Dentures – Philadelphia, PA
Custom Dental Prosthetics
to Complete Your Smile
Dentures have been around for hundreds of years, but they have improved with modern advancements. Better materials, innovative technology, and skilled dental professionals all lead to better-fitting, better-looking, and better-feeling dentures. At Dentex Dental Group, we take pride in the quality of our work, even if we have to start all over and replace lost teeth entirely. With your new dentures, you can overcome the challenges of tooth loss, so give us a call and schedule your consultation today!
Why Choose Dentex Dental Group for Dentures?
- Dental Implants Placed In-House
- Advanced Technology for More Precise Planning
- Caring, Service-Oriented Team of Dentists
Who's a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Dentures are a highly trustworthy method of tooth replacement, but are they suitable for your smile in particular? If you’re missing multiple teeth and are generally in good oral health, the answer is most likely yes. However, our team will still need to confirm that you’re a candidate for this treatment by carefully evaluating your oral health. If you’re wondering whether dentures are an ideal choice for you, don’t lose any time in reaching out to us.
Effects of Missing Teeth
Some people are tempted to try living their lives without replacing their missing teeth, but this is never a good idea. Tooth loss can put serious restrictions on what you’re able to eat; your diet will likely consist of fewer fruits and vegetables, and that can be very damaging to your overall health. Additionally, if you don’t have all your teeth, you might have trouble speaking clearly, which can hurt your social life and your career.
As such, it doesn’t matter what caused your tooth loss; you should make arrangements to see our team as soon as you can so that you can start figuring out the best way to have your grin restored. And in many cases, that means getting dentures.
What Qualifies You for Dentures?
Have you lost more than one tooth? Do you have a gum-disease-free mouth and a jaw with enough bone to support a dental prosthetic? If your answer to both of these questions is yes, you are most likely qualified to get dentures. We might also recommend them for patients who are expecting to have multiple teeth extracted due to decay.
Our team has experience working with a variety of patients, and we know exactly what to check for to confirm that dentures are a good choice for you. We’ll let you know if there are any issues that will need to be treated before you can have dentures made. Furthermore, we can go into more detail about the different kinds of dentures available (namely full, partial, and implant dentures) and explain which one is the best choice for your given situation.
Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options
No type of tooth replacement is the perfect choice for everyone. In some cases, you might find that dentures aren’t a good fit for you. Luckily, there are other options for you to consider:
- Dental bridges can be used to “bridge” a gap left by one tooth or at least two teeth in a row. The crowns at either end of the bridge will be attached to abutment teeth, allowing your new restoration to stay right where it needs to be.
- Dental implants are surgically embedded in your jaw. The right number of implants can be used to support various types of restorations to replace any number of missing teeth. You will only be able to get dental implants if you have a strong jaw that has the right level of bone density.
Types of Dentures
Although each denture is custom-made for the individual patient, there are three general types of dentures, which share some traits. All dentures have prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base, and all are used to replace multiple missing teeth.
Getting dentures doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t keep some of your natural teeth. Partial dentures allow you to hold onto some of your real teeth and completes your smile a lot like a puzzle piece. Filling in these gaps is important because your remaining teeth would otherwise shift out of alignment, changing your bite and altering your appearance. Partial dentures make sure everything stay properly aligned.
As the name suggests, full dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. Instead of using clasps like partial dentures, this type utilizes natural suction. Essentially, the acrylic base fits snugly over the gums and creates suction, keeping the dentures in place. With these prosthetic teeth, you’ll not only regain the ability to eat and speak, but you can feel more confident in yourself!
If you are looking for a more permanent solution to secure your dentures, implants are just like having real teeth. With four to six posts embedded in the jawbone, we can then attach your dentures, giving them much more strength and stability. Implant dentures also prevent jawbone deterioration, which occurs when you lose tooth roots, meaning that you can continue using your implant dentures for decades!
Benefits of Dentures
If you’ve ever gone any amount of time without dentures or with dentures that don’t fit correctly, you are already aware of the struggles that come with inadequate dentition. Without teeth, it is much more difficult to eat a nutritious diet of fruits and vegetables. In addition, speaking clearly can become a challenge. You may also feel self-conscious about how you look without teeth, causing you to hide your smile or even go out in public at all. Dentures, especially implant dentures, address all of these concerns and help you regain function and confidence in your smile. Here are some of the benefits that you can expect.
People who don’t have teeth often have difficulty accepting their tooth loss. This can have a significant impact on self-esteem and social life, as well as a higher risk of experiencing sadness and depression. By replacing missing teeth with dentures, patients are likely to experience increased confidence and self-esteem. Dentures can reduce anxieties about appearance, speech articulation, chewing ability, and more while engaging socially.
Missing teeth can make it more difficult for you to speak clearly. To pronounce and perform words, your lips are tongue need to be positioned properly. Without being able to touch your tongue to your teeth, some words are very difficult to say clearly. Dentures act as your missing teeth, therefore allowing you to enunciate more clearly while speaking. After a little bit of practice, speaking will come naturally.
