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Enjoy eating the foods you love, speak clearly, laugh often, and smile with confidence.
The renowned dentists at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center will help you restore your dental function today. When it comes to your smile, expeerience counts. Well-known for their warm and caring approach in addition to the precise quality care that is their hallmark, patients have relied upon them for all aspects of dental care for more than 45 years. They are leaders in implant dentistry.
If you are missing one or more teeth, The Denture Center’s mission is to provide you with the treatment options to restore your healthy smile.
Same Day Results So You Can Keep On Smiling
The Denture Center features an onsite modern laboratory where we can fabricate custom dentures and do repairs and relines the same day. That eliminates the long, uncomfortable waiting between fittings.
Most of us learned from a young age that brushing at least twice a day, especially after eating, is the best way to protect our teeth and prevent cavities. Brushing after meals removes food debris and helps prevent plaque formation. But brushing immediately after eating is not always a good idea. It turns out it depends on what you eat.
Brushing right after eating carbohydrate-rich foods like bread and pasta, or foods high in sugars like caramels and sodas, is a good idea. Brushing immediately stops acid attacks on your tooth enamel by removing bacteria and debris before carbohydrates and sugars are converted to acids that attack teeth enamel.
Acidic Foods and Brushing
It isn’t always a good idea to brush your teeth right away. If you eat or drink foods or beverages high in acid (citrus, juices, teas, sports drinks, tomatoes), waiting for at least a half-hour before brushing is advisable. Highly acidic foods attack tooth enamel. If you brush right after eating, you may damage your tooth enamel because brushing actually pushes the acid into your teeth.
Foods with high acid content can cause more damage if you brush too soon because the acid has already softened the enamel, leaving it vulnerable to the effects of bacteria. It takes about 30 minutes for your tooth enamel to harden and remineralize so that you don’t brush it away when cleaning your teeth. Instead, drink a glass of water immediately after eating acidic foods to rinse away some of the acids. Brush after 30 minutes or more to remove food debris and prevent plaque buildup.
Minimizing the Effect of Acids on Your Teeth
There are ways to protect your teeth from the effects of acid between brushings:
- Avoid eating acidic foods by themselves. Combining them with other foods helps neutralize acids.
- Always drink water after acidic foods or drinks.
- Drink acidic beverages through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.
- Cut back on sugary foods, which convert to acids.
When and How to Brush
We recommend brushing your teeth after breakfast so that your teeth are clean and free of plaque during the day. Brushing before bed provides the same advantage – you remove debris and bacteria before sleeping, so your teeth are not attacked overnight. Between these two brushings, brush if you can after eating or drinking, keeping in mind that waiting 30 minutes after eating acidic foods is best. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth with water after every meal, particularly if brushing isn’t practical.
Proper brushing includes knowing when and how to brush your teeth to prevent damage to tooth enamel. Having your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year is one of the best ways to preserve your dental health and protect your teeth’s enamel.
Tooth decay is the number one cause of tooth loss. Most of us know that brushing and flossing are essential in the battle against tooth decay. Still, few of us realize our daily activities’ dramatic effect on our teeth. Read on to learn how simple everyday activities can contribute to tooth decay and negatively impact our oral health.
- If you drink three or more sodas a day, you will have 62% more tooth decay than someone who drinks less soda. Sodas with a high acid level, particularly phosphoric and citric acids, are the worst offenders, causing even more damage than those with high sugar levels. Drinking water instead of soda decreases the risk of tooth decay dramatically.
If you don’t want to give up soda entirely, club soda and root beer are two options that do less damage. The worst soft drinks for your teeth include Coke and RC Cola. Running a close second place for acidity are cherry-flavored colas, including Dr. Pepper. Clear sodas like 7-Up and Sprite come in third. Diet sodas might seem like good alternatives, but while low in sugar, they are still high in acid.
- There are over 300 species of bacteria in plaque, the thin, sticky coating that builds up on our teeth daily. Using an anti-bacterial rinse cuts down on the harmful bacteria on your teeth. You can purchase over-the-counter dental rinses, or your dentist may prescribe a prescription strength rinse if needed.
