Dentures – Beverly, MA
Your Custom Solution For Tooth Loss
At Beverly Farms Dental, we understand how much tooth loss affects your quality of life, whether you’ve lost one tooth or all of your teeth. Losing your self-confidence and being unable to eat your favorite foods or speak clearly all take a toll over time. Fortunately, prosthodontics like dentures can be customized for any situation to restore the beauty and function of your smile. If you’ve lost any teeth and want to know how dentures can benefit you, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blake or Dr. Staniek. With decades of experience treating patients with tooth loss, our compassionate team will help you love your smile again!
These appliances are made to replace all the teeth in the upper or lower arch (or both). Prosthetic teeth are built into a flesh-colored acrylic base to look very natural. Full dentures are held in place with natural suction and adhesive and should be removed and cleaned each day with denture care products. Dentures can last 5-10 years and usually need to be periodically re-lined and adjusted to continue fitting well.
With a full denture, you’ll have a brand new set of teeth that allows you to eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence.
A partial denture can include anywhere from one to several prosthetic teeth on either a plastic base or metal framework. It has clasps that fit around the existing teeth for support and, just like full dentures, should be removed and cleaned each time you brush your teeth. For some patients, partial dentures are a great low-cost or temporary alternative to a bridge or implant.
Maintaining Your Dentures
We always recommend spending time each day maintaining your dentures. With a few good habits, you’ll help them last longer and have a better experience overall:
- Soak your dentures each night in a special solution and make sure to brush them each day as well, which will keep them much cleaner than soaking alone.
- Dentures can easily break if they’re dropped, so only handle them over a soft hand towel or basin of water.
- Be sure to keep your dentures moist at all times to prevent them from drying out and cracking.
Also, continue seeing us for regular checkups so we can make any necessary adjustments and address small issues like chips, cracks, or bends before they become more serious.
Finally, make sure to keep everything healthy by gently brushing your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth twice a day and flossing carefully around any remaining teeth.
With the use of high-quality materials and the latest techniques, the modern dentures we provide look and feel better than ever. However, if you want even more chewing strength and stability, implants may be a perfect choice.
In most cases, just 2-6 implants are needed per arch to anchor a denture into place. In addition to improving the stability of your appliance, implants also mimic natural teeth to maintain your bone mass and facial structure over time. You’ll also need much less adhesive or none at all, and won’t have to worry about “slips” the way you might with a traditional full denture.
Want to learn more about how dentures can benefit your oral health? Give us a call so we can create the best treatment plan for your smile!
Do you have questions about what life will be like with dentures? Below, we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients who are on the fence about replacing their missing teeth with full or partial dentures.
What should I do if I lose or damage my dentures?
Many patients accidentally damage their dentures while cleaning them or lose them when they take them out and don’t place them in a protective case or glass of water. In these cases, it’s vital to immediately contact Drs. Blake or Staniek so we can repair or replace them as soon as possible. Although it may be tempting to make DIY repairs, this often results in uncomfortable side-effects, such as gum irritation and infections. We’ll fast-track your new or repaired dentures to make sure that you have a functional and complete smile as soon as possible.
How long does it take to get dentures?
The process of getting dentures typically takes place over the course of two or more appointments and several weeks. First, we’ll take impressions of your mouth to make a model that our dental laboratory will use to craft your restorations. Once we receive your permanent restorations, we’ll call you in to make sure they fit properly and let you know what adjustments you can expect to go through in your daily life. If we need to make any additional changes to the prosthetic, we’ll do that before sending them home with you.
If you have any questions after the process is complete, don’t hesitate to contact our office!
Does dental insurance cover the cost of dentures?
It’s important to note that every dental insurance plan differs, which is why you should always contact your provider to double-check what your benefits cover. However, most full dental insurance policies offer some type of coverage for dentures, sometimes up to 50 percent. Patients are also often responsible for paying their deductible and co-payments as well, so keep this in mind. If you have any questions or would like some help navigating your insurance benefits, be sure to ask one of our friendly office staff!
How long do dentures last?
Dentures typically last between five and seven years with daily maintenance. Just like with your natural teeth, they can wear down and become discolored over time. Plus, without jawbone stimulation that was once offered by the root of your natural teeth, your facial shape will change, making your restorations fit differently. Due to all of these reasons, it’s important to get regular checkups to ensure that your dentures fit and function properly.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution that can help prevent jawbone erosion, you can ask our team about dental implants as well! These replace the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots.