If you’re missing teeth, you aren’t alone. According to studies, upwards of 36 million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth, and 120 million people are missing at least one tooth. Among those missing teeth, 90% have dentures.
Dentures are a great solution for missing teeth. The loss of teeth can lead to several dental and overall health issues, which include:
- Jaw and Bite Misalignment
When a tooth (or several teeth) is missing, it can throw off the alignment of the remaining teeth and jaw. This can lead to pain and discomfort.
- Bone Loss
When a missing tooth isn’t replaced, it can eventually cause bone loss in the jaw.
- Speech, Chewing, and Other Functional Problems
When teeth are missing, it naturally disrupts the normal way a person chews and speaks.
What are the Different Types of Dentures Available?
At Penn Dental Medicine, our graduate student dentists work to find the perfect, affordable dentures to replace chipped, damaged, or missing teeth.
There are three main types of dentures that we offer:
- Full/Complete Dentures
This option is designed for individuals who do not have any remaining natural teeth. Conventional, complete dentures are made to fit along both the top and bottom gum line. This type of appliance is designed to be removable.
- Partial Dentures
When a dental patient still has natural teeth but needs replacement options for one or more missing teeth, a prosthodontist may suggest partial dentures.
- Fixed/Implant Supported Dentures
Some patients are better suited for (or simply prefer) fixed dentures. Examples of surgically supported dentures include bridges, dental implants, and overdentures. For these, a titanium implant is embedded in the jaw, and a false tooth or teeth are fixed on it. Dental implants are the only type of prosthetic teeth that function exactly like your natural teeth. The embedded post even encourages continued bone growth in the jaw.
No matter what type of dentures you choose, there are several benefits, which include:
- Helping you to chew and eat food properly
- Improving the way you speak
- Providing a beautiful smile
- Filling out your facial area (improving sagging skin and muscles in the face)
The added value of choosing Penn Dental Medicine is that our highly-trained student dentists have access to state-of-the-art technology. We utilize innovative tools to ensure comfortable, safe, and lasting tooth-replacement options for patients.
What Can You Do and Not Do with New Dentures?
Many dental patients are curious about what to expect once they receive their dentures. It’s completely normal to feel some initial discomfort while becoming accustomed to the prosthetic. To ease that process when you get new dentures:
- Avoid sticky foods and gum
- Eat smaller, soft items
- Chew on both sides of the mouth to encourage balance
- Practice speaking aloud to get used to how dentures adjust your speech patterns
It’s normal to produce more saliva than usual during the initial transition phase of wearing dentures. And, although it’s important to wear dentures as much as possible during the first few hours and days of receiving them, removable dentures should not routinely be worn for 24-hours. They need to be taken out at night to be properly cleaned and cared for.
Denture Care Instructions to Prolong the Life of Your Dentures
Taking care of your dentures can make wearing them more comfortable, extend their longevity, and result in fewer trips to the dentist for adjustments and repairs. Take a look at how to clean and manage dentures for best results:
- Rinse After Eating
Food particles can get stuck between your dentures and your palate, loosening the prosthetics grip and irritating your mouth.
- Use Caution
Non-permanent dentures contain clasps and plastic molding perfectly fitted to your mouth. Avoid breaking or bending these.
- Brush and Clean Your Mouth When Dentures Aren’t in Use
Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your palate, gums, and any natural teeth you might have.
- Clean Dentures Daily
Make sure to use a non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove food and plaque. Don’t forget to clean out any leftover adhesive that might cling to your toothbrush.
- Soak Dentures Overnight
Many dentures lose their shape if they dry out. Water or a mild denture-soaking solution will keep them moist overnight. If you have questions about what to choose, your dentist and the manufacturer will provide instructions. Remember to rinse your dentures well before placing them back in your mouth after they’ve been soaking.
- Keep Your Regular Dentist Appointments
Routine dental checkups will help ensure that your dentures maintain their tight fit while minimizing discomfort. If you experience any issues, consult a dentist right away.
Provided that you follow these instructions from your Penn Dental Medicine student provider, many dentures remain functional anywhere between five and ten years. Dental implants may last a lifetime.
Restore Your Smile with Affordable Dentures from Penn Dental Medicine!
If you’ve been looking for affordable dentures, PDM is the place to visit. Our teaching practice enables patients to receive the benefits of discounted prices, without sacrificing the best quality and safety in dental care and services. In addition to prosthodontic care, we also offer oral medicine, periodontic care, and more! Our team will work with you to see if dental insurance covers your desired procedure, or if a dental payment plan is needed.
To learn more about vital facts you need to know when considering dentures, download our free ebook, “Dentures 101: Penn Dental Medicine’s Guide to Dentures”. Then, if you’re ready to set up a prosthodontic consultation, contact us today at 215-898-8965.