Dentures are an affordable way to replace missing teeth
Restore your smile and feel more confident when you smile, speak, laugh, and eat around others
We offer both full and partial dentures at Scarsdale Smiles
Dentures are a set of removable artificial teeth. They can replace a few missing teeth or an entire arch of teeth. Modern dentures look incredibly natural, as the artificial teeth are made of porcelain or composite resin and attached to an acrylic framework that mimics the appearance of natural gums.
Dentures are temporary tooth replacements and will need to be replaced every 7-10 years. Because over time, due to aging and changes in the jaw structure, your dentures can become loose or the materials can become worn down, you will need to have your dentures replaced and refitted. Your dentures could be relined or rebased in certain cases, which involves replacing the acrylic base but not the artificial teeth.
Dentures work by holding the shape of your mouth and supporting the soft tissue inside of it. The artificial teeth will help to assist you with mastication and speech. The dentures are held into place through suction, implants, or clasps depending on the type of dentures.
Partial dentures are attached through a metal wire framework and clip onto metal clasps that are attached to your natural teeth. When you first begin to wear dentures, it can take an adjustment period to get used to them.
They may feel uncomfortable for the first few weeks but as you continue to use them to eat and speak, it will feel more natural. You will have a trial fitting before receiving your official dentures so you have the opportunity to make adjustments to ensure they fit as comfortably as possible.
If you are receiving full dentures, you will first need to have your remaining natural teeth extracted. Your gums will need to fully heal before we can have any dentures fitted, which will take about 8 weeks.
An oral exam will be performed and x-rays of your teeth will be taken to ensure that you’re in good oral health. If you need dental cleanings, fillings, or other dental work, you will need to get this done before having partial dentures fitted.
Impressions are taken of your mouth and teeth as well as measurements of your jaw and how your teeth align. These impressions are sent to a dental lab as a guide for the creation of the temporary dentures that you will try on.
When you trial your dentures, you will test the dentures to see if you are pleased with how they look, feel, and function. You will let us know if any adjustments need to be made. At the next appointment, your official dentures will be fitted but adjustments can still be made if necessary. Your dentures should be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. They should not irritate your gums or interfere with day-to-day activities.
Full dentures are reserved for people who are already missing the majority of their teeth. This is because receiving full dentures necessitates the extraction of all of your remaining teeth. If you only have one or a few missing teeth, then partial dentures or dental bridges are more suitable for you.
Full dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth or both arches of teeth. They are held in place through suction or an adhesive and the process takes about 4 appointments. You need to fully heal from extraction before receiving your official complete dentures, but you will receive an immediate temporary full denture in the meantime. The process of having full dentures made can range from 6 weeks to 3 months.
After you have your teeth extracted, you will receive an immediate pair of temporary dentures while your gums heal to help you chew, speak, and enjoy the appearance of artificial teeth. In comparison, partial dentures are clipped onto the natural teeth via metal clasps to cover up one or a few missing teeth. You can expect to attend between 4-5 visits over 1-2 months.
Prevent shifting teeth and difficulties with speech and chewing with full or partial dentures. To find out more about dentures and which type is right for you, contact us at Scarsdale Smiles by calling (914) 723-1186 Calls on Click or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Alexander Cox.