At Brooklyn Heights Dental™, we offer our patients a variety of restorative dentistry solutions and denture options. For patients who have lost all or most of their teeth, full dentures recreate the look and function of a complete set of natural teeth. We also offer implant-supported overdentures, as well as overdentures that are held in place by natural teeth. For patients who are missing a few teeth, we have partial dentures, removable artificial teeth held in place with metal clasps or your natural teeth. Contact our office in Brooklyn Heights, serving Fort Greene and other New York communities, to learn more about overdentures and full and partial dentures or to make an appointment with Dr. Eugene Stanislaus.
It can be increasingly difficult to eat and speak as tooth loss escalates, which can make you feel hopeless or even embarrassed.
Dentures provided by Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid in Brooklyn Heights, NY, can restore form and function to your smile.
Why should I consider replacing missing teeth with dentures?
Complete Your Smile & Restore Your Confidence
Better Quality of Life
Stability with Implants
How will a denture complete my smile?
There is no need to feel embarrassed...
Many patients who are missing all or most of their teeth opt for full dentures. Full dentures are plastic or porcelain prosthetic teeth adhered to a plastic or metal base that look and function like your natural teeth. There are two types of dentures, both of which can be removed for cleaning or at night. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth after the gums have healed. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth as soon as the teeth are removed, before your gums have healed. Dentures keep your jaw from falling into disuse and fill out and help to maintain the natural structures of your face.
The procedure for fitting full dentures often takes about a month, depending on which type of dentures you will receive. Conventional dentures take longer to place, as the gums must heal before the mouth can be measured. Though immediate dentures are placed in the mouth soon after pulling the remaining teeth, they must be refitted once the gums have healed. Once Dr. Stanislaus has made the diagnosis for dentures, he will take a bite impression of your mouth to ensure a proper fit. As soon as the color and shape of your dentures has been decided upon, the specifications are sent to a lab where they are created. When ready, Dr. Stanislaus will fit your dentures to your mouth and give you instructions for care.
Partial dentures can replace multiple missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw. Unlike full dentures, partial dentures fill the gaps caused by only a few missing teeth. Held in place by your natural teeth or metal clasps, partial dentures prevent the surrounding healthy teeth from shifting out of position, a problem that can lead to tissue damage and tooth decay and hinder your chewing ability. Though partial dentures should be removed for cleaning, they are often left in overnight to ensure continued proper fit. Dr. Lisa Reid is our highly skilled prosthodontist who specializes in denture placement for patients in Fort Greene and surrounding areas. She can help you experience high-quality, long-lasting results.
About Partial Dentures
When teeth are lost, it is important to replace them. This will not only improve the aesthetics of your smile, but also restore function and prevent further issues from occurring. Crafted from natural-looking acrylic and built around a strong metal framework, a partial denture is a removable oral appliance that fills the gaps in your smile. These devices use special dental clasps to attach to adjacent teeth, keeping them firmly in place. Implant-supported options are also available, depending on the specific needs and goals of the patient.
Who Is a Candidate for Partial Dentures?
Our Fort Greene patients and residents in nearby communities who have lost several teeth in more than one area may qualify for a partial denture. The remaining teeth must be uncompromised and healthy. If other teeth are decayed or compromised, you will need to undergo restorative treatments to establish a healthy foundation for the partial denture. After an initial consultation at our practice, our doctors can determine which treatments are necessary to help you achieve a fully restored smile.
Receiving a Partial Denture
If your doctor determines that you are a candidate for a partial denture, she will take impressions of your gums and remaining teeth. These impressions will be sent to our trusted dental lab. A skilled technician will carefully craft your partial denture for optimal fit and comfort. Once your denture is complete, we will schedule you for another office visit. Dr. Reid will place the partial dentures and make any necessary adjustments for a proper fit.
A partial denture fills the gaps in your smile so you can feel self-assured when smiling for photos or speaking to others.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures offer numerous benefits for patients in need of teeth replacement. For example, this oral appliance:
- Prevents shifting: When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can shift out of place over time. This change in your bite can lead to other serious oral health issues. A partial denture keeps adjacent teeth in their proper positions.
- Promotes even bite distribution: An uneven bite can place excessive pressure on certain areas, leading to discomfort and dental damage. A partial denture can restore the correct balance to your bite.
- Maintains your facial structure: Years of tooth loss can cause the cheeks to have a sunken or hollowed appearance. A partial denture can support your facial features for a more aesthetically pleasing look.
- Improves eating and speaking ability: Patients who are missing teeth often have difficulty chewing and speaking clearly. A partial denture can help you chew properly and speak with complete confidence.
- Prevents temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder: Missing teeth disrupt the balance of your bite, and this forces the jaws to overcompensate in order to make the upper and lower jaws meet comfortably. A partial denture can help you avoid straining the TMJs and developing TMJ disorder.
- Restores self-esteem: Aside from having a negative impact on the function and comfort of your smile, missing teeth can take a toll on your confidence. A partial denture fills the gaps in your smile so you can feel self-assured when smiling for photos or speaking to others.
By securing your denture with artificial tooth roots, rather than clasps or dental adhesives, you can enjoy a smile with unparalleled strength and stability. Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed in the jaw to provide a lifetime of support for restorations. If you are missing three or more teeth, Dr. Stanislaus can place as few as three implants to support a full or partial denture. Following surgery, the implants will fuse with the surrounding bone over the course of four to six months through a process known as osseointegration. After this process is complete, we can attach your custom implant-supported denture to instantly restore the look and function of your smile.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Restorations
At Brooklyn Heights Dental, we offer both fixed and removable types of implant-supported dentures, which can be secured by a specialized abutment or bar. Dr. Stanislaus can review the advantages of each type of implant-supported denture with you during a personal consultation. When compared to traditional types, implant-supported dentures offer patients several benefits, which include:
- Durability: Implant-supported dentures do not need to be relined like traditional types, and they can last for more than a decade with proper care.
- Strength and Stability: Implant-supported dentures allow patients to eat all types of foods, including apples, ribs, or other foods that they may not have felt comfortable eating with traditional dentures. Furthermore, your implant-supported denture will not slip or fall out of place, so you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
- Improved Oral Health: After tooth loss, the jawbone will naturally begin to atrophy, or shrink. Dental implants are the only restorative treatment that can halt this bone loss by returning stimulation to the jaw.
In addition these benefits, you can also care for your implant-supported denture by simply maintaining basic brushing and flossing routines.
Creating Your Implant-supported Denture
While your jaw is healing from implant placement surgery, we will begin planning your implant-supported denture by taking detailed impressions of your smile. This information will be sent to our dental laboratory, where your implant-supported denture will be crafted from high-quality dental acrylic or porcelain. We can provide a temporary denture for you to wear during this time. Once your implant-supported denture is complete and your implants have integrated with the surrounding bone, you will return to our office and Dr. Stanislaus will ensure a proper fit before securing your new restoration firmly in place.
Brooklyn Heights Dental
The team at Brooklyn Heights Dental has been committed to caring for our community's smiles since 1956. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid are affiliated with several renowned institutions and organizations, including:
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- International College of Dentists
- The Misch International Implant Institute
To set up an appointment or learn more about our services, call the practice at (718) 857-6639 or contact us online.
"I've been very happy with my experiences at Dr. Stanislaus's office, and highly recommend him to anyone in the New York City area. He and his staff go above and beyond to do the best job possible."-R.B. (Patient)