Dentures – Winchendon, MA
The Tried-and-True Solution for Tooth Loss
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, roughly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Furthermore, 40 million adults in the U.S. are missing all of their teeth. So, if you are struggling to smile confidently and chew effectively because of gaps in your smile, you’re not alone. The good news is that our team at Unique Dental of Winchendon offers modern dentures, which are incredibly lifelike, custom-made for each patient, and crafted from the best materials. If you want to learn more about this tooth-replacement solution , you can schedule a consultation with us or read on!
Why Choose Unique Dental of Winchendon for Dentures?
- We Help Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits
- In-House Dental Implant Placement Available
- Convenient Appointment Times, Including Saturdays
Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
If you’re only missing one tooth, then a dental bridge or dental implant is more suitable. However, if you are missing several teeth or all of them, dentures are an option! At your initial consultation, Dr. Hakwati will conduct a thorough exam and learn more about your medical and dental history. Then, he will share his findings, review all of the tooth-replacement solutions available to you, and help you determine which one is best for your unique dental needs and smile goals.
Types of Dentures
Although “dentures” is often used as an all-encompassing term, there are actually several different types. At Unique Dental of Winchendon, we offer:
Partial dentures are custom-made to replace several missing teeth in an arch. To do so, a gum-colored base will be crafted with the prosthetic teeth securely attached. Your restoration will act as a puzzle piece, seamlessly filling in the gaps in your smile.
Similar to partial dentures, full dentures have a gum-colored base with custom-made prosthetic teeth securely attached. However, there is a distinct difference: dentures are made to replace an entire arch of teeth. As a result, they are held in place with denture adhesive or natural suction instead of a discreet clasp.
As you may have guessed from the name, implant dentures are where dental implants and traditional dentures meet. In this case, your restoration will be held securely in place with strategically placed dental implants, providing added stability.
The Benefits of Dentures
There are several reasons dentures have been, and continue to be, a popular tooth-replacement solution, including:
- Dentures are custom-made for each patient, ensuring they look and feel lifelike.
- Dentures can last for several years with proper care.
- Dentures are more cost-effective than other tooth-replacement solutions upfront.
- Dentures restore the strength of your bite, which opens up your diet again.
- Dentures are easy to maintain.
When patients come in for their consultation at our Winchendon dental office, they have all sorts of questions for us. Should I have all of my teeth pulled before getting dentures? Do I have to take them out when I sleep? Is there a way to make the cost more affordable? Now, you can learn the answers to all of these questions and more right here!
How Can I Reduce the Cost of Dentures?
At Unique Dental of Winchendon, we never want our patients to miss out on essential preventive or restorative care due to the cost. That’s why we offer four financial solutions: dental insurance, flexible financing, special offers, and our in-house savings plan. As a result, the cost of dentures can fit into nearly every budget! After we assess your dental needs and determine which type of denture is best for you, we will provide you with an estimate of the price and review each of the financial solutions we offer in-depth.
Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?
Although it’s sometimes necessary to remove a few teeth, that’s definitely not our first choice. In other words, we only recommend having a tooth pulled if it is decayed or damaged to the point where it’s no longer feasible to save it. At your consultation, Dr. Hakwati will conduct a thorough oral exam to determine if any preliminary treatments are needed, including tooth extractions.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
While it’s possible to sleep with your dentures, it’s not recommended. There are a few reasons for this. First, your gums need time to recover. Second, bacteria thrive in dark, moist places, so you need to take your dentures out to prevent that from happening. Third, the 8+ hours you sleep is a great time to soak your dentures in a dentist-recommended cleaner. In short, taking your dentures out at night benefits both your oral health, your overall well-being, and your restoration.
Why Do My Dentures Smell?
If your dentures smell, it may be because you aren’t cleaning them properly. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean them after each meal and soaking them in a dentist-recommended cleaner each night. If that doesn’t seem to work, then the odor may be stemming from soft tissue irritation, dry mouth, or gum disease. That’s why it’s important to continue to visit your dental team for checkups and cleanings – even if you don’t have any of your natural teeth left.
What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?
Although dentures allow you to enjoy a much more varied diet, there are certain foods that are off the table. Popcorn, thin pizza crust, chewy meats, corn on the cob, and carrot sticks are a few examples. The good news is that there are many softer foods that contain essential vitamins and nutrients, including white fish, oatmeal, plain yogurt, scrambled eggs, kiwi, and cooked green beans.