How much do you know about dentures? Our Philadelphia family dentist, Dr. Norman Tabas, can help you to determine if dentures are the right option for you. We here at The Tabas Center for Advanced Dentistry want to tell you some of the facts about dentures, why you might choose them, and what to expect when you wear them.
Dentures are one of the possibilities when some or all of your teeth need to be replaced and when dental implants are not attractive alternatives, either structurally or for cost concerns. You will work together with our Philadelphia family dentist every step of the way to ensure that you make the proper choice. If dentures are the best decision for you, here is what you can expect.
There are both complete dentures, which replace all of the upper or lower teeth, or partials that are used when you still have one or more teeth remaining. This is also known commonly as a bridge. Both are removable. Our Philadelphia family dentist will explain the pros and cons to both dental implants and partial dentures as well as let you know if you are a good candidate for dental implants. When partial dentures are the best choice, a bridge is made by replacing one or more of the surrounding teeth with crowns. The partial denture is attached to those crowns and then cemented to ensure they stay in place. The entire unit is attached with a metal frame that makes it simple to put in and take out.
Whether you need a complete or partial denture, our Philadelphia family dentist will take impressions of your jaw; he will also measure your jaws and determine the amount of space between them. Dr. Tabas will then create a model for the dentures to be created. This typically involves the use of plastic and/or wax that will be molded to mimic the precise shape and color for an ideal fit. The denture will then be cast and our Philadelphia family dentist will adjust the fit and make any modifications that are needed to afford you the best and most comfortable fit. The entire process can take about three to six weeks and several visits.