- To use an anti-bacterial mouthwash, floss and brush your teeth first. Rinse with two teaspoons of your oral rinse, swishing around your mouth for one minute, then spit out. Do this twice a day if using an OTC mouth rinse. When purchasing, look for the ADA seal of approval. When using a prescription antibacterial rinse, follow the label directions carefully.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 26% of adults in the United States have untreated tooth decay. Some factors that may affect your chances of developing tooth decay include whether you smoke, your diet, and genetic predisposition. Routine dental exams and professional dental cleanings help reduce the risks posed by these factors. Identifying and treating decay before it progresses is essential, so don’t wait until you experience pain to see the dentist.
- Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20% of children between 5-11 years old have tooth decay. Cavities, also known as caries or tooth decay, are common among children. Left untreated, your child can experience pain and infection. Children don’t understand proper oral health and how to care for their teeth without instruction and supervision. Help your child properly floss daily and brush twice a day to minimize the chance they develop tooth decay. Twice yearly professional cleanings are a must. During their visits to the dentist, be sure and ask about dental sealants, which protect the teeth in areas that are hard to reach with a toothbrush.
- We are serious underachievers when it comes to brushing our teeth. We should brush our teeth at least 2-3 minutes twice a day, but most people brush for 70 seconds or less. Try playing your favorite song on your phone and brush the entire time your music is playing to make sure you are getting the job done properly.
A few 2-minute songs for brushing your teeth include:
- The Beatles, “And Your Bird Can Sing”
- The Clash, “White Riot”
- Eddie Cochran, “Summertime Blues”
- Gorillaz, “Don’t Get Lost in Heaven”
- The Police, “Miss Gradenko”
- Elvis Presley, “All Shook Up”
- Ray Charles, “Hit The Road Jack”
- Simon & Garfunkel, “Song for the Asking”
- Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”
- Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is often connected to other health conditions. For example, if you have diabetes, you have a 95% chance of also having some form of periodontal disease. Diabetes may restrict blood flow to gums and teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and seeing the dentist regularly is imperative as is working with a physician to control blood sugar levels as much as possible.
- Pregnancy can lead to dental problems in some women, including gum disease and tooth decay. During pregnancy, hormones affect the gums and teeth. Brushingtwice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting your dentist will help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible during pregnancy.
- A full complement of teeth is 32 if you retained your wisdom teeth, 28 if they were removed due to overcrowding or impaction.
- Enamel is the strongest material in the body – even more robust than bone! This is a good thing because we put our teeth through a lot of wear and tear when we are eating, chewing, and grinding foods, and our teeth cannot heal themselves once they develop a cavity. Unfortunately, the enamel is thin, so we must take diligent care of our teeth.
Orthotics can help prevent grinding and bruxism that contribute to wearing of the enamel. You can also avoid acidic breakdown by avoiding soda and lemon in your water, and acidic and sugary foods. Routine exams, regular dental cleanings, and fluoride treatments also minimize damage to tooth enamel.
- Tooth decay leads to tooth loss if left untreated. When you don’t have your full complement of teeth, it leads to open gaps in the mouth, shifting of the other teeth, an increased risk of infection, and deterioration of the jawbone. There are a variety of solutions for missing teeth, including crowns, bridges, temporary flippers, Nesbit, dentures, and dental implants. However, preserving your natural teeth and protecting them against tooth decay is always best.
Our teeth are powerful yet fragile creations. Without them, eating, drinking, speaking, and laughing are all hindered. When our teeth are missing, our appearance is transformed and our confidence is rattled. Caring for them is essential to our health, well-being, and self-image.
Are You Making These Common Dental Care Mistakes?
Are you bullying your teeth? We often take our teeth for granted, but they are susceptible to injury and decay if not cared for properly. Unfortunately, some people assume their teeth are much stronger than they are and end up bullying them in ways that lead to problems. Find out what we consider aggressive behavior toward your pearly whites and how you can start treating them better.
You may think, “If brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush is good, using a medium or firm bristle toothbrush is better.” Wrong! Firmer bristled wear away your tooth enamel, damaging the layer that protects the underlying dentin. When enamel is damaged, your teeth are more likely to develop cavities. Hard bristled can also irritate your gums or cause them to recede, making them vulnerable to decay, infection, and periodontal disease.
Pushing too hard on your toothbrush is also a no-no. If you scrub aggressively, you can damage the enamel. Pressing too hard on the brush may also cause the bristles to flare out instead of coming into contact with the teeth for effective cleaning. It is more important to use proper brushing techniques, including using a circular motion on each tooth, so the ends of the bristles get into the crevices and between the teeth.
