When you lose many or all of your teeth, one of the most effective solutions is to wear dentures. If you're facing multiple extractions or already have missing teeth, experienced dentist Pallavi Batra, DMD, at Advanced Dentistry of Center City in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, can help. Dr. Batra and her team provide custom-made partial and complete dentures so you can eat and talk normally again. For expert denture fitting, call Advanced Dentistry of Center City or book an appointment online today.
Dentures are replacements for lost teeth and surrounding tissues. They closely resemble your natural teeth and may even improve the appearance of your smile.
There are two types of dentures:
Complete or full dentures replace all your teeth. Conventional full dentures require 4-6 weeks after the tooth extraction procedure to enable the gum tissue to heal. Alternatively, you can have immediate dentures that your provider prepares in advance and fits straight away.
With immediate dentures, you don't have to spend any time without teeth, but they do require adjustment after the gum tissues heal and shrink.
The Advanced Dentistry of Center City team uses partial dentures when some of your natural teeth remain. A partial denture fills in the gaps where you have missing teeth and prevents your other teeth from shifting out of alignment.
Dentures are durable and last for years, but after a long period of use they may eventually require adjustment, repair, or replacement.
You might need dentures if you lose all or some of your teeth. Tooth extractions are generally the last resort, as retaining your natural teeth is preferable. However, extraction is sometimes unavoidable.
Following tooth extraction, you need to undergo further procedures to replace the tooth that's missing. If you only have a few teeth missing, you might want to consider dental implants, but if you have multiple missing teeth or don't wish to have implants, dentures are a good choice.
Denture fitting requires that you attend several appointments at Advanced Dentistry of Center City, usually over several weeks. Your provider takes highly accurate impressions (molds) of your mouth and detailed measurements, which they use to create your custom denture.
Most patients need to attend several "try-in" appointments, where you wear the dentures so your provider can check the shape, color, and fit. At your last fitting, your provider makes some final, precise adjustments to ensure a natural and comfortable fit.
When you first wear dentures, it's normal to experience some soreness, increased saliva flow, and speech and chewing difficulties. These problems should go away as your muscles and tissues get used to your new dentures.
Your provider at Advanced Dentistry of Center City gives you detailed care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of the dentures, good all-around oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist ensure your dentures last a long time and remain in good condition.
Find out more about dentures and whether they're the right choice for you by calling Advanced Dentistry of Center City, or book an appointment online today.