Missing teeth can produce many problems. Problems such as jaw bone deterioration, difficulty eating or speaking, changes in bite alignment, and self-esteem issues. Any remaining, adjacent teeth may shift, causing further misalignment. Tooth loss directly leads to bone loss in the jaw which will alter the facial structure. Aesthetically, gaps anywhere in the smile will affect self-confidence. Missing teeth may lead to further oral health issues including gum disease and tooth decay.
With advancements in modern dentistry, you have more options than every before that can address your missing teeth. Dr. Victor Gittleman offers dentures in Morristown, NJ as one of those options. Dentures and partials provide effective solutions for missing teeth to restore beauty and function to any smile.
Reasons for dentures:
- Missing a full mouth of teeth
- Missing an arch of teeth
- Improve your beautiful smile and facial features
- Improved ability to speak and chew
- Enhanced confidence
Dr. Victor Gittleman offers conventional dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures that offer long-lasting, natural-looking results. Our Morristown, NJ, dental office near you offers treatment plans for patients with missing teeth. We work with you on an individual basis to find the best choice for your dental health needs. Dentures and partials are restorative dentistry treatments Dr. Gittleman offers patients in his dental office in Morristown.
Dentures in Morristown, NJ
Dr. Gittleman offers several types of dentures to accommodate various tooth loss scenarios. The denture you will need or choose will depend on your needs, oral health, personal preference, and budget. Your dentist will perform a thorough dental exam that includes X-rays and other diagnostics to help you determine the most suitable type of denture for you.
Conventional Full Dentures
Full conventional dentures are for patients missing all their teeth on the top or bottom arch, or both. A complete denture has a base made of acrylic resin which will retain the false teeth. A dental lab will make the denture from molds of the patient’s mouth. Therefore, the base of the denture will fit the exact contours of the mouth. This design helps create a seal with the gums and hold the prosthesis in place. Saliva will enhance adhesion while the tongue and cheek muscles will help with retention. For some, denture adhesive is still necessary for additional stability. Conventional full dentures are removable and you must take them out daily. It is important to rest your gums everyday and to clean the denture properly.
Partial dentures are for patients missing some or most of their teeth on the upper or lower jaw. They rely on the remaining teeth for support. Partials remain in place through a combination of precision design and attachment mechanisms. A dental lab will create a metal or acrylic framework from molds of the patient’s mouth with the false teeth attached. The framework will have metal clasps that grasp onto existing teeth for support. Some partials use precision attachments for a more discreet and secure fit. The clasps or attachment mechanisms provide stability and prevent the partial denture from shifting. They provide secure and comfortable placement of the partial within the mouth restoring the patient’s functionality and aesthetics.
A fixed denture, or implant-secured denture, is a permanent prosthetic. Dental implants strategically hold this type of denture into place. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Here, they will act as the anchor for the denture as well as replace the missing teeth roots. The denture is then attached to several dental implants that the dentist places in the jaw bone. They provide enhanced stability, preventing slippage, and improve overall functionality. Dr. Victor Gittleman provides All-on-4® Dental Implants as a modern alternative to traditional dentures.
Which Denture is Right for Me?
The amount of teeth you are missing, the current state of your oral health, and your bone structure are important determining factors for qualifying for dental implants. The goal is to choose the right type of denture that is comfortable and will restore function and aesthetics.
Dr. Gittleman will discuss your treatment options and recommend the most suitable choice for your needs. The key to finding the right tooth replacement option is undergoing a complete exam and consult with our team.
During your visit, we will explore factors such as:
- Jaw bone strength and overall health. It is key to have an adequate amount of bone structure in the jaw to support fixed dentures. We may recommend bone grafting or sinus augmentation to prepare your jaw for dental implants.
- Budget. We will explore all of your treatment options and find one that best suits your budget and overall needs.
- Cosmetic goals. Missing teeth can have an effect on your self-confidence. We offer natural-looking options for your tooth replacement needs and implement custom restorations for lost teeth.
What To Expect During The Dentures Process
Dr. Gittleman will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and jaw structure using advanced digital technology. He will discuss all viable options and recommend the best solution for your smile.
If you are receiving removable dentures, it will require many visits to our Morristown dentist office. First, we will need to extract any affected teeth. Next, our dentist will take digital impressions, and place a temporary denture while you wait. Dr. Gittleman will work with you to build custom dentures that blend naturally with your mouth.
