New York Denture Dental
The safety of our patients and team members continues to be our top priority amid the SARS-COV-2 pandemic.
Our protocols have provided additional layers of protection for everyone: from the scheduling of appointments with reduced overlap and providing space for social distancing, to updates in our facilities and providing personal protective equipment for our team. We have met and exceeded the regulatory response to the pandemic because we care about our community.
These precautions continue to protect against transmission of the virus, even as we pass through the emergence of new variants.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “The price of freedom is vigilance.” Similarly, now is the time that we must stay vigilant to keep everyone safe.
Your Team at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center
The Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center Advantage
Missing teeth can be the source of your insecurities.
The collapsed bite caused by missing teeth can result in a squat and wrinkled face, greatly affecting your appearance.
With dentures, you can rediscover the confidence to smile.
We let our work speak for itself and we invite you to review the following dentures that left our patients smiling.
Our Patients’ Restored Smiles
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When Ill-Fitting Dentures Lead to Oral Issues
Ill-fitting dentures can lead to other problems, including:
- tissue overgrowth
- fungal infections
- good old-fashioned irritation
Much of this occurs when food gets trapped and lead to plaque buildup.
All of this can cause obvious discomfort.
The Natural Wear and Tear of Dentures
In addition to natural changes in our mouths and the resulting issues of physical irritation, the appliances themselves can break down.
Everyday wear and tear along with the pressure that comes from chewing can lead to denture cracks and fractures.
When Eating with Dentures is Uncomfortable
If you have a tendency to remove your dentures in order to eat because they rub and cause soreness, there is something wrong.
They may just need a simple adjustment or they may need to be relined.
When this happens, give us a call immediately to schedule an exam so we may address the sore spots or prevent continued rocking of your appliance promptly. Once you leave with the relined or adjusted denture, it may take 24 hours to feel comfortable now that the rubbing and rocking have been remedied.
When Improper Care Damages Dentures
Additionally, The way in which you clean and care for your dentures can shorten their lifespan. Using hot water tends to warp the acrylic, and a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage the appliance.
Ready for your dentures to fit comfortably?
The best way to extend the life of your dentures is regular checkups, assessments, and adjustments at our New York City office.
If your denture is loose, rocks back and forth, and isn’t well seated, then it’s prone to breakage.
If you suffer with loose dentures come for an evaluation to see whether our laboratory reline While-U-Wait can quickly and comfortably remedy the situation.
Don’t wait to get help. Make an appointment with us today.
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Even the best dentures break. And when this happens, whether it’s during a date or a Zoom meeting, getting them repaired suddenly becomes top priority. Not only are your speech and eating habits affected when dentures are damaged, but your appearance and self-confidence suffers as well. The sooner they can be fixed, the sooner you can carry on with your everyday life. The good news is that we can repair your dentures if they’re broken and reline them if they’re loose in our Manhattan office While-U-Wait.
Dentures Can Break
It’s not uncommon for dentures, like most things, to get dropped, stepped on, chewed by pets, and damaged by hard foods. Damage can happen during a meal or when you’ve accidentally left them out rather than storing them in a safe place, so dentures are not exempt from accidents. In fact, under certain circumstances, dentures can snap completely in half, chip, and even lose teeth. What’s most important to remember when this happens is to refrain from trying to fix them yourself. Attempting to do so can lead to more serious damage that would require completely new dentures rather than a repair or reline. The best thing you can do when your dentures break is contact us, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible for a same day denture repair While-U-Wait.
Convenience of an In-House Laboratory
How is it possible that we are able to repair your dentures in a matter of hours While-U-Wait? It’s our in-house laboratory that makes this convenient option a game changer. Unlike your average dental practice, our New York office fabricates, repairs, and relines dentures on site. That means repairs with us are affordable, timely, long-lasting, and quality.
The benefits of an in-house lab range from dentist/technician collaboration to accessible skills and tools that we have on hand, all resulting in superior work and timely repairs that can happen all in one place: our NYC office. This allows you to return to normal life as quickly as possible.
Wait While We Make
Because we insist on providing only the highest quality prosthetics for our patients, we don’t perform chairside relines as many neighborhood dental practices do. Whereas a neighborhood dentist would need to take your denture and send it to a lab, we work our magic using a combination of highly trained and experienced lab technicians and premium dental tools in our lab to deliver genuine fabrications and repairs While-U-Wait comfortably in our waiting room.