Chewing on ice can be soothing and refreshing – right up to when you bite down and chip or crack a tooth. Not so cool then, is it? Even hairline cracks cause sensitivity to hot and cold foods and are prone to decay. Chewing ice regularly also irritates the gums and can cause inflammation or recession. Just say “NO!” to chewing ice and reach for a piece of sugar-free gum instead.
Refusing to Wear a Mouth Guard for Sports
Consider a sports mouth guard as necessary as a seatbelt when you are in a vehicle. If you love your family, they wear a seatbelt to protect them in a crash. If you love your teeth, you defend them when participating in contact sports. Whether you take a hit from a hockey stick or land on your face during a skateboarding trick, the result can be devastating if you do not wear a mouthguard. Just imagine how you will look and feel if you end up with missing or broken teeth. Your teeth deserve protection. Give it to them.
Grinding Your Teeth
Grinding your teeth (the fancy term is bruxism) leads to chips, cracks, and excessive wear. It can also cause headaches and jaw pain. Many people grind their teeth as a reaction to stress. But is it fair to take out your frustrations on your teeth? After all, they serve you faithfully and never complain. They deserve to be treated gently. If you grind your teeth at night, do not ignore the problem and assume it is a harmless habit. Talk to your dentist about getting a night splint to give your teeth a respite from the nightly grind.
Using a toothpick to get some stuck food out of your mouth seems like a good idea when you have a stubborn popcorn kernel wedged between your teeth. However, toothpicks are not the best choice. They can irritate or scratch your gums, leading to infection. Toothpicks are also prone to splintering, leaving slivers of wood lodged between your teeth. Reach for dental floss and a toothbrush instead.
It is cringe worthy when we hear the term “temporary denture” because it implies that a denture fabricated for immediate placement after tooth loss is uncomfortable, unattractive, and of poor quality.
Myth #1 – Quality Questions
At The Denture Center, we custom craft immediate dentures using the best material and attention to detail that is synonymous with quality. Because our dental practice features an in-house lab, we have been custom fabricating immediate dentures since our inception in 1977. Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center presents each individual patient with an immediate denture that fits well and recreates their natural smile. We always use the material, craftsmanship and detail that we are so well known for, when creating your immediate and sometimes inaccurately termed, “temporary denture”.
Myth #2 – Comfort Concerns
Our custom, quality immediate dentures are not really “temporary” dentures but you may experience significant gum shrinkage over the course of a year if you have undergone multiple extractions. Then it may require either a reline or replacement. Our immediate dentures are not designed before your teeth are extracted as they are at most dental offices. Our technique will allow you to go home with fully functional dentures the same day we extract teeth. Our expert cosmetic dentists and our in-house lab are what set us apart. You can enjoy your comfortable, new dentures the same day. Your beautiful immediate denture will allow you to avoid the embarrassment of living without teeth.
Getting Used to Immediate Dentures
The first time you put any style of denture in, it may feel unusual for a few days. This is not an indication of poorly fitting dentures. Your body must adjust to the feeling of something foreign in the mouth and learn how to eat and speak properly with the denture. This can take a few days but will soon subside. Our patients can chew, talk, and laugh comfortably with our high-quality immediate dentures.
Adjusting the Fit
Keeping your denture in place for the first 24 hours after surgery (including while sleeping), unless there is excessive bleeding or soreness acts as a bandage to help control bleeding, limit swelling and helps the healing process. It is important that you contact our office if your experience discomfort or if the immediate denture requires adjusting as you heal. We expect some changes and will have you return to our office to fine-tune your immediate denture until shrinkage has stabilized. At the 12-month mark, some of our patients opt to have premium dentures with porcelain teeth or partial flexi dentures placed at that time. Others do very well with our professional reline if shrinkage was minimal.
Myth #3 – Use Limitations
You may worry that your new immediate dentures are simply a cosmetic stop-gap until your permanent dentures are ready, limiting your ability to eat the foods you love or speak with confidence. This is more about getting used to wearing dentures than any limitations on them. You can enjoy life wearing your beautiful immediate/temporary dentures without others knowing you are wearing them once you allow yourself time to adjust to them. For the first few days, a soft diet is recommended so you can get used to chewing with dentures. Soon, you will be living life comfortably with the addition of a beautiful smile.
