Surgical Dentistry & Laser Dentistry located in Yonkers and Thornwood, NY

Dentures can restore your biting and chewing abilities if you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth. At Riverside Dental in Yonkers and Thornwood, New York,  dentist and oral surgeon Gemini Master-Patel, DMD, and her team regularly prescribe dentures to adults. Depending on your needs, they might recommend partial, complete, or implant-supported dentures. Call the nearest Riverside Dental office today to request a denture consultation, or make your appointment online.

I’m missing natural teeth. Should I get dentures or dental implants?

The answer to that question depends on how many teeth are missing and the state of your oral health. Dental implants are sturdier and usually last longer than dentures, but the placement procedure involves surgery. 

Dentures either snap into place, similar to a retainer, or rest on top of your gums. They don’t require surgery and are more affordable. 

Are there different types of dentures?

The Riverside Dental team offers several types of dentures, including:

Partial dentures

Your dentist might recommend partial dentures if you’re missing several teeth in one or both dental arches. Partial dentures have a metal base that attaches to small metal clasps. Your dentist bonds the clasps to your remaining natural teeth.

Complete dentures

These dentures replace the teeth in your upper or lower dental arch. They have pink artificial gums made from plastic or acrylic and a full row of false teeth. To hold your complete dentures in place, apply denture glue. 

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are similar to complete dentures. The difference is they attach to dental implants –– titanium posts that integrate with your jaw or alveolar bone (the bone that supports your upper teeth).

Getting these dentures takes longer than partial or complete dentures because you need to undergo implant-placement surgery first.  

What’s the process for getting partial or complete dentures?

Your Riverside Dental provider reviews your dental records, completes an oral exam, and takes a series of 3D panoramic X-rays. Then, they take digital intraoral scans of your teeth, empty tooth sockets, and jaw.

The team sends your intraoral scans to a nearby denture lab. Technicians at the lab use your scans to design and create a custom denture using molds and wax blocks. The blocks help the technician precisely place the artificial teeth, ensuring a perfect fit.

When your dentures are ready, you return to Riverside Dental. Your provider places the dentures in your mouth and checks their fit. Then, they assess your bite and make final adjustments, ensuring your comfort.

It usually takes more than one checkup to achieve the desired fit. That’s because it takes several weeks for your gums to adjust.

Call the nearest Riverside Dental office today to see if you’re a candidate for dentures, or book your appointment online.