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Dentures Specialist

Brighter Smiles Family Dental

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Lebanon, PA

If you're missing multiple teeth, dentures might be the most accessible and most affordable tooth replacement solution. Brighter Smiles Family Dental in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, customizes both complete and partial dentures to give you a full smile again. Elaine Hoppes-Goroshko, DDS, and her exceptional team can help restore your teeth and your quality of life. Call the office or use the online appointment tool to learn more about your options with dentures.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. Brighter Smiles Family Dental offers two kinds of dentures, complete and partial.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures replace all the teeth in your top or bottom arch. They typically stick to your gums using natural suction, but you may also need denture adhesive for a stable fit.

Partial denture

Partial dentures replace multiple teeth in an arch when you still have some of your natural teeth. The missing teeth can be in a group or spaced through the arch. Partial dentures use your natural teeth for stability, clipping into place with small metal clasps.

Dentures are typically made of durable acrylic that's shaped to look like your natural teeth. The replacement teeth sit in an acrylic base that's shaded to match your gums.

What are the benefits of dentures?

There are several significant benefits, including:

  • Improved chewing
  • Improved speaking
  • Better facial structure (no sunken look)

Another advantage can be the cost because dentures are less expensive than dental implants.

How long does it take to get dentures?

It depends on whether you need tooth extractions first. Usually, you need at least a month to six weeks of healing time after your tooth extractions. 

Then, the Brighter Smiles Family Dental team captures impressions of your teeth. A trusted dental laboratory uses the impressions to fabricate dentures. Denture fabrication time can vary, but may take a few weeks or more. During this time, you might wear temporary dentures. 

You’ll return to Brighter Smiles Family Dental to get your new dentures when they’re ready. Your provider makes any necessary adjustments, and you can start wearing your new dentures immediately.

How can I make my dentures fit better?

If your dentures don’t adhere as well as you’d like, a thin layer of denture adhesive can help. But, if your dentures don’t feel right in your mouth, or if they’re constantly shifting, you might need adjustment. Make an appointment at Brighter Smiles Family Dental so your providers can check the denture fit and make adjustments. 

You might need a reline, in which your provider adds soft putty to the denture base to improve fit and increase comfort after wearing your dentures for a few years. 

Use online booking or call Brighter Smiles Family Dental to learn more about dentures today.