in Kennett Square, PA
An Affordable Solution to Tooth Loss
If you’re struggling with missing teeth and feeling self-conscious about your smile, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people face dental challenges that affect their confidence and overall oral health. However, there’s a long-trusted solution for restoring your smile and bringing back your self-assurance — traditional dentures. At the Kennett Center for Advanced Dentistry, our Kennett Square dentist Dr. Peter Patellis creates natural-looking, affordable dentures.
Our high-quality dentures are customizable and can fill in any number of missing teeth. Discover how dentures at our dental office in Kennett Square can restore your smile in Dr. Patellis’s guide.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable appliances designed to replace missing teeth and restore oral functionality. Whether you’ve lost teeth due to decay, gum disease, injury, or aging, dentures can provide a natural-looking and functional solution to tooth loss. Customizable dentures at KCAD not only improve your ability to chew and speak but also enhance your appearance, allowing you to smile confidently.
The Importance of Dentures
Missing teeth can have a significant impact on your overall oral health. When teeth are lost, it can lead to problems with biting, chewing, and even speaking. Additionally, the gaps left by missing teeth can cause adjacent teeth to shift, leading to alignment issues and further dental complications. Dentures play a crucial role in restoring oral function and preventing these potential problems.
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Types of Dentures at KCAD
Complete or full dentures are used when all of your natural teeth are missing. They consist of a full set of customized teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. These restorations can be further classified into two types:
- Conventional Dentures: These traditional restorations are placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This process typically takes several weeks.
- Immediate Dentures: These restorations are inserted immediately after the removal of your remaining teeth. They are created in advance, based on measurements and models of your jaw. While they provide the benefit of not being without teeth during the healing period, they often require more adjustments as the gums and bone reshape.
Partial dentures are used when some of your natural teeth are still intact. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal or plastic framework that blends in with your natural teeth. Partials not only fill the gaps left by missing teeth but also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
Implant-supported dentures are a secure, modern alternative to traditional options. They’re anchored in place using dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. Implant-supported restorations offer better stability, comfort, and functionality, giving you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods without worry.
“Dr. Patellis is an outstanding dentist. I’ve been coming to KCAD for many years and have been extremely happy with the care I’ve received. The office is clean, the hygienists are very capable and professional, and the staff is kind and helpful. Enthusiastically recommend.”
– C. Heinle
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Maintaining Your Dentures
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial for the longevity and functionality of your restorations. Regular cleaning and care can keep your dentures looking their best and contribute to excellent oral health. Here are some essential tips on how to clean your restorations effectively:
- Remove and rinse after eating to remove food particles.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush specifically designed for dentures to brush them daily.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive toothpaste.
- Soak dentures overnight in a cleaning solution to remove stains and bacteria.
- Brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft toothbrush before reinserting.
- Handle your restorations with care to avoid accidental breakage.
- Rinse them thoroughly with water before reinserting to remove any cleaning solution residue.
- Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the shape.
- Maintain regular dental check-ups to ensure proper fit and address any concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will dentures affect my ability to eat and speak?
While it may take some time to adjust to wearing dentures, most individuals find they can eat and speak relatively well. Start with softer foods and gradually introduce more challenging textures as you become accustomed to wearing them. Speaking may also require practice, but you’ll regain your natural speech patterns with time.
Can dentures improve my facial appearance?
Yes, dentures can improve your facial appearance by restoring lost facial volume and supporting your lips and cheeks. With properly fitted restorations, you’ll notice a positive difference in your overall facial aesthetics, giving you a more youthful and confident appearance.
Are dentures comfortable to wear?
While it may take a short adjustment period to get used to wearing dentures, they’re designed to be comfortable. Your dentist will work closely with you to ensure a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments for optimal comfort. It’s important to communicate any discomfort or sore spots to your dentist, as they can make the necessary modifications.
Can I sleep with my dentures on?
You should remove your dentures before sleeping to give your gums and supporting tissues a chance to rest and recover. This helps maintain oral health and prevent any potential complications that may arise from wearing your restorations continuously.
Explore Our Affordable Denture Options at KCAD
If you’re looking for a reliable solution to restore your smile and boost your confidence, dentures at the Kennett Center for Advanced Dentistry can be an excellent option. With various types of dentures available, including complete dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures, you can find the perfect fit for your specific needs. Dr. Patellis can guide you through the process, ensuring a comfortable fit and optimal oral health.
Schedule your consultation at KCAD by calling 610-444-6311 or filling out our online contact form. We’re happy to help new patients in the areas around Kennett Square, such as West Chester, Downingtown, and West Grove, PA.