Bruce Apfelbaum, D.M.D.
Main Line 
Quality Dentistry since 1976
Bryn Mawr , Pa.  19010

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  Complete & Partial Dentures


   Complete dentures are used to replace teeth when there are no teeth remaining. The teeth are prefabricated acrylic which come in many sizes, shapes, and shades. They are processed into a custom made acrylic base which is made to intimately and comfortably fit the gum tissue in your mouth. For loose lower dentures, the Mini Implant is an affordable way to improve the fit and bite.

Making the Denture

    Making a quality complete set of dentures usually takes several appointments. Every patient presents with a unique shape of their oral tissue and relationship of their upper and lower jaws. Each patient also has unique esthetic requirements depending on the size, shape, and tone of their face and jaws. Each of these appointments is crucial for a final denture which looks, fits, and works well.

 Getting Use to Your Denture

    It will take a bit of time to get use to your new denture, particularly if it is your first. Unfortunately, a complete denture will not feel like your teeth did when you had them. They should, however, become comfortable and functional with time.

Speaking- At first you will have some difficulty with speaking and this is to be expected. Some people describe this as trying to talk with a "mouth full of marbles". Be patient; you will quickly adapt with practice and soon you will find you can not speak properly without your denture. There is no way to predict how long this will take, each patient adapts at a different rate.

Eating- Eating takes practice as well. The important thing to remember is that you do not chew with your denture as you did when you had teeth. Natural teeth chew in an up and down motion. Denture teeth, on the other hand, use a side to side motion to mash down the food. Always cut your food into small pieces for more effective denture chewing. It is unpredictable how well you will adapt to eating. Some patients can chew just about anything whereas others find they are limited in how well they can chew. All patients, however do improve with practice, time, and a bit of patience.

Denture Fit- Your denture will "settle in" in a short time and should fit well. We will gladly adjust for any sore areas that develop. Upper dentures usually fit snugly and stay in with suction. The lower denture, however, does not develop this suction due to the different shape of the lower jaw. The lower tends to "float". You will learn with time how to help hold the lower stable by the way you use your mouth while eating, speaking, and resting. Once again, this takes time and it is not possible to predict how well each patient will adapt. Denture adhesives can help but we recommend you not use them during the first few weeks of wearing your new denture.


 A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. It is held in place by your existing teeth. It is important that these teeth be healthy in order to support your partial; often they may need treatment prior to making the partial.

 Why Have A Partial Made

    A partial can restore esthetics and function to your mouth. Since you lost some teeth you may find it more difficult to chew as well as you used to. The partial can give you back much of this function, though not as much as natural teeth. A partial can also help stabilize your remaining teeth. This stabilization can minimize tooth drift, bite changes, and periodontal problems.

 Making The Partial

    Each partial is custom made to fit your mouth. Each of the following steps is needed to assure proper fit, function, and esthetics of your denture.

    It will take you some time to get used to your new partial. Eating and speaking will seem awkward at first but with time you will learn how to use your partial. Each person is different in how fast they adapt, but eventually adaptation will occur. 




                               Quality Dentistry Since 1976 

101 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 230

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


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