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Same Day Dentures?

Posted by Julie Berger on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 @ 16:12 PM

 

 

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As modern dentists our goal is for you to keep your teeth for a lifetime.  The reality, however, is that not everyone can.  That’s when a denture specialist (prosthodontist) can help.

It is very possible for most people to have dentures placed at the same appointment that teeth are removed. The biggest advantage to one-day dentures is that you never have to worry about going without teeth for any length of time. 

Whenever a full mouth extraction is planned, the process of preparing and creating dentures that will replace the removed teeth on the same day of extraction starts several weeks prior to the extraction procedure. Moulds are made of your mouth and natural teeth before teeth are removed. Right after your teeth are removed the new, immediate dentures are ready to be inserted. The new dentures can act as a band-aid for your gums.

One-day or immediate dentures are often the best way to start with new dentures. You will need to be patient with your prosthodontist and let her help you through the transition.  Your new teeth will require adjustments as the gums and bone shrink and you may need relines of the inside of the denture.  After six months to a year most people have a second set of dentures made to fit the healed gums and the new jaw bone positions.  If you would like more solid retention of your dentures, dental implants can be placed.

Transitioning to dentures can be difficult.  Beginning with the expertise of a board certified prosthodontist can help smooth out your journey to a great new smile.

 

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a Gettysburg, board certified, prosthodontist and former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

GettysburgCosmeticDental.com       717-334-0555

Topics: dentures Gettysburg, dentures

TeethXpress; New Teeth in a Day!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 18:12 PM

 

 

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There’s nothing like your natural teeth.  Keep them for as long as you can.  But sometimes there is simply no viable alternative to having teeth out.  The psychological and physical trauma involved in the transition to removable dentures can be severe.  A new implant technique can make things a lot easier.  Imagine having teeth out and having fixed teeth placed and anchored to dental implants all on the same day.  You are never without teeth! What used to be a long and drawn out process has now, with the latest technology, become affordable and routine.

TeethXpress is a type of dental implant procedure that helps to resolve an important issue that most dental wearers will eventually suffer.  With traditional dentures, an individual's jaw bone continues to shrink and their once well-fitting dentures begin to slip and slide in their mouth. The shape of the face changes and ages. With TeethXpress, your dentures are permanently secured to your mouth with dental implants.  The palate is not covered, nothing is loose, and the jawbone structure is preserved.

With TeethXpress dental implants, patients are usually able to eat the healthy foods they like, such as salad and raw vegetables, and they do not incur pain from poor fitting dentures. There is no gum or mouth irritation and no need for messy denture adhesives.  You can be social and go to restaurants and meet new friends without worrying about embarrassing denture problems. Most importantly, the dental implants help to prevent the jawbone from melting away so patients are able to retain their normal-sized jawbone and facial structure.

If you're wondering about others who chose to have TeethXpress implants and their personal experiences, read Marc's story here and another patient, Gwen's story, here.  The before and after photos say it all. TeethXpress is a great way to restore a person's beautiful smile while giving them the ability to speak, eat and live without dental pain or discomfort.

 

TeethXpress can give you back the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.  Dentistry has never looked so good! 

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

717-334-0555  GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: dentures Gettysburg, dental implants Gettysburg

Can't Sleep with CPAP?  Consider a Dental Sleep Appliance.

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sun, Dec 4, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

 

 

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Individuals who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea initially often assume that a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine will resolve all their issues and they will once again be able to sleep comfortably throughout the night.  Unfortunately, CPAP machines are not without issues for some users.  Not only do they not find the restful sleep they were looking for, they also acquire issues from a dry mouth, irritated skin or a host of other issues.

Common problems with CPAP machines include trying to fall asleep with the background noise produced by the machine.  Other CPAP users have problems feeling claustrophobic from wearing the device or they find they routinely take off their mask during sleep.  Some people have issues with their masks causing pressure sores or simply have trouble tolerating the forced air pressure produced by the machine.

If you or someone you know, struggles with sleep apnea and are not happy with using a CPAP machine, consider rlacing a CPAP machine with an oral dental sleep epappliance.  Here at Samuels Dental Arts, we understand how important it is for our patients to get a restful night's sleep on a consistent basis. We can make an oral appliance that is custom-made to fit your mouth to resolve your issues with sleep apnea or even problems with snoring.  The device works by moving the jaw forward enough to increase the size of the upper airway during sleep.  By increasing the size of the upper airway, the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring is reduced.

If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or have issues with snoring and have found a CPAP machine difficult to use, contact us to discuss becoming fitted for an oral dental sleep appliance.  Many medical insurances, including Medicare, cover these types of oral appliances.  Within a few weeks, you can start experiencing restful sleep in order to improve your health and overall sense of well-being. 

Peter J. Samuels is clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a Gettysburg dentist.  717-334-0555

Topics: gettysburg sleep apnea, snoring treatment, CPAP alternatives

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