Dentures – Annapolis, MD
A Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Tooth Loss Solution
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth and feel confident about your smile again? Whether you’ve lost a few teeth here and there or you have no natural pearly whites left, our team at Neil W. Vanik, DDA PA has a solution for you. We can bring back your gorgeous grin with a set of custom-made dentures in Annapolis. These prosthetic teeth are designed to improve your appearance as well as your ability to chew all of your favorite foods. To get started on rebuilding your smile, give us a call today!
Why Choose Neil W. Vanik, DDS PA for Dentures?
- Implant Dentures Available
- Calm & Relaxing Dental Office Environment
- Treatments Highly Personalized for Each Patient
Types of Dentures
Dentures come in various forms, each designed to treat a specific kind of tooth loss. Our dentists can examine your mouth and determine which type of denture would be best for you.
A full denture consists of an entire row of artificial teeth on a pink acrylic base. It sits on top of the gums and stays in place via a natural suction force or sometimes a bit of added denture adhesive. Once it’s in place, your whole top or bottom arch of missing teeth is instantly restored.
If you’re missing a few teeth in many areas of your mouth, a partial denture may be right for you. Like a full denture, a partial contains prosthetic teeth. However, these teeth are placed at strategic locations to complete your smile like a lost puzzle piece. Also, it is secured in place with metal clasps that fit behind your remaining teeth.
Unlike a traditional partial or full denture, an implant denture requires undergoing oral surgery. Your gums will be opened, allowing a specialist to place between four and six dental implants at precise locations and angles throughout your jaw. The titanium posts will fuse to your jawbone over the next several months. After that, you’ll return to our office and we’ll secure your personalized full or partial denture on top. Because of its surgical attachment, an implant denture offers greater stability and longevity than a traditional denture.
Are Dentures Right for Me?
Depending on the type of denture you’d like to receive, most patients who make good candidates for dentures have the following qualities:
- Are missing multiple teeth throughout the top or bottom arch
- Are missing all teeth along the top or bottom arch
- Have generally healthy gums
- Have a strong, healthy jawbone
For patients interested in an implant denture, the jawbone must be strong enough to accommodate the implant posts. If that is not currently the case, a bone graft or sinus lift must be performed to strengthen the bone.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures have existed in some form or fashion for centuries, but they have come a long way in recent years. You may have grown up hearing your grandparents complaining about their awkward and poorly fitting dentures, but today’s prosthetics are more lifelike and comfortable than ever before. Here are some of the benefits you can expect by restoring your smile with dentures:
- Improved appearance
- Confidence boost
- Renewed ability to eat chewy and crunchy foods
- Clear speech
- Better oral health
- Long-lasting restoration
- Comprehensive, cost-effective tooth loss solution
Dentures can be a life-changing tooth replacement option for people who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. However, replacing missing teeth is a huge decision, so it pays to be well-informed. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about dentures in Annapolis. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call . We’d be happy to walk you through the process and get you started with a consultation.
Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?
Repairing a damaged tooth whenever possible is always preferable to replacing it. Tooth extractions of any kind will only be recommended if deemed absolutely necessary, like when the tooth is too damaged to save thanks to extensive decay, severe infection, or trauma that has broken off most of the enamel. If all of the teeth in an arch are decayed or infected with gum disease, replacing them with dentures may be a viable option. However, your dentist will always explore all of your options before recommending extractions for dentures.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
Dentists generally recommend that you take your dentures out at night when it’s time to go to bed. When you first get your dentures, you’ll typically be told to keep them in your mouth for 24 hours, including sleep. After that, you should be taking it out every evening. Wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft tissue irritation and potentially speeding up ridge resorption. Taking dentures out gives the gums a chance to recover and get the nutrients they need during the night. Ultimately, taking out your dentures is a good idea when you catch some Zs.
Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?
If you need to have teeth extracted before getting dentures, you are likely to experience some discomfort after the oral surgery. Take your prescribed pain medication only as directed. The discomfort should improve three to five days after the procedure. When you first receive new dentures, some minor irritation may occur as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. The amount of time the discomfort lasts varies from person to person. If this persists, give us a call.
Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?
When you lose your teeth, your facial muscles will begin to sag, and that can give your face a sunken appearance. Getting dentures will mean providing support to the facial muscles that have collapsed, thus improving your appearance. Ill-fitting dentures may not give your facial muscles the proper support, so it’s important to design each restoration so it fits perfectly in the mouth. You should have a denture refitted or replaced as soon as you realize as soon as it doesn’t fit properly.