Leave the office smiling!
When it comes to caring for your dental needs and missing teeth issues, we promise you won’t leave our office without teeth. Since we have specialized equipment and materials close at hand in our on-site lab, equipped with instrumentation specific to denture repairs and relines, we guarantee the restoration of your dentures and your smile quickly and precisely While-U-Wait.
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When you replace missing teeth with a partial denture, chances are you’ll have another tooth to replace in the future. That’s just the way tooth loss tends to work-once it begins, it continues. The good news is that in many cases, partial dentures can support additional teeth.
Can I add teeth to my partial dentures?
There’s no easy yes-or-no answer for this question, because, just as all patients are unique, so are each of these cases. The best way to determine if your dentures are eligible to have another tooth added, they need to be evaluated by a dentist. We offer free consultations at our NYC Denture Center.
Natural Tooth Loss
The most common reasons you might lose a tooth, besides trauma or injury, are decay, gum disease, and other health related disorders. And when tooth loss is unavoidable, which is often the case, dentures of some variety are an excellent solution. Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth and can be added to if need be. They are a removeable option that fit to your gums, secured by suction or clasps to adjacent teeth.
At The Denture Center, we are usually able to add teeth to your existing denture if you find yourself with a broken tooth or damaged denture. We take into consideration the material of the denture, the position of the broken tooth, and the condition of your remaining teeth. Our on-site dental laboratory can do most denture repairs While-U-Wait, including adding teeth, laboratory relines and adjustments.
Occasionally, it’s wisest to replace your partial denture completely rather than adding replacement teeth. Dentures tend to need adjustments, relines, or replacement as our mouths change and impact the way they fit. Our jawbone shrinks which leads to gum recession, also contributing to an ill fit. When there’s been enough change in your anatomy or damage to your denture, usually every 4-6 years, new dentures are recommended.
Adjusting and repairing dentures yourself is a dangerous endeavor, as it can cause more harm to the denture and to your health. Call us if your denture cracks, chips, or breaks, or if one of the teeth come lose, and we will make any necessary denture repairs or adjustments.
At Herald Square Dental NYC, our goal is that you not only look your best but also feel great about yourself. We have found that the best dental outcomes result when we treat the whole person with a holistic approach.
What is a holistic approach?
As your top New York dentists, we believe dental treatments and oral care are an integral part of your body and your overall health, and we recognize that the way you look and feel about your oral health can have a major influence on other aspects of your body and wellbeing. The primary aim of our care is to resolve your dental issues while working in harmony with the rest of your body. A key component in our holistic care is the way in which we take a close look at each individual patient’s medical and family history, making sure that no stone is left unturned. In that way, we are aware of potential contributing factors with regard to each person’s oral health and can then advise and propose treatment accordingly.
Why choose holistic dentistry as your dental option?
Your body is natural, and we think your dental treatments should be too. Combining the best of modern science, knowledge, education, and credentials with scientifically proven natural care for your symptoms, we want to educate you and present you with an option that will affect your entire wellness. We recognize that there are well-documented systemic links between your oral health and other systemic diseases, such as:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory Disease
Does caring for our teeth affect the rest of our wellbeing?
One of the best ways to help prevent serious health problems is to have excellent oral health. Your oral health affects your overall health.
If you allow the bacteria to remain in your mouth unchecked, it can lead to gum disease and inflammation, causing your immune system to weaken and ignore other parts of your body. And the secret to having good oral health is to practice good oral hygiene and visit our dental office regularly. Your goal should be teeth free of cavities and disease and gums that don’t bleed when you floss and brush. Use those as an indication of your overall health. Our dentists specialize in a holistic approach to oral care which means we consider your whole-body health as we care for your teeth and gums. We understand the deep connection between good oral health and its positive effect on digestion, the heart and circulatory system, and especially the immune system.
How to Keep Yourself and Your Teeth Healthy
Now more than ever, our dental health and whole-body health are directly impacting our emotional and mental health. How can we, in the midst of the seemingly endless COVID-19 pandemic, take care of our mental
health? How can we stay connected with our people? How can we foster habits that promote a healthy body? Consider choosing a few of the following activities to incorporate into your daily routines.
