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Dentures – Williamstown, NJ

Say Goodbye to Gaps in Your Grin

Whether you are missing one tooth or a whole row of pearly whites, the need for replacement cannot be understated. Having a complete smile not only impacts the way you feel about yourself—and, quite frankly, what others think when they see you—but can also influence both your oral health and physical wellbeing. At iSmile Dental Arts, Dr. Willy Kassem offers three different types of dentures: partial, full and implant retained. All are a reliable method of providing you with a smile that is strong, durable, and natural-looking.

The Consequences of Missing Teeth

older couple smiling with dentures in Williamstown

Just in case the appearance of a missing tooth isn’t enough to convince you to have dentures, here are some other important factors to consider. First, a missing tooth increases your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, two conditions that are often a leading cause of tooth loss initially. Secondly, the adjacency of teeth not only looks attractive, it also helps to maintain a proper bite and alignment. When a tooth is missing, others may start to shift in order to fill the vacant spot. Finally, tooth loss can make eating a nutritious diet more difficult. Many people with missing teeth are forced to eat a soft food diet that does not include healthy raw vegetable and lean meats. For all of these reasons and more, tooth replacement is essential.

What Are the Types of Dentures?

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There are three types of dentures currently available, which are:

Full Dentures

For patients who are missing all of their teeth along one or both arches, Williamstown dentist Dr. Kassem can design a full denture. Thanks to advances in dental prosthetic materials and production, your new dentures will look natural and feel comfortable in your mouth. Of course, you’ll need to be patient, because adjusting to dentures does take a bit of time. But once you’re used to your dentures, you’ll be amazed at how good they look and how securely they stay in place.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are ideal if you are missing one or a few teeth. Even if the missing teeth are not consecutive, Dr. Kassem can design a partial denture to fit between your remaining teeth. A partial is made of false teeth, also called pontics, which are attached to a metal framework. The frame is usually hidden and comfortably clips to adjacent natural teeth.

Implant-Retained Dentures

For the ultimate in a secure fit, Dr. Kassem recommends implant-retained dentures. These are held in place by dental implants that are surgically embedded in your jaw by an oral surgeon or periodontist that Dr. Kassem works with regularly. Once you’ve healed and the implants are fully integrated with the bone, Dr. Kassem attaches your denture. Some patients who have been wearing removable dentures for years switch to implant-retained dentures and are remarkably impressed by how securely they fit.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?

dentist in lab coat holding set of full dentures

Generally, if you’re missing some or all of your pearly whites, dentures may be just the solution for you. However, if you’re considering implant-retained dentures, you must have an adequately strong jawbone. Since prolonged tooth loss weakens the jawbone, you may have to undergo a bone grafting procedure beforehand to help strengthen the bone until it’s dense enough to support your new teeth.

Benefits of Dentures

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No matter which kind of dentures you receive, they come with a multitude of benefits, including:

  • Increasing your self-esteem
  • Supporting your facial muscles
  • Allowing you to eat a healthy diet of nutritious foods
  • Letting you smile with completely confidence again
  • Being both functional and comfortable
  • Looking like a totally natural part of your smile

Tips for Day-to-Day Denture Use

Here are some tips to make your new life with dentures a little easier:

  • Brush your dentures every day to prevent staining and plaque buildup that can cause gum infections.
  • Gently brush your gums, tongue, and palate at least once a day. It also helps to rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
  • While you sleep, let your dentures soak in cool or lukewarm (never hot) water or denture cleanser. Not only does this give your dentures a chance to get clean, but it lets your gums and jawbone rest after the pressure of holding the dentures in place all day.
  • If you’re having trouble eating, try a bit of denture adhesive.
  • Start by cutting your food into bite-sized chunks and gradually work up to larger sized bites.
  • Avoid dry mouth (which can cause infections) and stay hydrated by regularly sipping water throughout the day.

Are you ready to say goodbye to the gaps in your grin? Then contact us to set up a consultation for dentures. It could change your smile and your life!

Denture FAQs

FAQs about dentures in wood squares.

Modern dentistry can preserve your teeth for longer than ever; however, many Americans live with significant tooth loss. If you’ve lost several teeth, dentures are a convenient solution to regain a complete, beautiful smile. We know you have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to them, which we will address during your consultation. While you wait for your visit, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about dentures to help ease any apprehensions.

Am I too young/old for dentures?

Most people get dentures in their 40s or later, but there isn’t an age requirement for treating missing teeth. Many younger people have suffered devastating tooth loss. Dentures are a great option for teeth replacement, even if you aren’t middle-aged. In addition, you’re also never too old to rebuild your smile. Instead, we considered several other factors when determining your candidacy for dentures, like your overall oral health.

Do dentures look natural?

Let’s face it, dentures have a bad reputation for looking fake. While this may have been true in the past, dentures have undergone several improvements over the years. In fact, they are more realistic than ever, so you can chew, speak, and smile confidently because no one will know they aren’t your natural teeth.

Do dentures feel fake?

Besides improving their aesthetics, innovations in dentistry have enhanced the fit and function of dentures. You’ll be able to maintain a balanced diet and enjoy many of your favorite foods; however, they will always have their limitations. If you’d like a stronger bite, ask us how dental implants can support your denture to regain as much as 70% of your natural biting force.

Can I use my dental insurance to pay for dentures?

Every dental insurance plan differs, but most companies offer some coverage for dentures to help offset the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We know dental insurance is confusing, but you won’t need to navigate your policy alone. A member of our team will work on your behalf to maximize your benefits to lower your expense. After reaching your deductible, you can use your coverage to pay as much as 50% to 80% of the cost until hitting your annual limit. We’ll take the time to explain how your policy is being used to pay for your smile and discuss your options for any remaining balance, like third-party financing.

How long do dentures last?

Dentures are more durable than ever. They last for an average of 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced. There are several things you can do to promote their longevity, like cleaning them daily, soaking them at night, and avoid exposing them to heat. In addition, you’ll need to see your dentist regularly to have your dentures maintained, like getting them relined when needed. If you’re interested in a more permanent solution, dental implants have over a 95% success rate, so you’ll never need to worry about having them replaced with the right aftercare.