Dentures – Chester Springs PA
When a tooth can’t be saved, dentures are often the best option for keeping a friendly and natural smile. We use the latest techniques to make sure your dentures are comfortable and suit the structure of your mouth and the natural lines of your face. Properly fitted dentures shouldn’t slip too much or irritate your mouth. If you’ve been relying heavily on denture adhesives to keep your dentures in place, come see Parveen Sultana D.M.D., or Angela M. Gruber D.M.D. for a consultation. We offer several different kinds of dentures to serve a variety of needs.
These are full dentures that Dr. Sultana or Dr. Gruber will design for long-term use. Dr. Sultana or Dr. Gruber will carefully adjust your dentures to make sure that they feel good and fit perfectly. You’ll be able to speak, eat, and laugh with assurance, knowing that your dentures will stay in place and look natural.
You should never have to go a day without teeth! After you have had teeth removed, your mouth will need to fully heal before your permanent dentures can be crafted. Immediate dentures allow you to go about your normal life (and continue your normal eating habits) while your mouth recuperates. In fact, having immediate dentures in place can help speed the healing process. We’ll re-fit your immediate denture appliance every four to six weeks to make sure it fits well and stays comfortable.
If you’ve had implants put in or had teeth reshaped, we can craft over dentures to fit on top of them. They’ll help preserve the overall look of your smile.
Were you aware that if your have missing teeth, your other teeth can shift out of alignment? Partial dentures are simple, strong appliances that attach to your natural teeth. They’ll help keep the lines of your smile where they should be, and usually aren’t even noticeable to someone else.
Getting used to new dentures
A new set of dentures always requires an adjustment period. You should get used to having them in within a week or two. It will help if you wear your dentures as much a possible and stick to soft foods at first. You can become more comfortable speaking in your new dentures by practicing reading out loud. It’s not unusual to develop sore spots as you’re getting used to new dentures. Dr. Sultana or Dr. Gruber will help by scheduling follow-up appointments to check your fit and, if necessary, make adjustments to help you feel more comfortable.
Caring for your dentures
You will need to take your dentures out at night to let your gums rest. To keep them clean, brush them gently with a normal toothbrush — soft bristles are best. (You’ll also want to brush your gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush, morning and evening, to make sure plaque doesn’t build up.) As a rule, you should let full dentures soak overnight in denture cleaner. However, if you have partial dentures with metal clasps or framework, you should let them dry overnight. Be sure to rinse them before you put them back on in the morning. Remember that it takes real training and experience to fit and adjust your dental appliance properly — you should never try to force your dentures, or to adjust the clasps yourself. If a clasp or a tooth breaks, give Dr. Sultana or Dr. Gruber a call. We’ll either be able to arrange for in-office repairs or have a new set sent from the laboratory within a few days.
Regular checkups are key
Even as an adult, the bones and gums of your mouth keep changing. Dentures that fit perfectly at first may be loose or less comfortable after a few years. Regular adjustments and refittings can help keep your smile looking and feeling its best.