Dentures are a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. At Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD our patients ask about dentures to determine if they are a good solution for their particular needs. As with any dental solution, there are pros and cons to wearing dentures and whether or not they will work for you depends largely on your lifestyle and the goals that you have for your appearance, including the functionality of your smile.
With today’s innovative dental treatment options and focus on preventive maintenance, fewer patients than ever before find themselves in need of dentures. However, for those patients who do need to replace a full arch or both arches of teeth, dentures have come a long way too. At the Central Park South dental office of Dr. Laura Torrado, we are happy to design and craft custom dentures that look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Contact our team to schedule a consultation to discuss all of your tooth replacement options. Our state-of-the-art Manhattan dentistry practice welcomes patients from Queens, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other communities both near and far.
How Are Dentures Made
Dentures are crafted using a gum-colored base to support a row of replacement teeth. Our high custom dentures are crafted using durable acrylic for the base and porcelain, zirconia, or another natural looking, long lasting material for the teeth. We offer both conventional and immediate full dentures. Conventional dentures are made following the extraction of all teeth, once the tissue has had time to heal. Immediate dentures are fabricated prior to the extraction of teeth, and they are placed as the gums heal. In most cases, patients will need to have their dentures refit, once the gum tissue has fully healed. In rare cases, patients will need to replace their immediate denture.
What are the types of dentures?
There are three main types of dentures: temporary, partial dentures, and complete dentures.
We can provide patients with temporary dentures while they are undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure to replace a missing tooth. Temporaries ensure that patients throughout the New York area have a natural looking smile while waiting for dental implants or a dental bridge to be completed. This is an excellent solution for when a tooth is knocked out during a sports game or in an accident. The temporary denture is secured in place with a metal wire that works like a retainer and can be taken in and out whenever you like. If you are looking for an immediate solution for replacing a missing tooth call (212) 548-3263. Keep in mind that a temporary denture is only meant to be worn for a few months and will need to be replaced.
If only a few of your teeth are missing, partial dentures are a good solution for replacing them. Unlike a full set of dentures, these are held in place by a plastic base that is the same color as your gums. A metal framework is typically created in order to secure the base and prevent it from falling out. As long as you have natural teeth in place, you cannot wear a full set, so a partial set of dentures is necessary. We treat patients throughout the New York area that want to know if a partial set is better than a cosmetic procedure. They function differently because dentures are removable and cosmetic dentistry solutions are typically permanent. If you live in the New York NY area, call for your consultation and we can provide you with a list of options to consider.
New York Dentures and Repair
When all of your teeth are missing, complete dentures can replace them. This is the type of dentures that you typically see in cartoons and movies. Technology has improved in recent years, making them more comfortable and natural looking than ever. We can determine if this is the best way to replace your teeth or if an alternative solution will help you to achieve your goals. If you proceed with getting a complete set of dentures, your gums will be healed and ready in eight to 12 weeks after your teeth have been removed. Following teeth removal, the bones and gums will start to shrink. By waiting for up to 12 weeks, you can be sure that your set of complete dentures will fit securely. Many patients throughout New York prefer not to wait and get immediate dentures. This solution does not require a waiting period, but there will be adjustments later on after the gums and bone have settled into their permanent size.
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How are dentures made?
In order for dentures to be created, patients in NY need to schedule a dental appointment. At this time, the dentist will examine your gums and other teeth to determine if dentures are the best solution for you and if so, what type. A mold will then be taken of your teeth and gums so that the dentures can be created in a dental lab. Typically, several molds or impressions will be made so that the dentist can determine how your jaw functions and moves. Using these impressions, the lab will make a set of dentures that looks natural and fits perfectly. If necessary, adjustments will be made. We can discuss the process in more detail during a consultation.
Benefits of Dentures
Patients throughout the New York area like how convenient dentures are. Whether you need a full or partial set, dentures can replace teeth in a non-invasive way. There is no surgical element to worry about, and temporary dentures can be fitted immediately. This provides a quick and easy solution. If, however, you are looking for something that feels more natural, you should consider a cosmetic dentistry procedure.
Negatives of Dentures
The biggest challenge with dentures is that they do not feel like natural teeth. Patients of Laura Torrado DDS, FAGD tend to agree that while they are functional, you still have to take care of them as a separate appliance. Other cosmetic dentistry procedures make it easy to forget you ever lost a tooth in the first place. Modern techniques have made dentures more secure and comfortable than they used to be, but they are still a foreign object in your mouth and can become loose when eating or speaking. If you are currently experiencing this problem, call Dr. Laura Torrado, DDS, FAGD at 212-548-3263 for a consultation.
Patients may enjoy the benefits of alternative options to dentures. There is a procedure that combines implant dentistry with dentures. Those that need complete dentures can benefit by having a secure way to hold their dentures in place. If you live in the New York NY area, we can examine your gums and let you know if you are a good candidate for the procedure. In this scenario, an impression is taken of your mouth in order to create a denture that will be secured in place using implants. Once created, metal posts will be implanted under your gums, and the dentures secured to it. This way patients get the benefits of how quickly dentures can be created and the convenience of the stability that can only come from using implant technology.
How do I care for my dentures?
Every night you need to take your dentures out. We advise patients to rinse them thoroughly then use a denture brush to remove any food particles before rinsing them again. You also need to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. You can use an antiseptic mouthwash afterwards to kill any lingering bacteria and improve your breath. Your dentures should soak all night then be placed back in the mouth in the morning.
For patients who have numerous consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth, we may recommend a partial denture. Partials are used to fill in the gaps between healthy teeth leaving smiles whole and healthy. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, contact Dr. Laura Torrado to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our Central Park South dental office. We welcome patients from Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey.
How are Partials Made?
Partials are made of gum colored bases that support replacement teeth. The base material is made from a combination of metal and acrylic or a pure acrylic. The acrylic base partials are softer, so they are not used for long-term tooth replacement. Instead, we typically recommend a combination metal-acrylic base. These partials are sturdier and create a stable solution.
High quality replacement teeth are attached to the base. This custom partial denture is held in place using metal clasps. Partials are removable, so you can clean them and rest more comfortably at night. We also offer dental implant supported fixed bridges.
What are the Benefits of Partial Dentures?
There are numerous benefits to replacing missing teeth with a partial denture including:
- > Preventing unnecessary dental shifting that may lead to severe misalignment or further tooth loss
- > Retaining natural tooth structures rather than removing all teeth for a full denture
- > Improving the clarity of speech and ability to chew thoroughly
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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