Dentures in Waldorf, MD
Dentures are removable replacement teeth. If you have no healthy teeth, a complete denture gives you a brand new replacement set, while a partial denture replaces just some missing teeth. There are different types of dentures for different situations. We can explain which may be the best for your circumstances.
Why dentures are important
If you are missing one or more teeth, you are particularly aware of their importance to your appearance, and dental health. All your teeth work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause you mouth to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced, and they should be. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth, and they will even improve your look by giving you a more confident smile and help fill out the appearance of your face and profile.
Types of dentures
The two main types of dentures are conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made and inserted after the remaining teeth have been extracted and the tissues have healed. Immediate dentures are inserted right away after the removal of remaining teeth. With immediate dentures the obvious advantage is that one does not to have to go without teeth. Over dentures are dentures secured and anchored in your mouth by implants.
What options do I have to dentures?
We can best explain your options, but for some they might include bridges, or dental implants.
What are the different kinds of dentures?
Dentures are distinguished by where they are placed, how many teeth they are replacing, and how they are held in place.
What are complete dentures?
Complete or “full” dentures are replacement teeth for all the teeth in your mouth. This complete set of “false teeth” is appropriate when one has lost all of their teeth, or when one’s only remaining teeth are unhealthy and need to be removed.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are used when only some teeth need to be replaced. A partial denture is made up of one or more porcelain or plastic replacement teeth. Gum colored plastic attaches these teeth to a metal or very durable plastic framework. The partial is removable. It is held in your mouth with either metal clasp or clear colored.
What can I expect from the denture procedure?
Most procedures begin with the removal of existing teeth. Oral surgery is sometimes, but not always necessary to prepare the mouth for dentures. Anesthetics will be used to make sure that you remain comfortable during any of these procedures. We will make a wax bite impression to serve as a model for the new denture. If an immediate denture is being placed, we will make the necessary measurements before the final teeth are removed. Once the dentures are fabricated there will be appointments to fine tune things like color, fit and shape.
What can I expect after I am fitted with dentures?
We will make sure that your dentures fit properly, and it may take several appointments to make them feel comfortable in your mouth, and especially in the beginning it may fell foreign in your mouth. With practice, chewing and speaking will feel second nature with your new smile.