Many nutritious foods are tough in texture. This includes certain vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins. When you can’t chew your food thoroughly due to tooth loss, you can experience indigestion and malnutrition. With an improved ability to chew, you can enjoy a more expansive diet full of nutritious foods. Ultimately, dentures can help the body to receive the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Preserves Oral Health
If you still have some remaining natural teeth, getting dentures can keep them from shifting around and becoming misaligned. Dentures can bear some of the weight of regular chewing, therefore reducing the wear and tear of your natural teeth.
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. When it comes to your professional life, it is crucial that you make a great first impression. Having a complete smile is certainly an advantage.
Perhaps you assume that your false teeth don’t need to be maintained because your dentures won’t get cavities, right? This may be true, but these prosthetics can wear down, and food and plaque buildup can still lead to a gum infection, which can damage your jawbone and gum tissue. As a result, taking care of your dentures is essential if you want them to last as long as possible.
Plus, if you are going to go through the trouble of replacing your missing teeth, you should want to keep your replacements looking clean and beautiful!
If you have the ability to take out your dentures, there are certain times when doing so becomes necessary to preserve them and keep plaque and bacteria to a minimum.
Remove After Eating
We strongly recommend taking your dentures out of your mouth following eating, especially after meals, and at least rinsing them off. Bits of food could get stuck underneath your dentures, and if this debris isn’t cleared away, it could not only feel uncomfortable when you chew in the future, but it could also turn into plaque, which may lead to gum disease.
Clean Your Restoration
Although your prosthetic teeth will not contract cavities, they still need to be cleaned on a daily basis. Your dentures should be brushed and flossed to make sure the teeth are pristine, and you should also gently brush the inside of the dentures to prevent calcium buildup.
At least every other day, if not every day, you should use a denture cleanser so your teeth smell fresh and stay pristine.
Keep Your Dentures Safe
Some patients who wear dentures get a false sense of security and think they can suddenly eat things they never could or should. For instance, your dentures are not meant to chew ice, pencils, or pens. Doing so can damage the prosthetic and probably won’t feel good. You’ll preserve your dentures better in the long run if you chew only on safe foods.
Remove Dentures When You Sleep
While you sleep is the perfect time to give your gums a break and soak your dentures in water or cleanser. Your mouth produces less saliva at night, which means oral bacteria tend to spread more easily. In addition, dentures need to stay moist, so putting them in a glass of water can keep them hydrated when you go to bed.
Over time, your dentures will start to fit differently than they did when you first got them because your jawbone is slowly changing below the gums. As a result, your prosthetic teeth may not be as secure as they once were. Pay attention to the changes in fit and tell us about your observations. Every year or so, we may need to make adjustments to keep your dentures feeling stable and strong.
Unlike the kinds of dentures that are easily removed, All-on-4 dentures are fixed into place. As a result, you shouldn’t run into the problem of getting bits of food underneath your prosthetics, and maintaining them looks a lot like maintaining regular teeth. Brushing twice and flossing once daily should help keep your replacement teeth and your gums in excellent shape. Also, regular appointments with our team makes sure that we catch any issue as early as possible.
For people who are missing quite a few teeth, dentures can be an opportunity to replace all of them with a single prosthetic. If that’s piqued your interest, you may have a few questions about what getting dentures will entail and what you can expect from the final product.
We’ll be happy to talk you through that when we meet you in person, but if you want a little bit more information before you make it to our office, here are a few things you may want to know.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
The dentures you get from us will be incredibly comfortable, so much so that you may wonder if it’s possible to sleep with them in. This is a common mistake.
We usually recommend that you only wear your dentures all night for the first 24 hours of having them, but after that, it’s usually necessary to take them out while you sleep. This gives your gums a chance to rest and allows you to soak your prosthetic in a cleaning solution.
If you make a habit of leaving your dentures in overnight, you’re likely to wind up with more sore spots than you’d like and bacterial growth under your prosthetic.
What is the Average Age for Dentures?
The National Center for Health Statistics found that around 66% of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 are missing at least one tooth, compared to only 33% of adults 20-39. Tooth loss is a bigger concern for older people, which is why the American Dental Association found that nearly 57% of people ages 65-74 wear a denture. This has given dentures a reputation for being associated with seniors.
That said, people can lose teeth at any age, and for all kinds of reasons. Our dentures look realistic and can be extremely powerful, so you shouldn’t be shy about getting a prosthetic no matter how old you are.
Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?
Talking properly is remarkably complicated, involving a complex interplay between the teeth, lips, and tongue. As a result, putting in dentures could make it a little bit difficult to speak at first. Patients sometimes say they wind up with something like a lisp after getting their new prosthetic.
That said, all you need to do is to work through the issue, learning to speak normally again. Try reading aloud, speaking slowly, and practicing talking with someone you trust. The more you do it, the less your dentures will impact your speech in the long run.
Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?
Your teeth do more than just smile and chew; they also support the facial muscles, making your cheeks look full. Without them, it’s common for your cheeks to look hollow and sunken, which can make you look a bit older.
Getting dentures will provide these facial muscles some much-needed support, making your face look full and youthful again.