Are Dentures a Good Option?
Posted on 3/6/2018 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
|If you've suffered substantial or complete tooth loss, dentures from Dr. Michael Bleyzer in Pomona, Rockland County, and Stony Point, NY are a good option for regaining natural appearance and oral function. While natural teeth remain the healthiest and best looking way to bite, chew, speak and smile, tooth loss happens due to injury, decay, abscess, gum disease and even cancer treatment. Don't despair. You can have a great smile again. Learn the details on this tried and true tooth replacement choice.
Types of dentures in Pomona, Rockland County and Stony Point, NY
Dentures replace several or even an entire arch of teeth. Made from quality and lifelike materials, dentures avoid the compromised chewing and speaking and prematurely aged appearance which comes with tooth loss.
After a complete oral examination with Dr. Bleyzer (including X-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed), the dentist crafts a complete care plan, including what type of dentures would serve the patient's needs best. Oral impressions help the dental lab craft the prosthetics with the best look, fit, look and bite.
There are several kinds of appliances available today. They include:
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. Similar to a jig saw puzzle piece, a partial denture is removable and fills smile gaps with artificial, or pontic, teeth mounted on a metal frame. The frame attaches to existing natural teeth with clasps.
Immediate dentures are placed right after tooth extraction. Made of realist acrylic, they speed bone and gum healing and allow the patient to leave the dental office with a complete smile. However, immediate dentures must be relined or sometimes even replaced after the mouth heals and tissues shrink.
Conventional dentures are placed after hard and soft tissues heal completely. While they may need some adjustment for fit and bite, conventional dentures do not need relining or replacement the way immediate dentures do. The natural suction of the mouth holds them in place.
Implant-supported dentures are anchored by several titanium implant screws placed directly into the patient's jaw bone. Just like single-tooth dental implants, these full dentures provide lifelike appearance and stability, avoiding slippage that can happen with conventional dentures.
Caring for dentures
Clean dentures daily using an American Dental Association (ADA) accepted product such as a soak or paste. Additionally, patients must keep their gums and any remaining teeth or dental implants clean with twice daily brushing and flossing. Visit Dr. Bleyzer twice a year for exams and cleanings or more often if your dentures need adjustment or repair. With good care, most dentures last at least five years to eight years or even longer, says the ADA.
What's your need?
Don't suffer from missing teeth. Contact Dr. Bleyzer and his team for a personal consultation on state-of-the-art dentures in Pomona, Rockland County and Stony Point, NY. You'll love your new smile. Call (845) 429-8060.