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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.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
June 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

You've spent time and money on your dentures, you like the result, and you want to maintain them so that they serve you well and last for as long as possible. At Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, Massachusetts (MA), Dr. Richard Hopgood offers splendid denture options and shows people how to take care of them.

Tooth loss hurts

We're not talking about physical pain here, but something else--the loss of personal appearance and oral function and the grief which accompanies them. Dr. Hopgood at Advanced Dental Concepts understands these emotions as he and his caring team see patients experience them.

So, they offer today's best tooth-replacement solutions, including custom-crafted removable and implant-supported dentures. A careful examination and digital imaging help you and your dentist determine which denture is right for you.

Types of dentures include:

  • Partial dentures made of acrylic and metal. These removable appliances replace one or more teeth and are held in place by metal clasps.

  • Immediate full dentures. They replace an entire arch of teeth right after dental extractions, enabling the patient to leave our Andover office with a completely functional and attractive smile. Usually, they must be replaced or relined after some months because the gums and jaw bond shrink in size.

  • Full conventional dentures. Placed after extractions sites have healed, these dentures stay in place with the suction created by the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

  • Implant-supported overdentures. These prosthetics attach to multiple dental implants placed into the jaw bone. They optimize the personal appearance and improve the integrity of the jaw bone.

Caring for dentures

As with your natural teeth, Dr. Hopgood recommends that you brush your dentures twice daily. For removable prosthetics, use an ADA-approved denture soak to remove stains, plaque, and odors. Implant-supported dentures require flossing around implant sites. In either case, daily care of your dentures wards off decay and gum disease.

Additionally, denture patients visit Advanced Dental Concepts, every six months for an exam and cleaning. Dr. Hopgood will check the fit, bite, and condition of your denture and address concerns you may have about its performance and condition.

In the event you chip or break your denture, do not fix it yourself. Contact Dr. Hopgood right away for advice and an appointment.

Smile confidently again

You can when you care for your dentures. Contact Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, Massachusetts (MA), for more information about denture maintenance: (978) 475-2431.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
February 12, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Find out how this traditional tooth replacement can make you feel more confident in your smile.

Despite all of the tooth replacement options out, there are many reasons why people dealing with tooth loss turn to our Andover, MA, dentist Dr. Richard Hopgood to receive dentures. After all, just about anyone is a good candidate for dentures and they can get their new teeth fairly quickly.

Dentures are false teeth that sit on a foundation that is made to resemble gum tissue. The two main types of dentures are: full and partial.

About Full and Partial Dentures

Full dentures are offered to patients who are missing all of their teeth. This type of denture is custom-fitted to your mouth so that when they sit on top of the gums the layer of saliva between the dentures and your gums causes the false teeth to naturally suction to your gums to stay in place. Most patients also opt for denture adhesives to hold their full dentures in place, especially when eating.

Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some healthy natural teeth left, and this prosthetic may either be fixed or removable. Our Andover, MA, family dentist can help you determine which type of partial dentures are right for you. To get a fixed partial, our dental team will need to make sure that the teeth surrounding the gap are strong enough to support your false teeth.

Immediate Dentures

While most dentures are custom-fitted to your mouth, immediate dentures are the only ones that aren’t. This is because these dentures are placed the very same day that teeth are extracted so a patient doesn’t have to go without teeth. Immediate dentures are not considered a long-term tooth replacement option; they are only used while we give your gums time to heal. Once gums have fully healed then your permanent dentures will be fabricated, customized, and fitted to your mouth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

If your jawbone is strong enough to support implants then our dentist may recommend placing dental implants to hold your dentures in place. Whether you are still deciding if dentures are right for you or you are already wearing full dentures, it’s never too late to get implants to support your false teeth.

Implants can secure your false teeth in place so they never move around, helping them function more like real teeth. While it will take months to get a dental implant, it can last a lifetime and fully restore chewing, biting, and speaking.

Call Us

If you are looking for an expert dentist in Andover, MA, that can give you dentures or other tooth replacement options to help you smile again, then call Advanced Dental Concepts today at (978) 475-2431 to schedule a consultation.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
October 17, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

People who’ve lost all their teeth have benefitted from a solution that’s been around for generations: removable dentures. These appliances have helped millions of people chew and eat food, speak, and smile confidently.

But for all their benefits (including affordability) there’s still some things you need to do to get the most out of them like cleaning them daily or having us check them regularly for damage and wear. And, there’s one thing you shouldn’t do: wear them around the clock. Not removing them when you sleep at night can harm your oral health and reduce your dentures’ longevity.

Dentures are fitted to rest on the gums and the bony ridges that once held your natural teeth. This exerts pressure on the underlying bone that can cause it to gradually dissolve (resorb). This loss in bone volume eventually loosens your denture’s fit. If you’re wearing them all the time, the process progresses faster than if you took them out each night.

The under surfaces of dentures are also a prime breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Besides unpleasant odors and irritation, these microorganisms are also the primary cause for dental disease. Research has found that people who sleep in their dentures have higher occurrences of plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food remnants that cause periodontal (gum) disease. They’re also more prone to higher levels of yeast and the protein interleukin-6 in the blood, which can trigger inflammation elsewhere in the body.

To avoid these and other unpleasant outcomes, you should develop a few important habits: remove and rinse your dentures after eating; brush them at least once a day with dish or anti-bacterial soap or a denture cleanser (not toothpaste, which can be too abrasive); and take them out when you sleep and place them in water or an alkaline peroxide-based solution.

Be sure you also brush your gums and tongue with an extra soft toothbrush (not your denture brush) or wipe them with a clean, damp washcloth. This will help reduce the level of bacteria in the mouth.

Taking these steps, especially removing dentures while you sleep, will greatly enhance your well-being. Your dentures will last longer and your mouth will be healthier.

If you would like more information on denture care and maintenance, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
May 30, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   dentures  

Dentures can be an effective and affordable solution for people who've lost all their teeth. With them a person can once again eat nutritiously, speak clearly and smile confidently — and with regular care they can last for years.

As part of that ongoing care, be sure you consider one important thing with your dentures: you may want to take them out at night while you sleep. If you do you'll lessen your chances of developing these 4 health problems.

Accelerated bone loss. Traditional dentures are fitted to rest securely on the gums. This, however, creates pressure on the gums and the bony ridges beneath them that can contribute to bone loss. Wearing dentures around the clock usually accelerates this process, which could eventually lead to among other problems looser denture fit and discomfort.

Bacterial and fungal growth. Microorganisms that cause oral diseases find conducive breeding spots on the underside of dentures while they're worn in the mouth. Studies have found that people who continuously wear their dentures are more likely to have bacterial plaque and oral yeast than those that don't.

Potentially dangerous infections. Bacterial and fungal growth increases your risk of oral infections that could affect more than your mouth. A recent study of elderly nursing home residents found those who wore their dentures during sleep were over twice as likely to develop serious cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization. It's believed bacteria harbored on the dentures can pass from the mouth to the lungs as a person breathes over them while they sleep.

Blocked salivary flow. During the night our salivary flow naturally ebbs; wearing dentures while we sleep could cause denture stomatitis, in which the tissues covered by a denture (particularly along the roof of the mouth) become inflamed and infected with yeast. It's often accompanied by angular cheilitis or cracking at the corners of the mouth that becomes infected by the same yeast.

Wearing your dentures while you sleep contributes to conditions ranging from irritating to life-threatening. To prevent such problems clean your dentures as well as the rest of your mouth regularly — and talk to your dentist whether you should leave them out when you go to bed.

If you would like more information on denture care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sleeping in Dentures.”