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Dental Implants or Dentures? Which One is Right for me?

Posted by Julie Berger on Sun, Jul 1, 2018 @ 12:07 PM


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When you lose teeth, you want them replaced soon. How to replace them can be a tricky decision! With the high cost of dental work, it's important to educate yourself on the options available. Let's take a look at the differences between dental implants and dentures.

Implants

A dental implant is a post which the dentist surgically implants into the jawbone. This post acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Many people find implants a good choice for replacing just one or two missing teeth. However, implants can also be used to replace several or even all teeth. Today it is often possible to remove teeth and place new, fixed teeth all on the same day. (TeethXpress)

Advantages of Implants

  • Once the implant is in your mouth, the replacement tooth can be treated like a normal tooth.
  • There are no food or drink restrictions.
  • Dental implants last a long time, often for the rest of the patient's life.
  • Implants are good for your dental health! They act like a normal tooth, protecting the teeth around them and stimulating the surrounding bone.
  • Implants help keep the jaw bone structure from melting away.

Disadvantages of Implants

  • Implants require some surgery.
  • The initial cost of the implants can be higher than other ways of replacing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are a removable appliance which replaces missing teeth. A partial denture replaces teeth where there are gaps, and the denture is anchored onto existing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw.

Advantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be made to look like the rest of your teeth. They are customized for your mouth.
  • Dentures are easily adjusted. If another tooth falls out, the denture can often be modified so it contains a new replacement tooth.
  • Getting dentures does not require surgery.
  • Dentures are usually not as expensive as implants.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be uncomfortable and even harmful to your overall dental health.
  • Dentures can shift inside your mouth. Dental adhesives do not always work to keep them in place.
  • Dentures should be removed at night.
  • Foods can get trapped under dentures and cause discomfort or decay to remaining teeth.
  • Dentures will require replacements and relines as the jaw ridges shrink.
  • Dentures will not prevent jaw bone structures from melting away.

Which one is right for you?

Today you have more choices than ever for getting back a beautiful, natural smile. Talk to prosthodontist about all the most up to date options.

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.

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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.

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From Your Denture Specialist in Gettysburg

Posted by Julie Berger on Sun, Mar 13, 2016 @ 13:03 PM

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What's the Difference between Dentures?

 

Sometimes we don't realize how much we rely on a body part until we lose it. We look at things at every moment throughout the day, rarely thinking about our eyes that allow us to do that. We use our hands and fingers to work, to write, to remove jar lids, to touch and feel, hardly considering those hands and fingers as a distinct and essential body part.

And so it goes with our teeth: we hardly notice them until we lose one or more. When it does happen, though, when we lose one or more teeth, we are suddenly aware of how our teeth impact facial structure and appearance, of how essential they are to enjoying our food and beginning the process of digestion with thorough chewing, even how they allow us to speak clearly.

Dentistry has come a long way! There was a time when tooth loss was a sign of old age, but the day has arrived that expert dental procedures can restore and maintain your youthful appearance and your health as you are able to enjoy eating (and chewing) the way you did before a tooth loss.

As you think about ways to restore your good dental structure, your youthfulness and your health, be sure you understand your options. Not all dentures are the same, and in order to enjoy the benefits you're picturing, you need to choose the right denture option using the best materials. You can do this most effectively, avoiding costly mistakes, by consulting with a Gettysburg denture specialist (prosthodontist).

How much do dentures usually cost?

High end custom dentures, involving more skill and artistry, can cost as much as $5,000 each, while lower end dentures with cheaper, plastic teeth can be as little as $300. The cost of a denture is reflected in the time and skill of the prosthodontist.   A denture made in one or two visits is generally not of the same quality as a denture made by a prosthodontist with the most modern techniques and protochols.

What keeps dentures in place?

Full dentures are held in by suction and denture adhesive.  How well they stay in depends, in great measure, on how much bony ridge you have left.  Lower full dentures almost never stay in very well.  Now-a-days, improved procedures allow denture specialists to use dental implants as a supporting structure.  With dental implants to hold dentures you can stand on your head and they won’t come out!

Can everyone tolerate dentures?

Some of the disadvantages people experience with dentures disappear with time as they adjust to wearing them. Unfortunately, not everyone can tolerate removable teeth.  You can avoid many disadvantages, however, by working with a good denture specialist to explore your best options and to get a well-constructed device with the proper bite and an excellent fit.

Talk with you prosthodontist specialist about the newest options such as small diameter dental implants or “all-on-4” fixed teeth replacements.

Imagine talking, eating, laughing,and kissing without self-consciousness! Imagine looking younger!  With the right dentures, you'll be able to do all that and more!

Julie C. Berger,DDS,FACP,MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a prosthodontist specialist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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George Washington and His Denture Woes

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 @ 16:01 PM

 

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Poor George Washington had bad teeth. They were often blamed for the shortest speech ever given by a President—just 135 words and a mere 90 seconds to deliver it. The outstanding commander of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States was often perceived as boring, stiff-jawed and bad tempered. There may be a reason for this persona as some interesting facts about dentistry reveal. 

Should we blame his poor image on his teeth? Perhaps, if you study the dentures he had to endure. His dentures consisted of crude fabrication of teeth that came with springs and bolts to hold these dentures in the mouth. Imagine trying to deliver a speech with the dentures rattling and air escaping through the gaps between the teeth.

History tells us that George Washington’s troubles with his teeth started when he was twenty-two. Over the course of the next thirty-five years, his teeth started falling off, one by one. And no, it was not because of his poor oral hygiene. According to records, he took heavy doses of mercurous chloride for his many infections (he was reputedly beset with all kinds of ailments from dysentery to smallpox), which in turn may have led to the destruction of his teeth. His fastidious brushing, use of dentifrice and mouthwash didn’t help much. By the time, he had his inauguration in 1789, he had one good tooth left.

For most of his adult life, he grappled with dental problems. Constant toothaches, infected gums and abscessed teeth, which we now know are symptoms of periodontal disease, plagued him. Initially, he had partial dentures with hippopotamus ivory carved to fit the upper gum and eight human teeth held by gold pivots for his lower plate. Spiral springs were used to secure them to his mouth. He had quite a few dentures made and he often returned them for adjustments and repairs. Clumsy and ill-fitting, they were forcing his lips out and his portraits revealed unfortunate facial changes. The final set of denture, made just before his death had a swagged gold plate, fastened by rivets.

Contrary to popular beliefs, none of dentures were made of wood. His four known sets of dentures include gold, ivory, lead, human and animal teeth (horse and donkey components likely).

Looking at George Washington’s ordeal with his oral health, thankfully, dentures have come a long way. Modern-day dentures look like real and are designed to make eating, talking and smiling as natural as possible. Held in by dental implants, they can be almost as natural as real teeth. Had George Washington lived today, he probably would have smiled more often (and therefore, deemed more friendly) and his speech would definitely be longer than 90 seconds.

For more information about the most upd to date denture techniques. dentures held in by dental implants or any dental needs, contact us.  

Submitted by Peter Samuels, DDS

Topics: Gettysburg dentist, Gettysburg Dentures, dentures in Gettysburg, dentures

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