Maybe you’ve just lost one tooth, or maybe you’re down a full arch. Either way, there’s good news. Thanks to a wide range of advancements in dentistry, you have several options for filling in your smile.
Specifically, at our Riverside Dental offices in Yonkers or Thornwood, New York, Gemini Master-Patel, DMD, and our team offer two types of replacement teeth. One of them is dentures, which give you a convenient way to get a full smile as quickly as possible. They aren’t always the right solution, but if you’re trying to restore the appearance of your smile with as little fuss and expense as possible, dentures deliver.
When you picture dentures, you probably imagine the full arch of teeth — and that’s certainly an option. But Dr. Master-Patel also offers partial dentures. Our team custom fits these removable replacement teeth so they look and feel as natural as possible in your mouth.
Still, though, because the dentures can come out, some people say they feel fiddly at first. With a little practice, you should be able to eat and speak normally with your dentures in.
Let’s contrast dentures with another replacement tooth option: dental implants. Implants get rooted into your jawbone so they look, function, and feel just like your natural teeth. But the process to get implants is longer — your jawbone needs months to integrate the implant — and it requires surgery. Plus, these replacement teeth cost more.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for the fastest, cheapest way to restore your smile, don’t hesitate to talk to our team about dentures.
With proper care, your dentures can last a decade or more. When we fit your dentures, we also talk with you about the details of proper at-home care.
Generally, you should keep your dentures in water or a solution with a denture cleanser in it whenever they’re not in your mouth. This prevents them from drying out, which compromises their shape and pliability.
That said, your dentures should never go into hot liquid, which can warp them. Room temperature water is best. To clean your dentures, soak them and then gently brush them with a denture cleaner.
If your dentures ever feel like they’re not fitting properly, don’t just apply more adhesive to try and keep them in place. Poorly fitting dentures can cause sores in your mouth. Instead, visit Dr. Master-Patel so she can refit your dentures for you.
With proper care and adjustment when you need it, your dentures should give you a comfortable, convenient way to enjoy a full smile for years to come. To find out if dentures are right for you, call our office nearest you or book your appointment online today