Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry uses dentures to replace missing teeth and some of the surrounding tissues. If you lose some teeth or have some damaged teeth, this restorative dentistry solution can help you live a normal life again. Dr. Raj Upadya is an expert restorative dentist who can custom design a set of dentures that will fit comfortably and look natural, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Dr. Upadya and his team at Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry offer dentures and partial dentures in East Hanover, NJ. Dentures and partials are a restorative dentistry solution we provide to new and existing patients.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
The loss of a tooth, or several teeth, can be a traumatic and emotional experience, affecting the daily quality of life. Patients who are missing teeth often look older because they don’t have healthy tooth structures to support their lips and cheeks giving a saggy or droopy appearance.
More importantly, replacing missing is vital for maintaining proper oral health. When teeth are lost, the underlying bone structure will begin to deteriorate. This can impact the surrounding teeth and may become less stable. People with gaps in their smile are more prone to gum disease, further tooth loss, and other dental problems.
A common problem with missing teeth is that the surrounding teeth will often shift towards the open gap. This leads to misalignment and bite problems. Not to mention, patients find it difficult to chew food and speak.
Finding the right solution for you will help eliminate these issues. Dentures are a great tooth replacement option that will improve your oral health, allow your teeth to function again, and complete your smile.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are custom-made artificial teeth that replace missing teeth and some gum tissue. For patients with missing or damaged teeth, a denture can help restore their ability to chew food, speak clearly, and confidently smile. They are often made from acrylic or a combination of materials.
Several types of dentures are available to meet patients’ various needs. Dr. Upadya will carefully evaluate your needs and suggest the best type of denture for you. Ideally, this is a long-term solution for tooth loss that will deliver natural-looking results. We can create them to look natural, fit comfortably, and restore oral health.
Types of Dentures We Offer
After a consultation, Dr. Upadya will decide which dental implant solution is right for you:
Dr. Upadya uses full dentures to replace all teeth on the upper or lower arch or both. They consist of a complete set of replacement teeth in a gum-colored acrylic base. The base of the denture is help in place by way of suction. If it requires extra stability, you may have use denture adhesive to help secure it in place.
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces several missing teeth. Your dentist can place it on the top or bottom arch. A partial consists of the replacement teeth attached to a framework made of metal and/or acrylic. This framework has clasps that will clamp around some of the remaining natural teeth to help it remain in place. A partial denture will keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of place, help maintain proper dental alignment, and improve your bite function.
Dental implants can secure a denture to replace missing teeth. This solution provides the most natural and life-like solution for replacing teeth. You must have 2-8 dental implants surgically implanted into the jaw bone. The more implant fixtures used, the more stable the denture will be. The denture is then secured to the teeth implants. While there is a greater investment for dental implant-supported dentures, they do provide superior long-term benefits over removable dentures. They eliminate all the classic concerns that come with the removable options.
1) One of the most significant benefits of implant-supported dentures over removable dentures is that you can chew, speak, and smile normally. With dental implant-supported dentures, patients do not have to worry about what foods they eat.
2) You can continue to enjoy normal activities without the worry of them falling out.
3) Implant-supported dentures offer better retention and help maintain jawbone structure and facial integrity. This will help prevent bone loss and premature facial sagging.
4) Dentures secured by dental implants eliminate the need for glues, adhesives, soaks, and rinses. There is also no more worrying about them slipping around in your mouth or fearing that they will fall out.
Dr. Andrii Slobodian joins Dr. Upadya at the Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry to offer complete dental implant services under one roof. All phases of your procedure can be performed in the comfort of our East Hanover dental office.
We offer several types of dentures to complete your smile and allow you to live a normal life. If you have questions or concerns about this restorative dentistry treatment, see if it is answered in our frequently asked questions section. If not, call our dental office, and one of our insightful office staff members can help you.
How long do dentures last?
Traditional dentures can last 5-10 years, even longer with proper care. Although, you would likely want to get them replaced sooner. Older dentures can cause pain and tend not to fit like they used to. The American Dental Association recommends that denture wearers replace their dentures every 5-7 years for the best fit and appearance.
Should you always keep dentures in water overnight?
Yes. Most dentures need to stay wet to keep their shape and fit. You can elect to buy denture solutions, but water works just fine.
Are implant-supported dentures worth it?
Implant-supported dentures are not for everyone. Although, as mentioned above, they do provide several benefits that blow traditional dentures out of the water. Before you decide if they are right for you, visit us for a dental exam. We can determine if they benefit your case or recommend other restorative options.
What not to do after getting dentures?
After getting dentures, patients should avoid eating sticky or chewy foods that could get stuck on or under the dentures. Patients should also avoid eating tough meat and hard foods like apples.
How many hours a day should you wear your dentures?
Patients should wear their dentures during the day and remove them for the night. It is recommended that patients remove their dentures for six to eight hours per day to give their gum tissues a period to rest.
How long will new dentures hurt?
It can take two to four weeks for your new dentures to settle in properly. It’s not uncommon for the first few days to be a little tender or uncomfortable. However, it is important to remember that the longer you wear them, the faster you adjust to them. Give your gums at rest each evening but put them back in each morning. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used if needed. If your pain lasts longer than four weeks, please call our office.
Do I qualify for denture implants?
Implant-supported dentures require a certain amount of healthy bone to ensure successful implant placement. You should have good overall health and no dental health issues. Since smoking is known to slow healing time, we advise that our patients be tobacco-free. To get started, you will consult with one of our dentists to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for implant-supported dentures.
Schedule a Dental Exam to Discuss Dentures in East Hanover, NJ
If you have missing teeth or are about to lose your teeth, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Upadya. Metropolitan Center for Complete Dentistry is conveniently located in East Hanover, New Jersey, near Florham Park, Livingston, West Caldwell, Morristown, and other surrounding communities.
Call us at 973-241-5169 or request an appointment online. We gladly welcome new patients and out-of-town patients.