It can be both difficult and embarrassing to live with missing teeth.
Dentures replace your missing teeth, restoring your smile and making it easier to eat and speak clearly.
Drs. Ayesha Sultan and Brianna Yang in Philadelphia, PA, can provide you with dentures that can vastly improve your quality of life.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a removable restoration containing most of or a full arch of teeth. You can get dentures to replace a full or partial dental arch, depending on your needs.
If you're missing an entire arch of teeth in either your upper or lower jaw, a full denture can restore them. However, if you have any remaining teeth affected by decay or other issues, they must be removed first.
A full denture is a gum-colored acrylic arch with replacement teeth. The arch fits over your gums and seals into place with the help of your saliva or an adhesive.
A full upper denture has a base that covers the roof of your mouth, whereas a full lower denture allows space for your tongue and is shaped like a horseshoe.
If you have sufficient bone tissue in your jaw, you can choose dental implants to anchor your denture directly to the jaw, providing you with a more secure fit.
Partial dentures may be the best option if you have multiple areas of tooth loss but some healthy natural teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw.
If you have any remaining teeth affected by damage or decay, they must be restored before you can receive a partial denture.
A partial denture is a gum-colored base holding your replacement teeth. There may also be a metal framework that helps secure the denture in your mouth.
If you only have one to three missing teeth in a row, our dentists may recommend a crown or bridge instead. Both of these kinds of restorations can be supported with implants.
Let Drs. Ayesha Sultan and Brianna Yang of Elegance in Dentistry help you decide if dentures are a good fit for you. Even if they're not, our dental practice can figure out what you need to restore your smile!
Contact us at our comfortable Philadelphia, PA, office to schedule an appointment today! Fill out our online contact form or call us at:
"Will Definitely Recommend to Others." 5-Star Reviews
I will forever be pleased with my services starting from the receptionist all the way to the hygienist. The employees are ALWAYS professional, warm and welcoming ♥️♥️♥️View on Google
I cannot speak highly enough about the professionalism and curiosity displayed at Elegance. I'm very satisfied and will definitely recommend to others.View on Google
How Are Dentures Placed? Learn what you can expect about the denture placement process at our Philadelphia, PA, dental practice.
Your dentist will make any adjustments to your dentures if needed.
Keep in mind that your restoration may feel strange for a few weeks as you get used to it. During this time, practice speaking and chewing small pieces of food until your cheek and tongue muscles adapt to your new restoration.
It's important to remember that your mouth and dentures can change over time, so your dentures may need to be altered or replaced.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
A person who is considering dentures must first meet some requirements:
- Have healthy gum tissue
- Be free of tooth decay
- Have enough jawbone tissue to support dental implants, if necessary
- Be committed to keeping dentures clean
What Are Dentures Made Of?
Your most affordable option, acrylic dentures wear rather quickly and can be less natural-looking than other options. They are fairly durable and can usually withstand being dropped.
Acrylic dentures must be cleaned regularly because they have microscopic indentations where bacteria can grow. When left unchecked, the bacteria can cause bad breath or health complications.
A slightly more expensive option, porcelain dentures can withstand normal wear better than acrylics and look more like natural teeth. Porcelain dentures stay clean with less effort because bacteria have difficulty growing on their hard surface.
However, porcelain dentures are more prone to breakage than acrylic dentures if dropped. Porcelain dentures can also put some strain on your gums and jawbone, so they may not be the best option for you if you have bone loss in your jaw.
The most expensive option, zirconia is the most durable material and can withstand a strong biting force. Other materials may appear flat in comparison. Zirconia is particularly good at resisting stains, meaning your dentures may still look like new after years of use.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The cost of each patient's dentures will differ depending on the severity of tooth loss and the materials the dentures are made of. You may first require additional procedures, such as tooth extraction or dental implants to support your dentures, increasing your overall cost.
Most dental insurance plans will contribute to the cost of dentures, but if you're uninsured, financing options can make the cost of dentures more affordable.