Myth #4 – Longevity
The better your dentures fit, the longer they will last. Be sure to contact our office when your dentures feel loose. We will schedule a time to adjust them and possibly reline them to accommodate changes in your gums and surrounding soft tissues, prolonging the life of your immediate/temporary dentures. Some of our patients experience minimal shrinkage and are happy with their immediate dentures and the fit after we reline them. With proper care, they were made to be durable. That said, all denture wearers should visit annually to assess the wear and fit of the denture and have an advanced oral cancer screening. Partial denture wearers should present more often for preventative care for any existing natural teeth.
Truly Temporary Dentures
When applied to dental prosthetics, the term “temporary” can be misleading. There true temporary dentures are flippers or flipper teeth and nesbits. Both are partial dentures made of acrylic to temporarily replace one, two, or three missing teeth. They are typically considered interim devices and are a cost effective option to hold the space of one or two missing teeth while you are making your long term plans. At the Denture Center, flipper teeth or a nesbit can be made While-U-Wait.
To learn more about the many options available to replace your missing teeth, including temporary dentures, contact our office to schedule a consultation.
Immediate denture placement is one reason many dentists and oral surgeons refer their patients with missing teeth to The Denture Center. We are uniquely qualified to create attractive, functional dentures in our office that you can wear home the same day.
What is Immediate Denture Placement?
If you have had a tooth extraction, or you need to have oral surgery to extract teeth, look no further. You may have immediate dentures the same day as we extract your tooth/teeth, at the Denture Center, without worry that you will have to walk around for days, weeks or even months with no teeth or a gap in your teeth. Missing teeth for any length of time can be embarrassing, making you self-conscious and interfering with your ability to enjoy life and be productive. Immediate quality denture placement is a solution that gives you back your smile as quickly as possible. It is made of the same top of the line long-wearing materials as non immediate dentures. Still, nothing is more convenient or affordable than immediate denture replacement for your immediate needs.
Immediate Denture Placement
Most people are surprised to learn they can have a complete set of dentures made in just one day. At The Denture Center, we have provided everything from full dentures to dental flippers for patients with missing teeth for the past 45 years. While each person’s needs and experiences are different, the immediate denture placement procedure follows the same basic steps for everyone.
We perform 1000’s of extractions each year for broken down teeth or teeth that cannot be restored and are New York’s place for same day quality dentures and Denture repairs since 1977. Dental care is provided for people each day that also need to add a tooth to an existing denture while they wait. No need to leave without their smile intact!
The Day of Your Immediate Denture Placement
The Denture Center strives to make your immediate dental placement procedure as pleasant as possible. You should set aside an entire day for the procedure, involving several steps. The obvious advantage is that you do not have to come back for multiple appointments or fittings.
You visit our office in the morning and leave that afternoon with a complete set of beautiful teeth.
The Denture Center Advantage
Many dentists and oral surgeons refer their patients to The Denture Center because we perform immediate custom denture placements in one day, which is a concern for many patients. Because you get your dentures sooner, you can eat, speak, and smile without being embarrassed about missing teeth. Your quality of life is much better, and you are more comfortable around others.
Immediate dental placement after dental extractions at the Denture Center also helps reduce swelling of the gums and surrounding tissue, which speeds up the healing process.
Is Immediate Denture Placement Permanent?
Immediate dentures are not permanent and do need either relining or replacing. After a year, when gum shrinkage has stabilized, you will need to have our renown cosmetic dentists and denture experts reline, refit, or replace the dentures to ensure a proper permanent fit. Getting your immediate denture relined or replaced at the twelve month point ensures maximum shrinkage stabilization for a better fit. If a reline is needed in the interim we accomplish that as well, While-U-Wait. Our state-of-the-art, in house denture laboratory ensures that you won’t leave without your teeth.
Are Temporary Dentures Bulky?
There is a misconception that immediate dentures are considered, temporary dentures and that they are bulky and uncomfortable. While this may have been an issue in the past, dental technology has advanced dramatically over the years. Drs. Pasch, Yam and Shirzadnia along with our expert lab technicians are highly skilled professionals who craft immediate dentures that are sleek and comfortable. They are custom made of the same quality material as our other dentures; they are not really “temporary” dentures but you may experience significant gum shrinkage over the course of a year if you have undergone multiple extractions. Once again, that will require either a professional reline or denture replacement at our office. After shrinkage has stabilized, some of our patients opt to have premium dentures with porcelain teeth or partial flexi dentures placed at that time
What are the Most Natural Looking Dentures?
