If you’re missing several or all of your permanent teeth, dentures provide a long-lasting, easy-to-care-for treatment option. At West End Dental in Downtown Washington, DC, Lauren Izadi, DDS, Edward Kim, MS, DDS, and the team create natural esthetic dentures to improve smiles and oral function. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Dentures are removable oral prosthetics used to replace missing permanent teeth. If you don’t have all of your teeth, you’re more likely to experience oral health problems such as gum recession and bone decay.
Dentures preserve your gums and remaining teeth, all while making it easier to bite, chew, and speak. They’re easy to clean and care for and provide an affordable alternative to dental implant restoration.
At West End Dental, the team offers several types of dentures, including:
Full dentures feature a metal base plate, pink acrylic gums, and a full row of artificial teeth. They rest directly on top of your gums and rely on denture glue or suction to stay in place.
If you’re missing only some of your teeth, you might benefit from partial dentures. Partial dentures feature several artificial teeth connected to a wireframe. The frame snaps into place around your existing teeth, preventing the prosthetics from slipping.
If you don’t want to remove your dentures and clean them regularly, consider a more permanent solution like implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures attach to dental implants — small posts placed into your jawbone. Implant-supported dentures look, function, and feel like your natural teeth. They don’t require glue or adhesives.
Getting dentures typical takes two appointments spaced several weeks apart.
During your initial consultation, your West End Dental provider conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. The team makes custom molds of your existing teeth (if you have any) and your gums. Your molds are sent to a laboratory that manufactures your partial, full, or implant-supported dentures.
Partial and full dentures don’t require special preparation, but implant-supported dentures do. If you decide to get implants, you undergo a quick procedure, during which your provider places metal posts into your jaw. Following three to four months of healing, you return to the office to take impressions.
At your second appointment, you try on your new set of dentures. If necessary, your provider makes adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.
If you want to keep your dentures in great shape, it’s important to clean and care for them. Brush and floss daily and soak your dentures in a cleaning solution overnight. Visit West End Dental every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.
To learn more about the benefits of tooth replacement with dentures, schedule an appointment at West End Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.