If you’re missing teeth, the team at The Bastida Dental Group provides dentures to restore your smile and improve your chewing and speaking. Dr. Ismael Bastida, DDS, and Dr. Jason Bastida, DDS, have changed the lives of countless men and women from the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens, New York City, with durable, removable full and partial dentures that look and feel like natural teeth. To learn more, set up a time to come in for a consultation by calling or using the online scheduling tool today.
Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances used to replace several missing teeth or a whole mouthful. They come in two forms: partial dentures and full dentures.
Partial dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that replace multiple missing teeth, while full dentures can replace all the teeth in your mouth. They’re custom-made to match the shade of your natural smile.
Dentures do more than just improve your smile when there are gaps — they improve your oral health and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting over.
Dentures are made based on the impression of your teeth and gums that the staff at The Bastida Dental Group take at the office. These impressions are sent off to an outside dental lab where your partial or full dentures are custom-made according to specifications sent over by the office.
Your dentures include healthy, natural-looking prosthetic teeth attached to a fleshy, gum-like base.
When you come back in for your next appointment, your dentist places your dentures. They may use metal clasps to keep the dentures sturdy and to limit shifting, or simply fit the dentures naturally alongside your gum and bone tissue. The type of fit depends on whether you’re getting full or partial dentures, and whether the appliance is replacing missing top or bottom teeth.
The staff also explains how to attach, remove, and take proper care of your dentures. For instance, when you’re not wearing your dentures, be sure to keep them in lukewarm water to prevent them from drying out.
If you’re missing teeth, your jawbone — which is used to supporting teeth — can droop. This can cause your face to appear sunken and unappealing. Dentures fill those gaps and improve your appearance, particularly your profile.
Missing teeth may even lead to serious problems caused by neighboring teeth shifting over to compensate for a gap, which increases your risk of harmful bone loss, gum disease, and tooth decay. Dentures help you stave off oral health issues that stem from missing teeth.
Also, after a brief adjustment period, during which you get used to the feeling of dentures in your mouth, everyday functions like chewing, speaking, and digestion become much easier.
As long as you take good care of your dentures and maintain regular checkups at the Bastida Dental Group office, your dentures should last at least five years, if not more. A good rule of thumb is to treat your dentures similar to natural teeth — be sure to brush and floss daily to keep them healthy.
If you’re missing teeth and would like to learn more about partial or full dentures, call the office or use the online booking tool and schedule a consultation today.