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By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
February 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.

Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.

Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.

If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.

Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.

Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.

Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.

This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.

If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”

By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
May 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Is your smile missing teeth? Dentures are appliances that are custom made to replace a patient's missing teeth and restore the denturesappearance and oral functions that were lost. Dr. Karen Lawitts and Dr. Nancy Yeates in Syracuse, NY, can help you decide whether dentures are right for you.

1. You Have Missing Teeth

If you have missing teeth, a denture can restore your smile. A complete denture is suitable for those who have lost most or all of their natural teeth. Candidates for partial dentures have some natural teeth remaining.

2. You Want to Look Better

Looking one's best is a definite advantage in today's world. A growing number of adults are getting dentures to improve their appearance. Today's dentures look and feel natural. They are an attractive replacement for missing teeth.

3. You Have Eating Problems

Difficulty chewing can be frustrating and even painful. If you have lost some or all of your teeth, it can keep you from enjoying the foods you love. Denture treatment is a great way to restore chewing function. A denture will give you the ability to eat with comfort and confidence.

4. You Have Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem results from a poor self-image, which can lead to depression. How you feel about yourself also affects your confidence and relationships. A denture will give you your smile back and help you feel better about yourself. With a denture you will feel more confident when you speak, eat and smile.

5. You Want to Look Younger

A denture will improve your appearance and make you look years younger. Missing teeth can cause your face to to take on a sunken appearance, but a denture can reverse that by giving your cheeks shape and definition. If you are considering dentures, talk with your Syracuse dentist to see if they are right for you.

Life always offers another chance to get back on track. It's called today. Don't wait another minute. Call us at (315) 492-8138 today to schedule an appointment in Syracuse, NY. You can trust us to give you the beautiful smile you deserve!

By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
September 23, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

After a long struggle with dental disease, you have finally lost the last of your remaining teeth.  Like over a quarter of Americans in their 60s and 70s, this unfortunate development can have a profound impact on your health and self-image.

While there are a number of advanced methods for replacing lost teeth, there's one tried and true option that's centuries old — the removable denture. It's the option millions of people have chosen to lessen the impact of missing teeth.

Fashioned properly, removable dentures restore the form and function you once had with your natural teeth. The prosthetic (false) teeth are precisely placed in an acrylic, gum-colored base that closely follows the contours of your gums. Because they're removable, they're fairly easy to clean and maintain.

They do have a disadvantage, though, and it's related to bone health after tooth loss. Like other living tissues, bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new cells form to take their place. The forces your teeth generate when you chew stimulate new bone growth. But without teeth to provide this stimulation, new bone won't keep up the pace of replacement at a healthy rate. As a result you may gradually lose bone, as much as a quarter of its normal width within a year of losing a tooth.

Dentures don't transmit any stimulation to the gum and bone from chewing. Furthermore, the compressive forces transmitted to the gum and underlying bone tissue contributes to bone loss. As the bone continues to diminish, your denture fit becomes looser to the point you will eventually need them relined with new acrylic material or have a new set made.

There is another alternative when patients loose all of their teeth: an implant-supported removable denture. Dental implants can be used to keep the dentures more secure and can also slow or even halt bone loss where the implants are placed. In this case we strategically place a few implants to serve as supports for a removable denture. The denture has connection points that join up with the implants to hold it more securely in place. As few as two implants are needed in the lower jaw, while the upper jaw does better with three or four implants.

Losing all your teeth can be traumatic, but there are effective ways to overcome it. With new technology, the traditional restoration of removable dentures may be the vehicle for achieving that.

If you would like more information on restoring missing teeth with dentures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Drs Lawitts and Yeates
September 06, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Are you considering dentures but aren't sure which type is the best choice for you? Drs. Karen Lawitts and Nancy Yeates, your Syracuse, denturesNY, dentists, share some information that will help you make a decision.

Full dentures

Full dentures are often recommended if you need to replace both your upper and lower teeth. These dentures rest against your gums and the roof of your mouth and improve your ability to chew, bite and speak normally. Since your mouth continues to change after your remaining teeth are extracted, your dentures will probably need to be adjusted or relined occasionally to ensure a good fit.

Immediate dentures

When you choose immediate dentures, you won't need to wait for your mouth to heal before you receive your new teeth. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth as soon as your teeth are removed. The fit of the dentures must be adjusted after three or four months, due to the normal changes that occur in your gums and mouth after tooth extraction.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when you've lost multiple teeth but don't need a full denture. They feature small hooks that attach to the teeth on either side of the gap.


Overdentures fit over tooth fragments. In some cases, teeth break but the roots remain in good condition. When the fragments are left in place, they reduce jawbone shrinkage that occurs after tooth loss and provide a strong base for your dentures.

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants and offer a more comfortable fit than traditional dentures. Both removable and permanent implant-supported dentures are available. Dental implants look like small screws and are used to replace tooth roots. They're placed in an opening in your jaw and soon bond to the surrounding bone. Once bonding occurs, dentures are attached to the screws. In most cases, you only need two to four implants to support an upper or lower denture.

Drs. Karen Lawitts and Nancy Yeates, your Syracuse, NY, dentists, are eager to answer your questions about dentures. Call them at (315) 492-8138 to schedule an appointment. Restore your smile with dentures!

By Dr. Karen Lawitts and Dr. Nancy Yeates
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Find out if dentures could be the restoration to get you back your smile.

While losing a tooth can be stressful, losing all of your teeth can be one of the hardest things to happen to your smile. Before you feel defeated, know that your Syracuse, NY dentists, Dr. Karen Lawitts and Dr. Nancy Yeates, are here to help give you a new smile, no Denturesmatter your budget. Find out more about dentures and if they could be the best option for replacing your missing teeth.

What kinds of dentures are available?

Dentures are designed to replace all or most of your teeth. Those that are used to replace all of your teeth are called complete dentures and rest on the gums.

Dentures that only replace some of your teeth are known as partial dentures. They too will rest above the jawbone on the gums. Some partial dentures may have attachments to hold them in place, while denture adhesive is often recommended for holding complete dentures.

You can also opt for implant-supported dentures. With this option, your Syracuse, NY general dentist will place several implants into the jawbone to stabilize and support a full or partial set of dentures.

Are dentures the best choice for me?

If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth due to injury, decay, or gum disease then you could be a likely candidate for dentures. One reason they are so popular is that they are the least expensive tooth replacement option. So no matter your budget, dentures may work with what you can pay.

Also, instead of opting for implants--which can take up to a year or more to complete--you can get dentures in only a couple of visits. The speed and price tag that comes with getting dentures is one of the major reasons many people choose them.

If you decide you want implant-supported dentures we will also need to make sure that you have enough healthy jawbone left to support your implants. You should also have good general and oral health and be free of disease. Those with suppressed immune system or uncontrolled health issues may not be right for implants.

Want to learn more about dentures and how they can help you? We would be happy to sit down and talk to you about this restoration when you schedule a consultation with us. Turn to our Syracuse, NY dental team for all of your restorative, general, and cosmetic needs.

Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Karen Lawitts

Dr. Nancy Yeates

Dr. Nancy Yeates

Dr. Lawitts was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science and D.D.S degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Nancy Yeates graduated from Canisius College with a B.A. in Biology. She then attended Georgetown University School of Dentistry.
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