3 impacts of missing teeth in Beverly

Losing a tooth can be a cosmetic disaster if it is a tooth that shows when you smile., but missing teeth anywhere in your mouth can also cause oral health problems that you may not be aware of. An open space where there used to be a tooth can start a chain reaction of dental problems that can lead to crooked teeth, oral hygiene issues and even jaw problems.

1. One lost tooth can lead to problems

When just one tooth is lost, the foundation of your teeth is weakened. Other teeth can begin to shift out of place, beginning with the teeth that surround the space where the missing tooth used to be. If you lose a tooth in the back of your mouth and do not replace it, several years down the road you may find yourself with crooked teeth. Oral hygiene becomes complicated by missing teeth because cleaning gapped or crooked teeth can be difficult. Food particles left behind are a primary cause of gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay and the loss of more teeth.

2. TMJ disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder can be caused by missing teeth or a misaligned bite. The jaws are designed to handle chewing action when the teeth are properly aligned. When they are not, extra stress is put on the jaw joints and muscles. TMJ disorder has painful symptoms including headaches, neck pain and even back pain.

3. Sleep problems

In addition to pain, TMJ disorder can affect your sleep. A misaligned bite can contribute to sleep apnea or snoring by causing you to hold your mouth in a position that lets your tongue fall back and block the air passageway.

The best way to replace a missing tooth

Problems caused by a missing tooth can be avoided by having the tooth replaced. Dentures involve wires or adhesive to hold them in place, and at one time, this inconvenience was the only way to replace a missing tooth. Today there is a better way. Dental implants are almost permanent tooth replacement option. Implants become a permanent part of your jaw through a process known as osseointegration. They function almost exactly like natural teeth, and there are no special cleaners or dental products required for them.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about missing teeth, why they should be replaced and why implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth, call your Beverly dentist for a consultation appointment. Implants work best to replace teeth that have been recently lost, so if you already have missing teeth, make the call now.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Plant a fresh smile on your face with dental implants

Dental Implants

Plant a fresh smile on your face with dental implants

Dr. Benjamin Polan plants a forest of fresh smiles in Beverly, MA using dental implants

Plant a fresh smile on your face with dental implants

Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing missing teeth. Composed of a crown and a titanium screw, the implant fuses to your jawbone through a process called ‘osseointegration’. A dental implant provides just as much natural stability as your original teeth so there is generally no need to shape or cut down adjacent healthy teeth and bone when an implant is placed. Once the implant is secured within your jaw, replacement teeth can be attached to provide function as well as prevent any further bone loss.

How are dental implants “planted”?

A primary examination and a series of x-rays determine which teeth need to be replaced and the exact size and location of each implant. The implants are then surgically placed within the jaw and secured permanently. A mold is then created for precise placement of the crown.

The procedure is done under general anesthesia and you will need to prepare a ride home for after the procedure. Follow-up care will involve visiting the surgeon over several weeks to assure the tissue is growing properly around the implant. Any sign of infection or complications should be immediately reported. Healing and recovery will depend on your overall dental health and how well you follow the recovery instructions.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

You must have good dental health and hygiene to be a successful candidate for a dental implant. Your teeth must also be fully grown, therefore most children and teens will not qualify. If you are a smoker, Dr. Polan will need to evaluate your oral health to make sure dentals implants will be an effective treatment for you.

Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan can permanently secure implants to replace your missing teeth and restore the problem area. Having a complete set of teeth will make eating simpler and less painful.

Don’t let missing teeth spoil your smile

Missing teeth should not be taken lightly by anyone who’s concerned about their appearance, well-being and longevity. Missing teeth will lead to a host of big ticket health problems such as TMJ and gum disease. Dr. Benjamin Polan is a cosmetic dentist based in Beverly, MA that has extensive experience with dental implants and can help restore your smile and self-confidence.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan



Missing teeth? Save your smile with dentures


Missing teeth? Save your smile with dentures

Missing teeth? Dr. Benjamin Polan finds your dentures in Beverly, MA

Save your smile with dentures

Several decades ago, dentures were rickety appliances which bore no resemblance to actual teeth and would regularly fall out, nothing like the modern devices prosthodontists and cosmetic dentists craft today. Beverly, MA dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan makes a wide variety of dentures, each meticulously designed for each patient to help them recover their smiles.

Complete dentures
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A complete denture will improve your chewing ability and speech. It also provides support for your facial muscles, enhancing your facial appearance and smile. Complete dentures can replace teeth on both your upper and lower jaw.

An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over a small number of your remaining natural teeth or implants. These teeth must be prepared to provide stability and support for the denture.

Facelift Dentures
These dentures are a new type of denture which is designed to maintain and support your face, giving you a more youthful look. They allow you to eat whatever you want and don’t lead to jawbone deterioration.

Partial dentures
Partial dentures are often a good solution when you’re only missing a few teeth. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by these missing teeth and prevents your other teeth from shifting.

Designing your dentures
The denture process takes approximately five appointments over one month:

  • The initial diagnosis is made
  • An impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position.
  • A “try-in” is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient’s final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments.
  • Measurements are taken to show how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them (bite relationship).
  • The impression, bite and shade are given to the dental laboratory so a denture can be custom-made.
  • The dental laboratory makes a mold or model of your jaw, places the teeth in a wax base, and carves the wax to the exact form wanted in the finished denture. Usually a “wax try-in” of the denture will be done at the dentist’s office so any adjustments can be done before the denture is completed.

