Dentures are used to replace a full arch or full mouth of missing teeth and can be removable or permanently secured using dental implants. A partial denture is similar to a dental bridge and can replace several consecutive missing teeth. In most cases, a partial denture is permanently secured to stabilize dental health and restore natural function.
Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy offer all types of dentures for patients who have missing teeth, need their teeth extracted or have an ill-fitted denture and would like to explore a more stable option. Experienced restorative dentists with advanced training in implant dentistry, Drs. Dechter and Moy will work with you on an individual basis to meet your needs and give you back a smile that looks and feels great.
Getting Dentures in Silver Spring, MD
The denture placement process will vary from patient to patient, depending on the type of denture you are receiving, the need for any tooth extractions or pre-treatment dental work and whether dental implants are being placed.
Dr. Dechter or Dr. Moy will meet with you to discuss your needs and thoroughly evaluate the condition of your teeth, gums and bone structure. We have a wide array of digital diagnostic technology in office for evaluating the structure of your mouth and the condition of your dental health.
Digital imagery will be used to determine the most suitable option, the possible placement of dental implants and the need for any additional treatment to address problems that could impact the integrity of your result long-term.
The first step is to take dental impressions if you have any existing natural teeth. These are used to create an “immediate denture” that will resemble your natural tooth shape and smile. If teeth need to be extracted or any periodontal therapy or gum surgery is needed prior to placing a denture, we will work with you to coordinate each step in the process.
New dental impressions will be taken after any treatments or extractions to be used in the creation of a final denture that will fit comfortably on the gums and support a comfortable bite.
If dental implants are being placed to secure the denture, the next phase will be the surgical implantation of the posts which will eventually secure your permanent denture. A period of several months will be needed to allow tissues to heal properly and the posts to integrate with the jaw bone.
During this time a temporary denture will be placed so that you can get used to your new smile and the gums can adjust to the new appliance. As with a traditional denture, a new set of impressions will be taken after the healing period for fabricating the final restoration. This will accommodate any changes in the soft tissues and gums that may have occurred during the healing time period and provide a more stable fit.
We will provide personalized instructions for daily care of your new denture or implant supported denture, oral hygiene tips and recommend when to return for a checkup. Routine dental care is important for patients with dentures, providing the opportunity for Drs. Dechter and Moy to monitor the health of your gums, the stability of your denture and to look for signs of wear or damage.
Implant Dentures: What Are The Benefits?
Choosing dental implants to secure your denture will offer several key benefits for quality of life and long-term oral health:
- Stable, permanent restoration: implants will secure your denture so there is no fear of your teeth “falling out”.
- Reduces bone loss: replacing the tooth root with the implant post will minimize bone loss in the jaw over time, preserving your natural jaw and facial structure.
- Normal diet and speech: implant dentures that do not slip enable patients to enjoy a varied diet and to speak confidently.
How many hours a day should you wear your dentures?
Patients should wear their dentures at all times throughout the day so that they can speak, eat and function as usual. At night patients are typically told you remove their dentures to give their mouth and gums a chance to rest and recover from wearing them all day.
What happens if you sleep with dentures?
Sleeping with dentures puts patients at a higher risk of developing other diseases over time. It may increase your chances of developing pneumonia, gum disease, and inflammation in your mouth. It is in your best interest to remove your dentures while you sleep to give your gums a break from wearing them all day.
Can you tell if someone is wearing dentures?
Dentures are made to look, feel, and behave like natural teeth however in some cases you can tell that someone is wearing dentures. The way that patients with dentures speak and move their mouth is slightly altered while wearing dentures. If teeth appear to be abnormally white, or a little bit too big or small for someone’s mouth, it may be a sign that they are wearing dentures.