Full and Partial Dentures in Erie, PA

Healthy mouth structure allows us the ability to smile, chew foods comfortably, and speak clearly. When extensive tooth loss begins to affect these abilities, our quality of life can suffer significantly. Dentures comprise a full or partial set of artificial teeth that help restore these critical functions. They are constructed from a durable hard resin material, and custom-fitted and fabricated to your mouth to achieve the most natural look and feel possible.

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Types of dentures

Depending on the extent of tooth loss and patient preference, there are several types of dentures you might be fitted with. 

Full vs. partial dentures

Full dentures replace an entire row of missing teeth along the top and/or bottom gumline and are held in place by suction or with the aid of an oral adhesive.

Partial dentures are used in situations when one or more teeth along a particular gumline are salvageable and are designed to fit around the remaining natural teeth. 

Permanent vs. immediate dentures

Permanent dentures are intended to be a long-term replacement for missing teeth, with a lifespan of five or more years. 

Immediate dentures are fabricated just prior to dental surgery, filling in for the extracted teeth until the mouth is healed enough for accurately fitting permanent dentures. You may need to be refitted for new sets of immediate dentures as swelling in the mouth subsides.

Tooth-supported vs. implant-supported overdentures

For many patients, overdentures present a more comfortable alternative to traditional dentures. Like traditional full or partial dentures, they’re fully removable, but a built-in attachment system negates the need for an oral adhesive. They’re classified by whether they fit over modified natural tooth structures (pulp and crowns removed, but roots preserved) or dental implants (with titanium posts anchored into the jawbone serving as the roots). 

Fitting for dentures

Getting fit for your new set of permanent dentures consists of four steps:

  1. We’ll take a series of impressions to better understand the mechanics of your jaw structure and bite.
  2. From the impressions, we will create a prototype of the denture that we will test for accurate color, shape, and fit. 
  3. Your permanent dentures will be fabricated in a lab.
  4. Minor adjustments and tweaks as necessary.

Restore your smile with Sleep Dentistry

Tooth loss is no fun for anyone, but it should by no means represent an end to enjoying some of life’s most fundamental pleasures — sharing a warm smile, a good story, or a delicious meal. Visit Sleep Dentistry in Erie, PA for dentures or any dental restoration need, and the peace of mind that your comfort, peace of mind, and dignity are our top priorities.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much do dentures cost?

The cost of dentures can vary widely, depending on the type of denture, the material they’re constructed from, and the amount of customization. The average cost for a full set of mid-range dentures is about $1,800 — this price point will usually get you something that looks natural and of solid quality. Keep in mind that tooth extractions and other dental procedures to prepare the mouth for the dentures may represent additional costs. 

Does Medicare cover dentures?

No, Medicare does not cover the cost of dentures — nor does it cover the cost of most dental appliances. However, many dental insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost. Sleep Dentistry in Erie, PA also offers financial assistance, including monthly payment plans, to help you realize the benefits of your new set of dentures without paying the full cost upfront.

How do you clean dentures?

To clean your dentures:

  1. Run the appliance under water to release any trapped food particles
  2. Using a denture brush or an extra soft-bristled toothbrush, clean with water, denture paste, or a toothpaste free of abrasives (these will wear away at the denture material faster). 
  3. Soak dentures in a denture cleaning solution overnight, or use a rapidly acting cleanser and store in water. 
Can you eat with dentures?

You can eat and enjoy most foods after adjusting to your first few weeks in dentures, although you’ll want to exercise caution with hard, crunchy, chewy, or sticky foods. Starting out, we recommend soft foods like mashed potatoes, oatmeal, applesauce, eggs, yogurt, etc. Test heated foods before consuming — dentures do not have the nerve endings and temperature feedback capacities of natural teeth, and we do not want you to burn your mouth or tongue!

Can you sleep with dentures?

You can sleep with dentures, but you shouldn’t sleep with dentures for several reasons:

  1. Holding them in place puts a lot of pressure on the gums and underlying bone structure, and may negatively affect the shape of the mouth and in turn the fit of the appliance.
  2. Dentures provide ideal overnight accommodations for bacteria growth, which can irritate and inflame the gums leading to gum disease. 
  3. Dentures left in the mouth overnight can obstruct normal salivary flow, drying out the mouth and increased risk of developing oral thrush, a type of yeast infection of the gums and other soft tissues.

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