Getting used to your denture

  • For the first few weeks, a new denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Your denture should easily fit into place. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
  • At first, you may be asked to wear your denture all the time. Although this may be temporarily uncomfortable, it is the quickest way to identify those denture parts that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot will become sore. Your denture can be adjusted to fit more comfortably. After making adjustments, you may need to take the denture out of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning.
  • Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid sticky or hard foods, including gum.
  • As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. Dentures that do not fit properly can be adjusted. Avoid using a do-it-yourself kit to adjust your dentures, as this can damage the appliance beyond repair. Glues sold over the counter often contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on a denture.
  • If your denture no longer fits properly, if it breaks, cracks or chips, or if one of the teeth becomes loose, see Beverly dentist Dr. Polan immediately. In many cases, he can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require sending your denture to a special dental laboratory.
  • Over time, your dentures will need to be relined, re-based, or re-made due to normal wear and tear. To reline or rebase your denture, Dr. Polan will either refit the denture base or make a new one.

Looking after your denture

  • It’s best to stand over a folded towel or a sink of water when handling your denture, just in case you accidentally drop it. Brush the denture (preferably with a denture brush) daily to remove food deposits and plaque, and keep it from becoming permanently stained. Avoid using a brush with hard bristles, which can damage the denture. Look for denture cleansers with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture`s metal clasps. Plaque that becomes trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay.
  • Hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean dentures is also acceptable. Other types of household cleaners and many toothpastes are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures. A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist.
  • At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. However, if the appliance has metal attachments, they could be tarnished if placed in soaking solution.
  • Even with full dentures, you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning, brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your dentures. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Selecting a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important for maintaining a healthy mouth.

Calculating the Cost

Like most significant dental procedures, getting fitted for dentures can be rather expensive, and many people rely upon insurance to pay for a new set of teeth. Proper dentures take multiple visits. Dentists such as Dr. Benjamin Poland in Beverly, MA use very specialized equipment to measure, fit, and craft your new teeth. Exceptional Dental also offers a variety of dental financing options.

Are dentures your solution?

Living with dentures requires a lifestyle adjustment, but if dentures are right for you then the benefits are well worth it. There are a number of signs that may help you to decide whether dentures are the next step.

  1. Irregular visits to the dentist. Plaque buildup occurs despite daily brushing, and without professional cleaning, tooth decay is all but certain.
  2. Bleeding and tender gums.If your gums are red and swollen, you may have periodontal disease. This problem destroys the gums, which in turn causes tooth instability and loss.
  3. Shifting teeth.If your teeth move in your mouth they could be ready to fall out.
  4. Severe toothaches. Regular dental checkups often catch tooth decay and cavities when they can be treated easily, but prolonged pain in a tooth is often a sign that the tooth may be beyond repair.
  5. Difficulty eating certain foods. If your teeth are sensitive or hurt during meals, severe dental decay could be the cause. Missing teeth also cause eating problems.
  6. Frequent indigestion. When a person can’t chew properly he or she often takes large bites of food. These big chunks can lead to indigestion because the stomach isn’t designed to digest intact pieces of food.
  7. Embarrassed to smile. Failure to smile due to embarrassment about appearance is a common issue for anyone who needs to replace missing teeth.

Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan can help improve your lifestyle with dentures in Beverly, MA

There’s no reason to say no to dentures with today’s dental technology. Today’s dentures look indistinguishable from healthy teeth, and many patients find that their smile improves with a new set, along with the relief of sitting down at the dining table and not worrying about any painful chewing.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

Dental Bridges

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan fills the gaps in Beverly, MA with dental bridges

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

A dental bridge is an important oral health treatment that Dr. Polan uses to improve your appearance and oral health. They are natural-looking dental appliances that bridges gaps between your teeth.

They are made of a pair of crowns that are anchored on both sides of the gap caused by missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable. They can restore your bite, your appearance, your smile, and your self-confidence.

What exactly is a dental bridge?

A bridge appliance is most often made from porcelain, gold, or a combination of materials. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Dr. Polan uses only the most advanced materials, and does not use any metal in his office. Your bridge will look exactly like your natural teeth!

There are several types of fixed dental bridges, including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, only your Beverly, MA dentist can remove a fixed bridge. Appliances called implant bridges are also available, and are attached to the bone below your gum tissue, creating a permanent solution.

Better smile, better health with Dental Bridges in Beverly, MA

Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge isn’t only to improve your appearance. Life with missing teeth can lead to a host of oral health issues such as shifting teeth, decay, or even TMJ problems. Dental bridges are necessary for maintaining the shape of your teeth and your face. They will improve and restore your smile, properly distribute your bite, and enable you to properly chew and speak.

Plan a visit to find out more

Choosing a dental bridge made by Beverly, MA dentist, Dr. Benjamin Polan will let you look forward to great improvements in your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health.

A visit to a cosmetic dentist will help you learn more about this procedure and what to expect. By replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge, you’ll be investing in something amazing – you.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Cosmetic & Restorative

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Beverly, MA

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Beverly, MA

Be the best you

Much Needed Self-Care

Sometimes taking care of a missing tooth or something in your appearance that isn’t quite how you wish it was, can be easy to put off. But it can make all the difference in your quality of life!

Small Change Can Make a Big Difference

Doing something for yourself like whitening your teeth or fixing your smile with veneers can have a big impact.

Regaining Your Confidence…

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Dr, Polan and his staff provide a comfortable, professional environment. They use the latest equipment and techniques. My wife and I have been going to Dr. Polan for several years and have always been completely satisfied with his services.

- Michael P, Ipswich, MA

I had a wonderful time!!! Everyone was “exceptional” hence the reason it is in the title of the business. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a dentist.

- AWendy G, Beverly, MA/h6>

Warm, welcoming environment. They do great work cleanings & crowns! 1 visit crown is awesome. I would definitely recommend to a friend, especially if they have insurance. Prices can be too high if you have to pay out-of-pocket./p>

- Diane V, Salem, MA

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan