Dentures – Rockland County, New York
Reclaim Your Smile
A single lost tooth will negatively impact the health and function of your smile, but for those who have lost numerous teeth or who are fully edentulous (without teeth), the results can be devastating. At Cosmetic Dentistry Associates, we offer a variety of treatment options to help our Rockland County dental patients reclaim their smiles. If you want to learn more, please contact our Pomona dental office to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. We’ll review your treatment options and help you create a smile restoration plan.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are tooth replacement prosthetics crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. These dental prosthetics make it possible for our team to replace any number of missing teeth – even a full smile.
Depending on your specific tooth replacement needs, we will recommend one of the following denture options:
A full denture is used to replace one or both entire rows of teeth. The denture base is crafted to fit snuggly against the gums, creating natural suction that holds the denture in place. Some people also use a small amount of denture adhesive to further improve the stability of their full denture.
Partial dentures fill gaps left by consecutive and nonconsecutive tooth loss, snapping into place between healthy teeth like a puzzle piece. Partials are anchored to remaining healthy teeth with clasps, recreating the flawless function of your smile.
In order to improve the stability and longevity of a partial or full denture, we may recommend an implant-retained prosthetic. Dental implant posts are surgically placed below the gum line, recreating the lost tooth roots and providing natural stability and function for your smile.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits to restoring your smile with partial or full dentures, including:
- Improved confidence – you’ll be able to share your new smile with pride in any situation.
- Balance nutrition – you can eat a greater variety of healthy, nutritious foods.
- Affordability – your dental insurance plan is likely to provide coverage for as much as 50% of the cost of your partial or full denture.
- Flawless function – when adequately fitted and well maintained, your partial or full denture will look and feel like a healthy, natural smile.
Adjusting to Life with Dentures
Getting used to your new dentures will take time. Some tips to help you adjust to your prosthetic smile include:
- Begin eating soft foods. Then, introduce more difficult to chew items as you feel comfortable.
- Don’t wear your dentures all day at first. Allow yourself to adjust to the denture by wearing them for a few hours at a time. Then, take a break.
- Don’t sleep in your denture. This places unnecessary pressure on your remaining healthy oral structures, and it can cause damage to your denture.
- Practice speaking clearly and loudly to get used to your new prosthetic. Some people find that singing is a great method to improve speech clarity while wearing dentures.
Caring for Dentures
With proper care, your denture should last between five and ten years before it needs to be refitted or replaced. Best practices in caring for your partial or full denture include the following:
- Remove your denture before bed and carefully brush it using an ultra soft toothbrush or specialized denture brush.
- Store your denture in cool water or denture cleaning solution overnight to ensure it maintains its shape.
- Before replacing the denture, carefully rinse off the prosthetic.
- If you have remaining healthy teeth, they should be brushed twice a day and flossed at least once each day.
- Visit our office for twice a year dental exams and teeth cleanings.
The Cost of Dentures
The cost of dentures varies dramatically from patient to patient due to the number and position of lost teeth, restoration materials used, manufacturer costs, and a number of other variables. In order to provide an accurate estimate of pricing, we’ll need to review your specific situation during a tooth replacement consultation. If you have dental insurance coverage, many plans provide as much as 50% coverage for the cost of partial and full dentures, and we will work with you to maximize these benefits to keep your costs at a minimum.