Though you might think that posing the question above (Am I a candidate for dentures?) is one that has an obvious answer, it is important to consider the alternatives. William Schlesinger, DDS in the Upper East Side, NY strongly urges all patients to learn a bit more about restorative dentistry and dentures, in general, to accurately determine if they are a candidate for dentures or another treatment.
As your chosen dentist in the Upper East Side, Dr. Schlesinger understands that you might have a lot of questions and concerns if you face tooth loss, or if you have already lost teeth and want solutions.
Who Is a Candidate for Dentures?
Missing teeth have long been replaced with dentures. Whether it is a partial that restores a few teeth or a full denture restoring an entire bridge of teeth, it is an answer that can work for many. Made by a dentures specialist, they are going let you look, speak and eat like you have always done, and they can offer such benefits as preserving your natural bite, supporting the jaw, and helping you to look and feel your best.
Yet, a good candidate for dentures is also someone who accepts that the loss of teeth does not mean the end to dental care. After all, whether you have remaining teeth or just gum tissue, you still need annual exams. These look at the condition of the gums and soft tissue, the status of your jaw and the condition of the dentures.
They do, typically, need to be replaced around every five to ten years, and because the gum tissue tends to shrink and tighten, you will need more checkups in the months and years after first receiving them.
A good candidate for dentures also has to be ready to provide proper care to the dentures. They need daily cleaning and will need to be sterilized each evening as you sleep. This is not a lot of upkeep, but if you fail to do it, there can be some issues with odors, discoloration and more.
What options are there apart from dentures? We can work with you to determine if implants might be an option, or we can review your circumstances to see if a bridge would work, too. There are a lot of good answers, but the first step is coming in to discuss them.
Contact Our Dentures Dentist in Upper East Side, Manhattan Today
Are you ready to find out more about your options? If so, just give us a call at our Upper East Side, NY office at 212-517-4660. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.