Whether you're missing all of your teeth or just a few, finding the right replacement for missing teeth is vital for your confidence and quality of life. Dr. Fine, practicing in White Plains, New York, is a highly qualified dentist who has considerable experience crafting dentures of all types. If you have missing teeth and would like to restore your smile, call Dr. Fine today to discuss your option.
Dentures are whole or partial sets of replacement teeth that you can use when you've lost some or all of your natural teeth.
Dentures are attached to a plate that's shaped to fit the contours of your gums like a glove. To prepare your dentures, Dr. Fine makes a mold of the inside of your mouth, which allows him to create custom dentures for you.
If you're missing all of your teeth, then you need a set of complete dentures. If there's just a few teeth missing, you can have a plate with teeth that fit into the gaps between your natural teeth. If you only have a few natural teeth left, you might want to consider having the last ones removed and getting complete dentures.
Dr. Fine can advise you what would be best in your case. He always tries to preserve your natural teeth and use the most conservative treatment options where possible. But in some cases, dentures are the best solution.
When you first have your dentures, they might feel a little strange and uncomfortable because it takes a while for your mouth to get used to wearing them.
To get your gums and the roof of your mouth accustomed to the feel of dentures, you need to keep them in for a couple of days. The tissues in your mouth could swell at first, but this reaction usually subsides within a few days.
You might also find that talking and eating feel a little different. Being aware of this new sensation is okay, and you will notice it less as you become acquainted with your new set of teeth.
It can take some time for your jaw to get used to your new dentures. If you have any particular difficulties, call back in to see Dr. Fine so that he can check your mouth and the fit of your dentures.
The typical shelf life for most dentures is about five years. They might last longer if you care for them properly.
Dr. Fine can show you how to look after your dentures. Like regular teeth, you will need to clean your dentures each day. You should take your dentures out overnight to let your gums breathe, and put the dentures in water to stop them warping.
Once you get used to them, your dentures should feel comfortable and natural. It's possible for dentures to deteriorate or for your mouth to change over time. In this case, Dr. Fine can reline your dentures for an optimal fit.
If you have missing teeth, talk to Dr. Fine about dentures as a solution for restoring your smile, including dentures. Call Howard I. Fine, DMD today to set up an appointment.