Request Map Call
Refer A Patient Request An Appointment Free Parking Available / Evening & Weekend Hours / Emergencies Welcome

Dentures – Wakefield, MA

Completely Restore Your Smile

Losing many or all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw can be devastating. You won’t be able to eat normally anymore, and it’ll be much harder to smile with confidence. For these cases, Schumacher Dental can use different kinds of dentures in Wakefield that’ll let you perform all the day-to-day tasks that you’d normally rely on your natural teeth for. Looking to restore your smile or the smile of a loved one? Contact us for an appointment today.

What are Dentures?

Smiling senior woman

Dentures are also called “false teeth.” They’re probably one of the most well-known kinds of dental restorations; they’re the solution for 90% of patients with tooth loss. In most cases, dentures will have a gum colored acrylic base that supports plastic or porcelain teeth. The base and the teeth can be customized so that they’ll look as natural as possible in the patient’s mouth. Metal can also be used to reinforce the structure of the dentures.

Depending on the number of healthy teeth left in the jaw, you may need to have a few extractions done before you can receive a set of dentures.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

patient smiling while visiting dentist

Are you missing teeth and longing for a complete smile? Look no further than dentures, a versatile tooth replacement option available to almost anyone! To find out if this option is right for you, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schumacher. Even if you're currently not a viable candidate, there may be options to enhance your candidacy by restoring the health of your gum tissue and bone structure. Take the first step towards a confident smile by exploring the possibilities of dentures with our team today!

Effects of Missing Teeth

man smiling with missing tooth

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, tooth loss can be attributed to various factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, and dental injuries. Should you experience any of these issues, you need to address them right away. Otherwise, the consequences of not replacing missing teeth extend beyond oral health.

Facial sagging, speech difficulties, challenges with eating, and decreased self-esteem are just a few consequences that can arise from missing teeth. By getting dentures, you can minimize the risk of these complications and improve both oral function and confidence.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

patient smiling in mirror

Dentures are an excellent solution for individuals who have experienced significant tooth loss, suffer from tooth sensitivity, or have extensive tooth decay. To be a suitable candidate for dentures, you must have sufficient healthy gum tissue and jawbone. You also need to commit to maintaining proper dental hygiene and caring for both the dentures and your overall health. Furthermore, dentures present an affordable tooth-replacement option, making them an attractive choice for patients on a budget.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

dental professional holding dentures

Not a good candidate for dentures? That’s okay! You can explore our other tooth replacement options, which include:

  • Dental Bridges: These are ideal for patients with a few missing teeth. It’s worth noting that they rely on healthy teeth adjacent to the gap to support the prosthetic tooth.
  • Dental Implants: This option requires a strong bone structure and offers a permanent solution. While implants may be more expensive than traditional dentures, they provide long-lasting results.

Your Options for Dentures

Holding dentures

Are you missing all of your teeth or just a few? Can your jaw support dental implants, or will you need to rely on more traditional options?  Depending on the answers to these questions, you could get a few different kinds of dental implants.

Partial Dentures

These are used when there are a few gaps in your mouth while you still have plenty of healthy teeth that are worth saving. Partial dentures can be customized depending on where tooth loss has taken place. In most cases, they’re held in place by a metal clasp.

Full Dentures

The most traditional kind of false teeth, full dentures are used when an entire arch is gone. They rest directly on the gums and are held in place by natural suction; however, you can use a denture adhesive to give them added stability for speaking and chewing.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Full dentures can be supported by dental implants, which are metal posts that fuse with the jawbone. With implants, you’ll no longer have to worry about your dentures slipping out of place. You’ll also be able to enjoy almost any kind of food thanks to the chewing power that implants provide.

How Dentures Are Made

Dental technician polishing a denture

Dentures are customized just for you, but what exactly does the process consist of? Understanding the process will help you to appreciate your new smile even more! Continue reading to learn more about how we can achieve the final results of your one-of-a-kind restoration.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Dental technician painting artificial teeth

Dentures are comprised of two different parts – the base and the replacement teeth. Here is what they include:

  • Dentures Base: This is the foundation that gives artificial teeth support. It can be made from many different materials, including acrylic, nylon, and resin. Full dentures are usually made using acrylic because they can be tailored to closely match your gum tissue. Partial dentures sometimes use metal clips with an acrylic base.
  • Artificial Teeth: The replacement teeth are attached to the base. They are usually made from resin or porcelain because they both have a natural appearance. However, porcelain is a more popular option because it appears and feels like natural teeth. It is also a durable material.

