Tag Archives: Salem MA Dentures

Dentures or a Snap-On Smile?

If you’re missing all of your teeth, how can you get affordable dentures? And is a Snap-On Smile an option?  Consider the facts.

Budget Dentures

Dentures vary in cost and quality. Budget dentures are the least expensive option, but they are also the least natural-looking and the least durable option. Yet they enable you to smile, speak, and eat more easily than you could with no dentures at all.

Cosmetic Dentures

Cosmetic dentures are comfortable and made of high-quality materials. They have several advantages.

  • Appearance – High-quality teeth are used for a natural look. Your input will be included to produce denture teeth in the shape, size, and color that fit your preferences, personality, and facial features.
  • Fit – Multiple measurements are taken to ensure your denture base is secure without irritating your gums.
  • Feel – Cosmetic dentures feel more like your natural teeth.

Implant-supported dentures

Dentures can be stabilized with as few two dental implants. Snap-on dentures—not a Snap-On Smiles—only require two implants. Implants are placed in your jawbone, and after a healing period, your dentures will be attached to them. Implant-supported dentures have several advantages:

  • Prevent lifting and slippage
  • Improve speech and chewing function
  • Prevent jawbone shrinkage, which occurs when all of your teeth are missing

What about a Snap-On Smile?

A Snap-On Smile is not a suitable alternative to dentures for several reasons.

  • It fits over your natural teeth and is designed to hide imperfection, including misalignment or a few missing teeth. But it is not a solution when all of your teeth are missing.
  • It is a temporary cosmetic solution. If you wear it daily it will wear out quickly.
  • Since it’s meant to snap over your teeth, when all your teeth are missing, the Snap-On Smile won’t have any support. It will easily dislodge.
  • The appliance is acrylic, so without natural teeth beneath it, you will have difficulty chewing.

What’s Next?

Your ability to smile, speak, and eat with ease affects your quality of life and your health. If you insist on cheap dentures, keep in mind that you will likely be disappointed with the way they function. And they can wear out quickly and need to be replaced..

The photos below show the difference natural-looking dentures can make with your smile and oral health.

If you are on a budget and need dentures, speak with a qualified dentist about how quality dentures can be made affordable for you. Payment plans or financing can help you receive a healthy solution that looks natural. This post is sponsored by Salem, MA dentist Dr. Randall Burba of Burba Dental

My Husband’s Dentures Hurt

I don’t know what to do for my poor husband. He had to get dentures because he lost his teeth, but he absolutely cannot wear them. They hurt. The dentist keeps telling us he’ll adjust to them but he hasn’t. Now it’s getting impossible for him. Is there any way to help him?


Dear Lena,

Mature couple smiling
You can have a gorgeous smile that feels good no matter what your age!

It’s a shame your dentist hasn’t been more helpful to you. It doesn’t sound like he’s even tried to make any adjustments on your husband’s dentures. That’s the first thing I’d do. However, from what you’ve said, it sounds like you’ll need to see a different dentist to do it. One who is compassionate about his patients. Sometimes, all it takes is some small adjustments and all that pain goes away.

You should be aware, while many patients do fine with dentures. Others spend a lifetime hating them. I don’t know where your husband will fall in that spectrum. Do you know if your dentist told him about options before giving him dentures? Technically, he’s obligated to present all options, but I’m not feeling complete confidence in the thoroughness of your dentist at the moment.

A Helpful Option to Dentures

If adjustments don’t help him, you may have him look into switching to implant overdentures. These anchor his dentures to a series of dental implants, usually four or six. Aside from him never having to deal with the friction of dentures. They’re perfectly secure.

They have a more important function as well. With each passing year, your husband’s jawbone is shrinking. The reason for that is the loss of his teeth roots. When his extractions took place his body recognizes he no longer needs the bone support for his teeth, so it resorbs the minerals from the jawbone to use elsewhere in his body. This leads to a condition known as facial collapse. Eventually, he’ll have so little bone left he won’t have a way to keep his dentures in.

Having implants placed will help his body to understand that bone is still necessary. That will completely save him from losing his jaw bone and giving him a lifetime of healthy tooth replacements. They’ll look and function just like his natural teeth did when they were healthy.

There are other options as well. The key for you guys is finding a dentist which you believe in and can trust. Then ask him to give you all your options.

This blog is brought to you by Salem Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.

Sores with Dentures

Shortly after I started wearing dentures I developed sores and cracks in the corners of my mouth. It’s gotten quite painful. Is there anything I can do about it? Is it from the dentures or something else?

Ellie K. – Ohio


I haven’t examined you, of course, but based on what you’ve said you could have Angular Chelitis. It causes cracks or lesions at the corners of the lips. You’re right, it’s quite painful.

You’ll have a higher chance at getting successful treatment if you first find the cause. The dentures could be the cause, if they’re not fitted properly. If they’re not fitted right, your lips could fold in over themselves at the corners. This causes friction that leads to the cracks.

