Finding affordable dentures in the Philadelphia area may feel like a tall order, but there are inexpensive, reliable options close to your neighborhood. In fact, nearby Penn Dental Medicine offers a prosthodontics program, specifically dedicated to patients in need of dentures. If you have missing teeth, prosthodontic dentistry can help evaluate personalized solutions to fit your needs and restore your smile.

Fortunately, dentures have never been more accessible! Find out what type of prosthodontic care is right for you. At Penn Dental Medicine we even offer patients a FREE initial screening to make sure you are eligible for treatment.

What Type of Affordable Dentures Are Right for You?

Did you know that, 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? Of the population of people 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 has vacated its position, or several teeth are missing, it can throw off the alignment of the teeth and jaw. This can lead to pain and discomfort.
  • Bone Loss
    When a missing tooth isn’t replaced it can cause bone loss in the mouth.
  • Speech, Chewing, and Other Functional Problems
    When teeth are missing, it naturally affects and disrupts the normal way a person chews and speaks.

At Penn Dental Medicine, our student dentists work to find the perfect, affordable dentures to replace chipped, damaged, or missing teeth—and it’s the only graduate prosthodontic program you’ll find in the greater Philadelphia area!

There are three main types of dentures:

  1. Full/Complete Dentures
    Referred to as full or 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 dentures are made to be removable.
  2. Partial Dentures
    When a dental patient still has natural teeth but needs replacement options for one or more missing tooth, a prosthodontist may suggest partial dentures.
  3. Fixed/Implant Supported Dentures
    Some patients are better suited for and prefer fixed dentures. Examples of surgically, supported dentures include bridges, dental implants, and overdentures.  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 which will function exactly like your natural teeth and encourage continued bone growth in the jaw (due to the imbedded post).

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. Utilizing innovative tools helps to ensure comfortable, safe, and lasting tooth-replacement options for patients.

After Receiving Dentures and Implants

affordable denturesMany dental patients are curious about what to expect once they receive their dentures. It’s completely normal to feel some initial discomfort while the denture wearer becomes accustomed to the prosthetic. The following suggestions are important to keep in mind for recipients of 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 important to note that extra saliva may be produced 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.

Prolong the Life of Your Dentures with These Denture Care Tips

Proper care of dentures can make the difference between comfort and discomfort, extend 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 their grip and irritating your mouth.
  • Use Caution
    Dentures contain clasps and plastic molding perfectly fitted to your mouth. Avoid breaking or bending these at all costs.
  • 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. It’s important, too, that you rinse your dentures well before placing them back in your mouth after they’ve been soaking.
  • Keep Your Regular Dentist Appointments
    Routine dental check ups will help ensure that your dentures keep a tight fit while minimizing discomfort. If you ever experience any issues, it’s important to consult with a dentist right away.

Provided that you follow these steps and any others that your Penn Dental Medicine student dentist recommends, many dentures remain functional anywhere between five and ten years. Dental implants may last a lifetime.

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 surgery, 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.

If you’re ready to set up a prosthodontic consultation, contact us now at 215-898-8965.