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Philadelphia Dentist | Philadelphia dental care | PA | Dentures

Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD

(215) 624-4415

Dentures
AGD Member
 

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.

  • Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, we take impressions and measurements so the denture can be fabricated in advance.  After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth to smile with. You will, however, need to have follow up visits to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will  change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be tightened after the gums and jaw bone has healed.


Partial dentures are another option when only some of your teeth need to be replaced.  There are several types of partial dentures including ones with a metal framework, all acrylic, CuSil partial overdentures and flexible Valplast partial dentures.

Partial Denture with metal frame      Acrylic partial denture with clasps       CuSil Partial denture       Valplast Partial denture
Partial with metal frame          Acrylic partial with clasps               CuSil partial denture          Valplast partial denture

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The gum colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles. After they have been removed you should place them into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.

 

 
 
Philadelphia Dentist. Dr. Robert Gurmankin provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns to the following locations: Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs. Mayfair Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns in Philadelphia, Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs, Pennsylvania. Updated in 2014.
 

 

Updated in 2016.