Patients missing a significant number of teeth along the upper or lower dental arch can benefit from our natural-looking dentures. This treatment helps restore the aesthetics of a smile while also adding functionality to allow a patient to eat and speak comfortably. Drs. Steven M. Katz, Sultan S. Salem, and Dilmarys J. Peña offer traditional and implant-supported denture options at their practice serving the Long Island, NY, area. While traditional dentures restore aesthetics and some degree of function, implant dentures provide virtually the same level of function that healthy natural teeth provide. During a consultation, we can help determine which option is right for you.
Restore Your Smile with Dentures
If you have many missing teeth due to injury or poor oral health, you can likely benefit from the use of dentures. We offer both full and partial dentures. A full set of dentures can replace an entire bridge of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are ideal for patients missing only a few adjacent teeth.
While traditional dentures restore aesthetics and some degree of function, implant dentures provide virtually the same level of function that healthy natural teeth provide.
Patients must have healthy and ample bone tissue in their jaw in order for implant-supported dentures to be sustainable. If you suffer from bone loss as a result of missing teeth, you may first require a bone graft. This will restore lost bone tissue to provide sufficient support for the dental implants.
Creating and Placing Dentures
Once our doctors have worked with you to determine which option best fits your needs, we will begin the process of creating your dentures. We will take impressions of your teeth and gums, and these impressions will be sent along with photos and other information to an off-site laboratory where a skilled technician will craft your dentures from natural-looking materials. These materials are hand-picked to match your gums and any remaining teeth. Once your dentures are ready, your doctor will ensure they fit properly and will make minor adjustments if necessary.
If your doctor has determined that you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, we will begin planning your implant surgery. During this surgery, your doctor will insert titanium implants into your jawbone. Most patients needing a full denture set require only four to six implants. During the three- to six-month recovery period following implant surgery, your implants will fuse with your jawbone, creating the stable foundation needed to support your dentures. Once this fusion is complete, we will take impressions of your gums and implants to create your dentures as we would traditional dentures.
The Many Ways Dentures Can Benefit You
Both traditional and implant-supported dentures offer a variety of benefits. Traditional dentures can help your smile look healthy and complete. However, because they are held in place with only a mild adhesive, they are prone to slip when chewing or speaking.
Implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, remain firmly in place at all times. You can eat any foods you choose without worrying that your dentures will shift. You can also speak with total clarity. One of the greatest benefits of implant-supported dentures is the prevention of jaw atrophy. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone tissue will begin to shrink. Traditional dentures must be frequently adjusted to accommodate these changes in the jaw. Alternatively, implant-supported dentures prevent these changes, saving you considerable discomfort and the hassle of requiring regular denture adjustments.
Traditional dentures are typically covered at least in part by most dental insurance plans. While implant-supported dentures are more costly, you should consider them as an investment in the future of your oral health. Regardless of which option you choose, we can help you determine the cost of dentures during at a consultation in our office.
Find out Which Dentures are Right for You
If you are in need of dentures but are not sure which option is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can evaluate your current health, needs, and goals to make an appropriate recommendation.