If you’ve had your teeth extracted or need to have them extracted, dentures are likely the most cost-effective way to replace them. Dr. Jeffrey M. Navre, a dentist in Westbury, New York, has extensive experience creating dentures that fit and function well and look as natural as possible. The first step in finding out if dentures are right for you is to schedule a consultation appointment either online or by calling the office of Dr. Navre today to take the first step.
There are two kinds of dentures;
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on either your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, while partial dentures replace one or several missing teeth by anchoring to existing healthy teeth.
If you believe you might benefit from dentures, you can reach out to Dr. Navre’s office for a comprehensive examination to determine whether you’re a strong candidate. If you aren’t a candidate for dentures, Dr. Navre will explain why and offer solutions that are a better fit for your current health and treatment goals.
Dentures can last for many years, but it’s unlikely that your denture will fit correctly for more than 5–10 years. After you have teeth extracted, your jawbone and tissue gradually recede, resulting in a loose-fitting denture that can create sore spots and make it difficult to eat and speak. You should have your dentures evaluated for fit at least once a year. If your dentures simply need a tighter fit, Dr. Navre may be able to reline them.
Regular toothpaste is abrasive and can damage your dentures. Instead, brush your dentures twice daily with denture paste or gentle soap like dishwashing liquid. If your dentures need repair, schedule an appointment with Dr. Navre as soon as possible. Avoid trying to repair dentures at home, which can actually damage them.
Dentures can be worn to bed but it’s important that you don’t wear them to bed often. Removing your dentures at night can help prevent sore spots and allow your gums to breathe.
In most cases, you can have dentures placed immediately following extractions. Many patients choose immediate dentures to ensure that they can continue working and functioning without discomfort or embarrassment. However, there are a few downsides to discuss with Dr. Navre if you want dentures immediately.
If you’re missing a few teeth and have a healthy tooth on each end of the space, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. If you’re missing all of your upper or lower teeth, permanent dentures or dental implants might be a better solution. Dr. Navre will discuss all of your treatment options with you to ensure you make the most educated choice.