Millions of Americans wear dentures in place of teeth that have been lost due to injury, deteriorated with age and fallen out, or been extracted because of decay or infection. If you are considering wearing dentures to restore the look and function of your smile, gain an overview of denture information before meeting with your dentist.
Types of Dentures:
If most of your teeth are in great shape but a small section of your smile is gapped or damaged, partial dentures can replace those teeth. A partial denture will also promote better dental health for the teeth still remaining in your mouth and prevent them from shifting out of place. Comparatively, a full denture is a set of false teeth that replaces all of the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw.
If your dentist informs you that design and fabrication of your dentures will require several visits over several weeks, this is a good sign. This means that your mouth and jaw will be measured and your bite carefully examined so that a set of dentures can be custom-made for your mouth.
When your dentures are ready and you first put them in your mouth, they are likely to feel strange. You may even experience mild discomfort or temporary speech impediment. Still, it is important to take your dentist’s advice and wear them as directed. Eventually, you will get used to wearing them and enjoy their full benefits. Denture adhesives can be helpful in securing your dentures for a better fit.
Just because dentures are synthetic does not mean they don’t require regular care. Your dentures and your gums still need to be brushed on a daily basis, and you should soak your dentures in a dentist-recommended denture cleanser every night.
Are you interested in a new set of dentures or need your current set adjusted? If so, Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. can help. To arrange a consultation to discuss dentures and whether they are right for you, call our Manhattan office at (212) 661-0949.
Bone resorption, or the breaking down of bone, can take place almost as soon as a tooth has been removed from your mouth. When bone resorption does occur, it may affect your candidacy for dental implants, as implants require sufficiently dense bone in order to secure their posts.
To learn more about the causes of bone resorption, check out this informational video clip. In addition to explaining what causes bone resorption, this video discusses the techniques for avoiding bone loss. Because the post of a dental implant mimics the natural tooth root, bone resorption may be halted if an implant is placed soon after tooth loss.
If you are looking for an experienced dentist who is familiar with implant dentistry, contact Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. To schedule a dental implant consultation at our Midtown Manhattan office, call (212) 661-0949.
Teeth are an interesting and integral part of the human anatomy. Chewing and digestion of food, speech, facial feature development and appearance, and even self-confidence are all influenced by the teeth and their health. Advanced tooth and gum disease can even affect vital organs, playing a role in the development and exacerbation of various chronic diseases. If you are curious to learn more about your teeth and the importance of prioritizing dental care, read on to learn more about your dental anatomy.
The Basic Tooth Structure
Most humans will have between 48 and 52 teeth in their lifetime, but no more than 32 at once. Young children generally have 20 teeth, 10 of which are found in the upper (maxilla) jaw and 10 in the lower (mandible) jaw. On each jaw sit four incisors, two canine teeth, and four molars. Once these teeth start falling out, typically between the ages of six and 10, they are replaced with permanent teeth.
The six additional teeth that develop on each jaw when the permanent teeth erupt are all molars of sorts. Four of these are premolars, which are especially helpful for chewing. The other two are called third molars, which are better known as “wisdom teeth.”
Formation of Teeth
Both primary and permanent start to develop before a baby is born, although primary teeth do not start to grow in until between six months and a year after birth.
Various factors play a role in the diverse patterns in which teeth develop. Primary and permanent teeth that never erupt are usually the result of irregularities in prenatal development. When a permanent tooth does not develop, a cosmetic dentistry professional may affix a dental implant in a patient’s jaw in place of the missing tooth. Many people are born with only a partial set of third molars or no third molars at all, a phenomenon that some professionals attribute to the evolution of dental anatomy. Dental malocclusions, characterized by poor bites or crooked teeth, are also common and can be treated with dental braces or Invisalign.
Are you looking for a Midtown Manhattan dentist who has a wealth of experience with general and cosmetic treatments? If so, call (212) 661-0949 to arrange a dental consultation with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C.
Because dental sealants can be easily applied in one appointment and offer huge benefits, their use is incredibly common. If you are looking to develop a better understanding of what dental sealants are and how they can help you, check out this educational video clip.
By watching this video, you will learn about the most common sources of cavities: deep pits and fissures along the chewing surfaces of teeth, which sealants cover in an effort to prevent decay. By blocking areas where plaque often accumulates, calculus and cavities can be prevented. While sealants can be helpful, they are neither infallible nor permanent. Occasionally, micro-leakage can occur.
Even if you have sealants applied to your teeth, it’s important to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and examinations. To arrange an appointment with an experienced Manhattan dentist, call Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. at (212) 661-0949.