If you’re missing teeth, dentures can restore your smile, improve your speech, and provide support for your facial muscles. At Q Smiles Dental, with two locations in Sleepy Hollow and Wappingers Falls, New York, general and cosmetic dentist Quho Choi, DDS, uses dentures to help individuals achieve confidence and good oral health. To see if dentures are right for you, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.
Dentures are prosthetics that replace missing permanent teeth. They’re typically made of materials like metal, nylon, or acrylic and rest on top of your gums. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, dentures prevent your face from sagging and make routine activities like speaking and chewing easier.
Q Smiles Dental offers several types of dentures, including:
If you’re only missing a few teeth, your provider might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures feature a wireframe and several artificial teeth. The wireframe attaches to small metal clips and snaps into place around your existing, healthy teeth. Partial dentures are easy to take care of. Rinse them in tap water a few times each day, and at night, soak them in a denture cleaning solution.
If you’ve lost all of your teeth, consider complete dentures. Complete dentures have a metal base plate, pink plastic gums, and a full arch of artificial teeth. You put denture adhesive on the bottom of the base plate and rest it on top of your gums.
If you don’t like the hassle of soaking your dentures each night, consider implant-supported dentures or overdentures. Implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants — posts made of titanium secured into your jaw. Implant-supported dentures are sturdy and don’t slip when you speak or eat.
Getting partial or complete dentures typically takes two appointments spaced several weeks apart. At your initial consultation, Q Smiles Dental conducts a comprehensive oral exam and asks about your goals for treatment. The team then takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a laboratory that crafts your dentures.
A week or two later, you return to Q Smiles Dental. You try the dentures on and your provider makes adjustments as necessary.
Getting implant-supported dentures, or overdentures takes longer. First, your provider places dental implants during an outpatient procedure. About three months later, after your mouth heals, you return to the office. Your provider takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental lab that manufactures your dentures.
Several weeks later, your return to the office, and your provider attaches the dentures to your dental implants. You leave with a healthy, vibrant smile.
If you’re interested in learning more about dentures, request a consultation at Q Smiles Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.