Full dentures, conventional or immediate, are used when all your teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth still remain. A conventional denture is ready to be placed inside your mouth when your gum tissue has started the healing process, and about 8 to 12 weeks after your teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures have been made in advance and can be positioned as soon as your teeth are removed. Our Woodside Queens general dentist wants to be sure that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. The goal of Dr. Michael J. Weiss is to help our patients function as active, healthy, adults, and educate you on the advantages of dentures. Tooth loss can be incredibly improved with dentures, as well as enhance your well-being and appearance.
A denture is a removable prosthesis replacing some or all of the missing teeth in your dental arch. Over several appointments, the denture development process takes about three to six weeks. Once Dr. Weiss determines what type of appliance is best for you, measurements and a series of jaw impressions will be taken. From these impressions, wax forms, models, and plastic patterns will be made, in the exact shape and position of your denture. Our Woodside Queens general dentist will have you try this model on several times and the denture will be evaluated for color, shape, and fit before your final denture is cast.
Dentures may not be real teeth, but you need to take care of them as if they are. Before removing them, you should brush your dentures to remove food particles and plaque. Once your dentures are clean and have been removed, you should immediately place them into a denture cleaning solution or room temperature water. Hot water may warp your dentures so should never be used. Dentures may also get damaged by attempting to adjust them yourself, so you should always seek help from our Woodside Queens general dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose. Dr. Weiss, along with our well-educated staff, are committed to providing a personalized patient experience. We will work with you so you can make an informed choice as to whether dentures are best for you.