Alfredo Alexander, DMD
Restorative & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA
Dentures offer an affordable way to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. Through his self-titled practice, Alfredo Alexander, DMD, offers custom dentures to residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding region. To see how beautiful and natural-looking modern dentures can be, call the office to set up a visit at Alfredo Alexander DMD or book online.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental devices that replace missing teeth. They are an affordable alternative to dental implants and can restore your smile with just a few visits.
Partial dentures replace several missing teeth while leaving your healthy natural teeth in place. They are molded to fit around your existing teeth and crafted to blend in seamlessly with your smile. Flexible dentures offer a great fit and don’t need metal hooks to secure them to adjacent teeth.
As the name implies, full dentures replace an entire upper or lower span of teeth. It’s possible to have a full denture on your upper or lower arch and a partial denture on the other arch.
The decision between full and partial dentures depends on your overall dental health and treatment goals. Some people need dentures to prepare for certain types of chemotherapy and radiation, in which case all remaining teeth need to be extracted and a full set of dentures made.
What are the advantages of dentures?
Dentures are a popular option for many people, and advancements in dental technology have vastly improved their appearance and comfort. If you envision a chalky white smile with abnormally large teeth when you think about dentures, you owe it to yourself to see what modern dentures have to offer.
Compared with dental implants, dentures are a more affordable option. It should be noted, however, that dental implants are permanent, while even the best set of dentures will eventually need to be replaced.
Not everyone is a good candidate for implants. If you lack sufficient bone tissue to securely anchor dental implants, dentures might be your best option.
Dentures are easy to clean because you remove the entire appliance from your mouth. That also allows you to thoroughly clean your gum tissue with a soft brush.
How can I take the best care of my new dentures?
Taking great care of your dentures helps you get the most out of your investment. While dentures don’t decay like your natural teeth, plaque and debris can still accumulate. Take your dentures out and thoroughly brush them every day.
You should also take steps to protect your dentures from damage. If you aren’t wearing them, dentures should be kept in a protective case. Take care not to drop them, as an impact on a hard surface can chip or break your dentures.
When wearing your dentures, avoid chewing ice or biting down on hard non-food objects. Dentures can crack or break just like your natural teeth, so be careful about placing undue pressure on them.
You should also schedule routine visits with Dr. Alexander to allow him to check your dentures. Some minor issues can be repaired without having to replace the entire denture.
If you need to set up a visit, online and phone options are available.