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If you’re about to enhance your smile and improve your oral health with dentures in Garden City, New York, then our dental team wants to tell you about the appliance so you know more about the treatment. To give you the information you need, we have provided the answers to the following frequently asked questions about dentures:

Q: What are the differences between complete and partial dentures?

A: Complete dentures replace all of your missing teeth while partial dentures only replace a few missing teeth in a specific area of the mouth. Complete dentures are suctioned to the roof of the mouth while partial dentures are clasped to the two neighboring teeth.

Q: How are dentures made?

A: Your dentist will make a series of impressions of your jaw. Then, he will create a mold that replicates the exact shape and position of your soon-to-be-made denture. You will try the mold on and will make any adjustments necessary. Next, he will cast a final denture and you will make sure it fits perfectly in your mouth.

Q: How will dentures feel?

A: Your dentures might feel a little uncomfortable, odd, or loose for a few weeks. However, they will start to feel natural once your cheek muscles and tongue learn how to keep the appliance in place. You might also experience an increase in saliva flow. This is normal.

Q: What is denture adhesive?

A: Denture adhesive is a product that is placed over the denture to help keep it in place. It can come in the form of a paste, powder, or pad.

Q: Are dentures worn 24 hours a day?

A: Your dentist will give you a recommendation on the number of hours you should wear your dentures. In the beginning, you might be instructed to wear them 24/7, even while you sleep, but as time passes, you might only need to wear them during the day.

Call Designer Smiles Dentistry today at 516-280-4020 if you would like to learn more or if you have additional questions. Dr. Wayne W. Hsieh and our dental team care about you and your smile, and we’re happy to help you in any way we can!