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By Advanced Dental Concepts
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Dentures are a good option for individuals affected by tooth loss. Dentures restore your smile by filling in the gaps where teeth are missing or have been extracted. Several types of dentures are available to meet a variety of needs. Dr. Richard Hopgood, the skilled dentist at Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, can recommend the right type of denture to meet your preferences and needs.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer several benefits, including restoring your smile following tooth loss. They also restore biting and chewing functions so you enjoy a wider variety of foods once again. Additionally, dentures can reduce some of the side effects caused by tooth loss.

One of the negative side effects of tooth loss is facial sagging. The teeth provide support for facial muscles so drooping and sagging can occur when there is not enough support. Replacing missing teeth with dentures can minimize drooping and sagging and restore the natural shape of the face by providing additional support. Other side effects of tooth loss that can be reduced by replacing missing teeth with dentures include changes in speech and excess strain on remaining natural teeth.

Types of Dentures

Several types of dentures are available. Partial dentures are needed when a patient still has some natural teeth, while full or complete dentures replace an entire row of teeth when none remain. Partial and full dentures come in a few different types. The knowledgeable dentist at our office in Andover, MA, can ensure you select the right type of denture for your needs.

Types of partial dentures include transitional and removable. Transitional dentures are typically worn temporarily following a tooth extraction since the gums need to heal before a patient can be fitted with a custom removable denture. Removable partial dentures are meant to be worn long term and tend to be more comfortable since they are lighter weight and custom made for a better fit.

Types of full dentures include immediate and conventional. Like transitional dentures, immediate dentures can be worn right after an extraction procedure. After the gums heal, most patients replace them with conventional dentures, which are custom-made and meant to be worn long term. Full dentures also offer a better fit since they conform to the mouth over time.

Another type of denture that is available is an implant-supported denture or overdenture. Rather than using adhesives or another means of securing the denture, this type of denture is fixed in place with dental implants that are inserted into the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures offer a lot of stability.

Dentures could be a good option for you if you wish to restore your smile and reduce the negative side effects of tooth loss. To learn more about the different types of dentures and which one might be right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hopgood, our experienced dentist, by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, MA, at (978) 475-2431.