Are you missing a full arch or set of teeth?
The full dentures that Dr. Drew Shulman provides at our dental office can replace a top or bottom arch of your mouth, or a complete set of missing teeth. The many advances in materials and dental techniques provide our patients with a wider range of tooth replacement options. Our complete affordable denture services provide natural-looking results because we use strong stain and decay-resistant material.
Our modern dentures are comfortable, natural-looking, and will restore form and function to your teeth. Our dentist can also use dental implants to secure a denture in place for even more support. We call these Implant-supported dentures. Dental implants can secure dentures by anchoring the denture arch to your jaw. They provide a more stable bite and benefit your long-term oral health. Continue reading to learn about our denture services in Philadelphia, PA.
Implant-supported Dentures in Philadelphia
Implant-supported dentures are a great option for those looking to replace missing teeth in Philadelphia. These dentures will provide a permanent result that is both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. They are also more stable than traditional dentures, reducing the need for frequent adjustments and replacements. With implant-supported dentures, you can enjoy all of the benefits of having natural teeth without the hassle of dealing with removable dentures. The process is straightforward.
The Implant-supported Denture Process
First, Dr. Drew Shulman will conduct a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and jaw structure. This will help him decide if you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. In order for you to qualify, you will need to be in a state of good oral health, be free of periodontal disease, and have sufficient bone structure.
He may recommend traditional dentures or a separate restorative dental treatment after looking at the health and strength of your jaw bone and existing teeth. He will also provide any tooth extractions, periodontal treatments or bone grafting to achieve your goals. Dr. Shulman will work with you to create a treatment plan and a timeline of what to expect.
Second, our dental care team will take dental impressions of your mouth to use to determine the placement of the dental implants. Dr. Shulman will coordinate the implant post placement with an oral surgeon. Our trusted oral surgeon will place the implant posts into your jaw bone and allow your mouth to heal over a period of 3 to 6 months. During that healing time, implants integrate with the jaw bone. We will provide you with a temporary denture during this period.
While we wait for your mouth to heal over the implant posts, or the osseointegration period, we will create your new custom implant denture. We do this after we prepare your mouth so that we have the most accurate measurements. The implant-supported denture will look and function better than your real teeth.
In many cases, we will provide you with a temporary denture while you wait for the final one. After the osseointegration phase, we can fix your new custom-fit denture in place. We will also make sure that we craft your new denture to look like real and natural teeth!
The Benefits of Implant-supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer a number of advantages over traditional dentures. These include greater stability and comfort, improved chewing ability, and improved facial aesthetics. They can also help preserve the jawbone structure. Dentures of this type provide a more secure and comfortable fit that looks better than traditional dentures. Implant supported dentures offer many benefits including the following:
- Provide stability and security
- Improve bite function
- Support bone retention
- Prevent gum recession and premature facial sagging
- Improve speech and chewing ability
Our patients who opt for implant-supported dentures are always happy with their overall look and feel.
Do you have questions about dentures and don’t know if they are right for you yet? Read some of the following answers to the most common questions that we get about dentures.
Can dentures cause gum issues?
Yes. Ill-fitting dentures can actually cause Long term dental problems. They can cause gum irritation, and gum disease if they do not fit properly. Old dentures can harbor tough plaque, cause inflammation of the mouth and lips, jaw misalignment, facial sagging, and more. If your dentures become loose and uncomfortable, it’s time to replace them. Request a visit to our Philadelphia dental office to have Dr. Shulman check your old dentures. He may be able to adjust them.
Does the denture procedure hurt?
No. If you already have old dentures and need to replace them, the process will only require two visits. One visit to measure your mouth and another to fit your new dentures. Depending on the type of procedure, most patients report being very comfortable. After the initial evaluation, our dental staff will develop a pain management plan that will be unique to you. The plan will take into account any medications you need in order to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you are getting new implant-supported dentures, you will need a dental exam to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. We will recommend fixing any and all oral health issues before fitting you with any type of new dentures.
Is it better to repair or replace broken dentures?
A damaged or broken denture is not structurally safe anymore. They can cause more damage to your mouth as well. Most dentists agree that replacing dentures that have significant damage is much better for your oral health and more affordable than fixing them. We provide modern dentures at affordable rates. Visit us in Northeast Philadelphia to restore your smile using dentures today.
Restorative Dentistry for A Lasting Smile
Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to parafunctional habits (Biting your nails, chewing ice). Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both options for older patients who desire to improve the look of their smiles.
In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet and exercise is key for older adults to maintain the healthiest mouth possible. Certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes relate to oral health. Living a healthier lifestyle can lessen our risks for these diseases.
If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns for older patients, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Drew Shulman during your next visit!
Schedule a Denture Consultation Today
Do you hide your smile because of tooth loss? Do you have an uncomfortable or slipping denture? Rebuild your smile and restore jaw or gum damage with a full set of cosmetic and implant dentures. Call Dr. Shulman’s Philadelphia dental office today at (215) 372-1142. We welcome new patients, and offer a personal approach to your care for the best possible outcome.