Denture Services in Gaithersburg

Dentures are detachable dental appliances that can be used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues, helping a user to develop confidence and smile better. Individuals that have lost most of their teeth due to disease, injury, or tooth decay, can replace them using these prosthetic appliances. Dentures can be made to resemble natural teeth

Types of dentures

  • Complete dentures. These dentures can either be conventional or immediate, depending on when they are prepared and installed.
  • Immediate dentures are usually made in advance and can be fitted as soon as the teeth have been removed. The advantage with immediate dentures is that the patient does not have to stay without the teeth during the process of gum recovery. Even so, immediate dentures continue to shrink as the gums recover, requiring constant adjustments or relines to allow them to fit onto the gums properly.
  • Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and installed on the gums when the wounds have healed. In most cases, these placements are done about 12 to 24 weeks after the removal of the teeth.
  • Partial dentures. These dentures are typically divisions of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-like acrylic base, which may also be joined by a metal framework that holds the appliance in position. They are usually used when a number of natural teeth remain in place in the lower or upper jaw.
  • There are two types of partial dentures- fixed bridges and precision partial dentures. A fixed bridge is typically used to replace one or more teeth by inserting crowns on the teeth on each side of the gap and attaching artificial teeth to them. The bridge is then held in place by cementing, forming a fixed bridge.
  • Unlike fixed bridges, partial dentures are removable and have clasps that attach to the adjacent teeth. Clasps can now be made of metal , gum colored pink, or white tooth colored.

What to expect after installation of dentures

Wearing dentures for the first time often comes with some challenges. For example, some users may find it difficult to pronounce certain words with the dentures in place. Some may also experience increased salivation, irritation or soreness but these problems often reduce with time as the mouth adjusts to the new installation.

While most of these problems may diminish with time, it may be necessary to train pronouncing difficult words and eating with the dentures as these will enable the mouth and gums to get used to them faster.

How are dentures prepared?

The process of getting dentures is long, requiring weeks of consultation, planning, and processing. Once the doctor determines the appropriate types of dentures to install, he or she may then;

  • Prepare a series of impressions of the patient`s jaws. Here, he will also take measurements and dimensions of the jaws of how they relate to one another and how they are far apart.
  • Create a denture trial model of the exact shape and size of the denture to be prepared by using wax forms or plastic materials. The model will then be tested on the patient and assessed on color, shape, and fit before the actual cast is prepared.
  • Affix the final denture.
  • Make final modifications such as re-shaping, if necessary.

Caring for dentures

  • Dental hygiene. It is important to maintain high standards of dental hygiene such as brushing the remaining teeth and gums with fluoride toothpaste to avoid tooth decay and gum diseases that may affect the use of partial
  • Cleaning dentures. They should be cleaned regularly to remove food deposits and plaques that may cause dental problems such as bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease and oral thrush. Cleaning a denture involves brushing it with toothpaste and soaking in a denture cleaning solution to kill bacteria and remove stains. However, cleaning should be done with care as they can break if dropped.
  • Sleeping with dentures. In general, it is safe to sleep with dentures though it is a good idea to remove them occasionally to allow the gums to relax.
  • Eating with dentures. For beginners, eat soft foods in small pieces and chew them slowly, using both sides of the mouth. Avoiding using toothpicks and eating hard food such as nuts.
  • Denture adhesives. As the jawbone starts to shrink, the dentures may start to loosen or even fall off, necessitating the use of adhesives. However, adhesives should be used as per the manufacturer`s instructions. It may also be necessary to talk to a dentist for advice.

In general, it is good to seek dental advice regularly even when the dentures are feeling complete so the dentist can check for any problem. If taken good care of, dentures can last for years. However, as the gums continue to contract, the dentures will become loose until when they can no longer be worn or become worn out, requiring internal relining or a new installation. If you want to discuss our cosmetic dentistry services or other professional dental services offered please don’t hesitate to give us a call at the Gordon Center for General and Advanced Dentistry located in Gaithersburg, MD.