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 recommends that patients receive full or partial dentures supported by dental implants.
Implant-secured dentures, or fixed dentures, provide better bone retention and stability to improve long-term bone health. Although they do not use adhesives, they can still allow patients to speak and bite comfortably without the fear of slipping. Also, you do not have dietary restrictions with fixed dentures.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
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 multiple missing teeth, your chance of encountering these problems increases. Many patients who have multiple missing teeth or even rows of missing teeth require immediate care.
There are multiple types of dentures. Partial dentures are replacement teeth made up of a plastic base with a metal framework. Patients with multiple 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 secured with dental implants, partial dentures become a more permanent solution.
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 the day, dentures are taken out and cleaned properly. You remove the adhesive and debris from the day with a specialized denture cleaner.
Implant-supported dentures are ideal if dentures are your preferred restoration. Dental implants give you back 100% of your bite function. They’re the most stable option for replacing missing teeth. 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 dentures.
The Denture Process
Getting dentures is different depending on the type of denture. For implant-supported dentures, the dentist surgically places the implant posts in your jaw. They’re left to heal for around 3-6 months. Pieces called abutments are attached to the implant posts to secure your final restoration. 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 pull any remaining teeth if you’re getting a full denture. The extraction site heals for a few weeks before we take impressions of your bite. A dental lab makes a custom denture based on those impressions. When they’re done, we make sure they fit properly and make any small adjustments if needed.
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.