Dentures and Partials in Middletown, NJ

Losing multiple teeth takes a toll on your confidence, oral health, nutrition, and your overall quality of life. Eating the foods you love becomes a challenge, and even chatting with your friends can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance.

This often affects your personal and professional relationships, and your situation can start to feel hopeless. Some patients even experience depression — but it doesn't have to be this way.

Your team at Middletown Dental wants you to know there is hope for your smile. There are plenty of excellent tooth replacement solutions available today, including removable full and partial dentures and implant-retained dentures.

Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Right for Me?

If you are living with multiple missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to find out the options for reclaiming your smile. Dr. Sukumar would be happy to review the possibilities with you during a dentures consultation at our Middletown, NJ dental office. He will discuss your needs and goals for your smile with you and help you select the treatment that will best suit your lifestyle and budget.

Give us a call today to learn more and schedule your consultation!

What Full Dentures in Middletown, NJ Do for Your Smile

older couple smiling and hugging in kitchenA removable full or complete denture is an appliance that is designed to restore an entire arch of teeth—upper, lower, or both. Your dentist would recommend a partial denture if you have most of your natural teeth remaining. The partial is designed to fit in and among the existing teeth to complete your smile.

Full and partial dentures are affordable tooth replacements that offer several benefits:

  • Restore function
  • Fill out your facial features
  • Restore your confidence in your appearance

If you are living with tooth loss and considering dentures for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. Please don't hesitate to call our Middletown, NJ dental office for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment to discuss your individual needs.

Modern Dentures Look Realistic

If you are concerned that dentures will subject you to a lifetime of living with fake-looking teeth, we’ve got great news. Middletown dentists like Dr. Sukumar are more aware than ever how crucial it is for replacement teeth to look as realistic as possible.

Using modern, aesthetic materials, we can customize full dentures that look natural and enhance your appearance rather than detracting from it. We will work closely with you every step of the way to customize dentures that complement your facial structure, skin tone, and even hair and eye color.

We will carefully craft your dentures to conform closely to the unique contours of your jaw to create a snug, customized fit. Removable dentures are held in place by natural suction and dental adhesives and can be taken out at night for cleaning and soaking.

Getting Used to Wearing Full Dentures

Everyone experiences a steep learning curve when they first get their removable full dentures. While modern dentistry can create dentures that look more natural than ever before, they are still a prosthetic that will take some getting used to. In the beginning, start with a soft diet while you get used to eating with your dentures in. Practice reading out loud so you can get used to speaking clearly. Be patient with yourself and know that, after a short adjustment period, you will soon be enjoying all the benefits of a full set of beautiful replacement teeth. 

You should clean your dentures at least once a day with a soft brush and denture cleaner or mild soap. Plaque forms on dentures just as it does your natural teeth, so keeping them clean is necessary for maintaining dental health. Be sure to soak your dentures when they’re not in your mouth.

Why Your Dentist Recommends Partial Dentures

image of dentures and partialsIf you are missing one or multiple teeth but still have most of your remaining teeth, a partial denture is an ideal solution. It is a removable appliance that uses your remaining teeth as anchors for metal clasps.

Artificial teeth are attached to a metal or acrylic base and are customized to sit in the open spaces left by missing teeth. We customize partials at our Middletown, NJ dental office to complete your smile and provide a natural look that complements your face.

When a Partial Is a Better Choice Than a Bridge

If you are missing one or two teeth in the same spot in your mouth, you can choose a partial denture or a dental bridge to fill the space. While a bridge provides more stability, it requires healthy adjacent teeth to anchor it in place. If these anchor teeth aren’t strong enough, or you want a fast, affordable solution, a partial denture may be a better choice for you.

During your dentures consultation, Dr. Sukumar will review your dental needs and make recommendations as to whether a partial or bridge is the right choice for your needs.

Implant-Retained Dentures in Middletown, NJ

Removable full and partial dentures have been a mainstay of dentistry for generations and continue to be a dependable tooth replacement. However, most people desire a more stable solution than removable dentures that slip and shift unpredictably and at the most awkward moments. Lower dentures that cover less surface area than uppers are particularly prone to unexpected movement.

Dentistry has responded to this need with dental implants and implant-retained dentures. Implant retained dentures are the ultimate solution for full tooth loss, whether you are missing all teeth in the upper arch, lower arch, or both.

How Implant-Retained Dentures Work

An implant is a dental prosthetic that uses a titanium replacement post in place of the lost tooth root. Over several months, the titanium post heals and integrates securely with your jawbone and the tissue that surrounds it.

With implant-retained dentures, our periodontist Dr. Robert Conti places as few as four implants along your jawbone during a procedure at Middletown, NJ dental office. Dr. Sukumar then custom crafts your full denture with attachments that snap onto the implants. You cannot remove them at home, but your dentist can remove them when needed.

The result that we can achieve with implant-retained dentures is a beautiful, complete smile and dentures that are every bit as stable as natural teeth. Now you can feel free to bite into a crisp apple or enjoy a juicy steak, knowing that your dentures will stay securely in place.

graphic of implant retained denturesThe Many Benefits of Implant-Retained Dentures

With implant-retained dentures, you can avoid all the common problems associated with removable full dentures. You can go out and enjoy a meal with friends, knowing that your dentures won’t unexpectedly shift or fall out when you eat, laugh, or sneeze.

Implant-retained dentures also provide the added benefit of preventing jawbone loss that can give your face a sunken or aged appearance. When cared for properly, your dental implant can last a lifetime. While you will need to periodically have your dentures remade, the dental implant will stay securely in place.

Would you like to learn more about implant-retained dentures available at our Middletown, NJ dental office? Please call us at (732) 495-4444, and we will be happy to schedule a convenient appointment to discuss your needs.