Natural-Looking and Comfortable with Cosmetic Dentures
The cosmetic dentists at Gentle Dental offer cosmetic dentures in Queens, NY, serving residents of Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, College Point and surrounding areas.
We offer a variety of options when it comes to meeting your need for dentures. For example, we can customize partial and full dentures, as well as traditional removable dentures or exceptional implant-supported dentures, the latter of which represent the most natural and stable replacement for multiple missing teeth. With implant-supported overdentures, you can truly recover the freedom and confidence to speak, bite, chew and smile as you please.
Using only the finest materials and working exclusively with premier dental laboratories, Dr. Knop and Dr. Ilyabayev are able to craft dentures that perfectly complement your facial structure, restoring both function and beauty to your mouth. Because our renowned cosmetic dentists are as artistically gifted as they are technically skilled, you can be assured that your dentures will look completely natural and fit securely and comfortably. Whether you are a first-time or a long-time denture wearer, our dentists can help to return the confidence and security that come with having your own strong, healthy and beautiful teeth.
Everything You Need to Know About Dentures
Missing teeth don’t just spoil your smile, they also increase wear and tear on remaining teeth and cause them to shift positions, messing up tooth alignment and causing bite problems. They may also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems, speed up bone loss and compromise gum health. All of these issues can be easily solved by replacing missing teeth.
Full vs. Partial Dentures:
If all of your teeth are missing on the top or bottom span of your mouth, a full denture can provide you with complete replacement for the teeth you no longer have. You have the option of implant-supported dentures, which are permanently affixed in your mouth by attaching the full denture to a series of dental implants that are secured in your jawbone, or removable dentures, which you affix daily with adhesive and can remove at will.
If only one or a few teeth are missing, they can be replaced with removable partial dentures, fixed partial dentures or dental implants topped with dental crowns.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures, sometimes just called partials, are dentures that replace one or more missing teeth but not an entire span of teeth along the upper or lower jaw. When choosing partial dentures, you can opt for either the fixed or removable type.
- A fixed partial denture is permanently attached to either the adjoining natural teeth or to a set of dental implants for support.
- A removable partial denture is a dental prosthesis that can be easily removed from the mouth at will.
Dentures can be constructed using different materials, each of which has its own benefits and downsides. These include:
- Light alloy dentures contain a blend of light metal alloys and plastic. They are lightweight, durable and customizable for your mouth, causing minimal irritation and discomfort. They cover less of your gums, teeth and soft tissue—this is definitely a plus where your oral health is concerned.
- Plastic dentures are made of impact-resistant material that can be molded to fit your mouth. These natural looking, comfortable dentures offer a functional base for replacement teeth. They are much less expensive than light alloy dentures.
- Flexible dentures might be an excellent option for people who may have trouble using traditional dentures due to an irregular mouth shape. Flexible dentures can adapt to the shape and contours of your teeth and gums. They can blend seamlessly with gum tissue sparing you the discomfort and the embarrassment of metal clasps. Flexible dentures usually have a shorter waiting period as well.
- Hypoallergenic dentures are a great choice for people who are sensitive to certain materials. You may be required to undergo sensitivity testing as part of the fitting process for hypoallergenic dentures.
Fixed or Removable Partial Dentures?
When determining whether you are a candidate for removable or fixed partial dentures, your dentist should consider:
- Your likelihood of getting cavities and gum disease. Long-term use of removable dentures has been associated with an increased risk for both.
- The condition of your remaining teeth. Fixed partial dentures require sacrificing healthy tooth material from remaining teeth to ensure a proper fit of the crowns the hold the dentures in place, unless you opt for implant-supported partial dentures. If your teeth are not in good condition, removable dentures will spare them any additional damage.
- Your budget. Usually removable partial dentures cost less than the fixed variety.
The best way to determine which type of denture is right for you is to consult with your dentist. During this consultation, the various types of dentures will be discussed, as well as the cost of dentures for each type that you are a candidate for. Together with your dentist, you can determine the best denture to meet your dental needs and your budget.
Taking Care Of Dentures
Just like teeth, your dentures need daily brushing and cleaning. Use toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean your dentures, although take care because some types of toothpaste can be abrasive and lead to scratches. Use denture cleansers to deep-clean your dentures and remove any odor-causing bacteria if they are of the removable variety. Denture cleansers are available as creams, gels, pastes, solutions and water-soluble tablets. Do not apply denture cleansers to your dentures while they are still in your mouth.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Knop or Dr. Ilyabayev of Gentle Dental to discuss your specific questions related to dentures and to determine which type of denture (or other tooth replacement option) is right for you. Call us at 718-461-0100 or fill out the contact form on our site and we will get back to you to schedule an appointment.
You may also schedule an appointment online using the form.
Our office is easily accessible to residents in need of cosmetic dentures in Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, College Point and other areas in Queens, NY.