Do you have multiple missing teeth? Do you want your smile back?
The professionals at Tyma Trachtenberg Dental have a solution. Full and partial dentures are restorative options for patients with missing or lost teeth. Dentures are able to replace full arches of teeth and help restore the tooth structure for a healthier smile.
Dentures are an affordable and effective way to replace missing teeth. They are often prescribed by dentists when they notice that you have lost teeth or if you have had intensive dental work done. Dentures are able to replace full arches of teeth.
The Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth with dentures provides multiple benefits to patients. Partial dentures and implant-secured dentures:
- Provide durability
- Improve biting and chewing ability
- Prevents facial sagging
- Improves speech
- Reduces the risk of gum disease
If the gaps left by multiple missing teeth are not filled, several problems may arise, including:
- Shifting teeth
- Receding gums
- Facial sagging
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Misaligned bite
- Bone loss
Treatment with Dentures and Partials
Before choosing a treatment option, either Dr. Mark Tyma, Dr. Brian Trachtenberg, or Dr. Peter Bullock will examine the health of your teeth and gums and assess your bite and tooth structure. They will also review your specific dental needs before choosing a restorative treatment, which may consist of full or partial dentures.
Complete or full dentures are used to replace most or all of a patient’s teeth on the upper or lower jaws. After tooth extraction, during which damaged or decayed teeth are removed, some patients can receive dentures immediately. An advantage of this option is that patients have teeth during the healing period. Conventional dentures can then be made after a six to eight-week healing period.
A removable denture or overdenture is an option that fits over several remaining natural teeth or dental implants. Partial dentures fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are a great option for patients who have several missing teeth but have some natural teeth remaining. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases connected by a metal framework. These dentures attach to natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. Dental crowns can be placed over natural teeth to improve the fit of a removable partial denture.
How many hours a day should you wear partial dentures?
It is recommended that patients wear dentures during the day and remove them at night. Dentures should be removed for six to eight hours per day to give their gum tissue a resting period.
How long do partial dentures take to settle?
After a patient gets partial dentures it may take some time for gums to adjust to the new appliance. This typically takes about 2 to 3 days, but can take up to a week depending on how sensitive the patient’s gums are.
Can you eat normally with a partial denture?
Patients can eat normally with a partial denture. At first patients may need to go through an adjustment period where they stick to a soft diet. As patients become comfortable speaking and chewing with their dentures they will be able to eat regularly.
Is it hard to talk with partial dentures?
The first few days it may seem difficult to speak with dentures in, but once patients have adjusted to them speaking should be easy. Patients may practice at first to help adjust faster.
Restore Your Smile Today
Contact the Tyma Trachtenberg Center for Contemporary Dental Health at (215) 261-7392. Request an appointment with our dental team on our website.