If tooth decay, periodontal disease, or trauma cause you to lose most or all of your teeth, dentures are an excellent form of replacement teeth. At Foster Dental in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Anthony Foster provides dentures, sets of prosthetic teeth that fit snugly inside your mouth and restore vital functions like chewing and speaking. To find out if you might be an ideal candidate for dentures, call or book a consultation online today.
Dentures are removable, prosthetic teeth attached to fleshy, gum-like bases that are a perfect tooth replacement option for missing teeth, particularly if you’re looking for an affordable, less-invasive treatment. There are many kinds of dentures available, based on which teeth you have lost and your individual goals and needs. Full dentures are essentially a set of prosthetic teeth that can replace your entire mouthful of missing teeth.
They are designed to replace all of the teeth in your smile and rest comfortably on your gums. Sometimes, denture adhesive helps to hold your full dentures in place.
Dr. Anthony Foster will determine which type of denture is best for your smile after a thorough consultation. During your first in-office visit, Dr. Foster takes detailed impressions of your mouth, which he sends off to a dental laboratory. At the lab, technicians make customized dentures to fit your mouth. The prosthetic teeth are made to match the shade of your natural teeth.
In many cases, your dentures are supported by implants, metal posts that fuse naturally to your jawbone and act as teeth roots. With implants, your dentures don’t slip and slide as much in your mouth.
At first, your dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable. The adjustment period to get used to them and start chewing and speaking normally can take at least a few weeks or even months. Chewing and speaking with your new dentures will take practice. It’s common for them to feel a bit bulky and a bit loose during your adjustment period, but it’s important to know that’s normal.
Your cheek and tongue muscles need to adapt and learn how to hold your dentures in place. Slight irritation and feeling like your tongue doesn’t have enough room inside your mouth are also common sensations early on.
Generally, your dentures should last at least 5-10 years, but that’s subject to how well you take care of them. Regardless, you may need to come in for routine adjustments to your dentures as your mouth changes naturally. Brush your dentures like normal teeth, and make sure to rinse them after you eat. Dr. Foster can provide further instructions on how to care for your dentures.
If you would like to learn more about our dentures and find out if you are a strong candidate, call or book a consultation with Dr. Foster online today.