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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. They are also known as artificial teeth. There are a few different types of dentures (including full and partial dentures) so you can create the restoration treatment that works best for you and your lifestyle. The best part is that modern denture treatments 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 the sagging that is common after losing teeth. With the right denture treatment, 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.

My visit to Dr. Chern’s office was fantastic. I didn’t have to wait at all, and she was very thorough with the examination taking time to explain what she saw and answer all my questions. I had a small cavity, and she was able to do the filling on the spot very quickly so I didn’t have to come back a second time.

-Gary V

Types of Dentures

Conventional 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. Full or complete dentures are used for patients with no natural teeth remaining or existing teeth that cannot be repaired. The complete denture will be 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.

For some patients, partial dentures are also available. These consist of false teeth that fit into gaps if you have healthy, natural teeth that remain. A partial denture a great option for those who want to avoid unnecessarily removing teeth and who have a majority of their teeth remaining in good condition but still need to restore their smile.

Immediate Dentures

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 temporary dentures during a preliminary appointment. Immediate or removable dentures can be relined or remade after the jaw has healed so that you have a longer-term device to wear.

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Implant-Supported Dentures

Today, implant-supported dentures are the go-to restoration method for missing teeth. A modern implant denture is high-tech and can truly restore and transform your smile by relying on an implant placed directly into the jawbone. Dental implants 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.

Meet With Dr. Chern &
Her Manhattan Team

To learn more about Dentures in Manhattan and your treatment options, contact our office for an appointment by calling or filling out our online form. Dr. Inna Chern and her team will personally work with you to plan your best treatment options and restore the function and beauty of your smile.

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 best suit 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 size 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 are sized 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.

Denture FAQ’s

Why do people get dentures?

People get dentures because they loose their teeth due to decay or periodontal disease.

Whats the difference between immediate dentures and permanent dentures?

Immediate dentures are placed after teeth are removed. Permanent dentures are placed when teeth have been missing approximately a year.

What are the most realistic dentures?

The most realistic dentures are ones that replicate a persons original teeth.

What happens after you get your teeth pulled and get dentures?

There is a healing period after extractions. You can slowly resume function after denture placement when the tissues heal.

What can you do with loose dentures?

You can see your dentist to get a reline, a new set or you can try using a denture adhesive.

What are ultimate fit dentures?

Ultimate fit dentures are dentures that fit tightly and allow for great esthetics and function.

What is the life of dentures?

Dentures can last several years with proper follow-up and maintenance.

What is the difference between permanent dentures and implants?

Dentures are removable from the mouth while implants integrate into the jaw bone.

Should you keep dentures in water overnight?

It is not recommended to soak dentures overnight. They should be stored in a safe and dry place.

What are the disadvantages of dentures?

Dentures can become loose and need to be removed during sleep.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are various types of dentures ranging from partial to full and regular versus implant retained.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Dentures can replace missing teeth and restore function and eating ability.

How much is screw in dentures?

Screws or implant retained dentures vary in price depending on number of screws and implant type.

How many teeth can you lose before you need dentures?

You can have a denture made with as little as one tooth missing.

What are permanent dentures called?

Permanent dentures are called final dentures.

How expensive are permanent dentures?

Denture prices vary depending on number of teeth to be replaced and material used.

How many teeth are in dentures?

Dentures can be made from 1-28 missing teeth.

Does medical insurance cover dentures?

Medical insurance does not cover dentures. Dental insurance plans often cover dentures and prosthetics.

How do you talk with dentures?

Speech should be completely normal within a few days of getting dentures.

How do you get dentures out of your mouth?

Dentures are pulled out of jimmied out of the mouth manually.

How are permanent dentures put in?

Permanent dentures are inserted into the mouth manually.

Do you need to go to the dentist if you have dentures?

You need to see a dentist to fabricate dentures.

Do partial dentures cause bone loss?

Partial dentures do not cause bone loss. Bone loss occurs after teeth are missing or due to periodontal disease.

Do immediate dentures look natural?

Immediate dentures look natural and sometimes better than the teeth they are replacing.

Can you brush your dentures?

You should brush your dentures to remove bacteria with a denture brush.

Do dentures change your voice?

Dentures should not change your voice.

Can you wear dentures 24 7?

You need to remove dentures while sleeping because they are a choking hazard.

Can regular dentures be permanently attached?

All dentures must be removable so the under surface can be cleaned.

Can I get dentures for my back teeth?

You can get dentures anywhere in the mouth.

Can you sleep in dentures?

You need to remove dentures while sleeping because they are a choking hazard.

Can you replace dentures with implants?

You can replace dentures with implants if the proper amount of bone is present.

Can dentures be put in permanently?

All dentures must be removable so the under surface can be cleaned.

Can dentures look natural?

Dentures are made to look natural and often look better than the original extracted teeth.

Are flexible dentures more expensive?

Flexible dentures can be slightly more expensive than conventional acrylic dentures.

Are dentures comfortable?

Properly fabricated dentures can be very comfortable and functional.

Can dentures be implanted?

Dentures can have implants placed to support them.

Are permanent dentures thinner than temporary dentures?

Permanent dentures are of similar thickness to temporary dentures.

Are immediate dentures permanent?

Immediate dentures can be relined and used as permanent dentures after healing is completed.

Are dentures bad for your gums?

Dentures that dont fit well can be irritating to gum tissue.

Are bottom dentures hard to wear?

Bottom dentures tend to move more and can be more uncomfortable than upper dentures.

What is the difference between conventional and immediate dentures?

Conventional dentures are custom-made, removable devices and the process of making them can take several months. Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth the same day as tooth removal so you dont have to be without teeth during your recovery period. Conventional dentures may replace immediate dentures once the site of the tooth removal heals completely.

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?

Personalized Care

We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to your oral health. Dr. Chern will evaluate your teeth and gums, working closely with our team to create a custom solution.

Comfortable Office

Our bright and modern Midtown East Manhattan office was designed with you in mind. Enjoy a calming atmosphere and comfortable amenities to help you feel at ease.

Health-First Approach

New York General Dentistry uses modern techniques and equipment to ensure your treatment is a success.

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New York General Dentistry is always welcoming new patients to our Midtown East dentist office.

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