Dentures in Locust Valley
For many people, the loss of permanent teeth can be both debilitating and embarrassing, affecting not only their smile, but also their comfort and ability to eat. Dentures, whether partial or complete, can fix these issues without the need for oral surgery, offering a removable option that can be quick and affordable.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures have become sophisticated dental devices that fill in gaps where teeth are missing, whether due to tooth decay, injury, or simply as a result of aging. They are affixed in the needed area with a dental adhesive, allowing them to be removed for cleaning when necessary.
There are a few different types of dentures depending on your needs and desired outcome.
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Why Would I Need Dentures?
You would benefit from dentures if you have missing teeth anywhere in your mouth and are looking for a way to get your natural smile and tooth functionality back. Dentures may also be an option for those looking for ways to achieve a healthier-looking, brighter smile even if they haven’t lost any teeth currently.
Other reasons to get dentures include having loose teeth or experiencing frequent toothaches. By planning ahead and undergoing dental extractions, rather than waiting for loose teeth to fall out, you can avoid the panic of not knowing how to fix your smile at the moment. Frequent toothaches are often the sign of serious underlying dental issues and may warrant an extraction, which can necessitate dentures or other restorative dentistry after the fact.
What Are the Different Types of Dentures?
Today’s dentures are much more advanced than the image that may come to mind. They are fully customized to match your natural teeth or previous smile and are made out of durable materials such as porcelain or metal. There are four types of dentures available to people needing tooth restoration.
These dentures are called “immediate” for good reason: they’re dentures that can be placed in a single appointment. Often used directly after tooth extractions while waiting for more permanent restorative procedures, these devices can also be used in emergency procedures to protect the gums as they heal from tooth loss.
Partial dentures aren’t like the stereotypical dentures you’d see in a jar on a night stand. Instead, they are custom-made to fill a gap caused by one or more missing teeth anywhere in the mouth. They are held in place with some kind of adhesive and are designed to be long-lasting.
Complete or traditional dentures are what most people think of when they hear the word dentures. They are used after removing all the teeth on the upper or lower jaw and can be held in with adhesives or suction to provide natural-feeling control and performance.
The most advanced option available for removable dentures is implant-assisted dentures. These require surgery to implant one or more rods into the jawbone to provide the support that greatly resembles natural teeth. The partial or complete denture then snaps onto the implants, providing superb functionality while still being removable for cleaning.
What is the Denture Appointment Process?
Depending on the type of denture, the process can take one or many appointments at our Long Island office location.
In the first appointment, Dr. Koster will examine the area and the condition of your remaining teeth and recommend a treatment plan for dentures. She will perform scans and/or take impressions of the area for the lab to create your customized dentures. If desired and recommended, you will be fitted with temporary dentures at this appointment.
When the dentures have been fabricated, you can schedule a second appointment, during which the dentures will be tested for fit and feel, and may need to be sent back to the lab for adjustments.
At your third appointment, your dentures will be fitted with the permanent materials, and final adjustments are made if necessary. Dr. Koster will give you instructions for how to adjust to the new device and how to care for it long-term.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
Caring for your dentures is just as important as caring for your teeth. In that way, dentures should be brushed regularly with a specially formulated denture cleaner to remove food particles and other debris, as well as brushing your mouth to get rid of bacteria on a daily basis. For people with partial dentures, brushing and flossing the rest of your teeth as normal is required in addition to the dentures.
And although the stereotype may be embarrassing, keeping your dentures in cool or warm water overnight can help protect them from drying out or warping, helping extend their life and maintain their functionality.
Meet Dr. Koster
Through her work at some of Manhattan’s most well-known cosmetic dental practices, Dr. Adrianne Koster has seen how tooth-colored crowns can help her patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles.
Dr. Koster has been selected as a “Top New York Dentist” every year since 2016 based on her:
- Attention to detail and skill
- Warm, caring, and friendly nature
- Emphasis on patient comfort
- Ongoing study of the newest dental technologies
- Passion for dentistry
Immediate dentures are not custom-made to match your surrounding teeth, which means they should not be permanent solutions for your denture needs. Dentures are not bad for your gums, and can even help protect them following tooth extractions or tooth loss. We custom-fit all our patients dentures to ensure they are comfortable and secure. Implant-assisted dentures can be a great solution for people looking for a convenient and permanent solution for tooth loss. Both permanent and temporary dentures should be effective and durable, although permanent dentures will likely fit better in the mouth and feel more natural. If youre unhappy with how your dentures are performing, we can evaluate other options for restoring tooth function, including with dental implants. If seeking permanent attachment, dental implants or bridges are the permanent solution; all dentures are designed to be removable, even implant-assisted ones. You should follow Dr. Kosters instructions for denture care and cleaning, which includes removing them at night to keep them from warping. Yes, the materials available today for dentures are both highly durable and seamlessly natural.
Are immediate dentures permanent?
Are dentures bad for your gums?
Are dentures comfortable?
Can dentures be implanted?
Can dentures be put in permanently?
Are permanent dentures thinner than temporary dentures?
Can you replace dentures with implants?
Can regular dentures be permanently attached?
Can you wear dentures 24 7?
Can dentures look natural?
Immediate dentures are not custom-made to match your surrounding teeth, which means they should not be permanent solutions for your denture needs.
Dentures are not bad for your gums, and can even help protect them following tooth extractions or tooth loss.
We custom-fit all our patients dentures to ensure they are comfortable and secure.
Implant-assisted dentures can be a great solution for people looking for a convenient and permanent solution for tooth loss.
Both permanent and temporary dentures should be effective and durable, although permanent dentures will likely fit better in the mouth and feel more natural.
If youre unhappy with how your dentures are performing, we can evaluate other options for restoring tooth function, including with dental implants.
If seeking permanent attachment, dental implants or bridges are the permanent solution; all dentures are designed to be removable, even implant-assisted ones.
You should follow Dr. Kosters instructions for denture care and cleaning, which includes removing them at night to keep them from warping.
Yes, the materials available today for dentures are both highly durable and seamlessly natural.
If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist, don’t worry.
At Locust Valley Dentists, we are known for being gentle, warm, and friendly. This will be the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life! To decrease anxiety during treatment we offer our patients:
- Convenient office hours to fit the busiest schedules
- There’s never any stress or judgment here
- Our modern, calm, and relaxing office is one of a kind
- Learn how crowns improve your health, appearance, and life
No Insurance? No problem.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance, you can still get the healthy and beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! At Locust Valley Dentists, we work with our patients and offer a variety of financing options. Wondering how much your crown will cost? We’re here to answer all of your questions.
Insurance & Financing
For your dental crown, our office can work with many PPO insurance plans.
Our friendly and knowledgeable front office team will help you file your claim and maximize your benefits. If you don’t see your provider listed or if you have questions about payment options, contact our office to learn more.
" The doctors and staff at this office are amazing! Some of the nicest people you can hope to meet, and the dental work that I received was phenomenal. The office is inviting, and the care that is taken to make sure things are done correctly is top tier. Great experience. "
- Roger V.
"Dr. Koster has done extensive dental work for me over the years. She is both kind and caring. She is thorough in her work and takes the time to explain in detail what she is doing. Her compassionate nature has a calming effect during her work. "
" Both my daughter and I have been patients of Dr Koster's and we couldn't be happier. She has a gentle demeanor and is super thorough. She shows genuine concern for our teeth and gives us advice on what to keep doing/do more of to keep them healthy. Her office staff are really nice too. I am grateful to be in their good hands. "
- Dawn C.