“I am Missing a Few Teeth… Are Dentures Right for Me?”
What are Dentures and How Can They Replace Missing Teeth?
There are many different reasons that you can lose teeth, like gum disease, decay, or even injury. Sometimes, you’ll lose teeth as a natural part of aging. It’s natural to feel self-conscious when you’ve lost teeth and feel like it affects your ability to smile and enjoy yourself. There are lots of different options for restoration when it comes to your teeth, and dentures can transform your smile with the help of your dentist.
Dentures are a type of removable appliance that can replace missing teeth so that your smile looks, feels, and is functionally complete. There are a few different types of dentures so you can create the restoration treatment that works best for you and your lifestyle. The best part is that modern dentures are often natural-looking and undetectable from your natural smile, so you can feel like your best self.
Dentures can come with multiple benefits, including both medical and cosmetic. Aside from protecting your gums and jawbone from damage and wear after you lose teeth, dentures can help fill out your face and prevent sagging that is common after losing teeth. With the right dentures, you can enjoy normal eating, speaking, and chewing again. At New York General Dentistry in Midtown East, we offer high-tech removable and implant-supported dentures that are durable, made from non-toxic materials, and designed for comfort.
Types of Dentures
This is what most people think of when they hear the word “dentures.” These are, however, much more sophisticated and realistic than most peoples’ images of dentures. This is a fully-removable restoration device that is custom-made to fit your mouth and complement your natural smile. It’s placed in your mouth using an adhesive after any remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. This process can take several months but offers flexibility and comprehensive restoration.
An immediate denture is a type of removable denture that is placed on the same day that your teeth are removed. This way, you don’t have to be without teeth during your recovery period. This means that some measurements will be taken to create a temporary denture during a preliminary appointment. These dentures can be relined or remade after the jaw has healed so that you have a longer-term device to wear.
Today, implant-supported dentures are the go-to restoration method for missing teeth. Modern implant-supported dentures are high-tech and can truly restore and transform your smile by relying on an implant placed directly into the jawbone. They can require some extra steps to ensure that these dentures become a functional part of your mouth and jaw, but this means that they will last for a lifetime with the right care.
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The Denture Treatment Process and What to Expect
Your First Appointment (30-45 minutes)
- Pictures and models will be taken to assess each area in need of restoration. The goals for your smile design will be discussed so we can best communicate your needs to the dental lab.
- We’ll discuss the material options for your dentures that fit best with your lifestyle and cosmetic goals.
- Impressions will be taken for the fabrication of the denture bases.
Your Second Appointment (20-30 minutes)
- A framework is tried on to check for fit and function.
- Necessary adjustments are made to the framework and sent back to the dental lab.
Your Third Appointment (30-45 minutes)
- Dr. Chern will temporarily place the framework with the teeth embedded into it.
- Any final necessary adjustments are made, and pictures are taken to evaluate aesthetics and function.
Your Final Appointment (30 minutes)
- Dr. Chern will deliver your final denture and give you post-insertion instructions, including what to expect in the first few days of wear. It can take some time to get used to them, so Dr. Chern can guide you through the process.
- You’ll discuss how to care for your dentures and what to expect from future dental care.
Your Follow-up Appointments (10-15 minutes)
- Dr. Chern will fine-tune the details in areas that may be sore or tender to ensure your dentures fit properly and won’t negatively affect your bite or oral health.
- These appointments are made at 3-5 day intervals until you’ve fully adjusted to your new dentures.
Caring For Your Dentures
It’s important to take the right care steps to ensure your dentures are a long-lasting restoration. Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles, stains, and plaque. Brushing your dentures can also keep the fabricated teeth from staining over time. You should use a soft-bristle toothbrush with a non-abrasive cleaner to gently clean the dentures and prevent scratching. Part of your denture cleaning routine should also include cleaning out your mouth to prevent bacteria buildup that can contribute to irritation or bad breath. Whenever you’re not wearing your dentures, make sure to put them in a safe place to keep them from warping. Dr. Chern will provide you with specific instructions to care for your dentures after placing them at our New York office.
What Makes Our Office the Right Fit for Your Dental Needs?
Dr. Chern will evaluate your missing teeth, working closely with our team to create dentures to fit your mouth perfectly. They’ll look and function just like your natural teeth.
When you visit our Midtown East dental office, we’ll help you feel calm and relaxed throughout the entire appointment process. Your finished dentures won’t cause you pain or discomfort.
New York General Dentistry uses the most advanced techniques and equipment to ensure your treatment is a success. Modern implant-supported dentures preserve your health and prevent bone loss in your jaw.
Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team
Dentures are an excellent way to restore your smile so that you get long-lasting use with a natural look and feel. To learn more about your options with implant-supported dentures, we invite you to contact our Manhattan office by calling or filling out our online form.
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