Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
At Port Washington Dental Care in Merrick, NY, we discourage patients from viewing dentures in an unfavorable way. Yes, they are a seemingly old-fashioned answer to missing teeth, but this is an outdated view of them. Dentures today are one of the most common approaches to restorative dentistry and they are not limited to the models you might initially consider. If you are told you are a candidate for dentures, it is good news, and we’d like to spend some time here reviewing just why that is the case.
As your dentist in Merrick, we offer you comprehensive dental care. From the preventative measures that include cleanings and exams as well as fillings or even root canals, to the advanced services that range from dentures to implants and cosmetic dentistry options, we place your oral health as a priority.
Who Wears Dentures?
If we indicate that you are a candidate for dentures it could be due to the loss of a few teeth or an entire set on the upper or lower jaw. When you are missing teeth, it can easily cause a host of other issues that include shifting of the remaining teeth, misalignment of your bite, and uneven wear and tear on the teeth that leads to everything from chips to decay.
By choosing dentures, you can overcome almost all of these problems, holding remaining teeth in position with a partial or keeping your original alignment intact with a full upper or lower denture. However, as a modern candidate for dentures, you are not limited to the classic designs that fit over the gum and which can be removed for cleaning. Instead, you could be a candidate for dental implants, and for dentures that are supported by them. This is a costlier solution, but preserves the overall health of the gums and jaw as well as being a remarkably functional answer to missing teeth.
Naturally, it begins with a visit to determine if you are a candidate for dentures. If you are and opt for removable appliances, we will make sure your gums are prepared for them. If not, we’ll create temporary dentures that can allow you to look, speak, and eat like normal until your gums are ready for these fully functional solutions.
If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for dentures, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Merrick, NY office at 516-378-1725. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.