Porcelain dentures are the closest match to your natural teeth. Still, any well-made denture can look like your natural teeth, provided your dentist and the dental lab are experienced in working with removable teeth on a daily basis. We have over 45 years of experience creating natural-looking, comfortable dentures that are affordable. We carefully color match your natural teeth and craft teeth that have the texture and shape of natural teeth.
If you have missing teeth or have to have teeth extracted, we can take one worry off your mind. At the Denture Center, where we can create a beautiful, temporary denture you will be proud to wear. You will walk out the door with a lovely smile and be able to participate fully in life immediately.
Call The Denture Center Phone Number 212-256-9978 for a free consultation regarding dental extractions, immediate dentures, including dental flippers or partial dentures. We can restore your smile in a single day, whether you are missing one tooth or the entire row of teeth.
If you’ve lost all, some, or most of your teeth, embarrassment and fear can make it difficult to move forward. Many people are concerned they won’t be happy with the results. You may be worried about the cost of dentures or overwhelmed by the many options available. Perhaps you’re afraid getting dentures is going to be frustrating and time-consuming. All of these feelings are normal. At Herald Square Dental and the Denture Center, we understand and offer a free denture consultation to everyone with missing teeth.
Learn why we offer free denture consultations. Discover the advantages of working with Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center, including the many denture options available, and find out.
Why We Offer Free Denture Consultations
Choosing the right denture or implant solution is one of the most important decisions you make when missing teeth. You want dentures that are comfortable, functional, attractive, and affordable. That’s a tall order, and there are a lot of options. It can be confusing. When you have your free denture consultation at Herald Square, we carefully explain the options, evaluate your overall and dental health, and answer all your questions. You will be able to make an informed decision with a result that fits your needs. Our goal is your satisfaction, improved health, and feeling of wellbeing. We don’t want anyone to go without dentures because they are confused or apprehensive. Our free consultation helps you take the first step toward restoring your smile.
Compassion & Understanding
Our dentists offer personalized care and attentive service. We understand that each person has their own concerns about getting dentures. The embarrassment of having missing teeth sometimes leads people to settle on dentures they do not like and that do not meet their needs. You may have been to a dentist in the past who insisted there is only one right solution for you. We never try to convince you to choose an option that doesn’t fit your budget or lifestyle. Everyone comes from a different experience, and we respect those experiences. We explain the options and offer support so you can choose the dentures or dental care that is right for you.
Taking the Time to Listen
We don’t just talk during a denture consultation; we listen. It’s easy to explain the different types of dentures and their cost; We take the time to listen to your questions and give you the answers you’re looking for. At your consultation, we evaluate your dental health, listen to your concerns, outline the available options, and explain the dental process.
Many Denture Options Available
We are the most respected denture and dental implant practice in the Greater Metropolitan Area, known for our impressive range of denture styles and our in-house lab. Our on-site laboratory custom crafts dentures for hundreds of patients every year. By making our dentures in-house we offer exceptional customization more affordably, including:
- Same-Day Dentures
- Extractions and Immediate Dentures
- Implants and Overdentures
- Premium Dentures (with porcelain teeth)
- Full or Complete Dentures
- Acrylic Partial Dentures
- Partial Dentures with metal framework
- Flexi Dentures
- Flexi/Frame Dentures
- Denture Repairs & Denture Relines While-U-Wait
We work hard to provide you with quality dental care that is both time effective and cost effective. Rest assured, we will help you find a denture solution that works for you and your budget while giving you back your smile. That is why our referring Dentists, physicians and hospitals trust our practice to provide patients with convenient and customized denture solutions.
No Embarrassment, Lots of Support
In recent years, there has been a push to pressure patients into investing in permanent dental implants, even when patients are hesitant about the cost. For many patients, implants are not an affordable solution. For others, it is a personal choice, a matter of fear, or the integration time for implants. Some people opt not to have implants because of medical concerns. Whatever your reason, if dentures are the right choice for you, we take pride in our personalized care to assist you in restoring your smile.
If you’re embarrassed about the need for dentures, don’t be. When you choose to replace your missing teeth with quality dentures, you are in good company with folks in every career and profession across the board. Dentures have come a long way in the last four decades and are most often indistinguishable from your natural teeth. We help make you comfortable with your new smile and give you back the ability to eat, chew, laugh, and speak correctly with reclaimed confidence.
