Many New Yorkers improve their smiles with cosmetic dentistry. But cosmetic dentistry doesn’t just concern itself with straight, white teeth. Dr. John Koutsoyiannis at Sohosmile also fixes dental problems and improves functionality. By blending the focus of cosmetic dentistry with the practice of family dentistry, the dentists at the boutique dental practice at Sohosmile can solve all your oral health issues for you and your family.
One way to accomplish this is to provide dentures for you or your parents. Full sets of dentures are customized to fit the gums and provide a beautiful, realistic smile. Affordable dentures are an option for those with very few or no natural teeth.
Other Denture Options
Partial dentures, on the other hand, are suited for those who may have lost a few teeth due to injury, damage or periodontal disease. These appliances fill in where teeth are missing. Partial dentures are stationary and attach to your natural teeth. They differ from dental bridges in significant ways; most notably, a bridge is not removable while partial dentures are.
Maintaining the proper alignment of your existing teeth keeps your smile perfect and maintains your bite. Dental implants replace your teeth with posts that are secured in your jawbone. Getting an implant requires dental surgery, but it’s a permanent option that helps maintain your smile and fill in gaps. Full mouth dental implants also are available.
The Benefits of a Healthy Smile
A smile is one of your most important features. Missing teeth can cause your facial muscles to sag, giving you the appearance of being much older. Benefits of affordable dentures include:
- Looking younger
- Feeling more confident
- Eating with greater comfort
- Speaking with more confidence
- Experiencing an increase in health and well-being
When you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth may move into the empty space, which disrupts your normal bite. That makes it more difficult to chew. In addition, without the tooth’s root in your jawbone, that portion of the bone begins to break down.
The Procedure for Dental Dentures
Dr. John and the highly skilled dental team at Sohosmile work with you to determine the best option for replacing your teeth. Whether you and your dentist choose a full set of dentures, partial dentures or denture implants determines your treatment plan. To prepare, your dentist may need to:
- Remove damaged teeth
- Set the posts for denture implants into your jawbone
- Fit your new dental appliance
- Readjust your dentures as necessary
You may experience mild to moderate discomfort while recovering from a tooth extraction or the first surgical step for denture implants. Pain and mild swelling are the most common symptoms. A diet of soft foods reduces your healing time and risk of potential complications.
While adjusting to your new appliances, you may notice an increase in saliva production, mild muscle soreness in your cheeks and mild discomfort. These issues typically disappear in one to two weeks, but allow your cosmetic dentist in Manhattan to monitor your issues during this adjustment phase.
How to Care for Your New Smile
Proper care of your dentures ensures fresh breath and a healthy mouth. Your care plan should include:
- Daily cleaning with a cleanser made specifically for dentures
- Removing any food or debris
- Cleaning your gums, roof of your mouth and other soft tissue in your mouth
- Keeping removable dentures in water or cleaning solution when not in use
- Keeping up with denture repair as needed
Removable dentures sometimes require an adhesive to eliminate movement and provide a tight seal. When your dentures are secure, you can talk and chew freely and confidently. You can eat most anything you want without the risk of seeds or food particles becoming lodged beneath the appliance. These adhesives come in paste and powder form and are easy to apply.
A Welcoming Environment
In the friendly Sohosmile office, you can relax, knowing your health and well-being are in capable hands. Modern furnishings and state-of-the-art technology are designed with your comfort in mind. And the staff does everything possible to maintain a tranquil environment.
Sohosmile is conveniently located on 206 Spring Street in Manhattan. Since 2008, we’ve served patients from Tribeca, the Financial District, SoHo, Greenwich Village, Hudson Square, West Village, South Village, NoHo, Nolita and Battery Park City.