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By Advanced Dental Concepts
June 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Has your dentist mentioned that it may be time to start thinking about dentures? The appliances offer a few benefits you may not have denturesconsidered. Our Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, regularly helps his patients consider tooth restoration options, including full dentures and implant-supported dentures.

What advantages do dentures offer?

Losing your teeth can have a profound effect on your life. After tooth loss, you may feel less confident and might even avoid social situations due to concerns about your appearance. Missing teeth can also affect your ability to advance in your career if you're still working in the Andover area.

Adding a set of full, immediate or implant-supported dentures to your mouth immediately transforms your appearance. Although the dentures your grandparents wore may have looked bulky or unnatural, today's dentures are designed to look just like natural teeth. In fact, no one will probably be able to tell that you're wearing dentures.

Drooping facial muscles may occur when you no longer have teeth to support the muscles. Dentures decrease sagging and help you look more youthful.

In addition to improving your smile, dentures also offer a few other benefits, including:

  • Better Health: Without teeth to chew, tear, and shred food into small pieces, you may be forced to resort to a liquid or soft diet. Although the diet may keep you feeling full, it won't necessarily contain the nutrients you need to maintain good health. Dentures will allow you to eat many of your favorite foods again and ensure that your diet is nutritionally sound.
  • Better Speech: Speaking clearly is difficult without teeth. No matter how hard you try, it may be impossible to pronounce certain words and sounds if your teeth are missing. If you're tired of repeating yourself or writing down words when others don't understand you, it may be time to consider dentures.

Whether you choose full, immediate, partial, or implant-supported dentures, a new set of teeth can help improve the quality of your life. Call Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, at (978) 475-2431 to schedule an appointment to discuss your denture options.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
June 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

For generations, dentures have helped people avoid the dire consequences of total teeth loss. Now, implant technology is making them even better.

Composed of life-like prosthetic teeth fixed within a plastic or resin gum-colored base, dentures are manufactured to fit an individual patient’s mouth for maximum fit, comfort and performance. But dentures also have a critical drawback—they can’t stop bone loss in the jaw.

Bone is constantly regenerating as older cells dissolve and then are replaced by newer cells. In the jawbone, the forces generated when we chew travel through the teeth to the bone and help stimulate this new cell growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone doesn’t receive this stimulus and may not regenerate at a healthy rate, resulting in gradual bone loss.

Dentures can’t transmit this chewing stimulus to the bone. In fact, the pressure they produce as they rest on top of the gums may actually accelerate bone loss. Over time then, a denture’s once secure and comfortable fit becomes loose.

In the past, most patients with loose dentures have had them relined with new dental material to improve fit, or have new dentures created to conform to the changed contours of the jaws. But implant technology now offers another alternative.

Implants are in essence a tooth root replacement. Dentists surgically implant a titanium metal post directly into the jawbone that naturally attracts bone cells to grow and adhere to it over time (a process called osseointegration). This not only creates a secure and lasting hold, it can also stop or even reverse bone loss.

Most people know implants as single tooth replacements with a porcelain crown attached to the titanium post. But a few strategically placed implants can also support either removable or fixed dentures. Removable dentures (also called overdentures) usually need only 3 or 4 implants on the top jaw and 2 on the bottom jaw for support through built-in connectors in the dentures that attach to the implants. A fixed bridge may require 4-6 implants to which they are permanently attached.

There are pros and cons for each of these options and they’re both more expensive than traditional dentures. In the long run, though, implant-supported dentures could be more beneficial for your bone health and hold their fit longer.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental work, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
July 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your missing teeth have caused you to feel as though you cannot smile any longer, you are not alone. According to the Centers for denturesDisease Control, about 25% of adults over 60 are missing all their teeth. Luckily, dentures can replace your missing teeth and help you take your smile back. Learn more about dentures with Dr. Richard Hopgood in Andover, MA.

Can dentures benefit me? 
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, dentures can help. Patients missing all their teeth require a full denture, which replaces the entire arch of teeth at once. The denture replaces the teeth and restores their biting surfaces, allowing for effective chewing of food and enabling the patient to speak correctly. Patients with one or more remaining healthy teeth may benefit from a partial denture, which fits over the healthy teeth to incorporate them into the new, prosthetic smile. In either case, dentures replace the missing teeth and help patients look and feel great.

