Get Complete Dentures from Eagle Family Smiles, Your Teeth in a Day Dentist in Chester Springs
Complete dentures, also known as dental plates, are a lifeline for individuals who have lost all their teeth. At Eagle Family Smiles, your trusted family dental care provider in Chester Springs, we understand that full dentures are often a last resort for patients who have exhausted all other dental options. We always strive to save teeth whenever possible, as dentures are not a replacement for teeth but for no teeth at all.
If you’re considering full dentures, it’s likely that you’re already missing some teeth, and the remaining ones may not be in the best shape. Partial dentures are a great option to replace missing teeth, and we recommend them when we can save a few teeth to anchor the partial denture. This ensures a better fit and greater comfort for the patient.
A full denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces all of your teeth that have been lost, as well as the soft tissue and bone that resorbs when you lose teeth. It is made of an acrylic base with acrylic teeth.
At Eagle Family Smiles, we provide complete dentures that are custom-made to fit comfortably and securely.
Upper jaw full dentures are an effective way to replace missing teeth. However, lower jaw full dentures often present significant problems, and patients with lower dentures usually have trouble adjusting to them without additional support. We strongly advise against lower dentures without implants to stabilize them. The standard of care for the last decade has been to place two implants on the lower jaw to provide additional support.
A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that attaches to some of your remaining teeth, and therefore requires some solid teeth to anchor it. These teeth must be cared for in the future to maintain the stability of the partial denture. Traditionally, we create partial dentures with a chromium cobalt metal base framework with acrylic teeth. However, newer materials have been developed that allow for metal-free partial dentures, which we are happy to discuss with you.
Partials are suitable for both upper and lower jaws. Dentists often work hard to save some teeth on the bottom or suggest dental implants, as lower full dentures are uncomfortable for most people. It is rare to find someone who likes a lower full denture, but lower partial dentures tend to be much more comfortable
At Eagle Family Smiles, we have Dr. Makani, who has extensive experience in providing complete dentures, partial dentures, and implant dentures that restore the natural look and function of teeth.
We understand the emotional and physical difficulties caused by missing teeth and offer modern dentures that look and feel like natural teeth. Trust us to provide you with a comfortable and functional solution to missing teeth.
Dentures may be a more affordable option than other tooth replacement methods, and they can be received relatively quickly. There is also a lower risk associated with the denture procedure, compared to dental implants. Additionally, while dental implants may take a year or more to complete, the denture process typically takes less time. However, the choice of tooth replacement method depends on the patient’s unique situation, and they should consider all their options before making a decision. We are the family dentist in Chester Springs and can provide guidance in deciding if dentures are the right choice for you.
The process of creating dentures typically begins with taking an impression of the patient’s mouth. The dentist then creates a model using dental stone as a cast. After making adjustments to the cast, it is sent to a dental laboratory where technicians create a wax version of the gum line. The replacement teeth are made from a material that closely resembles real teeth called resin. The lab seeks approval from the patient and dentist before proceeding with the finishing touches. After approval, the wax is removed and replaced with acrylic, which looks more realistic. Technicians drill holes in the teeth and inject the acrylic, clean up the teeth, and polish the appliance. Patients may need to visit the dentist’s office four to five times during the process.
Dentures require ongoing maintenance outside of the typical oral hygiene routine. Patients should soak dentures overnight, avoiding hot water, which can cause warping. Denture solutions should never be used directly in the mouth. Patients who use them should rinse thoroughly before placing the dentures in their mouth as the solution should not be ingested. Dentures require cleaning, just like regular teeth, and should be removed after eating or drinking, then rinsed to remove food particles. Patients should brush dentures at least once per day, using a soft-bristled brush as a more abrasive brush may cause damage over time. It is also important to continue dental hygiene even if no teeth remain. Patients may use gauze or a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and tongue. Finally, people who use adhesives should take care to remove it.
Dentures typically last for five to ten years. Patients may need new dentures if the color has changed dramatically, there is physical damage, or they no longer fit securely. It is a myth that people who get full dentures will never need to visit a dentist again. Regular dental visits are necessary, and dentists can adjust dentures during annual or bi-annual visits to ensure they fit correctly. Dentists also pay attention to gum health, especially in patients who smoke or suffer from an illness affecting the gums.
Eating with dentures may feel uncomfortable for a few weeks, just as with braces. However, it becomes easier over time. Patients should avoid foods that are sharp-edged, tough, sticky, or hot in the beginning. Patients chewing abilities decreases significantly compare to natural teeth and their sense of taste and temperature perception may change significantly.
Seniors who wear dentures while sleeping long-term face a higher risk of developing pneumonia, according to a 2015 study published by the National Institute of Health. The CDC also believes that dentures may negatively affect nutrition, as denture wearers may avoid fruits and vegetables that are difficult to chew. Tooth loss leads to the jaw bone to shrink over time which can make it difficult to fit dentures properly and can also affect the facial appearance and the overall quality of life. We are the implants dentist near you who can provide more information on the risks associated with traditional dentures and recommend implant supported fixed and removable teeth replacement options.
The cost of dentures varies depending on several factors, such as the number of teeth extractions needed, surgical procedures needed for the denture to fit properly, type of denture, materials used, and the complexity of the case. Generally, dentures are an affordable tooth replacement option compared to other alternatives. However, hybrid options that include implants may increase the overall cost but significantly improved the quality of life as the denture can be held securely with implants.
There are several payment options available for dentures. Patients can rely on dental insurance to cover the cost, but there may be a waiting period due to pre-existing conditions. Alternatively, dental savings plans can help cover the expenses. Patients can contact their insurance provider to discuss the available options in detail. At Eagle Family Smiles, we are always happy to help you understand your insurance coverage and offer an In-office Dental Insurance Plan for patients without dental insurance to make your treatment affordable.