For those who need to replace all or most of their missing teeth, dentures may be the best solution. Dr. Vernon Sheen can design and fabricate highly aesthetic dentures that will fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. Dentures and partials are dental services Dr. Sheen provides to his patients from his dental office in Annapolis, Maryland.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
It goes without saying that teeth are one of the most important physical attributes a person possesses. Tooth loss can have an impact not only on the physical appearance but the health of a person as well. Missing teeth make it a challenge to eat and speak. In addition, when a person is missing teeth, they are at a higher risk for gum disease and bone loss in the jaw.
Types of Dentures in Annapolis, MD
A denture is a dental appliance that dentists use to replace missing teeth. Your dentist will custom-make them, so they fit perfectly in your mouth. Traditional dentures are removable. However, they can also be fixed in place with dental implants.
Dr. Sheen offers complete and partial dentures based on your needs. There are many different materials to choose from, and we can help you design a restoration that fits your needs, goals, and budget. He also offers implant-supported dentures for patients looking for a more permanent solution.
Dentists use partial dentures to replace several missing teeth but not an entire arch. This is a suitable option if you still have some natural teeth left. This restoration will essentially fill in the gaps in your smile. It is usually made up of false teeth that attach to a plastic base with metal clasps that are attached to a few of the remaining teeth to hold it in place.
Full Dentures are necessary when if you are missing an entire arch of teeth. They are typically made of acrylic resin and metal and will fit closely to the gums. It will take a few months for you to get comfortable with having them in your mouth. Additionally, your dentist may need to adjust the denture for proper fit. We will monitor you closely, especially for the first six months.
One of the most exciting options available is implant-secured dentures, also known as “all on four” or “implant dentures”. These restorations are very similar to a traditional denture. However, they are fixed in the mouth using dental implants for a secure and stable fit. Patients who have worn dentures for many years may have bone loss. In these cases, we will recommend bone grafting. This will increase the bone density in the jaw and increase the chance of implant success. To learn more about the dental implant process, see Dental Implants.
Benefits of Implant Dentures
An implant denture can help a person maintain their bone structure, lower risk factors for gum disease, and enjoy a “normal” lifestyle without worrying about dentures falling out or eating soft foods. Implant-supported restorations are also more comfortable and stable. They will improve your speech because they won’t slip around in your mouth, which often causes slurring or mumbling. All this will lead to less stress and higher self-esteem. During your consultation, Dr. Sheen will answer all your questions about dental implants.
Dentures Frequently Asked Questions
Read commonly asked questions about dentures if you would like to learn more about them. If you have further questions or concerns, please contact us during regular office hours.
Should I repair or replace my old dentures?
We recommend replacing old dentures that do not fit properly anymore. You should replace your dentures every 5 to 7 years for proper fit and optimal performance. Wearing dentures that do not fit like they used to can create more oral health issues.
How long do partial dentures last?
The lifespan of partial dentures will depend on your regular dental maintenance and cleaning habits. If you practice good oral hygiene and consult a dentist regularly, dentures can last for up to 15 years.
Can you whiten discolored dentures?
Yes. In most cases, you can whiten your dentures at home. You can purchase a denture-bleaching product at your local pharmacy. You can also use a mixture of part hydrogen peroxide and part baking soda to soak your dentures in and whiten them periodically.
Can I wear my dentures to bed at night?
It is not recommended to wear dentures while sleeping. Denture wearers should give their gums a rest everyday. They also need to be removed and cleaned to promote good oral health. Continuous wear can often lead to sore spots and infections. Removing them while you sleep is a good time thoroughly clean them. Denture wearers should follow their dentist’s advice on when and how to wear their dentures for optimal comfort and oral health.
Can dentures affect my speech?
Dentures can affect your speech especially when you first receive them. Placing a foreign object in your mouth for the first time will affect anyone’s speech. However, most denture wearers will adjust to wearing them. The more you speak and practice, the easier it will be to speak and overcome these challenges. It will require persistence and patience to gain the ability to speak clearly with dentures in. Your dentist will monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to improve the fit and enhance your comfort.
Can dentures improve my oral health?
Yes, dentures replace missing teeth, restoring proper chewing function and supporting facial muscles. This can prevent further dental issues related to tooth loss and improve overall oral health and well-being.
Can I get dental implants if I have dentures?
Yes, if you have dentures, you can switch to dental implants. This will provide you with more stability and a natural feel. Implant-supported dentures offer a secure fit and improve overall chewing efficiency.
Schedule a Consultation for Dentures in Annapolis, MD
If you have missing teeth or are about to lose your teeth, please schedule an appointment with Annapolis dentist Dr. Vernon Sheen to discuss what treatment options are available for you. At your consultation, we will be able to answer all your questions about dental implants and traditional dentures to help you decide which option is better for you.
We’ll also discuss the cost of treatment as well as any additional information regarding dental insurance, financing options, and payment schedules. Call (443) 482-5202 or request a consultation online.