Technology and advancements in dentistry have given patients more options than ever before to address tooth loss with natural looking and comfortable prosthetics. Today’s dentures lend a beautiful, natural aesthetic and are more durable than those of the past, so that people can enjoy increased oral function. Our practice offers custom-made dentures that mimic natural tooth structure and the gums in their appearance. By taking a customized approach, members of our community can have comfortable replacement teeth.
The Effects of Tooth Loss
Losing teeth in adulthood is markedly different than losing teeth in childhood. When we lose teeth as children, it’s considered a celebratory rite of passage because our adult teeth will eventually emerge. As adults, losing our teeth is somber and distressing. Our self-confidence will suffer and so will our health. Without our teeth, our face will appear sunken in, thus making people look older than they are. Moreover, eating and speaking is difficult without teeth. The truth is that tooth loss will affect many areas of our lives. This is why replacing our teeth with comfortable and durable prosthetics is so important.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of dentures. Full dentures address total tooth loss in either the upper or the lower arch. Two full dentures can be worn to replace teeth in edentulous patients. The other type of denture is called a partial. As its name suggests, it only treats partial tooth loss. A partial can replace teeth anywhere in an arch. This is ideal for patients who have tooth loss in various parts of the upper or lower sets of teeth. For instance, a partial can fill in incomplete spaces in the mouth and will fit in between existing natural teeth.
Another difference between the two types of dentures is the way they fit in the mouth. Full dentures lie on top of the gums. They are held in place by fitting to the arched shape of the jawbone. Some denture wearers may choose to use adhesives to add additional stability to their full dentures. Partial dentures fit differently. Instead of resting on the gums and drawing support solely from the curvature of the jaw, they feature clasps that snap on to the backsides of teeth.
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Will Dentures Look Natural?
Many people are concerned that their prosthetic teeth might look unnatural. This is a common concern – especially since dentures of the past were not made with the precision they are today. Modern technology such as three-dimensional computer software allows our team to determine the unique specifications needed to create comfortable and properly fitting dentures. Molds (impressions) are taken of teeth along with photographs and other diagnostics. This data is then used to generate the precise measurement of dentures. Once these specifications are determined, they are sent to a dental laboratory to begin the custom fabrication process.
In addition to being made for each patient based on these precise measurements, dentures are crafted from very lifelike materials such as porcelain and pink-tinted acrylics. Porcelain is used to resemble teeth because it is white and reflective whereas pink acrylics lend a seamless transition between prosthetic teeth and the natural gingiva.
Implant Supported Dentures
If a patient has suffered with total or near total tooth loss, implant supported dentures are likely the best option for restoring appearance and increasing oral function. Conventional dentures have limited abilities to increase oral function long term because they rest on top of the gums and because tooth loss affects bone health. By anchoring dentures to implants, patients can enjoy more stability when eating and speaking. Implants will also keep the jaw active, therefore preventing bone deterioration – a natural process that affects those with missing teeth. Bone atrophy is one of the main reasons that dentures will fit improperly over time.
If you are in need of replacement teeth, we invite you to consult with our dentist. At your appointment, we will treat you with the compassion and care you deserve. We understand that your options can be overwhelming and our staff will do everything we can to accommodate you needs.
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Meet the Doctor
Craig L. Snyder, DDS has practiced dentistry in the Baltimore area for the past 28 years.
Dr. Snyder graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences, then attended the Georgetown University Dental School. Selected as one of America’s Top Dentists in 2004-2005, Dr. Snyder enhances his expertise with several continuing education courses every year. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Osseointegration, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS).
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The cost of dentures varies on the type a patient needs as well as whether one has dental insurance. Expenses associated with dentures are increased if a patient requires oral surgery for tooth removal. Since the cost of dentures can vary from person to person, we recommend consulting with our dentist on your treatment options and then ask for estimates from our staff based on treatment recommendations and your insurance coverage.
There are two types of dentures. Full dentures replace an arch of teeth in either the upper or the lower jaw. Two full dentures can be used to address total tooth loss. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used to address tooth loss throughout the mouth by fitting around existing biological teeth. Full and partial dentures are both custom made to lend as natural of an appearance as possible.
When a person first wears dentures, it will take some getting used to – especially full dentures. After this initial adjustment period, dentures will feel very comfortable if they fit properly. Since proper fit is important for one’s comfort, a denture is made specifically for a patient. Constructed in dental labs by technicians, dentures are made from very precise measurements. Dentures can become uncomfortable over time as the bone atrophies due to tooth loss. Because of this, dentures may need to be relined or replaced to ensure optimal comfort and function.
When dentures require repair or replacement, our team will do our best to serve your needs as quickly as possible. If your dentures are broken, call our office as soon as you can so that we can accommodate you.
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