We can answer your questions about dentures!
How can I minimize my chance of needing dentures as I age?
Take care of your teeth NOW! Proper preventive dental care is key to maintaining an attractive and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is necessary for good home dental care, as is flossing daily. Plaque begins accumulating 20 minutes after you eat, regardless of your age. When it is not brushed away, this sticky mix of food and bacteria will harden into tartar. Plaque and tartar can cause many problems including cavities, periodontitis and abscesses, which can lead to tooth loss. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy begins at home, but is incomplete without regular professional care. You should visit your dentist at least once every six months for a full dental exam and professional cleaning. According to a survey of older adults by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more people are keeping their natural teeth longer. Since 1960, the rate of toothlessness among people between the ages of 55 and 65 has dropped 60%. This is in part a result of greater awareness and understanding of good dental care habits.
Are dental implants a good alternative to dentures?
Your dentist can tell you whether or not you are a candidate for implants, and help you decide if they are right for you. To learn more about dental implants, visit our Dental Implants page.
I already have dentures; they don’t feel as comfortable as they used to. Can a dentist fix my dentures?
Dentures are made to fit perfectly. If yours feel loose, your dentist can help. You should never try to adjust the shape of your dentures to make them fit better, as you can damage them beyond repair. As you age, your gums and the bone supporting them change shape. Over time, these changes can cause your formerly well-fitted denture set to fit poorly.
How should I take care of my dentures?
Whether you have partial or full dentures, you should always handle them carefully. They should be removed and rinsed after eating, and thoroughly brushed at least once a day. When they are removed, clean your mouth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on any natural teeth. You can also use a soft toothbrush, or gauze, to clean your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the inside of your cheeks. Most types of dentures need to be kept moist to retain their shape, so must be soaked overnight. Follow manufacturer’s instructions. Always rinse them before putting them back in your mouth, especially if they require soaking in solution. When cleaning them, avoid stiff-bristled brushes and other abrasive cleaning materials, and avoid all whitening products.
My dentures are old and I’m afraid they don’t look natural; can you help?
Yes! Thanks to many advances, the modern dentures Watertown Dentistry can offer you look much more natural than older ones. If they are wearing out, they can make you look older if they are not supporting your facial muscles as they used to. Older dentures are also more likely to cause pain.
If you are in need of new set, a consult to see if dentures are the best option for you, a denture adjustment, or in need of the best dental care in the Watertown, MA area, call us today for an appointment. We will be happy to help.