The Denture Creation Process

Dental technician carving denture mold

Every denture is customized for the patient’s mouth. This requires a multi-step process. Here is what a step-by-step process typically looks like:

  • Step 1: First, your dentist will start by taking impressions of your upper and lower gums using a thick paste. This is used to create a plaster model that acts as a replica of your mouth. The model is used to make sure the final denture is of the appropriate size and shape. Measurements of your jaw may be taken at this time.
  • Step 2: Next, the case is sent to the dental laboratory where your dentures will be crafted. They will create a wax replica of your gum line.
  • Step 3: The artificial teeth are set into place, and a mechanical device known as an articulator will be used to attach the teeth with wax/ The technician will make minor adjustments by shaping and carving the wax to ensure that it looks like your gums. This wax base will be used for your finished denture.
  • Step 4: The wax dentures are sent to your dentist for a fitting. If everything looks good, the dentures are sent back to the dental lab where the process will be completed. Until then, you will be given temporary dentures to wear.
  • Step 5: Once they have been returned to the lab, the technician will boil your dentures to get rid of the wax portions. To do this, the dentures are placed in a flask which is a holding device into which plaster is poured to maintain the shape of the dentures. The entire flask is placed in hot water to melt the wax away.
  • Step 6: Once the wax is melted away, holes are made in the teeth so the material can attach to it. A liquid separator is added to the plaster layer to stop the acrylic from sticking to it. Acrylic is injected into the flask to replace the wax.
  • Step 7: The plaster is carefully removed using special lab tools to reveal the dentures. The dentures are placed into an ultrasonic bath to remove any remaining plaster.   
  • Step 8: Any excess acrylic will be cut from the denture. After the trimming process, the denture will be polished.
  • Step 9: Once the process is complete, you can return to the practice for a fitting. Adjustments will be made if needed to ensure everything is working properly and smoothly.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

Woman smiling with dentures

It’s normal to experience slight discomfort when you first get your new dentures. The good news is that this is completely temporary. With a little bit of time, your mouth will adjust to dentures, and they will feel very similar to natural teeth. During the adjustment period, it’s a good idea to stick to softer foods and to exercise your facial muscles. If the discomfort persists, give us a call so we can help!

Benefits of Dentures

Partial dentures

  • Fully Restored Smile: Living without teeth can be embarrassing, but with dentures, you’ll have a full set of beautiful teeth that you’ll feel comfortable showing off while smiling or laughing.
  • Eat Different Foods: Without the ability to chew your food, you’ll be stuck with a liquid diet that can make it hard to get proper nutrition; dentures will let you enjoy a more varied, healthier diet.
  • Last a Long Time: Dentures can easily last for a decade if you clean them on a regular basis and handle them with care. Dentures that are supported by dental implants can last even longer in many cases.

Cost of Dentures

Smiling senior couple

Every patients case is different and will incur different costs depending on the type of dentures used, the number of adjustments required, and the need for additional treatments (such as periodontal therapy to make sure the gums are healthy enough for implant-retained dentures). We’re happy to work with you to make sure your new teeth are affordable; we’ll also file a claim with your insurance provider to help you get the most out of your benefits.

Dentures Aftercare

full dentures in a glass of water

Do you want to know the key to keeping your replacement teeth for as long as possible? It’s simply caring for your dentures every day! The better you maintain your dentures, the better off your smile will be in the long term. During your regular checkups, which should still happen at least every six months, Dr. Schumacher can review all the things you should do to properly maintain your dentures for the best results.

Removable Dentures

When you have the ability to take out your dentures, it allows you to clean hard-to-reach areas, such as underneath the acrylic gums, but removable dentures can come with unique challenges in terms of daily maintenance.

Remove After Eating

All too often, tiny bits of food become trapped in between the denture and the gum tissue. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but it can increase your chances of a gum infection, which is why you should take your dentures out after you’re finished eating. Keeping this space clear enables you to enjoy wearing your dentures and prepare for your next meal later on without experiencing discomfort.

