Dentures - Silver Spring, MD

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth & surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth & may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete & partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed & the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance & immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink & heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances & will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for Dentures

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Enhancing smile & facial tissues
  • Improving chewing, speech, & digestion

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) & measurements are taken & used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, & fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust & place the completed denture, ensuring a natural & comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, & possible speech & chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles & tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, & regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

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