Posts for: September, 2018
For a balanced, natural-looking smile, ParkLin Dental in Katonah, NY offers custom-crafted partial and full dentures. If you're missing teeth, learn here about the types of dentures which Dr. Eyoung Park and Dr. Terry Lin offer.
No more gaps
A gapped smile impacts oral function, bone structure, self-confidence and nutrition. At ParkLin Dental, the dentists and their caring team believe optimizing oral health and function means tooth replacement as needed for some of their patients.
The ParkLin Dental team in Katonah offers many tooth replacement options, including single-tooth dental implants. For people with more extensive tooth loss, they deliver innovative denture options to fill gaps and enhance smiles.
What kind of denture is right for you?
Much depends on your overall oral health and the extent of your tooth loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 percent of Americans have lost at least one tooth to accident, decay or gum disease by the age of 17. As age advances, so do the number of teeth missing, degrading oral function and smile aesthetics in a big way.
So, Dr. Park or Dr. Lin look carefully at a patient's oral health, remaining teeth, supporting gums and bone and other factors to decide which kind of tooth replacement to offer. People with sufficient bone in their jaws often qualify for single- tooth implants when they have lost a limited number of teeth.
Other people, however, have multiple and extensive smile gaps. or they are fully edentulous. In other words, they have no teeth whatsoever. Whatever the case, the experts at ParkLin Dental help individuals decide which denture will look, feel and perform most like natural teeth.
Partial dentures act much like jigsaw puzzle pieces, filling spaces with artificial teeth crafted from dental-grade acrylic. These pontics, as dentists call them, rest on a metal frame and attach to natural or crowned teeth with u-shaped clasps. Partials last for years with good care and are removable for hygiene and at night to allow the gums to rest.
Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth on either the top or bottom or both. They require a precision fit to stay in place without slippage or need for adhesive. When appropriate, full dentures may be supported by multiple dental implants which provide excellent stability and also improve jaw bone integrity with use.
Finally, you and your dentist will consider if you should have immediate or conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction, allowing for a natural looking smile and quicker gum and bone healing. The dentist places conventional dentures after extraction sites complete the healing process.
It's up to you and your doctor
Call ParkLin Dental to arrange a denture consultation. You don't have to put up with embarrassing smile gaps any longer. Learn about your options! Contact us at (914) 232-8182.