A dental plate is a partial denture that allows you to replace several missing teeth with one dental device. You need some type of denture plate so you can speak and chew properly. Replacing your missing teeth also gives you back your confidence in social settings, as you can smile naturally again. CitiDental in Queens provides a number of dental plate options. Contact our dental center today to learn if you’re a candidate.

If you’re like many New Yorkers, you wait until tooth pain has become unbearable before you visit your dentist. CitiDental — in fact, any restorative dentistry practice — encourages you to care for your dental health by letting a dentist check your teeth twice a year. When you get your teeth cleaned, your dentist catches any small problems before they turn into conditions that threaten the viability of your teeth.

Your dentist in Queens strives to save your teeth whenever possible. When you’re missing teeth, your remaining teeth may shift out of alignment, which impacts your speech, bite and smile. By offering a number of artificial teeth options that essentially replace your natural teeth, the dentists in Queens at CitiDental can take care of you with a:

Different Dental Plates

Not all dental plates are created for the same purpose. In fact, there are five types of bridges or denture plates. Since it helps to know your options, the five types are defined as:

  1. Dental plate or bridge. This removable dental device fits in your mouth. It includes a false tooth or teeth, essentially replacing your missing teeth when it’s in place. No one can tell which is your false tooth. To secure the bridge in your mouth, your Queens dentist may have to fortify the adjacent teeth with crowns.
  2. Bridgework holds your false teeth in place more permanently. Your artificial teeth can be:
    • Attached to neighboring crowns as part of a traditional dental bridge that’s removable
    • Connected to only one supporting tooth instead of two, the cantilever bridge can only support one false tooth
    • Anchored to a porcelain or metal framework called a Maryland bridge that’s cemented to adjacent teeth; while not removable, it’s as strong as the frame it’s attached to
    • Held in place by two dental implants, making it perfect for replacing a whole row of missing teeth; these implant-supported bridges are not removable
  3. Partial dental plate. This removable denture plate slides into place perfectly when created by a dental expert. Like dentures, you have to use adhesive to hold the plastic base. Proper care includes cleaning and soaking it every night.
  4. Dental stay plate. This temporary partial denture is recommended if you’re recovering from a tooth extraction or another dental procedure. Your dental stay plate allows you speak properly and chew normally while you wait for your permanent appliance.
  5. Front tooth plate. Called a flipper tooth, a front tooth plate replaces one or several of your front teeth. The front tooth plate is like a retainer that also includes the false teeth. It’s removable since you have to take it out to clean it every day.

Who Requires a Dental Plate?

Not everyone needs a dental plate, a partial dental plate or a front tooth plate. And of course, you may not qualify for this particular missing tooth treatment. Your CitiDental family dentistry team reviews your options when you come in for an examination or evaluation. Then the two of you can discuss the best choice, including deciding between an implant and a bridge.

You’ll learn that denture plates have advantages and disadvantages. If your mouth is healthy apart from the missing teeth, you’re a good candidate for one. It’s also a more affordable option.

Once you’ve settled on getting a dental plate, the actual device is custom-made for you. Which type of plate you end up with depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Where in your mouth your missing teeth are located
  • How many teeth you’re missing
  • Whether you’re experiencing any other dental problems

Dental Plate Maintenance

Caring for your removable device, regardless which type you have, is similar to caring for dentures. You take it out every night to brush, clean and rinse it. Without this maintenance, bacteria, plaque and germs can build up on the device, just as it can on your natural teeth. To properly clean your plate:

  • Use a soft brush or those made specially for denture plates.
  • Brush your teeth and gums after removing your plate.
  • Always run your plate under warm water to rinse thoroughly before putting it back in your mouth.
  • Soak your plate overnight in solution every night.
  • Handle your plate carefully; make sure you’re over a towel or sink when you remove it or put it back in.

Contact CitiDental if you want to learn more about dental plates, front tooth plates, partial dental plates or denture plates. It’s a painless way to restore your smile.