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Having a missing tooth or teeth can be very frustrating. Not only does it make it harder to bite and chew, but it may also make you less likely to smile wide. On top of this, missing teeth can cause oral health issues.

If you have missing teeth, you’ll want to consider teeth replacement options. One popular option is dentures. Forest Hills Dental offers custom dentures in Forest Hills NY at an affordable price. There are a variety of dentures to choose from, and we will help you to choose the perfect ones.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are appliances that are removable and are used to replace all or some of your missing teeth. There are different types of dentures with some that attach semi-permanently and others that are fully removable.

Dentures are an option for patients that have had teeth fall out, get knocked out, or have had them extracted. Whatever the reason, dentures are important to ensure the comfort and ongoing oral health of the patient.

Why Dentures?

There are a variety of reasons why a patient should consider dentures if they have missing teeth. Some of the reasons why you’ll want to consider dentures include:

  • Teeth shifting. One of the biggest concerns with missing teeth is the fact that any remaining teeth may begin to shift over time. While this may not be an issue for patients that are missing an entire row of teeth, it is an issue for patients that need partial dentures. This shifting can lead to crookedness, crowding, and impacting.
  • Oral health complications. With crookedness and crowding often comes oral health complications. It can be quite difficult to brush and floss teeth that are extremely crooked or crowded. This can lead to cavities and root infections. If these problems get bad enough, the teeth will need to be extracted. Partial dentures help to keep healthy teeth in place—which means no shifting.
  • Speech. Those with a large portion of their teeth missing know how difficult it is to speak the same way they used to. Dentures make it easier for patients to speak clearly.
  • Self-confidence. Many patients find it difficult to smile wide when they have missing teeth. This can lead to lower self-esteem and self-confidence. In turn, this can affect the mood of the patient. If you are suffering from lower self-confidence because you have missing teeth, dentures may be the perfect solution to give you a boost in self-confidence.
  • Bite ability. Biting and chewing are very difficult with a large portion of your teeth missing. Dentures provide patients with greater bite strength and the ability to eat many of their favorite foods again.

Full Dentures

Full, removable dentures are intended to replace an entire row of missing teeth (whether they be upper or lower). If there are any existing teeth, they may be extracted if full dentures are chosen as the replacement option.

With conventional dentures, the dentures are held in place with suction. This is made easier with a proper fit. The dentures sit on your gums and the roof of your mouth (for upper dentures). For lower dentures, the dentures will sit on the gums alone. With that said, the muscles of the tongue, lips, and cheeks help to hold the dentures in place.

With full dentures, a patient has the additional support they need to avoid a sunken-in look on their face.

Implant Supported Dentures

For patients that have a fair amount of bone loss or otherwise have trouble keeping their dentures in place, implant supported dentures may be a great option. Sometimes existing denture prosthetics can be retrofitted so new prosthetics don’t need to be created.

Implant supported (stabilized) dentures involve the installation of 2-4 dental implants in the jawbone of the patient. The dentures are placed with the help of a special abutment that allows the dentures to snap into place. This provides extra security and strength.

Partial Dentures

If you have healthy teeth remaining, you may not need to have your teeth extracted to place full dentures. Instead, you may have the option of partial dentures. These appliances involve the placement of a framework that clips into place and replaces the teeth that are missing. Partial dentures may be made with a pink acrylic base or a metal framework.

All-on-4 Permanent Implant Dentures

All-on-4 dentures are implant dentures that involve the placement of four titanium rods into the jawbone to hold a prosthetic in place. Unlike implant supported dentures, All-on-4 dentures cannot be removed by the patient and are fixed in place. With that said, your dentist will be able to remove the prosthetic for repairs.

As the titanium rods are placed in the jawbone of the patient, they are extremely secure. This allows for biting and chewing without worry.

Getting Acclimated to Dentures

Getting used to dentures can be a challenge. While all dentures are custom-made for patients, they still require an adjustment period. Expect the first few days to be a bit challenging. You may need to consider a softer diet or cutting your food smaller. With that said, you will get used to them over time. Once you do, you’ll be able to eat like normal.

You will also need to learn to speak with your dentures in place. It is recommended that you practice in front of your mirror. Before you know it, you’ll be back to speaking like normal.

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Do Not Wear Removable Dentures at Night

It’s extremely important to take your removable dentures out at night. They need to be soaked. Wearing them at night can also accelerate bone loss. Unless you have All-on-4 dentures, you’ll need to remove your dentures before going to sleep.

Denture Care and Maintenance

In order to ensure your dentures stay clean, soak them overnight (this is part of why you will need to remove them). While they aren’t natural teeth, they still build up plaque and bacteria. Soaking them loosens up and removes this bacteria.

Make sure to use an approved denture cleanser. Do not use harsh chemicals on your dentures or anything that has not been recommended by your dentist. When you brush your dentures, do not use hot water. This can damage the shape of your dentures. Instead, use a soft denture brush and lukewarm water. Make sure you clean the inside of your mouth before putting your dentures in.

Do I Still Need Dental Checkups?

Yes. You will need to visit your dentist every six months like usual. This allows your dentist to make any adjustments that are necessary. If you have partial dentures or you still have a row of healthy teeth, it is particularly important for you to visit Forest Hills Dental every six months for a cleaning and checkup. During your visit, Dr. Mark will check for any diseases and oral cancer, along with providing a quality cleaning. We will also clean your dentures and remove stains and/or calcified deposits.

Denture Repairs in Forest Hills NY

Sometimes dentures get dropped or warped. If your dentures are damaged, reach out to Forest Hills Dental for denture repairs in Forest Hills NY. We’ll take a look at your dentures and see if they can be repaired in-office. If not, they may be sent to a lab or replaced.

Why Forest Hills Dental?

Forest Hills Dental provides top-quality dental services at an affordable cost. We believe in treating our patients like family and providing outstanding customer service. It’s our goal to see you smile!

Dr. Gregory Mark has over 30 years of experience in the field of dentistry and is able to provide a variety of services—including the creation and placement of custom dentures.

If you are looking for an outstanding dental office in Forest Hills NY, Forest Hills Dental is the office you’ve been searching for!

Reach Out to Forest Hills Dental Today!

Having missing teeth can lead to oral health issues and can make everyday activities like eating and speaking difficult. If you have a large portion or an entire row of your teeth missing, reach out to Forest Hills Dental. Dr. Mark will take a look and see what replacement options are available. If dentures are the best option, he’ll discuss what types of dentures may be available. From there, he will begin the process of creating your custom dentures.

If you have any questions about dentures, insurance, costs, or anything else, feel free to ask. We are here to answer any questions.

If you are concerned about cost, you don’t need to be! We offer affordable, flexible pricing, along with payment plans. Even if you don’t have insurance, we’ll work with you to find the best payment method. We believe everyone deserves dental services, regardless of their income level.

Reach out to Forest Hills Dental today to learn more about dentures and to book an appointment to have your custom dentures created!


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