Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile

Nancy Aharon, DDS

Dentist located in Turtle Creek, PA & Forrest Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

Smiling doesn’t have the same effect if you’re missing teeth. Dr. Nancy Aharon helps the Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, community find the best denture solution to prevent incomplete smiles and boost confidence. Call Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile or book an appointment online to learn more about how to restore your full smile.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are replacements for teeth that can be removed from your mouth. Though dentures will never feel the same as your normal teeth, they’re an effective way of getting rid of gaps and restoring your smile if you’ve suffered from gum disease, tooth decay or injury.

The more teeth you lose, the more the muscles in your mouth will droop and the harder it will be to chew food. Dentures help prevent that by preserving your smile and improving your ability to chew.

What are the different kinds of dentures?

Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile provides three different kinds of dentures:

  • Conventional full denture: These are placed in your mouth at any point after the teeth in the affected area have been removed. Since healing from a tooth extraction can take several months, opting for conventional full dentures gives your mouth the time it needs to heal.
  • Immediate full denture: Before the tooth extraction procedure, Dr. Aharon measures your jaw and creates a model of your teeth. She’ll then place the dentures immediately after removing your teeth. An immediate full denture makes sure that you never have to look at yourself in the mirror with missing teeth. However, because the dentures are placed before your mouth has time to heal, you’ll have to get them relined several months after insertion.
  • Partial denture: To avoid bridges, where two or more crowns are used to fill a gap, Dr. Aharon offers partial dentures. This type of denture rests on a metal frame and typically uses your natural teeth as anchors to remain in place. Partial dentures are removable.

How do dentures feel?

Dentures will never feel the same as your natural teeth and will take some getting used to. The muscles of the cheek and tongue must learn to keep them in place, and you’ll need to get comfortable putting them in and taking them out.

Rest assured. Dentures are meant to look and feel similar to your natural teeth. That means that you shouldn’t notice an obvious difference between the way your smile used to look and the way it looks with dentures.

How long do dentures last?

Dentures can last up to seven years, but because your mouth continually changes, they might loosen. If that’s the case, you’ll need to get them relined, or even rebased.

Get in touch with Pittsburgh Sleep & Smile today via phone or online to learn more about how dentures can restore your smile and improve your mouth health.