Learn about the Different Types of Dentures in Lititz

lower half of woman's face with denturesDentures have long been a trusted solution for people missing several teeth. There are a few options when it comes to dentures, and the one that’s right for you will depend on several factors — like how many teeth you are missing, how healthy your jaw bone is, and more. Below, we dive into the 3 main choices for dentures in Lititz, and how to know which one is right for you.

Traditional Dentures: Efficient and Effective

A denture can be full or partial. The traditional type of denture is a set of prosthetic teeth affixed to a base that looks like your gum tissue. It is supported directly on the gums and can be ready in about a month.

Partial Dentures

Your dentist’s goal is to help you keep the teeth you were born with for as long as possible, and a partial denture can help with that. Even if you have only one healthy natural tooth remaining, this will likely be the right option for you. A partial denture fits in with the existing teeth like a missing puzzle piece, filling in the gaps and renewing your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence. Partial dentures are often held in place using brackets or a bar affixed to the natural teeth.

Full Dentures

For patients who have lost all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, a complete or full denture is the answer. This type of prosthetic is held in place with natural suction and the help of a denture adhesive, as needed (often for lower dentures). Several iterations and visits with your dentist may be required to achieve the right fit for a full denture. Then, the prosthetic can be expected to last for 5 to 7 years before replacement is required.

Implant-Retained Dentures Offer Enhanced Stability

Patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider the benefits of an implant-retained denture. With a prosthetic that is affixed to implant posts that have been placed beneath the gum line, patients can enjoy a partial or full denture that looks more natural and promotes better oral and overall health.

The benefits of implant dentures include:

  • Looks and feels more like the teeth you were born with
  • Reduces the risk of oral sores that develop due to poor fit
  • Increased comfort
  • A longer-lasting investment
  • Make it easier to eat a balanced, nutritious diet
  • And many more benefits!

No matter which option is right for your smile, dentures are customizable to meet your unique oral health needs. Don’t wait to contact your restorative dentist in Lititz to discuss how you can get started with your quality tooth replacement!

Meet the Practice

The Mor Smiles team is known for their superior services and excellence in dental care, from complex restorative dentistry all the way to cosmetic treatments that help patients smile with full confidence. To learn more about dentures or to discuss your options in tooth replacement, you are invited to contact Mor Smiles at (717) 340 – 0478.

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Meet Gretchen

Gretchen was told by her last Dentist that she should have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures. Her mother had dentures and she couldn’t even imagine not having her own teeth. She knew she was going to need a lot of work if she wanted to keep her teeth and wanted to do as few appointments as possible. Dr. Moriarty suggested IV sedation and Gretchen agreed that this was her best option. She couldn’t believe how easy the appointments were and wished she would have started the process sooner.

Before After

Meet LuAnn

LuAnn was wearing a complete lower denture. She was disappointed that it no longer fit and was having trouble eating. She decided to have dental implants placed and have teeth anchored to the implants so she would not have to remove them. She loves her new lower teeth so much that she is ready to replace the upper teeth with new crowns that will match the bottom.

Before After

Meet Adam

Adam was concerned about the infection in his mouth. He felt his overall health was suffering and had consulted with his medical Doctor too. Dr. Moriarty found that he had moderate gum disease and several infected teeth. After just two appointments the majority of his dentistry was completed and Adam felt his energy levels returned to normal and was feeling great.

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Meet Elizabeth

Liz suffered from severe dental phobia. She hadn’t been to the Dentist in years and just couldn’t delay dental care one more day. She was very self-conscious about her smile. She was in constant pain and she couldn’t chew her food. She wanted a natural smile and requested that all of her treatment be done with IV sedation. Liz is now very confident with her new smile and is no longer fearful of dentistry.

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Meet Iris

Iris suffered from a chronic condition that kept her isolated in her home for years. She sent an email to the office expressing how embarrassed and afraid she was to come in for care. Dr. Moriarty assured her that he would help her and his office was judgment free. Iris knew she needed a lot of work and would only consent to treatment if she could be sedated. After her initial consultation appointment, she was scheduled to get started. All of her treatment was completed in two visits under IV sedation. She is so grateful to Dr. Moriarty, not only did he change her smile, he changed her life!

Before After

Meet Joe

Joe never really thought about his teeth. But as he got older, he noticed his teeth were falling apart. His goal was to have a younger smile which reflected his spirit. Dr. Moriarty placed all porcelain crowns on four of his upper front teeth. The result, the more youthful smile he desired.

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Meet Sara

Sara came into the office for her preventive cleaning. She was getting married in six months and confessed that she didn’t love her smile. She wanted to make some improvements before she got married. Dr. Moriarty completed two all porcelain crowns for her in just two visits. Sara was thrilled with the results and her smile was radiant in all of her wedding photos.

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Meet Jen

Jen was frustrated with her teeth. She felt like she had a cavity every time she went to the Dentist. Jen had a lot of cavities filled throughout her young life, but the fillings didn’t seem to match her teeth very well and she felt like everyone stared at her smile. She decided that she wanted a longer lasting fix for her smile. Porcelain veneers were the answer. Jen had ten veneers placed on her upper front teeth and her new smile was an instant boost in her self-confidence!

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Meet Jo

Jo wanted straight teeth all of her life. When she was an adult she decided to look at her options to correct her crooked smile. Of course, braces were suggested, but, she just couldn’t see herself with brace at this point in her life and really wanted faster results. Dr. Moriarty suggested porcelain veneers. Jo liked the idea of an instant result and in two visits she left with a gorgeous new smile.

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Meet Sue

Sue repeatedly had cosmetic bonding done on her teeth, and was satisfied with the results, but never thrilled. When it was time to replace the bonding, she expected a similar result. What she didn’t expect was this radiating smile that surpassed her expectations. She is smiling more than ever before.

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Meet Darlene

Darlene called the office at 9:00 am on a Wednesday morning. She hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years and her front tooth broke. She was embarrassed and needed help immediately. She came to the office an hour later and left smiling. Darlene started the process of fixed bridge work, teeth that she brushes in her mouth. She knows she has other needs and vows that she will never miss a checkup appointment again!

Before After

Meet Pamela

Pamela had beautiful porcelain crowns done years ago and has been very diligent about keeping her smile healthy. Surprisingly, she began having issues with her crown, it was loose and caused an unpleasant taste in her mouth. After a consultation, it was determined that the root of the tooth could not be saved. Pamela was given three options to replace her front tooth and she choose an implant. The root was removed and the implant was placed the same day. After a few months of healing the final restoration was completed. The results were outstanding. Pamela is positive she made the right choice to replace her tooth with an implant.