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Gaps in your smile could affect your self-confidence and your self-esteem. Replacing these missing teeth with an upper or lower denture is typically a solid step toward feeling more relaxed in social and professional situations. If you need help to fill in gaps in your teeth and to restore an attractive appearance for your smile, Baystate Dental of Holyoke can provide the right solutions for dentures in Holyoke. We are committed to providing affordable quality dentures to help you feel much more confident every day.
Why Do I Need Dentures?
Dentures are a type of dental prosthetic that consist of a plate or bridge connected to one or more artificial teeth. These devices are used to replace missing teeth and to promote a healthier bite and a more attractive smile. Permanently attached or removable denture applications are also important to provide much-needed support for the cheeks and to prevent the deep hollows that can sometimes develop if replacement teeth are not present to support the structures of the face.
Are There Varying Types of Dentures?
Patients can select from a range of different denture types when planning their tooth replacement options. Our team will work with you to find the right dentures at the right prices and to help you look and feel your best with the most appropriate and affordable quality dentures for your needs.
Complete or Full Denture
If most of the teeth on the upper or lower part of your mouth are missing, your dentist may recommend that any remaining natural teeth should be pulled and that you should receive a complete or full denture for the upper, lower or both parts of your mouth. Traditional dentures require that all upper or lower teeth be pulled and the gums allowed to heal before measurements and impressions can be made of your mouth and gums. In many cases, a temporary denture may be put in place to allow you to bite, chew and smile during the healing process. Full denture applications are among the most affordable and practical options for patients in our area.
For patients who are missing only a few teeth, a partial denture is a good solution that allows healthy teeth to stay in place while damaged and missing teeth are replaced with reliable and attractive prosthetic teeth. In most cases, the partial denture is removable and is attached to surrounding teeth using clamps or clasps. Permanently attached partials are typically referred to as bridges and are attached to crowns placed on surrounding teeth to create a permanent solution.
Flexible Partial Denture
A denture designed to be flexible and to move and bend with the movement of the jaw and mouth is called a flexible partial denture. The materials used for these dentures are typically designed to match the color of your natural teeth and your gums to provide an unobtrusive way to replace missing teeth. Your flexible partial denture will be removable for easy cleaning.
One of the most practical and positive developments in the dental industry is the dental implant. These dental appliances are posts that are placed into the gums and jaw and allowed to heal in place. Once they have become part of the surrounding bone structure, the tops of the dental implants are exposed and create attachment points for the application of a denture or an artificial tooth. An implant-supported denture may be removable or permanently applied to the implant. If it is removable, your denture can be cleaned and soaked each night. Otherwise, you will need to brush and care for your artificial teeth in the same way as you would your natural teeth.
Why Are People Selecting All-on-4® Dentures?
All-on-4® dentures are a specialized form of implant-supported denture that only use four carefully spaced and placed implants to support an entire upper or lower denture plate. This innovative procedure will allow you to enjoy the most beautiful smile and the greatest confidence when smiling, chewing and speaking during your everyday activities.
How Should I Prepare for the Denture Procedure?
In most instances, you will need to plan for an extraction of some or all of your natural teeth before you are measured for new dentures. The measurements and impressions taken after your gums have healed will be used to fabricate a denture that fits your needs and your gums as closely as possible. If implants are required, you may need a longer healing period to make sure these attachment points are as solid and reliable as possible. Once you have healed from any extractions and your implants have been exposed, the dentist will help fit your permanent denture.
How Much Should Dentures Cost?
The cost of your dentures will depend on the type of denture you require, the materials from which it is fabricated and the other dental work required to prepare your mouth for the application. We can tell you more about your expected cost when you come to our office for your consultation.
Will I Need a Soft Reline for My Dentures?
A soft denture reline is used to create a softer and more comfortable surface for the part of the denture that presses against the gums. Our dentists will work with you to determine whether this option is right for you.
Schedule a Denture Consultation With Baystate Dental of Holyoke Today
If you are looking for the best solutions for your family’s dental care, call Baystate Dental of Holyoke today at (413) 241-3615 to schedule an initial consultation. Our team will be happy to work with you to find the right solutions for your needs.