Dentures are removable prostheses made of artificial teeth and gums which are used to treat tooth loss. Dentures fill in gaps in your smile and restore your ability to chew and speak clearly. When we lose teeth, we lose facial support due to bone loss, especially around our mouths.
This can make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and it may become difficult to chew foods we once loved. At North Billerica Smiles, we offer both full and partial dentures so no matter how many teeth you’re missing, you can restore your smile and live more comfortably.
A full denture replaces an entire arch of teeth. We only recommend full dentures for patients who have extensive tooth loss because they require the extraction of your remaining teeth. After your extractions, your gums will need some time to heal before we can place your official prosthesis. However, you will receive a temporary immediate denture in the meantime.
A partial denture is a removable version of a dental bridge. It’s used to restore teeth in the mouth when tooth loss is minimal. Unlike fixed bridges, a partial can replace teeth on both sides of the mouth.
A partial can fill in gaps in the teeth and prevent them from shifting. A partial denture contains metal clasps that are hooked around the natural teeth, which secure them in place.
The process begins with a consultation to assess the extent of your tooth loss and the condition of your teeth. Any oral health problems need to be treated before getting dentures. Then, we will need to extract your teeth if you are receiving full dentures.
It can take about 6 to 8 weeks for your gums to heal. We will then take impressions of your teeth and measure how your jaw fits together. This information is sent to the dental lab responsible for creating your dentures.
You will receive immediate temporary dentures that will replace your missing teeth until your official dentures are ready. The dental lab will receive your impressions and set your artificial teeth in wax. You will then return to the dental office for a trial fitting to see if any adjustments need to be made.
Changes usually do need to be made at least once. After making any necessary changes, if you like the way your dentures fit and feel, we’ll have a final fitting and you will receive your official dentures.
It’s normal to feel discomfort during the first month of wearing dentures. It takes about 30 days to adjust to the feeling of wearing dentures. Your body detects a foreign object in your mouth and that can cause a range of odd sensations, including tender gums, excessive saliva, sounding louder than normal, difficulty pronouncing things, and difficulty chewing. This is only temporary and these symptoms will subside as time goes on and you become used to your dentures. Need dentures? Contact us at North Billerica Smiles to book a consultation today!
A dental implant includes two parts: an abutment and a restoration. Together, these two pieces create a permanent replacement tooth that looks and functions just like a natural one would.
The first step of the dental implant process is a consultation at North Billerica Smiles. During your visit, we’ll assess your smile to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implants. If so, we’ll move onto the treatment planning phase.
One of our dentists will take x-rays and scans of your mouth, then use the detailed images of your teeth, gums, jawline, and surrounding bone structures to come up with a precise treatment plan. Once this is complete, you will come in for your oral surgery and your abutment will be placed in your gum. When this heals, this is the part of your implant that will function as an artificial tooth root.
3-6 Months after your abutment is places and your gums are fully healed, you’ll come back in for your final appointment. During your last visit, we’ll attach a dental crown or other restoration to the abutment, and this will create a replacement tooth that looks and feels natural. You’ll be able to chew, speak, and smile with ease - with no gaps in your teeth!
Since dental implants are an invasive oral surgery, you can expect to feel some pain. However, we use powerful numbing agents and anesthetics to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your procedure. What’s more, we also send you home with a prescription for medication that will help ease your pain, if necessary. We do everything in our power to provide a smooth, pain-free implant treatment.
With proper care and oral hygiene, your dental implant should last the rest of your life. We also offer maintenance appointments to help ensure that your implant stays in good shape throughout the years.