Dentures & Partials: An Overview
Whether you are already missing all of your teeth, or if you need to have your teeth removed to restore your oral health, dentures are an effective treatment option. Modern dentures look and feel more like natural teeth and can be custom fabricated for a comfortable and secure fit. Modern dentures help prevent facial sagging typical in patients with a full arch of missing teeth and can contribute to maintaining the aesthetics of their smile.
Rockville, MD dentist Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh offers dentures and partial dentures as a replacement option for patients who are missing most of their teeth or a full arch (full set) of teeth. Dentures can be made removable or secured using dental implants for added stability and long term oral health benefits.
Dentures & Partials in Rockville, MD
Dentures are custom designed and fit for optimal results. Dr.Sarkarzadeh will take impressions of the mouth to ensure an accurate and comfortable fit. Congressional Dental Care works with a local dental lab that creates high-quality dentures for a precise and comfortable fit. Dentures will look like natural teeth and can be color-matched to blend with remaining natural teeth. Dentures help prevent the deterioration of the jaw bone and support a more functional use of the bite. Dentures allow patients to enjoy a more varied diet and can improve overall confidence.
Dental implants can be used to secure a denture or partial denture. An implant is actually a small titanium post that will need to be surgically placed in the jawbone to support the replacement teeth. Dr. Farzin will perform the surgery in the comforts of our Rockville, MD dentist office. Implants offer added support of the jaw bone and can help prevent slippage of an ill-fitted denture.
If patients choose to secure their denture using dental implants, our dental staff with coordinate the entire process which is performed in house. Dr. Farzin will perform the initial surgical phase. Typically patients would need to travel to a specialist’s office but we are equipped to perform the surgery at our Rockville, MD dentist office for your convenience.
Once Dr. Farzin places the implants, it typically takes 3-6 months for them to heal fully. Once the implants have healed, Dr. Sarkarzadeh will make molds of the teeth and design a custom denture which will be attached to the implants.
Benefits of Dental Implant-secured Dentures
Dr. Farzin and Dr. Sarkarzadeh will recommend using dental implants to permanently secure a denture or partial denture because they offer more durable and stable results when compared to traditional denture techniques and options. Implant-secured dentures provide added structural and aesthetic support as well as help to retain the structure of the face and support gum health. There are many additional key benefits for both overall health and lifestyle including:
- Reduce bone loss and shrinkage in the jaw
- No slipping or fear of teeth falling out
- Allows for a healthy, varied diet
- Normal speech for confidence in social settings
- No need for the use of daily adhesives
When should I replace my old dentures?
The American Dental Association recommends that dentures should be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Naturally, you should not wait to replace your dentures if they are causing you jaw pain, gum irritation, and damage to your mouth. Another thing to remember is that your mouth changes over time, and your dentures do not adjust to that change. Have your dentures checked at every dental visit.
Do I need to remove my dentures at night?
In most cases with traditional dentures, yes. They should be cleaned with a denture cleaner and placed in a safe place while you sleep. Implant-supported dentures are not removable and do not require special nightly care. They should be taken care of like natural teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
What are full dentures?
Like partials, full dentures have a gum colored base to go with the replacement teeth. Your dentist will precisely measure your mouth to seamlessly fit the dentures. The base material fits against your gum line, creating a suction effect holding the dentures into place. Denture adhesive can be used for additional support, but is not always necessary.