Clean Your Restoration

Although your teeth are prosthetic, they still need to be cleaned. No, they will not get cavities, but if you allow plaque and tiny bits of food to remain on your dentures, you could develop gum disease, which can cause your jawbone to shrink at a much faster rate. Plus, your replacement teeth won’t continue to look realistic or healthy unless you clean them regularly! To clean your dentures, you need to brush them, and you can soak them with denture cleanser to remove microscopic bacteria.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

Although these prosthetic teeth are tough, they still need to be protected from unnecessary damage. Whenever your dentures are not in your mouth, place them in a glass of water for a couple of reasons. First, you should put the glass in the same area so you can easily find them later, and the water keeps the denture moistened.

Remove Dentures When You Sleep

At first, you may never want to take your dentures out of your mouth. However, you should do so when you go to bed. Did you know that your mouth produces less saliva when you’re asleep? As a result, if you leave your dentures in your mouth during the night, oral bacteria can spread and thrive on your dentures, potentially infecting your gums. While you sleep, you should soak your dentures in a glass of water or use denture cleanser so they’re minty fresh in the morning.

Notice Changes

Over time, you may start to feel subtle changes in how your dentures fit. Perhaps they slip a little more when you have extra chewy foods, or maybe they cause a little irritation where they didn’t before. Keep track of any changes and let Dr. Schumacher know about them so he can make necessary adjustments. At some point, usually after 5 years, these changes could indicate the need for a new, better-fitting denture.

Dentures FAQs

A close-up of dentures in Wakefield

Here at Schumacher Dental, you can count on us for dentures in Wakefield. That said, you may still have questions about them. Such concern is only natural — who wouldn’t want to learn about their new restorations? Given that fact, then, our team has listed the answers to frequently asked denture questions below. Please read them over, as they’ll give you an idea of what to expect from treatment.

If you don’t find the exact facts you want, don’t worry; feel free to call our office and ask for more details!

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

Whether you qualify for dentures depends partly on the kind you want —partial, full, or implant-retained. As such, consider the requirements for the types below:

  • Partial Dentures: This type is preferable for those who still have most of their teeth. The missing ones might’ve been lost due to oral disease, malnutrition, or an unlucky accident.
  • Full Dentures: A dentist might suggest full dentures if you’ve already lost all your teeth or don’t have any worth saving.
  • Implant-Retained Dentures:  Since they rely on dental implants, these dentures are ideal if you still have the jawbone density to support them. You could also qualify for this type if you first restore lost density with a bone graft.

Will it Hurt to Get Dentures?

You might feel discomfort from dentures during pre-treatment work and restoration aftercare.

For instance, you might need to have some teeth pulled before getting dentures. If so, you’ll likely have some discomfort after the oral surgery. As long you take your prescribed medicines, though, this feeling will fade in mere days.

Later, your mouth might feel irritated as it adjusts to the dentures themselves. This soreness’ duration can vary, but it often lasts a few months. However, the adjustment could take longer if you switch to new dentures.

Should your denture pain persist, call your dentist for treatment at once. You may be facing an oral health issue.

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

Most dentists (including Dr. Schumacher) recommend taking dentures out at night. The only exception is when you first start using them, as you’ll keep them in your mouth for an initial 24 hours.

You see, wearing dentures to bed causes health problems. The prosthetics restrict gum circulation, so overnight use can trigger tissue irritation. Meanwhile, sleeping with dentures gives harmful oral bacteria a place to grow and thrive. As a result, you’d be raising your risk of gum disease, pneumonia, and other issues.

Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?

In many cases, dentures do change the shape of your face. Fortunately, said change tends to be a good thing!

If you didn’t already know, tooth loss could give your face a sunken appearance. Since missing teeth cause your jawbone to erode, your facial muscles will get less and less support. Still, dentures can help these facial muscles and thus boost your looks.

On the other hand, this effect wouldn’t apply to ill-fitting dentures. After all, these wouldn’t give your facial muscles the proper support. Therefore, each restoration must fit perfectly in your mouth. It’s also a good idea to repair or refit a denture when you realize it doesn’t fit properly.