- Online gym classes through apps, such as Orangetheory, Yoga-Go
- Exercise apps and equipment, such as Peloton, Nordic Track, Mirror
- Healthy eating plans through apps, such as Rise, Noom, myfitnesspal
- Online group activities, such as healthy cooking groups, trivia games on Sunday evenings, online canasta groups and mahjong, and book clubs
We do look forward to becoming a part of helping you care for your entire wellbeing as we work together toward providing you with an excellent state of oral health. Call our NYC office at Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center Phone Number 212-689-0024 today to schedule an appointment with Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center – where we constantly implement measures to maintain the safety of our patients and team members!
As we approach the holidays here in NYC and look forward to small family gatherings around all our favorite Thanksgiving foods, don’t let your dentures get you down.
Already wondering about how you’ll navigate Friendsgiving Zoom calls where your smile will be front and center?
Problems with dentures, like breaks, cracks, and sore spots, can interfere with your merrymaking, but there’s ways to prepare, manage, and avoid these mishaps. Our New York City dental team has prepared this denture care guide to ensure the best experiences possible when it comes to celebrating the holidays with dentures.
How to Prepare
Preventing Sore Spots
If you’ve had dentures for long, you know that pesky little sore spots can pop up when your dentures aren’t in prime shape.
Get organized now and schedule an appointment with us to ensure your dentures are good to go for your Thanksgiving. If there’s ever a time to be diligent about your oral care, it’s when you’re gearing up for the holidays and the good food you’re about to consume.
Don’t let your dentures get in the way of your celebrating.
Ensuring the Proper Fit
The mere mention of Thanksgiving brings food to our minds, but as we gather around tables, talking and laughing are as much a part of the festivities as partaking in big, delicious meals. And we know what can happen when your denture fits poorly and you’re in the middle of sharing a story or your great uncle tells a joke that causes you to burst out in laughter.
If embarrassment from denture slippage doesn’t chase you out of the room, the painful friction that can result may. Don’t let this happen—book an appointment to have your dentures fitted today.
Choosing Safe Foods
Be aware of which foods are hardest on dentures.
Avoiding hard and chewy foods that put stress on your dentures will help to prevent fractures and dislodged teeth. In fact, if your dentures are old or loose, we recommend you schedule a consultation to come in and have them examined and relined before the festivities. Aging and worn-down dentures usually don’t fit or function properly, and having them repaired will lessen the chance that a problem will arise during your Thanksgiving meal.
Foods to Avoid
Regardless of the state of your dentures, it’s best to stay away from hard and sticky foods, such as the following:
- Hard candies
- Sticky puddings
- Dried fruit
- Turkey bones
Sometimes it’s just too tempting to eat the forbidden foods. We know the feeling. If you find yourself wanting to indulge just a bit, here are a few suggestions for minimizing denture damage.
- Cut your food into smaller bites which will make chewing and breaking the food down easier.
- Chew on both sides of your mouth to spread out the pressure and chewing forces and to reduce stress on one part of the dentures.
- Eat slowly and enjoy every bite.
Accidents do happen, and when they do, we strongly urge you to call us and schedule an appointment immediately.
Most repairs can be completed in our office in less than an hour.
Attempting to fix your dentures yourself can lead to more damage which would require more than a quick appointment with us. We strongly urge you to refrain from trying to repair your dentures yourself.
The secret to caring for your dentures while you’re on the road is your denture case.
Breaking and losing dentures tend to happen more often when we are traveling for the holidays or not in our regular routine at home. When damage happens, cases provide a discreet and safe way to store your denture until you can get it fixed. And when you’re traveling, storing your dentures in a case when you remove them at night will protect them and reduce the risk of losing them. And just to be safe, we recommend you carry your old dentures with you in case of an emergency.
Best wishes from all of us at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we are replacing missing teeth in our New York City office. Implant teeth consist of three parts: a titanium post, a connector, and a crown. The post is the actual implant, and it is screwed into the jawbone, below the gum line, and the crown is the visible part of the replacement tooth. Multiple crowns and full arches can be supported by two, four, or more implants.
Read on for the top 5 reasons dental implants are the preferred denture alternative by both our NYC dentists and our patients.