The Herald Square Dentures Advantage
You’ll learn about the Herald Square difference at your first appointment. Dr Yam or Dr Pasch will review optimal choices for your consideration in order to meet your particular needs. They explain the timeline and material options and associated cost. There is no judgment, no pressure, and no need to decide until you are ready to commit to a denture solution. Our first goal is for you to leave our office satisfied and confident with all your questions answered. Our second goal is for you to get the best dentures for you.
Other advantages at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center include:
- Same-day dentures at no additional cost
- Free adjustments for the lifetime of your dentures
- Significant cost savings
- The in-house lab ensures a custom fit and same-day repairs and relines
- Compassionate, respectful dentists and staff
Experience & Attention to Detail
Drs. Pasch and Yam are denture experts. They have decades of experience in designing and fitting dentures that exceed expectations. No step of the denture process is ignored, from your free denture consultation to the final fitting. A wax try-in is made before your final dentures to ensure our dentures look and feel natural. The new teeth are set in a moldable wax denture that gives you a preview of the final denture. At this time, we evaluate the appearance and the bite. If you have concerns, we will address them and make adjustments before the denture fabrication is completed. We consider this the most crucial step in ensuring your dentures are perfect for you.
Welcome to the New You
If you are embarrassed about your missing teeth, worried about the cost of dental implants and other solutions, or prefer the convenience and affordability of dentures, please call our office for a free denture consultation. You will be put at ease and treated with compassion and respect as you start your journey toward a beautiful, new smile that is comfortable and affordable.
Dental implants are the modern dental standard for tooth replacements, but can you replace all your teeth with dental implants? The answer is yes – but the real question is, how do you want to go about it? Modern dentistry offers several ways to replace most or all your teeth utilizing the benefits of dental implants.
Discover what you didn’t know about replacing all your teeth with dental implants. Learn about the available treatment options for replacing the teeth on your upper jaw, lower jaw, or full mouth. And find out how to improve your quality of life and restore your natural oral function with implant tooth replacements.
Can I Get All New Teeth With Dental Implants?
To answer the question – yes, you can replace every individual tooth in your mouth with a single-tooth dental implant replacement if you so choose. However, the cost of such a procedure would be prohibitively expensive and take an awfully long time. But single-tooth implants are not the best option for patients missing most or all their teeth.
The best way to permanently replace all your teeth on the upper or lower jaw is a full arch dental implant prosthesis. You may be wondering, “isn’t a full arch prosthesis just a denture?” An implant-supported prosthetic arch combines the best of both worlds and is only possible through modern technological advancements in implant dentistry.
An implant-supported upper arch is more comfortable than a removable denture because it securely holds the prosthesis in place while you speak and chew. The upper jawbone is softer and more sensitive to hot and cold than the lower jawbone. An implant-supported arch does not impede your sensitivity to food and beverage temperature.
Many patients find removable dentures on their lower jaw to cause discomfort because there is no palate on the lower jaw and, therefore, no suction to hold the denture in place. Instead, an implant-supported lower denture has a more natural feeling, aesthetic, and function. Best of all, the implants support your bite force so that you can return to a restriction-free diet.
Bone Resorption & Grafting
For a dental implant placement to be successful, there must be sufficient bone mass in the spot where the implant is going. Healthy bones continuously go through resorption and ossification, removing old bone and adding new bone (respectively). When you lose a tooth, your jawbone begins resorption, but ossification stops. If a tooth stays missing, the bone resorption can decrease your jawbone’s mass by 25% in the first year.
When there isn’t sufficient bone mass or support from the jawbone to place an implant, bone grafting or APRF (Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin) is essential. This provides new support for the implant where resorption has taken place by increasing the bone mass with bone from another source. In a single-tooth implant procedure, jawbone grafting is common, but the same is not true for full-mouth implant tooth replacements.
Tooth Replacement Options for All New Teeth
There is much less need for jawbone grafting in full-mouth implant procedures because only four dental implants can support a whole row of teeth. Often, patients don’t require bone grafting because the doctor can pick implant placement locations where the jawbone has sufficient density and volume. The options for replacing all your teeth with implants include:
All Teeth on Implants
An All-on-4 procedure uses four to eight dental implants to support a permanent full-arch prosthetic on the upper or lower jaw. An All-on-4 treatment often only takes one day for patients to get all new teeth. Your implant dentist or implant dental surgeon will help determine whether you are a suitable candidate for a teeth-in-a-day procedure.
