Dr. Sal Lotardo and the dental team at Bella Smiles in Nesconset, NY offer many types of dentures to patients with missing teeth. If you suffer from lost or damaged teeth, we can custom design a denture that will fit comfortably and look natural allowing you to smile confidently again.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are fabricated teeth that are used to replace lost teeth when a person has lost their own teeth. They are custom made to fit comfortably inside the patient’s mouth and look completely natural.
There are dentures, known as full dentures that can replace a whole row of missing teeth. A full denture is a removable dental prosthesis where the fake teeth are fused to an acrylic base that mimics the color of gum tissue. This base is held in place in the mouth using an adhesive or by suctioning to the gums.
Partial dentures are used when healthy, natural teeth remain and the patient just needs to fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Partial dentures are also removable. They are held in place using metal claps that will fit snuggly around the remaining teeth in the arch. This restoration is sometimes used instead of a dental bridge.
Choosing dentures to replace your teeth will require an adjustment period. A full denture is quite bulky and will feel uncomfortable at first. Sometimes it takes patients months to get used to one being inside their mouth. Dentures are also known to cause issues such as moving or slipping around in the mouth. This can lead to issues with speaking and eating. If they do not fit correctly, they may even fall out.
They also require daily care and maintenance. Denture wearers will most likely experienced some bone loss over the years. This will make them fit differently and they will need to be adjusted or replaced. Daily care includes rinsing them after eating, brushing them at least once a day and soaking them over night.
Denture implants are the best and most aesthetic option available today for the replacement of multiple missing teeth. Dentures can now be secured with dental implants making them more stable and very strong. This is the only permanent solution available today for patients missing an entire row of teeth. Two to eight dental implants are surgically implanted in the jaw bone to hold the restoration in place.
It is important to know that the denture implant process involves more time and money compared to a traditional denture. While the later will take under a month, it can take up to a year to have the dental implants placed and the denture attached.
However, teeth implants have little to no eating restrictions. They will never slip around in the mouth which leads to slurred speech or embarrassing situations. The implants will also replace the tooth root which will reduce the chance of bone loss.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
To learn more about dentures and the type that will best suit you and your needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Lotardo at his Nesconset, NY dentist office today.