Top 5 Reasons Patients Choose Dental Implants in New York
#1 No Shifting or Loose-Fitting Dentures
Did you know that titanium, the metal screw used in dental implants, is biocompatible with living bone and has the unique ability to fuse with your jaw? Since dental implants have a similar solid attachment to the jawbone as the roots of natural teeth, your new implant teeth will never slip or shift like dentures do but remain secure and immovable.
#2 Longevity of Dental Implants
No other teeth replacement method provides the stability that results once an implant fuses with bone. This advantage makes dental implants the most valuable option long-term. Stable and permanent, unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants should not need to be replaced or remade over time. In fact, with proper care, they should last a lifetime.
#3 No Dietary Restrictions
Once we’ve confirmed that your new implant has fully fused with your jawbone, we’ll give you the green light to eat anything you like. Osseointegration stabilizes the implant, making it as strong and stable as your natural teeth. Fully secure, implants stay put and don’t shift like bridges and dentures tend to do, so you’re free to eat all your favorites, including chewy and hard foods.
#4 Permanent Teeth Replacement
The biggest difference between traditional teeth replacements, like dentures and bridges, and dental implants is that the latter has roots that support the artificial teeth, not just the visible structures. The root is the titanium screw-like component of an implant, and its biocompatibility with bone allows for the implant to be locked in place permanently. Once the implant is stabilized, the process is complete, and your tooth replacement is permanent. Simply put, full arch dental implants are permanent dentures.
#5 Dental Implants Act Like Natural Teeth
Perhaps most importantly, just as natural teeth have roots that serve as anchors, the fact that the screws of dental implants completely fuse with the bone allows implants to feel and function like your natural teeth. The resemblance is so similar that many of our patients can’t remember which of their teeth are dental implants. Indeed, dental implants are a game changer, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile and laugh with complete confidence.
Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center Phone Number 212-689-0024
BONUS SECTION: Top 6 Patient Questions and Concerns
Choosing the ideal teeth replacement is a big decision, and we want you to be fully comfortable and confident with what you choose. Check out these answers to our most frequently asked questions.
#1 During the dental implant process, how long will I be without teeth?
We can fit you with a temporary crown once we’ve placed your dental implant if you don’t want to be without teeth during the osseointegration period. Multiple options of temporary solutions while you are healing are available. We explain the possibilities in detail during your consultation prior to your treatment.
#2 How is it possible to get implants in one day?
The implant is the titanium screw that we place in your jawbone. We are able to extract a tooth, place the implant, and then put a temporary crown on the implant in one day very often. But the process isn’t truly complete until the implant has integrated into the jawbone and we place your final restoration several months later.
#3 How long does it take to get used to dental implants?
Once the osseointegration process has been completed and your implants have been fully secured and stabilized, which can take up to 6 months, we place the final crown, and your everyday activities, such as eating, speaking, and even applying lipstick, will feel completely normal and natural. Our final crowns are perfectly crafted to fit your jaw and its surrounding structures, so they should feel comfortable right away.
#4 How does the cost of dentures compare to implants?
Up front, dental implants appear to be much more costly than dentures. However, dental implants last longer than any other teeth replacement option, and they are often more successful than other dental treatments as well.
#5 I already have dentures. Is it worth it to invest in dental implants?
Absolutely. About 20% of our denture patients transition from dentures to full arch dental implants, and they have been thrilled with the results.
#6 I’m happy with my dentures. Can I just get my lower denture tightened?
No. Unfortunately, lower dentures shift. That’s just how dentures tend to function. A full lower denture has no suction. We have no palate on bottom, just a small bony ridge and you must learn to use your musculature to hold a well fitted lower denture in place. That said, you may need to have your lower denture professionally relined since the mouth is a dynamic structure and changes shape over time.
Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center Phone Number 212-689-0024
New York, NY
The gravity of the last several weeks has been surreal. No words give justice to what we’ve all been going though. We are grateful for the news of each recovery and mourning with those who have lost loved ones. Thank you to those who are donating serum. The implications of this pandemic for NYC and our surrounding communities are huge.
Every one of us is experiencing a change in our routines, expectations, and daily activities. At times, our lives seem to be spiraling. What is still within our control? We at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center want to encourage you to take care of your oral health. This is one thing you can do while sheltering in place.
