If you are located in the West Chester area and are missing teeth, then Dental Health Care Associates may have a solution for you. Whether it’s just a few, or even all of your teeth that are missing, we want to help you regain your confident smile and restore the chewing capability to its fullest potential. Each of our highly-trained dentists is skilled in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and we know what it takes to produce a set of dentures that are comfortable and make you look and feel your best.
At our West Chester dental practice, we provide patients with partial, full, or implant-supported dentures.
Partial dentures are molded to fit the gaps made by missing teeth, whereas full dentures are used when a person has no teeth left in an arch. If you choose partial or full dentures at our West Chester dental practice, then you will see us over the course of several appointments. This is because the dentures need to be made from a mold of your mouth so that the dentures fit neatly on the gums and against any other teeth you may have. While full or partial dentures may cause some irritation or difficulty with chewing when they are first put in place, most people get used to them very quickly.
Our West Chester dentists will also provide you with care instructions for your dentures so that you can enjoy them as long as possible. You will have to come in for regular visits after the dentures are fitted so that our dentists can ensure that they are in good shape and do not need any additional reshaping.
We also offer implant-supported dentures for those patients who are determined to be good candidates for the procedure.
While partial and full dentures sit directly on the gums, implant-supported dentures are fixed to a dental implant. This type of denture is used when a person does not have any teeth in the jaw but has enough bone density in their jaw to support dental implants. We provide attachments that help the dentures append to the implants installed in your jawbone. While these types of implants are typically used in the lower part of the jaw, we can also offer implant-supported dentures for the upper jaw. This procedure takes a few months, as the dental implants need to fuse into the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Our dentists will provide you with detailed care instructions and will schedule follow-up visits at our West Chester offices so they can ensure that your implant-supported dentures are in good shape and are not causing you any irritation.
If you would like more information about partial, full or implant supported dentures in West Chester, you can contact us online or by phone for a consultation. Contact us today and let us build a custom treatment plan to restore your smile.
A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.