Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures in Brooklyn, NY
Dentures are one of the most common treatments for patients missing a few, many, or even all of their teeth. Some prospective patients have lots of questions about the specifics of the treatment, the types of dentures available, and other available options for teeth replacement. Dr. Eugene Stanislaus will first consult with you before any treatment decisions are made in order to address your questions and concern in great detail during your visit to our Brooklyn, NY office. For now, though, we would like to answer some questions that are frequently asked regarding dentures so that you have an idea of what you can expect.
What are dentures?
The term “dentures” refers to dental restorations used to replace any number of missing teeth. Dentures are also characterized by the way that they are held in place using the existing gum and jawbone tissue around the area of missing teeth.
Who is able to be treated with dentures?
Ideal candidates for dentures are patients who are missing several or all of their teeth from the top or bottom jaw. Good prospects for dentures should be in generally good dental health and should have sufficient gum and bone structure to support the type of dentures that they require. Additional factors may be considered based upon the type and complexity of dentures that a patient may need for their unique dental circumstances.
What types of dentures are available?
There are three major classes of dentures offered at our Brooklyn, NY practice: removable partial dentures, removable full dentures, and fixed dentures (dental implants). Dr. Stanislaus will assess your needs, dental health, and other factors when determining which type of dentures would best serve you.
What are the differences between full and partial dentures?
Full dentures are designed for those patients that have lost most or all of their upper or lower teeth. Partial dentures are more appropriate for those patients that have lost several teeth in one concentrated area but still have a majority of healthy teeth remaining.
What are fixed dentures?
Fixed dentures are comprised of dental implants surgically placed into the patient’s jaw and then capped with artificial teeth that very closely resemble natural teeth in appearance and performance. This type of denture physically fuse with the jaw structure and provide and extremely durable and sound alternative to removable dentures. Fixed dentures are compatible with either partial or full varieties of dentures.
Can everyone get dental implants?
Unfortunately not everyone is an ideal candidate for implant dentistry. Factors such as the overall health of gum tissue, density of jaw bone tissue, and existing health conditions can negatively affect candidacy for dental implant supported dentures. Dr. Eugene Stanislaus will be able to accurately gauge whether or not dentures supported by dental implants are going to be an appropriate treatment in your specific case.
What benefits do dentures provide?
The benefits of dentures are threefold! Your appearance will be enhanced when your smile returns and your lips and cheeks are given back their support structure. Besides the obvious aesthetic benefits there are the improvements to your ability to eat, drink, and speak with a level of confidence that you may not have had for years! In addition to these benefits your overall dental health will be improved as well: you will have structures in place to prevent misalignment of teeth, jaw strain and movement, and further damage to structures in the mouth will be prevented.
Is it difficult to care for dentures?
In the vast majority of cases the care and maintenance of dentures is simple and convenient. Regular brushing of dentures and use of cleaning agents is required. Dentures are a precision crafted prosthetic and must be handled with care. It is also important to note that regular checkups at our Brooklyn, NY office are still required to ensure the good condition of your dentures and overall oral health.
What alternatives to dentures are available?
If you or Dr. Eugene Stanislaus determine that dentures are not the best option for you then we offer several alternatives to dentures at our Brooklyn, NY cosmetic dentistry practice. Available options include dental bridges and dental crowns supported by dental implants. We will be sure to provide you with all of the information available about your options for replacing your missing teeth so that you can make a well informed decision about your treatment.
How can I learn more about dentures and denture alternatives?
To learn more about dentures and available alternatives you need only call our Brooklyn, NY office and schedule a free informational consultation with Dr. Eugene Stanislaus where you can discuss all of our available dentures options and alternatives to dentures, and have your questions and concerns addressed. To schedule a visit to our office be sure to contact Dr. Eugene Stanislaus and his dedicated staff at Brooklyn Heights Dental in Brooklyn, NY.