Implants, bridges, and dentures are the most popular methods of replacing teeth. At South Hadley Dental Group in South Hadley, MA, we’ve noticed that some of our patients prefer dentures to implants and bridges. This is particularly true among the older population.
Our goal is to give you great options for you to choose from. Our dentists at South Hadley Dental Group are adept at performing dentures, bridges, and implants. They have years of training and experience under their belts. After examining your oral cavity, recommendations will be made, and you’re free to choose from them based on your priorities.
Dentures are frames or structures that contain artificial teeth. They can be used to replace several missing teeth at the same time. A partial denture is used to replace consecutive missing teeth. A full denture, however, is used to replace an entire row of teeth.
Dentures have many ways of attachment. Full dentures often attach to the gums using suction. Partial dentures are attached using clasps. Either way, one of the things that separates dentures from implants and bridges is that they’re removable. If you want something that can be taken off at night before you sleep, dentures would be your go-to option.
Getting dentures is important, so you can chew and speak properly. Older patients are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition if they can’t chew their food. You should be careful with what you eat though. Dentures aren’t as durable as natural teeth or even bridges and implants. Nuts and other hard food should be avoided.
When you first get your dentures, you’ll be asked to keep them on for long periods to get used to them. You’ll then be able to take them off at night before sleeping. Taking care of your dentures is easy but will take up a few minutes of your day.
Take your dentures off over something soft like a towel in case they fall. Rinse them using water and clean using a soft brush and mild soap. There are denture care products you can buy too.