Ashu Sachdev
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Creating Beautiful Lasting Smiles

Address: 511 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
516-485-9675

 

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Dentures

Dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw. Usually made of acrylic, dentures can replace all of a patient’s teeth (complete dentures) or only some missing teeth (partial dentures)

Why are Dentures Needed?

They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures.

What Types of Dentures Are Available

There are different types of dentures:

  • Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing in the upper or lower jaw.

    • Immediate: Immediate dentures can be placed right after your teeth have been extracted. They are used as a temporary solution to support you during the time your gums heal from extractions. Immediate dentures will require regular adjustments to ensure proper fit.

    • Conventional: Conventional dentures are made 2 to 3 months after your teeth have been removed and healing is complete. They are better fitting and only need occasional adjustments.

  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are for when some natural teeth remain. It consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.

  • Implant-supported Dentures: Complete dentures are aesthetic, economical, but do not retain well in the mouth (especially lower dentures). Implants are permanently fixed in the mouth, but are too costly to replace all the teeth in a dental arch. Clinicians have combined the best features of both by developing implant-supported dentures. To begin, three to four implants are placed in the jawbone. Then, instead of placing artificial porcelain teeth, small “male” abutments are attached on top. The complete denture is separate and has “female” parts underneath that bind and “lock” onto the implant abutments. Dentures made in this manner are held firmly in place and can only be removed in one direction

What is involved in designing and placing the Dentures?

It takes minimum of 4-5 appointments for a denture. Initially, the entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted (if applicable). Next, we will take an impression of your mouth to ensure that the dentures will be a comfortable fit for you. Finally, Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual.
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Does a Denture Require Special Care?

A denture is fragile, so it is important to handle it with care. Remove and brush the denture daily, preferably with a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures, using either a denture cleanser or toothpastes. Never use harsh, abrasive cleansers, including abrasives toothpastes, because they may scratch the surface of the denture. Don't sterilize your denture with boiling water because it will cause it to become warped. If you wear a partial denture, be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth. When not in use, soak it in a cleanser solution or in water. Get in the habit of keeping the denture in the same safe and handy place to reduce the likelihood of misplacement.

It is important to continue having regular dental checkups so that we can examine oral tissues for signs of disease. As of aging, y
our mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your denture or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period because it can contribute to bone loss. When in doubt, consult our office.


 

 

 

 

  • The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only.  It is not intended and should not be construed as the delivery of dental/medical care and is not a substitute for personal hands on dental/medical attention, diagnosis or treatment.