A denture is an oral appliance that can replace some or all of your teeth. Dentures are a common treatment for tooth loss or extensive damage. They are removable and custom-made to fit your mouth. Dentures can be made to look exactly like your natural teeth or slightly different depending on your specific needs and preferences. 

If you are a candidate for dentures, our dentist in Greenbelt, MD, will evaluate your oral health and talk to you about your goals for your smile. We will take measurements and impressions of your gums to create your new custom dentures and ensure a comfortable fit. 

Once they are in place, your dentures will take some getting used to. Eating and speaking will take some time and practice, but, as you get used to your dentures, you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods and speak normally again and they will feel more and more comfortable. 

Who Needs Dentures?

If your teeth have been knocked out, lost due to decay or periodontal disease, or otherwise damaged beyond repair, then you may need new teeth to restore your smile’s function and appearance. New teeth can also help you eat and speak more comfortably. Depending on your needs, our dentist in Greenbelt, MD, may recommend full or partial dentures.

Full dentures are worn by patients who have lost all of their teeth. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain in the mouth. Both types of dentures are removable and should be maintained daily by brushing and soaking. 

Brushing the gums and remaining natural teeth also helps stimulate the gum tissue, prevent bone loss, and remove plaque and food particles that can cause gum inflammation and other oral problems that can lead to further tooth loss. Soaking the dentures in denture solution can help prevent the buildup of plaque and also remove food debris.

How to Care For Your Dentures?

Our dentist in Greenbelt, MD, will prescribe a special cleaning solution to use on your new dentures. It’s important to follow the directions, as using too much cleaner or leaving the denture to soak for too long can cause damage. 

Always rinse the denture thoroughly before placing it back into your mouth, so leftover debris doesn’t cause irritation to your gums. It’s also a good idea to purchase a specialized toothbrush for cleaning your dentures rather than using your standard brush. This will prevent damage to the appliance and ensure it lasts longer.

Want to learn more about our dental procedures? Call us at (301) 321-9966 or visit our dental office located at 7501 Greenway Center Dr Suite 260, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

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