Dentures in Whitehouse Station, NJ

Reclaim Your Smile with Affordable Dentures

At Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station, our mission is to bring back your smile with affordable dentures that look and feel natural. Whether you’ve lost all your teeth or just a few, our dentures, tailored to replicate your original smile, offer a discreet and effective solution. Led by Dr. Thomas Gulino, our dedicated dental team provides comprehensive care, from routine dental cleanings to emergency dental services, ensuring your oral health is in good hands.

Ready to rediscover the joy of a confident smile? Call us at (908) 534-4001 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gulino at Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station near Tewksbury. Your journey to a restored and radiant smile begins here. 

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth and restore oral function, aesthetics, and confidence in individuals who have experienced tooth loss. These removable appliances are custom-made to fit the unique contours of a patient’s mouth, providing a natural-looking and functional solution for those with partial or complete edentulism (loss of all natural teeth).

patient holding a denture model

Types of Dentures

While getting dentures for the first time can seem to be a complicated and lengthy process, when you come to us at Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station, you have an experienced team of dentists with you the entire time. Depending on the state of your teeth, there are two different types of dentures we will recommend, either full or partial, removable or fixed.

Full Dentures 

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are prosthetic devices designed to replace an entire set of upper or lower teeth. They serve as a comprehensive solution for individuals facing complete tooth loss. If you decide to get full dentures, Dr. Gulino will provide you with options for the type of full dentures. 

  • Removable full dentures are held in place by suction or dental adhesive. They’re typically removed twice a day for cleaning, allowing for easy maintenance and hygiene. 
  • Full-fixed dentures are held securely in place by dental implants. This option involves minor dental surgery to anchor the dentures, providing a stable and permanent solution for tooth replacement.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures, a versatile option for individuals with some natural teeth remaining, fill gaps created by missing teeth, offering a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution. These prosthetics are less invasive than full dentures, making them ideal for those missing only one or a few teeth. They’re also referred to as removable partial bridges, they fit around existing natural teeth, filling in the gaps where needed.

The Denture Process at our Whitehouse Station Office

Millions of people wear dentures every day to help them eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dentures are not something to be afraid of, but something to be excited about. Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station wants you to be comfortable with the experience from start to finish. Here is what you can expect in a dental placement procedure with us:

Initial Consultation and Assessment

The journey to obtaining personalized dentures begins with a thorough initial consultation with Dr. Gulino. During this phase, patients discuss their dental history, concerns, and desired outcomes. A comprehensive assessment of oral health, including X-rays and impressions, provides essential information for the next steps.

Tooth Removal and Impressions

The process begins with tooth removal, which is necessary for both full and occasionally partial dentures. After the teeth are extracted, and your gums have healed, impressions are taken, and wax rims are placed in your mouth to establish a proper bite. These precise impressions and molds of your oral structures ensure the dentures, crafted using advanced techniques and materials by Dr. Gulino, fit securely and comfortably, laying the foundation for a custom-fit prosthetic.

Customization Options

Following tooth removal and the healing process, the next step involves selecting the shape, size, and shade of the teeth for the dentures. Before starting the customization, patients always have the option to undergo professional dental whitening if they desire a whiter smile. 

This customization process extends further, offering patients the opportunity to choose from a variety of materials, colors, and shapes for their dentures. Dr. Gulino collaborates closely with individuals, ensuring the dentures not only restore function but also blend with the natural features of their smile. We’ll send this information to the dental lab to make your dentures.

Fitting Appointments and Adjustments

Once the dental lab processes your impressions and creates the premade denture teeth, they will be sent back to our dental office for the final denture fitting. During fitting appointments, Dr. Gulino assesses the initial prototypes, making necessary adjustments for optimal comfort and functionality. This iterative process ensures the final dentures meet the highest standards and align with each patient’s unique oral anatomy before sending you on your way with a brand-new smile!

Denture Care and Maintenance

Ensuring the longevity and optimal performance of your dentures requires a commitment to proper care and maintenance. By incorporating simple yet effective routines into your daily oral care regimen, you can preserve the quality and functionality of your dentures for years to come.

  • Daily Cleaning Routines: Proper care is crucial for maintaining the longevity and hygiene of dentures. Brush dentures with a soft-bristle brush using denture cleaner or mild soap. Soak them overnight in a denture-cleaning solution or water. Rinse thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
  • Storage Guidelines: Storing dentures correctly when not in use is essential to prevent damage. Dr. Gulino advises on proper storage techniques, such as placing dentures in a designated soaking solution or water to keep them moist and maintain their shape. Avoid letting them dry out, as this can cause warping.
  • Periodic Check-ups and Adjustments: Regular check-ups with Dr. Gulino are scheduled to monitor the condition of the dentures and address any changes in oral health. Adjustments, if necessary, are made to ensure continued comfort and functionality, reflecting the commitment to ongoing patient care.
  • Tips for Maximizing Denture Lifespan: Patients receive valuable tips for maximizing the lifespan of their dentures, including avoiding abrasive cleaning materials, handling dentures with care to avoid breakage, and seeking prompt professional assistance for any changes in fit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dentures last?

The longevity of your dentures depends on several factors including the design and type of dentures you choose. On average, with proper care and maintenance, your full or partial dentures will last for about seven to 10 years before needing replacement due to normal wear and tear. 

Are dentures considered cosmetic or restorative?

Dentures are a restorative treatment that can also be considered cosmetic. The main goal of dentures is to restore and improve oral health and chewing function. Cosmetically, your dentures can give you a natural-looking smile.

How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?

The adjustment period varies from person to person. Some people adapt quickly, while others may take a few weeks to feel completely comfortable with their dentures.

Can I eat and chew normally with dentures?

Yes, with proper fitting and adjustment, dentures should allow you to eat a variety of foods. However, it’s recommended to start with softer foods to start and gradually reintroduce harder items.

Ready for A Healthy, Complete Smile With Dentures? Talk With Us!

You don’t have to live with an incomplete smile any longer. Our dentures can give you the complete smile you’ve been looking for. If you live in the Tewksbury, Whitehouse Station, or Lebanon, NJ area and are interested in learning what type of dentures are right for you, give Lasting Smiles of Whitehouse Station a call at (908) 534-4001 to schedule a free consultation today.

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