When are Dentures Your Best Option for Replacing Missing Teeth?

The Etruscans in northern Italy were the first known denture-makers. In the 7th century BC, they fashioned their replacement teeth out of animal or human teeth.

Dentures have come a long way since then, and even a significant distance just since your grandparents wore them. 

Today’s removable dentures are custom-fitted to your gums and any remaining teeth. Custom-designed dentures are made of sturdy, long-lasting materials, such as high-quality acrylics, that feel comfortable in your mouth and look natural.

At Mayer Dental Care in Midtown West in New York City, Wendy Mayer, DDS, and her team are experts at designing and fitting the perfect set of dentures for you. Though she offers dental implants and bridges, too, dentures are still a popular choice for fast, budget-friendly teeth replacement. 

Here, Dr. Mayer shares some of the reasons why dentures might be the solution you need.

You’re missing all or most of your teeth in one or more arch

Dentures easily and quickly replace an entire jaw or both jaws of missing teeth. Dentures restore your smile so you can feel comfortable laughing, eating, and speaking. Whether you’re missing all of your teeth or most of them, we offer:

If you already have dentures, we can reline them to maximize your comfort and fit.

You want to replace your teeth quickly

Other teeth replacement systems — such as natural-looking surgical dental implants — may require up to six months before all of your teeth can be replaced. In contrast, getting custom-designed and fitted dentures takes only a few weeks. In the meantime, you can wear a set of immediate dentures.

If you’ve recently lost your teeth, or you’re scheduled for oral surgery to remove your teeth, immediate dentures protect your healing gums and restore your smile. Immediate dentures need to be adjusted periodically until your custom-designed dentures are ready. 

Once the lab has finished crafting your permanent dentures, you simply switch out the temporary dentures and start wearing your custom-designed dentures. We can also custom-design the look of the false teeth in your dentures to match your original teeth, so your smile is the same as it was with your natural teeth.

You have a limited budget

Dentures are the most cost-effective option for replacing most or all of your teeth. Custom-fitted dentures stay in place without any adhesives. However, if you’re afraid of slippage, you can use an adhesive, if you like. 

If you want even more security, you can opt for implant-supported dentures. Dr. Mayer surgically inserts four dental implants into your arch. The implants keep the dentures snug so you can eat normally without worrying about them slipping out of place.

Dentures not only restore your smile quickly and easily, they help preserve the look of your lower face and your profile. Be sure to rinse and clean your dentures daily, and soak them overnight in water. With care and occasional relines and fittings, your dentures can keep your smile looking bright and confident for years to come.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for dentures, call us today, send us a message here on our website, or use our convenient online booking tool

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