Up to 40 million Americans wear dentures or false teeth. If you’ve lost permanent teeth due to trauma or extractions, dentures can transform your smile and encourage optimal oral health. At his practice in Midtown Manhattan, experienced dentist Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, works with denture labs in the area to design and manufacture custom oral prosthetics. To make an appointment, call the office in New York City, or book online today.
Dentures are oral prosthetics that replace some or all of your permanent teeth and the surrounding tissues.
Dentures are made from materials like plastic, metal, and nylon. They last an average of 7* years, improve your oral health, and allow you to smile and speak confidently.
Dr. Geller offers several types of dentures, including:
Partial dentures replace only a few of your permanent teeth. Partials look similar to an orthodontic retainer. They feature several artificial teeth and a metal framework that attaches to small metal clasps. Partial dentures are easy to remove and clean.
If you’ve lost most or all of your permanent teeth, Dr. Geller recommends complete dentures. Complete dentures have artificial gums and a row of false teeth. You apply glue or adhesive to the bottom to prevent them from shifting out of position.
If you don’t want to worry about clasps or messy adhesives, consider implant-retained dentures. These dentures attach to dental implants –– titanium posts that Dr. Geller inserts into your jaw.
Implant-retained dentures look like your natural teeth. You don’t need to remove or soak them, allowing for easy maintenance.
At the practice of Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, getting dentures takes at least two visits.
Dr. Geller reviews your dental records, performs an oral exam, and takes a series of computed tomography (CT) scans -– a special type of X-ray. If you’re missing one or more permanent teeth, you qualify for dentures.
If you want partial or complete dentures, Dr. Geller takes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a nearby denture lab. Technicians at the lab use your impressions to create a set of dentures that fit perfectly.
When the lab finishes your partial or complete dentures, you return to Dr. Geller’s office. You try the dentures on, and Dr. Geller assesses their fit and your bite. He makes adjustments as necessary and explains how to care for the dentures.
If you elect to get implant-retained dentures, you need to undergo a dental implant placement procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Geller inserts a series of titanium posts into your jaw. Over time, the implants fuse with your bone, providing a foundation for the dentures.
Caring for dentures depends on the type you have and the materials they’re made of. Dr. Geller recommends taking your dentures out after meals and snacks and rinsing them in cool tap water.
Before going to bed, brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. You might also need to soak your dentures in a special solution to prevent them from drying out.
To see if you’re a candidate for dentures, make an appointment at the practice of Barnett Geller, DDS, FAGD, by calling the office or booking online today.