Are you missing a full arch or set of teeth?
Full dentures replace a top or bottom arch of your mouth, or a complete set of missing teeth. The many advances in materials and techniques offer today’s patients a wider range of tooth replacement options. Our complete denture services provide natural-looking results because we use strong stain and decay-resistant material.
Modern dentures are comfortable, natural-looking, and restore form and function to your teeth. Our dentist can 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.
Benefits of Implant-secured Dentures
Implant supported dentures offer many benefits for the health, function, and look of your mouth. Benefits such as:
- Provide stability and security
- Support bone retention
- Prevent gum recession
- Improve bite function
- Improve speech and chewing ability
Implant-supported Dentures in Philadelphia
Dental implants are titanium posts that a dentist or oral surgeon surgically implants into the jaw bone. They effectively replace missing teeth. Our dentist can attach a denture to these implants so they function just like real teeth. The process is straightforward.
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. He may recommend 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 to use to create the custom-made denture or partial denture. We do this after we prepare your mouth for the most accurate measurements. In many cases, we will provide you with a temporary denture while you wait for the final one. We will also color-match your new denture and shape it to look like real teeth.
If we are using dental implants to secure your denture, Dr. Shulman will coordinate their placement with an oral surgeon. He will surgically place the posts into the jaw bone and allow your mouth to heal over a period of 3 to 6 months. We will provide you with a temporary denture during this period. During that time, implants integrate with the jaw bone. After osseointegration, we will fix your new custom-fit denture in place.
Dentures & Partial Dentures FAQs
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.
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. If you are getting new dentures, you will need a dental exam to see if you are a good candidate for dentures. We will recommend fixing any and all oral health issues before fitting you with 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 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!
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.