I’d talk to your dentist. If it turns out your dentures are the problem they should repair that, without cost to you.

This blog is brought to you by Dr. Randall Burba.

Why can’t I chew very well

I’ve got dentures for the first time. The dentist made them as tight fitting as he could. They’re OK.  Obviously, it’s not going to feel like it did when I had my own teeth. But, the thing I’m struggling with the most is how difficult it has become to chew my food. It takes me forever. Will this improve?

Sadie M. – Louisiana


While there will be some natural improvement as you become more experienced in using them, it’s not likely to change very much. Even the best fitting dentures will cause a 50% drop in chewing efficiency.

You get some help if you have snap-on dentures. They help anchor them a little better.

But, to be frank, the only way to chew like you have natural teeth is to get dental implants instead of dentures. They’re more pricey, so it may be something you save up for while you decide if you can live with the chewing issues.

This blog is brought to you by Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.

Are dentures really as bad as people say?

I’m losing my teeth…much earlier than I had ever planned. Though I doubt most people plan to lose their teeth.  I keep hearing that dentures are horrible, but I’m wondering if that is true or just an overexagerration by people who are disappointed they lost their teeth?

Belinda G. – San Diego, CA


There are people who use dentures and feel they work just fine for them.  Most of those patients have accepted the limitations that come with dentures and live an acceptable life with their dentures.

There are also patients who despise their dentures and vainly wish for their natural teeth on a daily basis. One of the reasons for that is no matter how well fitting your dentures are (and a good dentist can make them fit well) you will still lose a minimum of 50% chewing capacity. They will move and food will get under them.

If you’re willing to accept that, then you’ll do fine with dentures. My one concern is your age.  You mentioned that you were losing your teeth earlier than planned. That makes me think you are still young.  If that is the case, I hope your dentist has warned you about facial collapse.

Once your teeth are removed, your body begins to reabsorb the minerals in your jawbone, recognizing that it is no longer needed to support your teeth.  Eventually, there will not be enough jawbone left to even support your dentures.  You’ll need to be aware of that before settling on dentures.

Dental implants are an alternative to dentures that will preserve your jawbone, but they are quite a bit more expensive than dentures.

This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba

I don’t like how my dentures look

I’ve had dentures for about 12 years.  When I first got them, I was pretty satisfied with their appearance. But, now, with the explosion of cosmetic dentistry I feel my teeth look dated. Is there a way a cosmetic dentist can spruce them up to look more attractive?

Elaine B. – San Jose, CA


There are things they can do to your dentures to adjust their fit. But, what you’re wanting is essentially a denture makeover. That requires you to get a new set of dentures.

If you want them to be functional AND beautiful, then you’ll need to be sure to go to an excellent cosmetic dentist. An artistic cosmetic dentist can give you stunning dentures. I’d highly suggest seeing someone who is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

What’s working in your favor is the length of time you’ve had your dentures. Normally, around the ten year mark, dental insurance will at least partially cover a new set of dentures.

This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Dentist Dr. Randall Burba

Can your jaw shrink?

I’ve had dentures for a long time. Though my mouth doesn’t feel normal, there’s never been any serious problem. Lately, It seems as if my jaw/chin area is shrinking. Is that even possible, or am I imagining things?

Murray P. – Carson City, Nevada


You’ve asked a great question. The answer is very important. In fact, it is something your dentist should have warned you about BEFORE he gave you dentures.

When all your teeth are removed for your dentures, your body, recognizing that you no longer have any roots to your teeth, begins to redistribute the minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere. This is  remarkable feat of conservationism.

Unfortunately, that means your jawbone will begin to shrink after so many years. This is what you’re experiencing now. It’s one of the more serious consequences of having dentures.

The only way to counteract this problem wiht with bone grafting. Unfortunately, youll just end up right back where you were if you continue with dentures. If you want to prevent it from happening again, you’ll need a treatment that tricks your body into thinking you have your tooth roots. The best treatment for that is to get dental implants.

This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.

Dentures won’t stay in

I have a problem and I’m hoping you have a solution. I have had dentures for quite a few years. I don’t really go to the dentist anymore. Lately, my dentures just won’t stay in.  They’re falling out constantly. I’ve used every denture adhesive known to man and nothing is effective. Thoughts?

Lisa R. W. – LIttle Rock, AR


I have an idea of what is going on and you won’t like it. Hopefully, your original dentist who provided you with the dentures warned you of the dangers with long-term denture usage. Once your teeth are removed, you body begins to reabsorb the mineral in your jawbone, because they are no longer necessary.

After 10-20 years, you no longer have enough of a jawbone left to support your dentures.  This is a dangerous situation to be in because it makes it hard for you to eat.

The only thing you can really do is to get bone grafting done to build back up your jawbone. Just be aware that if you stick with dentures after that, the same thing will eventually happen. Getting dental implants will protect you from this issue, but they are more expensive than dentures.

This blog is brought to you by Salem, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Randall Burba.