Understand Dentures and Partials

Dentures have come a long way from the days of George Washington’s storied wooden teeth. According to scholars at historic Mount Vernon — Washington’s home — the president had multiple sets of dentures, but none made of wood.

Modern dentures are worlds away from what Washington grappled with, wood or not. They look realistic, function impeccably, and offer unparalleled comfort to boot. 

At Popper Dental on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the team is expert at determining which type of dentures is right for you, and explaining the difference between full dentures and another type known as partials, recommended if you still have remaining teeth. 

Dr. Jason Popper, Dr. Marlisa Popper, and Dr. Howard Popper customize a prosthodontic solution to your needs and lifestyle, and take whatever time is needed, always, to answer your questions. 

They walk you through your options, the ins and outs of the process, how many appointments you need to complete treatment, and aftercare. 

Why missing teeth are trouble

Even one missing tooth can lead to problems like:

Aside from these more physical consequences, missing teeth can affect you emotionally. It negatively impacts your self-esteem and might cause you to stifle your smile. 

These are plenty of reasons to investigate dental prosthetic options available to you. They might be easier to use and more attractive than you’d assumed. 

Why dentures make sense

After carefully studying your medical and dental history, analyzing the number of teeth you’ve lost, and studying the locations where you need augmentation, your dentist arrives at the best prosthetic option for you. 

Popper Dental offers full dentures and partial dentures, of which there are several types. If you’re mulling your options, dentures make sense for many, for a variety of reasons:

A realistic full set of dentures can make you feel great about your smile, but partial sets that fill the spaces where you’re missing teeth are an option too. Partials can be made to match your own remaining teeth exactly.

Solutions if you’ve lost some or all of your teeth

A full set of dentures is meant to replace all your teeth and consists of upper and lower arches of teeth and bases, which are the foundations for the artificial teeth that are placed on your gums with either adhesive or suction.

If you have any of your natural teeth remaining, partial dentures can be placed around them, to fill in the gaps. The base of partials has openings for your natural teeth, and artificial teeth where you need them. 

Well-made partials that fit properly enable your real teeth and partials to work in concert as you chew and speak. 

When you first start wearing dentures, they may feel heavy and loose, and may even make you produce more saliva, but these inconveniences are temporary. After a few weeks, most people have completely adjusted to their dentures, and you will too.

We also offer a type of dentures called overdentures, or implant-supported dentures. These dental devices can be either partial or complete, and are placed on top of remaining teeth or dental implants. Overdentures can help maintain the integrity of your jawbone. 

Oral hygiene equally important for denture wearers

Getting dentures is definitely not an excuse to slack off on dental hygiene. Proper oral care is essential, which involves not just meticulous daily brushing of your dentures, but keeping up with cleaning your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth as well. 

Explore whether dentures are the right choice for you

We’re here to consult with you about the advantages dentures offer, and if they’re appropriate for you. Simply call our New York City office to book an appointment with us, or schedule one online.

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