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Dentures – Glastonbury, CT

Beautiful, Functional & Complete Tooth Replacement

If you’re missing teeth, you may be familiar with the ways that this dental issue can affect everyday activities like talking, smiling, and eating. Unfortunately, missing teeth can lead to even larger problems, affecting your oral and overall health. If you’re ready to give yourself a complete smile, we have the answer! Dr. Brad Heim and Dr. John Carroll offer custom-made partial, full, and implant dentures to give you the replacement that works best for your smile. Keep reading to learn more about this tooth-replacement solution, including which option is best for you.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Are you interested in getting your full smile back following tooth loss? If so, there’s good news: you’re likely a candidate for dentures! This tried-and-true tooth-replacement solution is ideal for a wide range of patients, including those who don’t have any of their natural teeth left. Plus, even if something initially stands in your way, like gum disease, we can add the necessary restorative care to your treatment plan so a healthy, complete, and gorgeous smile isn’t out of reach.

Types of Dentures

Dentures have been used for hundreds of years to replace teeth. Thankfully, modern dentures have come a long way since prosthetics were made from wood and animal bones. Dentures today are composed of an acrylic, gum-colored base attached to artificial teeth. Some dentures are removable, while others are fixed and can only be taken out by your dentist in Glastonbury. There are three different types of dentures that we offer, and the prosthetic that we recommend for your smile will depend on the condition of your oral health as well as your specific needs.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are the best denture solution for those who still have some of their natural teeth. Depending on the number of teeth that you’re missing and where you’re missing them, we can use a partial denture that is held in place with clasps or dental implants. This denture fills the gaps in your smile like putting together the missing pieces to a puzzle, which allows you to keep your remaining natural teeth intact. Partial dentures can come in fixed or removable options, but we will recommend the solution that works best for you after examining your mouth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are still the fastest way to receive a complete smile replacement. Our dentures in Glastonbury are custom-made to give you a smile that you’ll be proud to show off. The light and flexible gum-colored base is attached to artificial teeth, and it’s designed to rest on top of your gums, staying in place with natural suction. You can also use mild denture adhesive to secure your full denture for day-to-day use. During the night, you can take them out to give your gum tissue a rest and soak them in a cleaning solution to keep your mouth healthy.

Implant Dentures

If you want the strongest, most natural looking and feeling denture, this option is for you. An implant denture combines the benefits of dentures and implants to give you a sturdy and beautiful full smile replacement. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Once these are placed, they can be used to support your denture. The result is a strong smile that allows you to chew through all of your favorite foods. Plus, dental implants stimulate your jaw to prevent it from deteriorating after tooth loss.

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The Benefits of Dentures

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Dentures continue to be a popular option for replacing missing teeth because:

Dentures FAQs

Before you get dentures in Glastonbury, you might have some concerns about them. That makes total sense! After all, you likely want to ensure they’d be effective. We here at Heim & Carroll DMD, LLC understand and are eager to help. Therefore, listed below are answers to questions we often get about dentures to give you a better idea of what to expect from treatment.

If your specific denture question isn’t mentioned, don’t worry. Instead, feel free to reach out and speak directly with us at our office! We’d be happy to explain more about the procedure.

What is the Average Age for Dentures?

While tooth loss can happen at any age, it’s far more common among older patients. Roughly 66% of adults aged 40-64 are missing at least one tooth. Meanwhile, only 33% of those 20-39 years old have lost a pearly white. The former percentage, furthermore, only rises as you pass middle age and enter your later years.

Given these facts, most denture-wearers are seniors. An American Dental Association census even found that 57% of people ages 65 to 74 wear a denture. Still, all ages can potentially qualify for treatment.

Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?

In most cases, repairing a damaged tooth is better than getting a replacement.

You see, extraction treatments are often invasive. As such, they’re only recommended for difficult situations — extreme tooth decay, infection, massive loss of enamel, etc. Dentists will always consider alternatives before suggesting a tooth extraction.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

Learning to speak with dentures takes time when you first get them. That’s just inevitable, as you’ll have only spoken with your natural teeth before now.

As for how long you’ll need to get used to speaking with dentures, the timing varies from person to person. Often enough, frequent practice leads to faster adjustments. To speed up the process, you could try reading out loud to yourself and repeating difficult-to-pronounce words. Speak slowly at first, as fast speech can come out muffled.

Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?

Dentures do need daily cleaning, but you shouldn’t use regular toothpaste on them. It can be abrasive and leave tiny scratches on your false teeth. With time, these marks can leave your prosthetics seriously damaged.

For the same reason, you should also avoid using hard-bristled toothbrushes. Instead, use a soft-bristled one.

The proper cleaning solutions for dentures are hand soap, mild dishwashing liquid, and specialized denture cleaners. Remember to use such products on your appliance after every meal.

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