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While no one wakes up one-morning thinking, "I'd love to wear dentures someday," tooth loss and the need for tooth replacement is a reality. Are you facing extractions or have existing smile gaps that mar your facial features and oral function? At his state-of-the-art office in Milford, Dr. Bruce Schechter places lifelike dentures.
What are dentures and their benefits?
They're artificial teeth made of tooth- and gum-colored acrylic. Made to replace some or all teeth, dentures are a great treatment for missing teeth.
If you need dentures, you're not alone. The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry estimates that 37.5 million Americans will wear a denture of some variety by the year 2020.
Dr. Schechter features a number of denture styles and types in his Milford office, crafting each according to what his patient needs and wants. Both partial dentures (held in by metal clasps) and immediate or conventional full dentures (held in place by suction) are fully removable so the patient can clean them and allow his or her gums to rest at night.
By day, dentures provide:
- Normalized biting, chewing and speech
- Natural and youthful smile aesthetics
- Support for facial muscles, avoiding the skin sagging common to extensive tooth loss
- Ease of care (brush or soak with an ADA-accepted product)
- Longevity (10 years is a typical lifespan)
- Ease of relining (when oral tissues and bone change) and repair (if you drop them)
Depending on your unique case, Dr. Schechter could advise implant dentures. Anchored by as few as two titanium dental implants on the bottom and four on the top, implant dentures may be either fixed or removable. The dentist inserts dental implants right into the jaw. They extend above the gum line, and when the sites heal fully, the implants attach to the custom-made dentures. Dr. Schechter will help you determine if this option is right for you.
Find out more
Don't live with the difficulties posed by tooth loss. You can have a wonderful smile again. Explore your removable denture options with Dr. Bruce Schechter and his team in Milford, CT. Contact us today for a friendly and informative consultation: (203) 878-1787.
Here are some of the benefits you could experience if you got a permanent tooth replacement in Milford:
- Facial appearance
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Your mouth is the gateway to your body. An unhealthy mouth may increase your risk for serious health problems, including heart attack, diabetes and preterm labor. Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers or excessive gum problems. Here's a look at some of the diseases and conditions that may be connected to oral health.
- Diabetes - Due to elevated blood sugars, diabetes increases your risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth, and a variety of oral infections. Conversely, because diabetes can reduce the body's resistance to infection, it can be difficult to control.
- Heart Disease - According to research, poor oral health can increase the risk for developing heart disease as studies have shown a link between the bacteria found in both diseases.
- Premature Birth - Studies have found that expectant mothers with periodontal disease are up to seven times more likely to deliver premature, low-birth-weight babies.
- Your mouth can reveal other clues about your state of health as well including respiratory conditions, oral cancer and osteoporosis.
To keep your mouth and body healthy:
- Provide our Milford office with a complete health history -- illnesses and medication use -- even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.
- Brush and floss regularly to help remove bacteria from the mouth that could potentially travel through your body.
- Eat a well-balanced diet to keep your immune system strong.
- If you smoke, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.
- Visit Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S. for routine checkups and professional cleanings to prevent problems and detect potential issues in their early stages.
The signs and symptoms of many potentially life-threatening diseases appear in the mouth first. Since most people have regular oral examinations, the dentist is often the first to identify a health problem in its early stages. Dental professionals are trained to look for many systemic diseases simply through your regular oral exam.
Make it a priority to practice good oral hygiene every day. You're making an investment in your total body health, not just for now, but for the future, too.