Dentures Offer a Beautiful and Functional Restorative Solution
Dentures allow patients missing multiple teeth or an entire dental arch to restore the appearance and function of a healthy smile. Dr. Brian Hirschfield has decades of experience designing dentures that are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. He has been serving patients in the Lakeview, NY, area for 15 years and offers completely personalized treatment based on your unique needs.
Types of Dentures
During your initial consultation, Dr. Hirschfield will help you determine which denture option is right for you:
Full conventional dentures rest on the gums and may be stabilized with the use of dental adhesives. Traditional dentures undergo routine wear and tear, and may need to be relined occasionally to improve or maintain their fit.
Partial conventional dentures are typically attached to adjacent teeth with the use of dental clasps. As with full traditional dentures, occasional relines may be necessary. Partial dentures can replace missing teeth in a row (also known as a dental bridge), or located throughout the dental arch.
Dental implants can be utilized to secure your full or partial restoration. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your upper or lower jawbone. Because dental implants mimic natural tooth roots, they stimulate bone growth and prevent bone degeneration which naturally occurs following tooth loss. An implant-supported denture can generally be supported by four to six dental implants. Though dental implants are more costly than traditional denture options, they are a long-lasting solution. Patients will not require messy adhesives or uncomfortable dental clasps and relining is typically not necessary. The result is an aesthetically pleasing smile and fully restored function.
Dr. Hirschfield offers a five-year warranty for denture patients who maintain regular checkup appointments.
Traditional Denture Treatment Process
A fully customized treatment plan will be developed to suit your specific needs. You can expect to undergo several steps during the treatment timeline:
Initial Examination and Impressions
During your initial visit, Dr. Hirschfield will take x-rays and perform an oral examination to determine the health of any remaining teeth. If any teeth need to be extracted before the denture is fabricated, we can perform this procedure in our office. Next, dental impressions will be made of your upper and lower arches.
Fabrication of a Wax Model
These impressions will guide the fabrication of a wax model, a necessary step to ensure the restoration fits properly within your mouth. Your bite, appearance, and ability to speak clearly will all be evaluated during this visit. Depending on the complexity of your case, you may need to see your dentist for an additional follow-up appointment to achieve an optimal fit.
Receiving Your Permanent Denture
Once the wax model has been evaluated and properly adjusted, your final denture will be created out of durable, realistic-looking materials. You will typically be provided with a temporary denture until your next appointment. Once the final denture is received, any necessary adjustments will be made to alleviate any points of pressure or discomfort before you leave our office.
Cost and Warranty
Finances can be a primary concern for patients who are considering restorative treatment. Affordability, however, should not be the only factor when investing in your oral health. It is important to be educated on all your available treatment options, so you can make the best decision for your comprehensive and long-term health. We will do everything we can to assist you in the process, keeping your needs and budget in mind. Lakeview Dental is proud to offer CareCredit® as a financing option to our patients. As an added benefit, Dr. Hirschfield offers a warranty for dentures and partials of up to five years for patients who maintain regular checkup appointments.
Restore Your Smile
Whether you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures may be right for you. We can design a personalized treatment plan, based on your specific needs and budget. Contact Lakeview Dental online, or call our office at (585) 978-3085 to schedule a consultation.