How should I care for my dentures? 
Caring for your dentures will require several extra steps in your daily oral care routine. First, as with any oral care routine, you should brush and floss any remaining natural teeth remaining in your mouth and your oral tissues using a soft toothbrush. You will need to remove your dentures at night before going to sleep. Soak your dentures in a denture solution overnight. Be sure to brush your dentures using a denture-specific brush at least twice daily and rinse them before reinserting them into your mouth. Many people find that they feel more comfortable handling their dentures over a folded towel to ensure that, if they drop them, they only take minimal damage.

Dentures in Andover, MA
If you think you could benefit from dentures, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is your best tooth replacement option. You may benefit more from other options like dental bridges or dental implants. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Hopgood in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hopgood today!

By Advanced Dental Concepts
August 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

After a long struggle with dental disease, you have finally lost the last of your remaining teeth.  Like over a quarter of Americans in their 60s and 70s, this unfortunate development can have a profound impact on your health and self-image.

While there are a number of advanced methods for replacing lost teeth, there's one tried and true option that's centuries old — the removable denture. It's the option millions of people have chosen to lessen the impact of missing teeth.

Fashioned properly, removable dentures restore the form and function you once had with your natural teeth. The prosthetic (false) teeth are precisely placed in an acrylic, gum-colored base that closely follows the contours of your gums. Because they're removable, they're fairly easy to clean and maintain.

They do have a disadvantage, though, and it's related to bone health after tooth loss. Like other living tissues, bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new cells form to take their place. The forces your teeth generate when you chew stimulate new bone growth. But without teeth to provide this stimulation, new bone won't keep up the pace of replacement at a healthy rate. As a result you may gradually lose bone, as much as a quarter of its normal width within a year of losing a tooth.

Dentures don't transmit any stimulation to the gum and bone from chewing. Furthermore, the compressive forces transmitted to the gum and underlying bone tissue contributes to bone loss. As the bone continues to diminish, your denture fit becomes looser to the point you will eventually need them relined with new acrylic material or have a new set made.

There is another alternative when patients loose all of their teeth: an implant-supported removable denture. Dental implants can be used to keep the dentures more secure and can also slow or even halt bone loss where the implants are placed. In this case we strategically place a few implants to serve as supports for a removable denture. The denture has connection points that join up with the implants to hold it more securely in place. As few as two implants are needed in the lower jaw, while the upper jaw does better with three or four implants.

Losing all your teeth can be traumatic, but there are effective ways to overcome it. With new technology, the traditional restoration of removable dentures may be the vehicle for achieving that.

If you would like more information on restoring missing teeth with dentures, 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 “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Advanced Dental Concepts
May 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

If your dentist has recommended full or partial dentures as a way of replacing your natural teeth, you probably have a few questions about them. Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts in Andover, Massachusetts answers a few of the questions he hears most Denturesfrequently about dentures.

What's the process of getting dentures?

Crafting and fabricating removable dentures usually takes a few weeks and 4 to 5 appointments at your Andover dentist's office. Computer-generated 3D images of your mouth are taken with a handheld device in order to get the most accurate fit. The way your upper and lower jaws fit together when you bite will also be recorded. Before your dentures are finished, you'll try the denture plate on to make sure it fits properly. After all that, you'll wear your new teeth - and a new smile - out of the office.

How will I look with dentures?

In decades past, dentures could be conspicuous and artificial-looking. Since Dr. Hopgood uses only the most updated technology available, your dentures will be crafted with color and shape variations that look very similar to natural teeth. With the dentures in place, your facial muscles will be better supported, which will likely give you a younger, more vibrant appearance.

Will I be able to eat with my dentures in?

It will take some practice to become accustomed to eating with your dentures in place. You should begin with softer foods cut into small pieces and try to chew on both sides of your mouth to prevent the dentures from shifting. After a while, you will be able to gradually return to a regular diet. You will probably want to avoid foods that are excessively sticky or hard to prevent damage to your dentures.

Dr. Richard Hopgood and his highly-trained staff are prepared to answer any and all questions you may have about wearing dentures. Contact the office in Andover today to learn more about how dentures can restore your smile!