Dentures – Brooklyn, NY
Renewing the Function & Look of Your Smile
Dentures have been a tried-and-true solution to replacing missing teeth for ages, helping patients facing a variety of different tooth loss situations, whether they had gaps scattered throughout their arch or they were missing all of their teeth. Today, the dentures that we offer at Brooklyn City Dental are sleek, natural-looking, and customized to fit comfortably and effectively for each patient. To learn more about dentures in Brooklyn or how you could benefit from them, please call our dental office today to schedule a consultation.
Why Choose Brooklyn City Dental for Dentures?
- Start-to-Finish Implant Denture Treatment
- Flexible Dental Financing Available
- Experienced & Multilingual Dental Team
Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Nearly anyone can get dentures if they’re missing some or all of their teeth. That said, you’ll need to visit our team for a consultation so that we can determine if this treatment is best for you. Even if you aren’t currently eligible, we might be able to help improve your oral health with preliminary dental services so that your gums and jawbone are sufficiently healthy. Here’s what makes a good dentures candidate as well as other tooth replacement solutions to consider. walmsrt.
Effects of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss can happen due to a wide variety of reasons. The biggest culprits, however, include gum disease, physical trauma, and tooth decay. If left untreated, this situation can lead to multiple kinds of complications for your oral health and quality of life, such as trouble talking, difficulty eating, facial sagging, jawbone deterioration, and reduced self-esteem.
By replacing missing teeth with dentures, you’ll be able to regain your full bite and prevent any other remaining pearly whites from shifting out of place. You also won’t have to worry as much about any anxieties you might have about your appearance, which can significantly improve your overall well-being.
What Qualifies You for Dentures?
Most patients who are eligible for dentures have struggled with moderate to severe tooth loss. However, they also have healthy gum tissue and sufficient jawbone mass to support these prosthetics. To be a good candidate, you’ll need to have good oral health and be committed to maintaining great dental hygiene every day.
The kind of denture you’ll receive will also depend on the number of teeth that you’re missing. This means you could be eligible for either partial, full, or implant dentures. These prosthetics are also more affordable than other restorative options, especially for those who need to work within a budget.
Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options
Even if you’re not currently a candidate for dentures, our team can work with you to see how to prepare your mouth for the treatment. We can also offer alternative tooth-replacement solutions that could still improve your bite, including:
- Dental Bridges: These prosthetics consist of two dental crowns that are linked by pontics (artificial teeth). The crowns will be fitted onto the teeth adjacent to the gap, bridging the space to complete your smile.
- Dental Implants: Instead of resting on your gums or abutment teeth, dental implants will be directly embedded into your jawbone to serve as your new tooth roots. This option offers incredible stability, and while it’s more costly upfront, the results can typically last several decades to a lifetime with proper care.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are removable dental devices that replace your missing teeth. The most common denture types are:
- Partial Dentures – Partial dentures replace some but not all of your teeth. These dentures usually feature tiny metal clasps that attach to your natural teeth for support. Another option is precision partial dentures, which attach using ball-type attachments on the back of crowns.
- Full Dentures – Full dentures replace all of your teeth. The top denture sticks to the roof of your mouth, and the bottom denture adheres to the lower gums via natural suction.
- Implant Dentures – Another option is implant dentures, where a full arch denture is attached to a small group of dental implants (usually four). Unlike standard removable dentures, implant dentures are fixed in place.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer several benefits including:
- Improved speaking ability
- Easier chewing and eating
- Restored facial contours
- Improved smile
- Less gum and tooth pain
- Easy to care for
Another benefit of dentures is their affordability. If you need tooth replacement but can’t afford dental implants, dentures are a budget-friendly alternative.
The Denture Process
First, you’ll see the Brooklyn City Dental team for a dental checkup and evaluation. The team will discuss the denture process, including additional services like tooth extractions if you need them.
If you’re ready to proceed with dentures, the next step is gathering molds of your mouth. These molds show the contours of your mouth and the way that your jaw moves.
A dental lab will fabricate custom dentures using these molds and the Brooklyn City Dental team’s specific guidelines. When your new dentures are ready, you’ll return for a fitting. The team will make adjustments to ensure the most comfortable fit.
Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?
In general, we would recommend against removing a healthy tooth for any reason. Even in the case of a damaged tooth, it’s preferable to treat disease affecting the tooth instead of extracting it if at all possible.
If you have many teeth that are beyond saving due to severe decay or gum disease, a dentist may recommend removing most or all of them and replacing them with dentures, seeing as treating all of them with dental crowns and root canals may not be feasible. We’ll be able to talk you to about your options in greater detail when we meet you in person.
What Qualifies You for Dentures?
You may have thought that dentures were really only practical for people who are missing all of their teeth. While that’s certainly the case for full dentures, partial dentures are a valid choice for people who still have a fair number of teeth. That said, dentures in general are best for replacing multiple teeth—if you’re only missing one or two, a dental bridge or a dental implant is a better option.
Speaking of: If you’re interested in implant dentures, you’ll need to make sure your jaw is strong enough to support the implants. If we find that your jaw is too frail, we may recommend a bone graft before getting the implant dentures.
Why Do My Dentures Smell?
Dentures have a reputation for smelling bad, but the truth is that healthy, well-maintained dentures shouldn’t smell at all. If they do, it’s usually because of an excess of bacterial buildup on the prosthetic. To keep your dentures smelling nice, you should clean your dentures each day with a soft bristled toothbrush, along with your gums and the rest of your mouth.
Denture sores can also contribute to bad breath, so if your dentures are ill-fitting or if you don’t take them off often they may also start to smell. That’s why it’s important to see us often so we can check the fit of your prosthetic, and to soak it in a disinfecting solution each night.
Can You Still Eat Steak with Dentures?
Steak and other tough meats can be incredibly difficult to chew without teeth, so you might hope that dentures could allow you to enjoy them normally again. While it can be difficult to eat steak with your prosthetic, it’s possible if you are conscientious about what you’re doing.
Make sure the meat is thoroughly tenderized before eating and cut it into small pieces. Having denture that fit well can make this much easier, so if you struggle to eat, you might consider having your dentures relined.