a custom-fit solution that looks and feels like your own teeth.

How Do I Prepare For a Denture Appointment?

Ultimately, the best thing you can do to prepare is to research what it’s like to wear dentures. Ask the dentist as many questions as needed. You may even have friends or family members who can give you an idea of what it’s like to wear dentures. Understand that it can take some time to get comfortable with your new dentures, so be patient. 

You will also want to make sure you’re not cheating yourself out of good dentures. As such, make sure you’ve properly planned out the financial part of your investment in your new smile.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

The key to recovery is patience. You’ll be able to drink immediately but might need to get used to your new dentures gradually over a couple of days before eating harder foods. Start with soft foods first, and then after eight or 10 days, you should have no problems eating whatever you like.

What Are The Risks Of Getting Dentures?

While the risks of dentures are minimal, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Improper fitting and not properly maintaining your dentures are the most obvious risks. This is why it’s critical to make sure your dentures are properly maintained and cleaned consistently. Report any discomfort immediately to your dentist. Provided you keep them clean, you should have no issues with bacteria developing gum problems.


Here’s What Our Patients Have to Say!

“Very nice dental office with the latest technology. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Going to the dentist is actually a pleasant experience. Highly recommend them after years of being a patient!”

“Have met with the best people there. Very patient, kind and understanding. They move as quickly or slowly as necessary for your comfort. Beyond impressed with the facilities the medical staff and my amazing new smile!”

“I am by far the world’s most terrified dental patient. After years of dental issues and injuries, I finally succumbed to a broken front tooth on a slippery ice mount. I split my finger and knocked out my tooth. It was the best thing that ever happened to me, because it brought me here to Dr. Peck. I knew immediately he was different from all the rest. I had my first procedure (of many) and I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Kind, caring, compassionate and considerate doesn’t even begin to describe the ethics in this office. All the staff from the front desk to the hygienist go over and above any dental situation I have ever been a part of. Phenomenal! I’m excited to come back!”


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Let’s discuss your options for regaining your smile with partial or full dentures at Taylor Street Dental. Serving patients from Springfield, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Westfield, Boston, Wilbraham, Chicopee and Northampton, Massachusetts, as well as patients from the Connecticut area. Call (413) 781-7645 today for an appointment!



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