Dentures were, for a long time, the only solution for replacing several missing teeth. In modern dentistry, dentures are no longer the only option. They are, however, sometimes the best.
During your tooth replacement consultation with Medford dentist Dr. Clancy, all of your options will be discussed and the best solution for replacing multiple teeth will be determined.
There are three types of dentures:
- Partial dentures, used when some teeth are still present
- Complete dentures, used to replace an entire arch of teeth
- Implant-retained dentures
With a focus on comfort and perfection, all of these options can be customized to fit naturally into your smile, restoring both function and aesthetics.
One of the largest reasons people choose dentures over alternatives such as dental bridges is that dentures do not require any preparation of surrounding teeth. Traditional dentures are secured into the mouth with adhesives, which can help reduce strain on adjacent teeth while still restoring your smile.
However, it is important to remember that adhesives are not as secure as bridges and can come loose at inopportune times. This should be a consideration prior to determining which option will best meet your needs.
An alternative to both adhesives and bridges are implant-supported dentures. With the use of dental implants, our dentists can provide the most reliable hold for your dentures while also preventing jaw shrinkage and collapse.
Implant-supported dentures can be retained by a ball and socket or by a bar and clips. This will depend on how many teeth are being replaced and will be customized to meet your particular needs.
There is no single solution that is optimal for all mouths. Our dentists will work closely with you, taking into account your needs and desires to help you find the most effective tooth replacement option.
If you live in or around Medford, Massachusetts and would like to learn more about dentures, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation. We also care for patients from Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Winchester.