Dentures – Burlington, MA
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At our Burlington dental practice, Dr. James Kostas can make your smile whole again with partials or dentures in Burlington. If you’re ready to improve your diet, your speech, and your confidence, replacing your missing teeth can do all that! No matter why your teeth are missing, if you’re looking for an affordable way to rebuild your smile, we can fit you for either a partial or full set of dentures so you can start living your best life. Contact us today to find out what you can do to take the next step toward a healthier, complete smile.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
If you are suffering from tooth loss, there is a good chance you will be eligible to receive dentures. Depending on how many teeth are missing, you may qualify for a partial or full prosthetic. Their ability to improve speech, eating habits, and confidence continue to make them one of the most popular solutions available today.
By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Kostas, he can examine your smile in its entirety and recommend the appropriate method of treatment. It is necessary that he ensure you have good gum health, jawbone density, and are missing multiple or all your teeth along a row. His experience and knowledge will allow him to provide a high-quality prosthetic that comfortably fits your smile, looks natural, and offers a chance to embrace a better quality of life.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
There are three different types of dentures to choose from that Dr. Kostas will go over with you during your initial consultation. These include:
If you’ve lost several teeth but you still have a few healthy ones left, you may be a candidate for a partial denture. Having a large gap in your smile can make it difficult trying to eat, speak, or smile. Fortunately, we can take an impression of your mouth to recreate those you’ve lost. They are held in a gum-colored base that has a metal framework, so they can clip or clasp onto your natural teeth to hold it in place. Your prosthetic teeth are carefully crafted to match your real ones, so they blend in seamlessly when you smile.
Although they have a bad reputation for looking and feeling fake, dentures now look and feel more realistic than ever. We take an impression of your mouth to create an acrylic base to hold your replacement teeth. The denture is held to your gum tissue using suction or an adhesive. You’ll regain your ability to chew, speak, and smile without any concern; however, if you’re interested in a more permanent solution, ask us how dental implants can stabilize your denture.
If you prefer a more permanent solution for your tooth loss, implant dentures are an exceptional way to restore your smile. Their surgical placement into your jawbone and ability to fuse with the bone tissues creates a solid foundation for your customized restoration. Instead of relying on additional products (i.e., adhesives and special cleaning supplies) to keep your teeth healthy and in place, you can feel more at ease knowing that your implant dentures are not going anywhere. Not to mention, they look and feel just like regular teeth, so they’re easy to maintain.
How Do I Get Fitted for a Denture?
After a previous examination and X-rays, you’ll return to our office to begin fabricating your new denture. Your dentist in Burlington will take an impression and molds of your upper and lower jaw to determine your bite. The color and size of your denture are determined before the information is sent to the dental laboratory to create a wax model.
You’ll come to our office to try on the model, and we’ll make the necessary adjustments before the dental lab creates your final denture. We may need to make a couple more alternations to ensure the ideal fit for your comfort.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures in Burlington offer an array of benefits. In choosing these unique prosthetics, you will find they provide a way for you to feel more confident and comfortable around others, especially while speaking and eating. Other great advantages include:
- A customized process that focuses on your individual needs to produce a prosthetic that fits comfortably inside your mouth and restores your smile.
- An easy-to-clean prosthetic that allows for better oral health.
- Traditional dentures are cost-effective and considered a trusted tooth replacement solution. Implant dentures can save you in the long run because of their permanence and longevity.
- The ability to eat healthier foods and maintain a nutrient-rich diet.
- The opportunity to maintain a more youthful appearance because of how your dentures will fill out your face and keep your cheeks from looking hollow.
- The materials used to create your dentures are high quality, making your artificial teeth look natural.
How Do I Take Care of a Denture?
Your denture can last for 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced. You can promote how long your new smile lasts by taking the time to care for it:
- Clean it daily with mild hand soap or denture cleanser.
- Brush your denture with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Don’t forget to clean your gums and tongue.
- Soak your denture overnight.
- Visit your dentist in Burlington regularly.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
There is no set amount for dentures because their cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as how many teeth you’re replacing. We provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options, such as using your dental insurance or CareCredit. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to rebuild your smile.
Do you still have questions about getting full or partial dentures in Burlington? When you visit our office for a consultation, we’ll provide you with all of the details you need to feel comfortable and confident restoring your smile. We’ve also collected some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients below. If you don’t see your concern addressed below, don’t hesitate to call us!
How long will my dentures last?
With routine maintenance, your dentures can last for anywhere between five and seven years before needing to be replaced. This is because your mouth will continue to change shape over the years, which can alter the way they fit. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your restorations:
- Place a towel on the counter to set them on after you clean them to keep them from slipping and landing on the floor.
- Remove and rinse your dentures after each time you eat.
- Clean your gums and existing teeth after removing your dentures.
- Brush your dentures with a soft denture brush and denture cleaner every day.
- Soak your dentures overnight.
- Schedule semi-annual checkups and cleanings with Dr. Kostas.
Will dentures affect my diet?
Going from an incomplete set of teeth to a complete one will expand your nutrition options and allow you to eat more foods. However, there are certain foods that you’ll want to avoid eating with your restoration in, including:
- Large pieces of tough meat.
- Sticky foods.
- Hard foods.
- Foods that your teeth can’t easily grind, such as nuts.
If you’re in a position where you can’t really avoid eating these foods, you can still eat them, just be mindful and try to only eat them sparingly.
Can I sleep with my dentures in?
We don’t recommend sleeping with your dentures in your mouth, because it’s important to soak them every night while you sleep to allow them to maintain their shape (this doesn’t apply to partial dentures). The moisture keeps them from shrinking and incorrectly fitting in your mouth, which allows them to function properly and be more comfortable.
How do I use a denture adhesive?
If you’re using a denture adhesive cream, it’s important to clean and thoroughly dry your restorations before starting the process of applying them to your mouth. Place small dots or strips of adhesive on your dentures, making sure not to place them too close to the edge. Position your dentures firmly in place over your gums. If the adhesive oozes out, this is a sign that you’ve used too much. One application should be enough to last you through the entire day.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
You don’t need to live with an incomplete smile. We can replace your missing teeth with partials or dentures. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.