Dr. Michael Tischler
Have you lost many, or even all, of your teeth? Ideally dental implants would be the treatment of choice, but if anatomical or financial reasons dictate, a partial or complete removable denture may be the dental solution for you. A full denture replaces all of your teeth and a partial denture replaces only the missing teeth. At Tischler & Patch Dental, serving the Hudson Valley, Ulster County, and Dutchess County, many types of dentures are available, including full, partial, immediate, conventional, fixed, and removable. We can help patients at our Woodstock practice determine which option is best suited to their needs.
What is a Denture?
Dentures are artificial teeth that replace natural teeth lost due to disease, decay, or trauma. Dentures can enhance a patient's chewing and speaking ability and improve his or her appearance. There are several types of dentures. Complete dentures replace all of the patient's teeth, while partial dentures typically replace just a few missing teeth. Conventional or immediate dentures are also available. A conventional denture is made and placed after any remaining natural teeth have been removed and tissues have healed. This can take a month or more. Immediate dentures are inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Additionally, dentures may be removable or fixed.
Who is a Candidate for Dentures?
Nearly anyone with missing teeth may be a candidate for dentures. Individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth often make good candidates for complete dentures, which those with some remaining natural teeth may benefit from partial dentures. During your consultation at our Woodstock office, convenient to Dutchess County, Ulster County, and the Hudson Valley, our dentists can determine if dentures are right for you.
What Happens When You Get a Denture?
Dentures are fabricated from impressions taken by your dentist. The dentist will ensure that the color, shape, and fit of the denture are accurate. Often, new denture wearers will need a few weeks to adjust to their new "teeth." Patients may experience soreness or minor irritation during this time, but most people are able to begin speaking normally within a few hours. Similarly, eating with new dentures will take a little practice, and it is best to start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. During your follow up appointment, the dentist will check to be sure that your mouth is adjusting properly.
How Do You Care for a Denture?
Dentures are delicate, so care should be taken when handling them. Remove and brush the denture daily using denture cleanser, toothpaste and a toothbrush or a special brush designed for cleaning dentures. When not in use, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser or water and stored in a safe, convenient location.
It is also important to continue regular visits to your dentist to maintain proper denture fit, and to ensure the health of oral tissues.
Contact Tischler & Patch Dental Serving Hudson Valley, Ulster County, and Dutchess County
If you are interested in dentures as natural teeth replacements, contact Tischler & Patch Dental - serving patients both across the country and locally (Dutchess County, Ulster County, and the Hudson Valley). Dentures can help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence.