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What are dentures?
Dentures are way to replace missing teeth. A complete denture is used when all the teeth are missing. A partial denture is used and only some of the teeth are missing. They are removable and not permanently bonded in place.
What are the differences between complete dentures and partial dentures?
There are two types of dentures, complete dentures and partial dentures. A complete denture is used on patients that have no natural teeth remaining, and need to replace all of them. A partial denture is utilized when a patient has some natural teeth remaining, and only needs to replace some of the teeth. A complete denture can be used to replace all the upper teeth, all the lower teeth or both the upper and the lower teeth. A partial denture can be used to replace some teeth of the upper teeth, lower teeth or some teeth on both. And finally, sometimes some patients may have a combination of a complete denture on the upper or lower teeth, and a partial denture on the opposite.
A large difference between a complete and partial denture is how they are held in place. A partial denture simply clips onto the remaining natural teeth. A partial denture can be used for the upper teeth, the lower teeth or both. A complete denture is more challenging to hold in place. A custom molded rigid acrylic is used to hold the denture on to the gums. The acrylic matches the color of the gums and covers the palate and most of the gums. The artificial teeth are permanently mounted to the acrylic.
What are the functions and benefits of dentures?
- Replaces missing teeth for cosmetic reasons
- Enables one to chew
- Restores the shape of the face and lips
- Allows one to speak more naturally
- Prevents remaining teeth from drifting into the space of missing teeth (partial dentures)
Why would someone need dentures?
Dentures can be utilized whenever there is loss of teeth. For patients who have missing teeth, a denture can restore the function and physical appearance of the teeth. This applies to virtually any reason why a patient may have had teeth removed or lost their teeth. Additionally, many patients come in to replace an old denture that has become worn or ill fitting.
How are complete dentures made?
The process of fabricating a complete denture is elaborate and takes multiple visits, and multiple steps. The goal is to achieve a denture that fits the mouth perfectly. In order to achieve this, multiple molds of the mouth are necessary, and multiple adjustments are often necessary.
The first step in fabricating a custom complete denture is to take a mold of the mouth, and send it to our dental laboratory. Our dental laboratory will then send us back a custom tray to do a more specific mold of the mouth. On your next visit, we will use this custom tray to get a more accurate mold of the mouth. Our dental laboratory, after receiving this custom mold, will fabricate a wax rim that does not yet include the artificial teeth. This enables us to accurately establish the dimensions that the denture needs to be in order to maintain the shape of the lips and face. Once this is done, the laboratory will then send us an intermediate fitting appliance made of wax and artificial teeth in the specified color. We determine if this appliance fits properly, and if not, we make the proper adjustments. The dental laboratory then processes the wax appliance in order to fabricate the fully finished denture based on our prescription and specific instructions.
The next step is to fit and adjust the fully finished complete denture in order to ensure that it is comfortable for the patient. And finally, we have our patients return after a few days to show us where there may be any areas that are uncomfortable, or rub on the gums. If needed, we then make final adjustments.
How are partial dentures made?
The process of fabricating a partial denture is elaborate and takes multiple visits, and multiple steps. The goal is to achieve a denture that fits the mouth perfectly. In order to achieve this, multiple molds of the mouth are necessary, and multiple adjustments are often necessary.
The first step in fabricating a custom partial denture is to take a mold of the mouth, and send it to our dental laboratory. Our dental laboratory will then send us back a custom tray to do a more specific mold of the mouth. On your next visit, we will use this custom tray to get a more accurate mold of the mouth. Our dental laboratory, after receiving this custom mold, will fabricate a metal framework that clips on to the existing teeth. We evaluate this for accuracy and fit in order to ensure it is comfortable for the patient and make any adjustments if necessary. In the next step, the dental laboratory will send us artificial teeth set in wax on the framework. We again evaluate this for accuracy and fit and make any adjustments if necessary. At this stage, we also evaluate and match the shape, size and color of the artificial teeth to match the patient’s existing teeth. Once we have made all these adjustments, we then have our dental laboratory process a fully completed partial denture based on our prescription and specific instructions.
