Missing and healthy teeth are serious problems that affect more than the aesthetics of your smile. Your ability to chew nutritious foods depends entirely on the health of your teeth. So even though no one may be able see your missing molars, the lack of chewing power is going to limit your food choices.
Unfortunately, many people in this country suffer from tooth loss, and it is affecting their overall health. The softer foods that are easier to chew tend to be loaded with sugar, salt, and calories. Eating a diet that consist primarily of these types of foods can cause all sorts of health issues, including obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This creates a cycle of poor health and tooth loss that can take years off of your life and ruin your self-esteem.
Dr. Sadeghi and the staff at First Dental Associates can help break this cycle. A set of dentures, full or partial, will give you the chewing power you need to stay healthy, and without the unsightly gaps in your smile, you will feel better about your appearance.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures options are one of the oldest forms of teeth replacement. George Washington, Winston Churchill, and Clark Gable all wore dentures. Even Emma Watson wore partial dentures when she lost some baby teeth while filming the Harry Potter movies! The point is that dentures are a trusted, versatile, and widely used form of teeth replacement.
Partial dentures are used to replace a series of teeth when you still have some healthy teeth in your jaw. These dentures are removable and consist of natural-looking replacement crowns set on a base of gum-colored plastic that fits on top of your gum and will sometimes be supported by wire.
When you have healthy teeth, you need to hang on to them for as long as possible, and that is exactly what partial dentures will do. If you leave unhealthy teeth, or gaps from missing teeth, in your mouth, you are putting your healthy teeth at risk, but a set of partial dentures will replace your missing teeth, while protecting your remaining natural teeth.
As the name implies, a full set of dentures replaces a full row of teeth. Like partials, full dentures are completely removable and are typically made of acrylic, or plastic. Since dentures are removable, they are easy to clean and maintain, but they need to stay moist. If your dentures dry out, they could lose their shape, weakening their fit.
One of the downsides to dentures is that, since they rely on suction, gravity, and dental adhesive to stay in place, you don’t always have the most stable and secure bite. Sometimes they come loose. They can even fall out when you eat or laugh.
Fortunately, this problem is easily remedied with implant-supported denture from First Dental Associates. Dental implants are titanium screws that anchor a set of overdentures directly to your jaw, giving you the stability you need to keep your denture in place.
There are two types of implant-supported dentures options available from First Dental Associates, bar supported and ball supported. With bar-supported denture, there is a metal bar attached to three or four implants, and the overdenture clips onto the bar. With ball-supported denture, there is a small ball, similar to a tiny trailer hitch, at the end of each implant. The overdenture has a set of receptacles that corresponds with the balls, and your dentures snap into place. Ball-supported dentures offer a slightly more secure fit than bar supported, but the balls are more susceptible to wear and tear, so their grip may loosen over time.
Your Dentures at First Dental Associates
When you come to Dr. Sadeghi for your teeth replacement procedure, you will have the option of a set of temporary, or immediate, dentures. This means you will leave our office in Reading with a new smile in the same visit as your teeth extractions. Since the temporary denture are made in advance, they will not have a perfect fit, but they will allow you to experience what dentures are like and decide what you want in your permanent dentures.
The denture you receive from First Dental Associates will be natural looking, flexible, and comfortable. Depending on your needs, some dentures will have metal, some will not. We even offer Valplast dentures, which are soft, flexible dentures that offer an alternative to dentures with metal clasps.
As you can see, First Dental Associates, right here in Reading, MA can provide quality dentures options, both traditional and implant supported. Call 781-435-7290 today to schedule an appointment, or simply fill out our online form and one of our associates will contact you.