Dentures offer patients with substantial or complete tooth loss a way to regain oral function and a natural looking smile again. According to the CDC, one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 has lost all of their teeth. If you are one of these patients, you may have learned to live without teeth. But you know what a toll this can take on your well-being and your 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 Receiving Dentures from our Boston, MA office
Dr. Esrawi will properly design and fit a set of partial or full dentures to greatly improve your quality of life. Here are some of the benefits you can enjoy:
- Restored ability to bite and chew a wide variety of foods. Imagine getting back to a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables again!
- A more youthful appearance as your teeth, gums and jaw bone are restored to their original dimensions. These underlying structures keep your nose and chin from being too close together when you shut your mouth. Since you can chew normally, the muscles in your face get a good workout and remain strong and taut.
- Better self-esteem. You can laugh and smile again without worrying what people think about your missing teeth.
- Clearer speech. You can go back to speaking normally, making communication easier and less stressful. This can make you more outgoing and self-reliant if you’ve been avoiding social situations due to speech problems.
Types of Dentures offered at our Boston, MA office
Dentures come in a few different varieties. The two basic types are full and partial. As the names suggest, a full denture replaces an entire set of missing teeth (upper or lower). Partial dentures generally fill in a gap of 3 or more teeth where a bridge won’t provide enough support. These prosthetics are typically made of acrylic but can be placed over a metal base for added strength. Newer versions may be made of flexible resin, which offers a more comfortable, precise fit for some patients. Schedule a consultation at our Boston office to learn more about the best type of dentures for you.
Getting Fitted for Dentures
Denture fittings at our Boston office involve a full evaluation of your gums and jaw. You will have a mold of your jaws taken along with precise measurements showing the distance between your upper and lower jaw. These measurements and impressions are used to create “practice” models made of wax or plastic for you to try on. This allows us to make adjustments prior to creating the real dentures. You will need to make choices about the “gum” and “tooth” colors used in the prosthetics as well as the size and shape of teeth and other aesthetic aspects of your dentures during this visit.
Once the final dentures are custom fabricated based on the trial pattern, you will return to our Boston office for a fitting. It may take several visits to get just the right fit. Proper fit is essential to prevent irritation, slipping, poor function and discomfort such as gagging sensations. There is a learning period when you first get dentures. They may initially feel a little loose and you may find that you produce more saliva than usual. You may need to practice chewing and speaking to get used to how the dentures affect these everyday activities.
Are you looking for dentures in the Boston, MA area? If so, call our office to learn how dentures are acrylic based plates that hold the teeth. They are totally removable, and require periodic realignment to compensate for the ongoing bone loss of the jaw. Patients often use denture adhesive to keep dentures in place unless you have plenty of bone to start with. Too learn more about dentures in our Boston, MA office, call us at (617) 831-4538 to schedule a free consultation.