Easier said than done, you may be thinking. Of course. Everything is right now. But as we adjust to this current situation, oral health is one what can so easily fall by the wayside if we are not careful. Here’s what we recommend you do to avoid a mouth full of cavities when we are able to end this time of isolation and lack of regular dental office hours.
Think long term.
This pandemic will not go on forever. No matter what it may feel like right now, remind yourself that social distancing will eventually be a thing of the past, and when you’re up in your colleague’s space, your breath and the state of your teeth will matter. What you do now, or fail to do, will have an impact on your future. Brush now for a brighter tomorrow. When this virus is in the rearview mirror, you’ll be glad you did.
Create a new daily routine.
Now that we no longer need to get fully dressed as we work from home or eat breakfast before leaving for work, forgetting to brush our teeth until late afternoon happens to the best of us. By that hour, we wonder if it’s worth it since evening seems right around the corner. It’s worth it. But a morning brush is even better. So, figure out what works for you. Plan to brush right after that first cup of coffee or first thing as you return from your morning walk. Schedule it into your new morning routine. Set a reminder on your phone if you need to.
Take inventory of what you eat and drink.
Studies have shown that the consumption of comfort foods, snacks, and alcoholic beverages is on the rise as we cope during these prolonged periods of constant family togetherness and isolation. Bottom line: our new normal is anything but normal, so we are aching for some variety of comfort. But it’s no secret that sugary and acidic food and drink can destroy enamel and wreak havoc on teeth. So, limit your intake. Drinking lots of water to prevent erosion and to wash away potential cavity-causing bacteria is a helpful hack when you do partake.
Here’s a reminder of what we all should be doing to maintain optimal dental health, with or without the crisis of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands: We have all heard this a hundred times, but 20 seconds before and after any personal dental care should be standard always.
- Brush twice a day: Even when (especially when) your schedule is less than ideal, brush morning and night.
- Floss once a day: If this hasn’t yet become your habit, make it one now. Floss while you read before bed or watch your evening show.
- Eat healthy: Sticky, sugary snacks and drinks can take down a smile in the time it takes us to put an end to the Coronavirus. Don’t let them.
- Limit snacking: This will benefit your waistband as much as your teeth.
- Drink plenty of water: Drinking half your body weight in ounces is ideal for your overall health, and water serves as a natural cleanser for your teeth.
- Avoid smoking: Did you know smoking is bad for your oral health? It limits blood flow to your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to grow.
Excellent oral health doesn’t just happen. And what we need to do to maintain it isn’t rocket science. But routine is essential. If you’re struggling emotionally or fighting psychological fatigue, take one day at a time. One project at a time. Make oral hygiene be your focus today.
Drs. Pasch, Yam, Shirzadnia, and Xu and our entire team at Herald Square Dental & The Denture Center have missed seeing you, and we plan to reschedule your appointments at the soonest possible opportunity. We will continue to see those who are faced with a dental emergency and need urgent care by appointment only.
Why should teeth get all the fame? Since the beginning of time, teeth have taken center stage in the oral health arena, while their close cousins, the gums, have occupied more of a back-seat role. So, we have decided to dedicate this article to gums! What makes them healthy, what makes them sick, and why they are so important for whole-body health?
Gingiva, or “gums”, are the mucosal tissue that cover the jaw and hold the teeth in place. When they are healthy and properly intact, they offer a protective barrier for the jaw and tooth roots against food and bacteria.
Healthy gums typically are coral pink in color, and not recessed far above the tooth. They show a scalloped appearance over each tooth, are firm and resist movement. They take brushing and flossing well, usually with no reaction whatsoever.
By contrast, unhealthy gums may exhibit red, white and even blue hues, have a puffy or orange peel texture and may bleed when brushed or flossed. Untreated periodontal disease can affect the whole body, as it is related to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Also, it can result in lost teeth and poor nutrition down the road.
Prevention is Key:
The good news is that most cases of periodontal disease are preventable. While we don’t know exactly what role genetics play in terms of periodontal health, we do know that practicing good oral health is the first step to preventing periodontal disease. Habits such as brushing twice and flossing once per day and regular exams and cleanings can help many people prevent or slow the progression of gum disease.
We hope you have learned something new about your gums!
If you have any questions about your gums, don’t hesitate to give us a call!