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By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

DenturesFind out how implants could keep your dentures in place for life.

Are you a current denture wearer who is looking for a way to keep your new teeth in place? Are you someone who has just lost their permanent teeth and is looking for a durable but economical way to restore your smile? If so, our Hampton, NH, family dentist Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko is here to tell you more about implant-supported dentures and how they could help you.

Just as the name suggests this tooth replacement option involves overdentures that are held in place by dental implants. Regular dentures sit on the gums and stay in place through suction; however, dentures have a habit of moving or shifting around, especially when chewing or speaking. The best way to prevent dentures from moving around is to get implants.

If you are an adult who is missing all of their lower teeth and has a strong, healthy jawbone then you could be an ideal candidate for implant-supported dentures. While dentures that are designed to replace the upper teeth will usually stay put without needing implants, it’s the lower jaw that may require implants to stabilize a full set of dentures.

While the implants will remain within the jawbone, the dentures will need to be removed every day in order to clean them and to brush the gums to prevent plaque and tartar from building up. It’s important that you treat implant-supported dentures in the same way as regular dentures, which means taking them out every night before bed (do not sleep in your dentures) and cleaning them every day.

What goes into getting implant-supported dentures?

Once we examine your teeth and our Hampton, NH, dentist runs x-rays to make sure your jawbone is strong and healthy enough to support implants, here are the steps involved in getting implant-supported dentures:

  • Implant placement: During this minor surgery we will open up the gums and drill a small hole into the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
  • Healing process: The healing process is key for successful implants. It takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the jawbone and tissue to fuse together with the implant to become one.
  • Creating dentures: If you already have dentures then we may be able to use the prosthetic you already have and place it over top of your implants; however, if you don’t have dentures yet, we will need to take impressions of your mouth so that a lab can create your very own set of artificial teeth
  • Placing the dentures: The last step is to attach the dentures to the top of the implants.

No matter whether you have questions about implant-supported dentures or you need to schedule a consultation, turn to the cosmetic and restorative expert Dr. Shevchenko at Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry in Hampton, NH. Call us to learn more.

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Have you lost one or more of your natural teeth? Do you want to have the gap(s) in your smile fixed, but don't want to break your bank denturesdoing it? Well, our dentist in Hampton, NH, Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, has just the solution. They can supply you with and your smile with dentures.

What are dentures?

Dentures are oral appliances, used by individuals who have lost some or all their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury.

If you're not sure how to go about getting dentures and what types are available, consulting your dentists in Hampton is definitely a good start. Before you visit with them, however, here is some information about the types of dentures available:

  • Full Dentures:
  1. Immediate Dentures are used temporarily for when people are transitioning into denture wearing.
  2. Conventional Full Dentures are permanent dentures made to fit your teeth perfectly.
  3. Implant-Supported Overdentures use one or more dental implants to secure and support upper and lower dentures.
  • Partial Dentures:
  1. Transitional Partial Dentures are placed in your mouth temporarily while your gums heal and before dental implants replace them.
  2. Removable Partial Dentures are used instead of dental implants and bridgework.

How to care for dentures?

When you get your dentures, it's important to know how best to take care of them. Here are a few tips:

  • It's best to rinse while dentures are still in your mouth. This will help get rid of any food particles.
  • While brushing your teeth, make sure your clean your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue to avoid having an unpleasant breath or irritation.
  • The American Dental Association recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-invasive cleanser when cleaning your dentures.
  • Completely immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth. This will help prevent them from becoming misshaped.

Need a consultation?

For more information about dentures at your Hampton, NH, dentist's office, call (603) 926-8827. It's time you take care of your dental health and improve your smile!

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
February 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Oftentimes dentures are a cosmetic dentistry procedure used to treat partial or full tooth loss. This successful treatment method offers a denturesvariety of denture types to replace missing teeth in the mouth. With the help of Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko from Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry, getting dentures in Hampton, NH, has never been easier. With a comprehensive dental exam, she can determine your needs and offer the best solution for your tooth loss problem.

Types of Dentures

Dentures in Hampton, NH, come in a variety of types to fit the needs of any patient. They include:

  1. Immediate Dentures: This is typically a temporary way to help patients like you to transition into wearing dentures successfully. The dentures which are placed directly after tooth extraction occurs won’t fit the same as permanent dentures. This is because there is a natural shrinkage of gums after extraction. This type if a way to provide new teeth immediately while giving you the time to adjust.
  2. Conventional Full Dentures: After your gums are given the proper time to heal, permanent dentures can be made to match your mouth perfectly. These are made to imitate your natural teeth as much as possible and function as your natural teeth.
  3. Partial Dentures: These are removable dentures that serve as a temporary tooth replacement option. They are generally used when you wait for your mouth to heal properly after tooth extraction. Once healing finishes, dental implants are placed in your mouth.

At Hampton, NH, Dr. Shevchenko from Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry can decide which type will benefit your oral health situation the best. After her examination, a mold of your mouth will be taken to be sent to a dental lab. She will take great care to balance your bite so that the full form of your new teeth will be successful. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shevchenko today, call 603-926-8827.

By Smiles By The Sea Family Dentistry
December 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you've lost all or most of your teeth, you might feel uncomfortable smiling for pictures or even while interacting with others. That's denturesunderstandable: people tend to see a healthy smile as a measure of success, attractiveness, even honesty. If the appearance of your smile is giving off the wrong impression, Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, your dentist in Hampton, NH, has a solution for you: custom dentures to restore your smile and make your life easier. Read on to learn more:

Why should I replace my teeth?

Many people who have been edentulous - without teeth - for a long time are used to eating and talking that way. However, your Hampton dentist wants her patients to know that going without teeth can be detrimental in other ways. Most people who have few or no teeth avoid foods that are difficult to chew, which often includes certain meats, vegetables and fruits, which means that important nutrients may not be a regular part of their diet. By wearing dentures custom-fitted for your mouth, you can comfortably eat the foods that provide you with the necessary vitamins and minerals. At first, there may be an adjustment period when you first get dentures, but after you become accustomed to them you'll wonder how you ever did without them.

How can dentures enhance my appearance?

While dentures of the past used to look clunky and ill-fitting, your Hampton dentist uses the most updated technology and materials to ensure you have a realistic smile. Wearing them not only gives you a full, beautiful set of teeth but also supports your cheek muscles, which might otherwise have a "hollow" look without anything to bolster them.

If you'd like to learn more about how dentures can help, we're excited to talk with you! Contact Smiles by the Sea, the office of Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko, your dentist in Hampton, NH.