An implant denture features two to six dental implants that secure a prosthesis on your jaw. The denture permanently fastens to the implants, which support your bite force against the jawbone when you chew and reduce your dietary restrictions.
Snap-on dentures work in a similar way to implant-retained dentures. Two to six dental implants support the prosthesis in your lower jaw. Snap-on dentures, however, are easy to snap in and out of your mouth, just like a removable denture. But, unlike a traditional removable denture, a snap-on denture stimulates healthy jawbone growth.
How to Choose the Best Treatment
There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to restoring your teeth with dental implants. The best treatment for you depends on your individual needs, preferences, and the recommendation of your implant dentist. During your free in-person consultation, your doctor will help to determine your definitive treatment options based on your exam, needs, and desires.
Dental implants provide a foundation for prosthetic teeth that retain your natural oral functions and facial structure. Contact The Denture Center today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about replacing all your teeth with dental implants. Our in-house lab will fabricate your custom dentures right here, in our office, ensuring the minimal possible waiting period before getting your new teeth.
Losing teeth is a natural part of aging, and although most of us find it to be an unfortunate fact of life, there’s no reason to lose hope as well. In fact, there’s every reason to celebrate the teeth you still have, especially those in your lower jaw. Now is the time to up your game when it comes to taking care of them.
Should you still attend regular cleanings for just a few remaining teeth? Absolutely! Are brushing and flossing still important? You bet! Read on to learn more about the importance of maintaining the care of your remaining teeth and how they enhance one’s quality of life.
How Partial Dentures Work
When you wear a complete or full upper denture, its retention depends on suction to your palate. Consequently, if you maintain and take care of remaining teeth on your upper arch, less of your palate needs to be covered since the remaining teeth provide an existing anchor. Even more importantly, we have no palate on our lower arch, so we depend on the integrity of our remaining teeth for the stability of a partial lower denture. That’s why it’s essential to keep those remaining teeth in tip-top shape.
Why Remaining Teeth Are Important
For the most comfortable and functional fit, lower partial dentures require attachment to strong, stable, and healthy teeth. The more remaining teeth, the better, so it’s crucial to attend cleanings and checkups at your New York City dentist to ensure the longevity of the few teeth you have left. Partial dentures are customized to fit your mouth and meet your unique needs, whether you’ve still got most of your teeth or just a few.
How Healthy Remaining Teeth Enhance Oral Health
It doesn’t matter if you have a full set of teeth or just a couple, caring for your teeth is caring for your gums. When you fail to care for your teeth, gum disease and inflammation can result. Our mouths are always changing, so making sure to visit your NYC dentist regularly will help to keep problems at bay and catch issues, like gum disease, early before they spiral out of control. Furthermore, it is advisable to have an annual oral cancer screening, preferably an advanced oral cancer screening that detects irregular cells before they can advance to actual cancer cells. Herald Square Dental and the Denture Center in Manhattan offers advanced Velscope screenings which take less than 10 minutes during a regular oral exam or a hygiene visit.
How to Keep Remaining Teeth Healthy
Brushing each tooth removes bacteria called plaque that tends to build up and cause cavities. Flossing prevents decay, so take care to floss your teeth every day. The hygienist removes tarter and plaque below the gum line and between teeth and may use medication when needed to prevent progression of gum disease. This is important now more than ever. As your teeth age, they require extra care. This goes for your gums too. And severe gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Brushing twice and flossing once daily and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly are the best ways to keep your remaining teeth healthy.
Still have questions?
There’s no question about the value in protecting those last teeth. But if you’ve already lost all of your teeth, the optimal solution is implant supported dentures, especially for the lower arch. Although traditional dentures are a fine option for the upper arch, implants provide even more benefits, including leaving your palate uncovered and helping to maintain your jaw health.
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Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sharon Lee to our family here at Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center. We look forward to having Dr. Lee join us in providing your dental care.
Meet Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee shares her thoughts on empowering patients to achieve their dental health goals:
“My dental philosophy is providing compassionate care with an emphasis on patient education to provide a comfortable space for patients to start understanding their own dental health. I enjoy seeing and being a part of patients’ journeys as they ultimately gain agency and confidence in achieving and maintaining their smiles.”