Do you suffer from advanced tooth loss? Are you ready for dentures?
Talk to your dentist about a prosthetic, which helps restore these missing teeth and improves your smile’s health and appearance.
Dentures are the traditional method for replacing a full arch or set of missing teeth. Modern dentures offer a more natural-looking design with a comfortable and secure fit. Dentures are custom-designed to complement the patient’s facial aesthetics.
Our team of dentists helps patients restore their smiles with custom-designed dentures. We provide patients with a one-on-one consultation and oral health exam.
The oral health and goals of the individual patient will be considered when determining the best course of treatment for replacing missing teeth. Our doctors will help patients consider the benefits of each treatment option so that they are able to make informed decisions about their oral health.
Our dentists haver many years of experience and education in restorative dentistry. Focusing on the function and fit, our dentists design dentures for patients that look and feel like natural teeth. Some patients may qualify for an implant-secured denture. Patients who would like to explore the option of an implant-secured denture may be referred to Dr. Roham Rafat.
Tooth Loss and the Need for Tooth Replacement
When you lose a number of teeth, the remaining natural teeth can drift and lead to misalignment. With misalignment, your smile develops a greater chance of developing tooth decay, gingivitis, TMJ disorder, and bruxism.
In addition, your overall health can suffer as tooth loss often means subsisting on a meal of primarily soft foods, reducing nutritional intake. Finally, the loss of tooth roots can cause your body to suspend the flow of vital nutrients to the jawbone, causing the jaw to change shape as the tissue dissolves.
A partial replaces multiple teeth, even if they are spread out across an arch. The prosthetic is lifelike, consisting of replacement teeth and a base that looks like gum tissue. Metal clasps on the prosthetic will attach to the natural teeth and secure the new ones.
If you have lost most or all of your teeth, then a partial denture may not be enough. A full set of dentures replaces all of the teeth on one or both arches. Typically, the prosthetic is held in place with natural suction or possibly the assistance of an adhesive. However, we can sometimes use dental implants to secure a fixed one.
By placing multiple implant posts, we can snap the prosthetic onto the implants and provide replacement teeth that won’t slip during meals or speech. Implant-supported Dentures also stimulate jawbone growth, preventing the loss of jawbone density.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 410-782-3021.
The denture procedure is a multi-step procedure. Patients may visit our Owings Mills dentist office 2-3 times to receive their dentures. Once the denture is designed and fit, patients enjoy a highly functional and beautiful smile for many years to come.
Your doctor will take precise molds of the patient’s mouth. The molds are used to create a type of “blueprint” that will be used to design the denture. Custom-fit dentures fit securely in the patient’s mouth and will help reduce the risk of slippage. Dentures are made from high-quality professional-grade resin. The color, shape, and size of the denture can be customized to the patient’s preference.
A dental lab will fabricate the denture to your dentist’s specifications. In about 2-3 weeks the denture will be shipped back to our Owings Mills dentist office. Patients will return to our office for a final fit.
If patients opt for a dental implant-secured denture, your dentist will coordinate with Dr. Roham Rafat, a Baltimore area prosthodontist, for the surgical placement of the dental implants. Dental implants provide added stability and long-term oral heal benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do my dentures not fit anymore?
The most common reason for ill-fitting dentures is gum recession. Dentures do not support healthy gum growth. As your mouth changes with age, your dentures will need to be replaced in order to prevent pain and discomfort. Dentures should be replaced every 5 to 10 years.
Is it better to repair or replace broken dentures?
A denture that has been damaged or broken is not structurally safe anymore. They can cause more damage to your mouth as well. Dentists recommend replacing dentures that have significant damage over fixing them.
Can dentures be whitened?
Dentures do not whiten like regular teeth. Traditional teeth whitening will not work on dentures. Although, you can try home remedies to lift stains from dentures, they will not make your dentures look brand new. Be careful using DIY techniques because you can damage the denture if not careful.