Dentures are one of the most popular restorative dental treatments that replace whole rows or arches of missing teeth. Dr. Haim Fedida provides dentures in Jackson Heights, NY to his patients. As a dental implant dentist, Dr. Fedida also provides dental implants, which means that he can provide implant-supported full or partial dentures.
Implant-supported dentures, or fixed dentures, provide better bone retention and stability to improve long-term bone health. Although they do not use adhesives, these modern dentures still allow you to speak and bite comfortably without the fear of them slipping and falling out. Also, you do not have dietary restrictions while using fixed dentures! Continue reading to learn more about our denture services.
Why Should I Replace My Missing Teeth?
Replacing missing teeth is important for a variety of reasons! Not only will it improve your smile and confidence, but it can also have a positive impact on your dental health. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw, increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues. Having gaps in your smile from missing teeth can cause:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Shifting teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Facial sagging
- Speech problems
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Further bone loss
If you have many missing teeth, your chance of encountering these problems increases, but they are completely preventable! Many patients who have many missing teeth or even rows of lost teeth require immediate care. Fortunately, Dr. Fedida and our dental care team can help you replace your lost teeth using different types of modern dentures.
Full Dentures in Queens, NY
Full dentures benefit patients with full arches of missing teeth. Traditional dentures utilize adhesive and suction to stay in your mouth. You get about 30-40% of your bite function back with this type of denture. At the end of each day, you will need to take out the dentures to clean them properly. You will also remove the adhesive and debris from the day with a specialized denture cleaner.
Implant-supported dentures are ideal if you prefer dentures but do not like having to remove them and maintain them daily. Dental implants give you back 100% of your bite function. They’re the most stable option for replacing missing teeth. Thus as few as four dental implants can support your entire denture. Instead of worrying about your restoration slipping or falling out, you can feel confident in your implant-supported dentures.
Partial dentures are replacement teeth that consist of a plastic base with a metal framework. Patients with many consecutive missing teeth or full rows of teeth can restore gaps in their smile with partial dentures. Traditional partial dentures simply attach to adjacent natural teeth and do not fully restore the function of the bite. When securing them using dental implants, partial dentures become a more permanent solution.
The Denture Process
The process of getting dentures is different depending on the type of denture you need. For implant-supported dentures, the dentist surgically places the implant posts in your jaw. Your mouth will heal around them for 3-6 months. Then, the dentist attaches pieces we call abutments to the implant posts to secure your final prosthetic. A dental lab makes a custom denture with teeth that are the size, shape, and shade that match your smile.
If you’re getting traditional dentures we will pull any remaining teeth to accommodate a full denture. We will let the extraction site heal for a few weeks before we can take impressions of your bite. Then, we will send those dental impressions to our dental lab so that they can make a custom denture that fits precisely in your mouth. When we receive your new denture from the dental lab, we will call you back in to our office. Then we will make sure that they fit properly and make any small adjustments if need be.
How often do you need to replace implant-supported dentures?
You do not need to replace implant-supported dentures often. Only in severe cases will you ever need to replace them! However, factors such as the materials, the type of implant, and your oral health can determine how long your implant dentures will last. Regular checkups with your dentist can help you determine when it’s time to replace your implant-supported dentures so that you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come.
Are implant-supported dentures better than traditional dentures?
Implant-supported dentures provide a more secure and comfortable fit than traditional dentures. This type of denture is held in place by titanium implants. Titanium provides stability and reduces the risk of slipping or shifting while eating, speaking, or even laughing. Implant-supported dentures also help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone and can even improve your facial structure by preventing bone loss. Additionally, implant-supported dentures are easier to clean than traditional dentures and require much less maintenance over their lifespan.
Replace Missing Teeth Today
Are you missing full rows or arches of missing teeth? Restore the look and function of your smile with full or partial dentures in East Elmhurst. Ask us about how we can secure your denture with dental implants. Call 929-552-6315 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Fedida online.