Your teeth play numerous critical roles. They bite and chew food. They control the airflow as you speak, helping you to form certain words and sounds. They also provide you with a beautiful, confident smile. Tooth loss affects all of these functions. At National Dental Melville, we can help to restore the functions of your teeth with complete and partial dentures.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

One of the most common causes of tooth loss is gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Oral bacteria and plaque irritate your gum tissue, which causes it to pull away from your teeth. This creates pockets into which bacteria fall. From there, the bacteria attack your jawbone and periodontal ligaments. Your gums recede, your teeth become loose, and they eventually fall out.

Other causes of tooth loss include:

  • Facial trauma – car accidents, falls, sports injuries.
  • Bruxism – grinding and clenching your teeth.
  • Poor oral hygiene – leads to gum disease.
  • Smoking – contributes to gum disease.

What are Dentures?

Dentures have been used for a few hundred years to replace missing teeth, although the dentures that are available today are nothing like their original counterparts. Thanks to technological developments, dentures today are significantly different than what they were even just a few decades ago. Today’s dentures are designed to be more natural looking and more comfortable.

These removable restorations consist of false teeth, which are typically made out of acrylic resin, set into a hard, acrylic base. The base is finished to match the color of your natural gum tissue. Dentures are supported by your gums, held in place by suction. Denture adhesives may be used, but are not always necessary. They are designed to be taken out each night for cleaning and left out so your gums can rest.


Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, are made to replace all the teeth missing from either your top jaw, bottom jaw, or both. If you have any teeth remaining in your mouth that are unhealthy, they will need to be extracted before you can get your complete dentures. Once the teeth are removed, the process to create your dentures will begin (unless you are getting same day dentures). This process involves taking impressions, followed by designing and fabricating your dentures.


Partial dentures are designed to replace sections of missing teeth, keeping your healthy teeth intact. Partial dentures are of a similar design to complete dentures. They are removable and are easily supported by your gums. Partial dentures have metal clasps as well, which hook on to your healthy teeth. This provides them with a bit of extra stability.

How Do You Care for Dentures?

Dentures do require a bit of extra work. They need to be removed every night for a thorough cleaning. They should
posterarrow be brushed with a soft bristled brush and denture paste (or soap and water). Avoid using toothpaste, as it contains abrasives that can leave microscopic scratches on your dentures. Rinse them off and let them soak overnight in denture solution. Don’t forget to brush your gums (and any remaining teeth) with a soft bristled brush, along with your other oral tissues. In the morning, brush again, rinse your dentures and set them back in place


There are several benefits of dentures:

  • Your abilities to eat and speak are restored.
  • Your smile, and your confidence are restored.
  • With your teeth restored, your lips and cheeks are filled out, helping to take years off of your appearance.
  • Restoring your missing teeth can greatly increase the quality of your life. Call National Dental Melville today at (631) 816-2277 to find out if dentures are right for you.