If you are receiving implant dentures, we can perform all phases of your implant process in our Morristown dental office. The first step is placing the implants into the jaw. They will require many months to heal and integrate with the jaw bone. Once your mouth heals, we will take digital impressions to use to fabricate your denture. Your dentist may place a temporary denture to allow you to speak and eat normally while we create your new dentures.
If you are considering dentures, read these frequently asked questions. This section provides valuable insight about this type of dental restoration. If you have further questions or concerns about how to maintain your dentures, the different types of dentures, or how they can contribute to your oral health, please contact us.
Do dentures cause people’s faces to change shape?
Dentures can change the shape of people’s faces, but this does not happen in every patient. It is more likely to happen if a patient is getting dentures because they are missing teeth. In most cases, patients like the way that their face shape changes because dentures can prevent facial sagging.
What foods can I eat with dentures?
We advise that patients should restrict themselves to a soft diet for the first few weeks after getting their dentures. This gives the patient time to adjust to their new teeth. Dentures function and feel like normal teeth, so once patients feel confident eating with their dentures they should be able to venture into any food group with no problems.
What is the best material for dentures?
Dentists make dentures using many different materials, each with different properties that match different patients’ needs. The most commonly chosen material is porcelain. Porcelain best matches a patients’ individual tooth shapes and colors. If you have questions about what may be the best material for you when choosing dentures, ask your dentist near you for their recommendations.
How do dentures stay in place?
Conventional dentures stay in place through a combination of natural suction, adhesion to the gums, and if needed, denture adhesive. Partial dentures have clasps that grip onto existing natural teeth and secure them in place. Additionally, implant-supported dentures anchor securely to dental implants, offering enhanced stability and preventing slippage during daily activities.
Do dentures affect speech?
Initially, dentures may impact speech, but most individuals adapt quickly. Speech improvement occurs with practice, and the tongue adjusts to the presence of dentures. Regular use and patience will help you adjust and feel more natural while speaking over time.
Can I sleep with my dentures in?
Dr. Gittleman will recommend that you remove your dentures during sleep. It is important to allow your gums to rest. However, some people may choose to sleep with them. If you choose to sleep with them, it is important to find time during the day to give your gums a break. This will help lower your risk of oral health issues. Always follow your dentist’s advice for optimal care and maintenance of your dentures.
Are there alternatives to traditional dentures?
Yes, this includes implant-supported dentures. They provide increased stability and durability. Partial dentures are also available for patients with some remaining natural teeth. These options offer diverse solutions catering to individual needs and preferences. Dr. Gittleman will examine your teeth and entire mouth to determine the best type of denture for you.
How do I adjust to wearing dentures?
To adjust to wearing dentures, start with short periods of wear. Each time you have them in, practice speaking and gradually introduce different foods. Patience and being consistent is the key to adjusting. It will take some time for your tongue and muscles to adapt. Follow your dentist’s guidance for a smooth transition. If you are having any issues, please contact us as soon as you can for assistance.
How often should I visit the dentist with dentures?
Regular dental check-ups with dentures are essential for monitoring your oral health. At your appointments, Dr. Gittleman will ensure that your dentures fit properly and will address any issues you may be having. We can also provide professional cleaning, assess the condition of your dentures, and make adjustments if needed. This will contribute to the longevity and effectiveness of your denture.
Can I get dentures immediately after tooth extraction?
Yes, immediate dentures can be placed right after tooth extraction, ensuring continuous tooth replacement. However, adjustments and relining may be necessary as the gums heal and reshape. Consult with Dr. Gittleman to determine the most suitable timing and plan for your denture placement following tooth extraction.
Can I adjust or repair dentures at home?
No, you should never adjust or repair your denture at home. Any attempt may lead to damage and you will need to replace your prosthesis. Contact us for an appointment if your denture breaks or requires repair. This will ensure the proper function, fit, and longevity of your dentures.
Schedule a Consultation for Dentures in Morristown, NJ
Are you missing a full mouth of teeth and want to explore your tooth replacement options? Visit our trusted team at Morristown Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Gittleman can work with you one on one to assess your dental care needs and see if dentures are right for your smile. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 287-3337 or request an appointment online.