Dentures in Staten Island, New York
The dentists at Staten Island Dental Group in Staten Island, NY, Drs. DiCicco and Intatano, have a great deal of experience fabricating natural-looking full and partial dentures.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Dentures can be either complete or partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
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Offering the exact dentures that are right for you:
– Denture repairs
– Implant-retained dentures
– Immediate dentures after extraction
– Denture adjustments
– Soft relines
– Hard relines
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” An immediate denture is made in advance of extractions and is inserted “immediately” following teeth removal. It is made so that patients never have to be without teeth during the healing period. Immediate dentures require adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. Immediate dentures should be relined and replaced as the tissue heals and shrinks.
A conventional denture is made to replace an existing denture, or eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. These fit far better than immediate dentures as they allow the dentist to try the prosthesis in the patient’s mouth in wax and customize it every step of the way, the dentist can modify the aesthetics with the patient’s input, as needed.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
Results of Dentures
New dentures may feel a little loose for a few weeks. It will be an odd adjustment in the beginning until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue adapt to them and learn to keep them in place while you get comfortable inserting and removing them. It is not out of the ordinary if minor irritation takes place early on. As the mouth adjusts, any soreness will ease.
Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth as exact and close as possible. There typically is only a small noticeable change in appearance if any. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile and fill out your facial appearance.
Eating with new dentures will take a little practice and may be uncomfortable for some wearers for the first few weeks. To get used to the new denture, start be eating softer foods or cut food into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. It is best to slowly add other foods until you return to your normal diet.
Avoid while wearing dentures-
- extremely hot food
- hard food
- food with sharp edges
- sticky foods
- chewing gum
Tips to consider when applying denture adhesives:
- Use the minimum amount necessary to provide the maximum benefit. Apply less than you think you need, and then gradually increase the amount until you feel comfortable.
- Distribute the adhesive evenly on the tissue bearing surface of the denture.
- Apply or reapply when necessary to provide the desired effect.
- Always apply the adhesive to a thoroughly clean denture.
- Remember adhesives work best with a well-fitting denture.
Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. Implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are a great alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
For more information regarding Dentures please feel free to consult with Drs. DiCicco and Intatano for advice at the Staten Island Dental Group.