Reclaim Your Smile with Dentures
Dentures are custom restorations that feature a gum-colored base and artificial teeth, and they have helped millions of patients renew the appearance and function of their smiles after extensive tooth loss. Unlike many other dentists, Dr. Daniel Whiteman offers both traditional and implant-supported dentures at his Brookline, MA, practice.
Furthermore, Dr. Whiteman is the only dentist in Massachusetts who has been licensed to use Eclipse® dental resin, which allows him to create beautiful dentures and perform repairs here at our practice. To schedule a dentures consultation, contact our practice today.
Am I a Candidate?
Dentures are an ideal treatment for individuals who are missing most of or an entire arch of teeth. Patients who are missing several neighboring teeth may benefit from a partial denture, which works similarly to a full denture but is held in place with small metal clasps instead of suction. However, if you are missing just one or two teeth, a dental bridge or dental implant may be a better option.
With an implant-supported denture, you will never have to worry about your prosthesis moving out of position.
If you are considering an implant-supported option, you will also need adequate jawbone density to anchor the titanium posts that hold the denture in place. Implant-supported dentures require two surgeries: one to place the implant and one to attach the abutments that will connect the restoration to the implants. Because of this, it is important that candidates are in good oral health. Smoking, advanced gum disease, and jawbone recession can all postpone candidacy for implant-supported dentures. If you do not have adequate jawbone density to receive a dental implant, a bone graft can restore your candidacy.
Benefits of Full, Partial, and Implant-Supported Dentures
Dentures improve the appearance of your smile while restoring chewing function. Other benefits of this treatment include:
- Younger-looking smile: If you are missing teeth, you may appear older than your actual age. By filling in the gaps in your smile, you can also fill in sunken-in cheeks, leaving you looking younger and healthier.
- Improved speech: Missing teeth can impair your speech, especially when at the front of your mouth. Having a denture placed can make it easier to speak and easier for others to understand you.
- Restored chewing function: Proper chewing is crucial to proper nutrition. It can also help prevent choking. Dentures restore chewing function while improving bite balance. This can prevent premature wear on your healthy teeth.
- Affordable treatments: While some restorative treatments like implants have sizable up-front costs, patients benefit in the long-term by preventing shifting teeth and other associated dental problems. However, we accept cash, checks, credit, and major insurances to make sure that treatment is as affordable as possible. One of our friendly staff will explain the costs involved, so you can find the right treatment for your budget.
Implant-supported dentures offer benefits beyond those afforded by full and partial dentures. Implants provide a more stable platform for your prosthetic, preventing it from shifting. Implants also stimulate jawbone tissue, reducing the risk of jawbone recession.