Dentures provide patients with more than just artificial teeth. For many, they’re a method for reclaiming your smile. Samira Shenasi, DDS, and the team of dental professionals at Dental Town DC in Washington, DC, provide their patients with natural-looking and comfortable dentures that help them rediscover their beautiful smile. To get started, schedule a visit with Dental Town DC today by calling the office or booking an appointment with the online tool.
Dentures are an oral prosthetic that replaces your teeth. Depending on your needs and preferences, dentures can either be fixed or removable.
In most cases, dentures are made up of a gum-colored base that attaches to your smile and holds your artificial teeth in place. The artificial teeth are typically made from porcelain or composite resin and are designed to look just like your natural teeth.
Dentures have improved immeasurably in recent years. Today’s dentures are much more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than they used to be, giving you a replacement smile that looks and feels just like the real thing.
Dentures can be broken down into a few different types of categories. First, your dentures can either be full or partial, depending on how many teeth in your smile you’re replacing.
If you still have some healthy natural teeth that you’d like to keep, Dr. Shenasi may recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures are designed to replace only some of your teeth and attach to your smile in a way that lets your natural teeth and your artificial denture teeth work together side by side.
If you don’t have any natural teeth in either your upper or lower jaw or both, or if you’re planning to extract your remaining teeth, you can get full dentures, which replace all of the teeth in one or both of your arches.
There are also different varieties of dentures depending on how you’d like your dentures to attach to your mouth.
Most traditional dentures attach to your gums with a suction or adhesive mechanism, but Dental Town DC also offers implant-supported dentures, which connect more securely to your mouth with a series of dental implants.
Dental implants are surgically inserted artificial tooth roots. Once in place, your dental implants fuse with the bone tissue in your jaw, providing an incomparably sturdy foundation for your dentures.
Dentures are much more comfortable than they used to be, but they still require a brief period of adjustment as the muscles in your mouth get used to working with the new appliance.
During your adjustment period, you might notice some nausea and an increased flow of saliva, but that will go away as soon as your mouth adjusts to its new tool.
Get started with your dentures today and schedule a consultation with Dental Town DC by phone or online.