Dentures in Buffalo, NY
Todd Shatkin DDS is an experienced dentist providing affordable dentures in Buffalo, NY. If you or a loved one is considering dentures, contact Aesthetic Associates Centre today to arrange your free consultation.
If you have experienced tooth loss due to dental decay, gum disease, or injury, full or partial dentures are a common way to replace your natural teeth and restore your smile. There are a variety of different dentures, ranging from full dentures to replace all your top or bottom teeth to partial dentures designed to fill in gaps of missing teeth.
Dr. Todd Shatkin at Aesthetic Associates Centre will work with you to help determine what is best for your situation.
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What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are a removable dental appliance that fit into your mouth, replacing the teeth along the top or bottom jaw. They are designed to mimic natural teeth and your natural bite. If you only need a top or bottom denture, it will be designed to match up with your existing teeth, creating a natural bite.
A denture is made from a strong resin material and fitted with natural looking artificial teeth. A denture is held in place through natural suction or may require the use of an oral adhesive paste.
What to Expect with Full Dentures?
If you are already missing all of your teeth, the dentist will mold your gumline and make a denture to match. However, in most cases, a denture is made and put in place after decayed teeth are removed. There are two ways to achieve this. Traditional dentures are made and placed in the mouth after all teeth have been removed and given time to heal. The disadvantage to this method is you may go for some time without teeth.
Immediate dentures are made before teeth are removed. Once the dentist removes the decayed teeth, the denture is immediately put in place. This way gives you teeth replacement immediately, though you may need to return for additional appointments to adjust the denture as your gums heal and change.
What Are Partial Dentures?
While full dentures are designed to replace an entire set of teeth, partial dentures fill in the gaps or missing teeth while anchoring to remaining teeth. When an adult tooth is lost, the gums shrink and the surrounding teeth can shift. This movement and instability can affect biting and chewing and result in further damage or loss of surrounding teeth. Because of this, your dentist will recommend a partial denture.
Because a partial denture attaches to the surrounding teeth, the dentist will need to evaluate the health and stability of the teeth. If the anchor teeth do not provide enough stability for a partial denture, your dentist may recommend a crown be put in place to increase stability and success for the partial denture.
What to Expect with Partial Dentures?
Once you and your dentist have decided on a partial denture, the dentist will take molds of your teeth in order to create the partial denture. Once the laboratory has made the denture, you will come in and the dentist will show you how to put the denture into place. At this time, the dentist may need to make some adjustments so that your partial denture fits properly.
Adjusting to Life With Dentures
When you first get full dentures, it may feel awkward and take some time to adjust. Speaking and eating will seem different, you may experience soreness in the gums and mouth, and have increased saliva flow. All these issues will normalize with time as you and your mouth adjust to the new dentures.
While a partial denture is a little easier to get used to than a full denture, it may still take some time adjusting. Start out with soft foods until you get used to eating with the denture in place. You may experience mouth sours as your mouth gets used to the denture.
With both types of dentures, you must use caution when eating hard or sticky foods, as these can damage the denture or pull them out of place.
Caring for Your Denture
Whether you have full or partial dentures, they both require special care. While they should be removed at night and placed into a special container with a denture cleaning solution (If your partial has exposed metal parts, ask your dentist about overnight cleaning methods), they also require regular brushing to help remove food particles and buildup.
Do not use a standard toothbrush as these can be too abrasive for your denture. Special denture brushes are available and are designed to remove debris while preventing damage to the denture surface.
If you have experienced tooth loss or have severely decayed teeth, give our office a call today and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Todd Shatkin. He will discuss how a denture can help give you back a full set of working teeth and a beautiful smile.
If you would like to learn more about how dentures can help improve the form and function of your mouth, contact Todd Shatkin DDS at the Aesthetic Associates Centre to arrange your free consultation. Let his 30+ years of experience in cosmetic dentistry work for you!
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