The next step is to fit and adjust the fully finished partial denture in order to ensure that it is comfortable for the patient. And finally, we have our patients return after a few days to show us where there may be any areas that are uncomfortable, or rub on the gums. If needed, we then make final adjustments.
What is an immediate denture?
Intermediate dentures have the advantage for the patient that the patient does not need to spend any time without teeth while their dentures are being fabricated. We do our molds before removing the teeth. These molds are sent to our dental laboratory. The dental laboratory will then create a denture in advance such that it is ready to be delivered on the same day as the teeth removal.
What are implant supported dentures?
A challenge with a complete denture is holding in place, especially when the bone support is inadequate. A solution to the problem of holding the denture in place and be solid placing dental implants in the mouth. The denture then clips on to these dental implants that hold it in place. Like a partial denture, the implant supported denture can be taken out and cleanings.
For more information about implant supported dentures, see our dental implant page.
What can I expect after receiving dentures?
After receiving your dentures, it is normal to have some areas of soreness. We have her patient’s follow-up to make adjustments to the denture. Also, it may take some time to get used to the denture when chewing and speaking. We recommend starting with soft foods. Over time, you’ll get used to the new sensation. Additionally, you may experience differences in the texture, temperature and taste of foods. Many of our patients have advised us that the advantages and benefits of having dentures far outweigh any of these inconveniences.
How do I care for my dentures?
You’ll be given explicit instructions after receiving your dentures. We advise patients to remove the dentures every night and clean them. We continue to recommend that you come in for your regular six month checkups to reevaluate the denture and your mouth.
How long should dentures last?
With proper care and cleaning, dentures should last for very long time. We have many patients that return to our practice with dentures that we fabricated over 5-10 years ago, and have not had any problems to date.
What is the cost of dentures in NYC?
At Sachar dental NYC, our one-time charge for dentures, complete and partial is $1,800. This includes all the multiple visits necessary in order to fabricate dentures, including all the molds and adjustments. Most PPO dental insurances consider dentures a covered service at 50%. As always, we will check with your insurance benefits prior to coming into our office. This way, we will be able to let you know what your out-of-pocket expenses are prior to your visit or any procedure being performed. At the time your visit, you’ll only be responsible for your percentage. We will submit a claim to your dental insurance and receive payment directly from them.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of dentures?
Most PPO dental insurances cover the cost of dentures at 50%. As always, at Sachar dental NYC, we will check with your insurance benefits prior to your visit. This way, we will be able tell you what your out-of-pocket costs will be at the time of your visit. We will then submit a claim to your dental insurance and receive payment directly from them.
Can I use flexible spending dollars or a medical savings account for these charges?
Yes, you may be able to use your medical savings accounts or flexible
spending dollars to cover charges related to your treatment. At the
time of your service, we will provide you with all the necessary
documentation and receipts.
Do you offer payment plans for treatment?
At Sachar Dental NYC, we offer interest free financing through Lending
Club and Care Credit. In 15 minutes, we will let you know if you are
approved for interest-free financing. These options will enable you to
make payments over the next 12-18 months without any interest charged.
Why are we the best dentists in NYC dentures?
At Sachar dental NYC, we take great pride in our success rate with our dentures. We have extensive experience of practicing in New York City for over two decades, as well as extensive training at Spear Education for Advanced Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona. Many of our patients have commented on how comfortable and functional our dentures are. The process of making dentures is extremely elaborate and takes many steps. We always allot the proper amount of time for your appointments such that our patients never feel rushed.
We only use the best dental laboratories in New York City. We also only use the best, and least toxic materials when making our dentures. All of our materials are BPA-free. All of our metals consist of the least toxic metals utilizing precious metals.
For the more complex cases, we have a specialist, prosthodontist on our team and in our office. His success rate in producing dentures that are functional and comfortable, even for the most difficult cases, is truly exceptional.
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