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Dentures – Millersville, MD

Repair Your Smile & Your confidence

Extensive tooth loss can be painful and stressful, but at McCarl Dental Group in Millersville, MD, our dentists make sure that the tooth replacement process is comfortable and stress free. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you reclaim your smile, you can call our knowledgeable dental team or use our online appointment request form. During a consultation visit, we’ll examine your smile and review all of your tooth replacement options.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic teeth crafted to restore smiles after extensive tooth loss. For a person who has lost numerous consecutive and/or nonconsecutive teeth or an entire arch of teeth, dentures can be crafted to completely restore the smile and bite to the ideal form and function.

Your Options for Dentures

Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, we may recommend either a partial or full denture, and for increased security and longevity, we offer implant-retained dentures. You can learn more about each option below.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps in the smile. Like other types of dentures, a gum-colored and/or metallic base material is used to support the replacement teeth. The partial denture base is molded to fit snuggly between remaining teeth, and in most cases, it clips into place supported by healthy remaining teeth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are crafted in a similar way, using a base material to support the replacement teeth. Unlike partials, full dentures do not have remaining teeth to provide support. Instead, the base is molded to fit against the gum tissue. The tight fit between the denture base and soft tissue creates suction that, in conjunction with denture adhesive, will hold the prosthetic firmly in place.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Traditional dentures are removable, and while they are much better than going without a full smile, they do not offer the longest lasting or most comfortable tooth replacement solution. For those who want a prosthetic that functions more like their natural smile, an implant-retained denture may be the better option. Using between two and six dental implant posts (replacement tooth roots) to provide support, the partial or full denture is anchored to your smile. Some dentures have a “snap in and out” feature in the implants and some are permanently attached. These implant supported prosthetics function much more like your natural smile.

Learn More About Dental Implant Dentures

How Dentures Are Made

While dentures have been around for centuries, in various forms, the materials and processes used to create these prosthetics have changed drastically. Thanks to advancements in dentistry, patients’ teeth now look more natural and feel comfortable while wearing them. If you are an individual who is preparing to receive these prosthetics to replace your missing teeth, learning how dentures are made in Millersville can be an eye-opening experience, as you will appreciate the time and skill it takes to create a smile that will last.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Two parts make up a denture – the base and its artificial teeth. Here is a brief description of what is required for each:

  • The Base – The base of your denture will likely be made from acrylic and mimic the shade of your natural gum tissue. If a partial denture is what you require, you can expect there to be a metal component that allows for the prosthetic to attach to natural teeth and remain in place.
  • Artificial Teeth – The teeth that are created and attached to the base of dentures are often crafted from acrylic or porcelain. The reason is that they are capable of mirroring the shade of tooth enamel, so they appear more natural.

The Denture Creation Process

The denture creation process requires several steps. After taking impressions or digital images of your mouth and jaw, we will send them off to a dental laboratory. Here, lab technicians will create a wax model using the impression or image provided. This will help to create the proposed shape, color, and fit of the denture.

After placing the wax model in a device known as an articulator, your custom teeth will be put into place with wax before a technician begins to carve and shape the wax so that it takes the shape of your gums.

A flask is then used to house the dentures, while plaster is poured in to help retain the shape of the dentures. After placing the flask in hot water, the wax melts and is removed. Lab technicians will then use a liquid separator to add to the plaster so that acrylic will not attach once injected into the flask.

The process continues with the technician removing the plaster and placing the dentures in an ultrasonic bath. This helps to remove any plaster that may remain on the prosthetics. After cutting any additional acrylic off and polishing the dentures, they are returned to our office.

You will return to undergo your fitting to make sure that your new teeth look and feel good the moment you put them in your mouth.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

The adjustment phase for dentures is expected but only temporary. You will likely experience some challenges while attempting to eat or speak initially; however, you will receive detailed information that is designed to help you navigate this adjustment period. A few things you’re likely to see on the list include:

  • Eat soft foods in the beginning to help your mouth become accustomed to chewing and keeping your denture in place.
  • Practice reading aloud so that certain words and syllables become easier to pronounce over time.
  • Make sure to clean your dentures each time you finish eating and allow them to soak at night while you sleep.

The soft tissues inside your mouth need time to adjust to the new objects in your mouth. But there is no need to worry, as your tongue, cheeks, and other facial structures will become more familiar with these prosthetics over time.

Benefits of Dentures

There are many benefits to renewing your smile with dentures, including:

  • Better self-esteem, knowing your smile is whole again
  • Ability to eat a wider range of nutrient-rich foods
  • Support to facial structures to prevent drooping, sagging appearance
  • Easy to clean and care for

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

The cost of your denture will vary based on many factors, including the number of missing teeth, materials used to craft the denture, and whether or not you’ll need to have teeth extracted before the denture is placed. During your consultation appointment with our team, we’ll walk you through all of your denture options, discussing the cost of each as well as dental insurance coverage and financing options to help you fit the cost of your tooth replacement prosthetic into your budget.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

An important component to remember when it comes to receiving customized dentures to replace your missing teeth is that your case will be different than another patient’s treatment plan. As a result, you cannot expect to pay the same price.

When meeting with a member of our McCarl Dental Group at Shipley’s Choice team, you will be evaluated based on the following criteria that are used to formulate cost estimates:

  • How many teeth are you missing? This will determine if you need a full or partial denture.
  • Do you require periodontal therapy or tooth extraction beforehand? Do you need bone grafting to further support a new smile?
  • Will your dentures be crafted from acrylic or porcelain?

Anytime you are faced with the reality of undergoing extensive dental care, you may inquire about more cost-effective solutions. It’s natural to want to save money, but you shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to your smile. Other professionals may use cheaper materials to produce full or partial dentures, but if you choose to go this route, you can expect that your new teeth will not last as long nor remain as durable.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

If you are one of the many individuals who are interested in dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you’ll be pleased to learn that although the initial cost is higher, the long-term investment will bring you stability, confidence and comfort. You’ll enjoy a smile that remains firmly fused with the bone tissues so that your teeth withstand normal, daily wear and tear

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

You have the option to review your plan or have a member of our team do it for you to determine if you have coverage for dentures. In many cases, dental insurance companies offer to pay anywhere from 50% or more of the total cost so that your out-of-pocket expenses are significantly less. We’ll be happy to review your policy and make suggestions as to how you can get the most out of your plan.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

Instead of maxing out your credit cards or forgoing treatment altogether, our team is pleased to offer flexible, interest-free financing through CareCredit. Here, you can enroll in one of their available plans so that you spread out the cost of treatment over several months, reducing your initial cost and allowing you to move forward with care.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures

We know that replacing missing teeth with dentures is a big step, and before you get started with a tooth replacement plan, you will likely have questions. Below, we’ve included the answers to some frequently asked questions about dentures that we hear from our patients, but this is not a comprehensive list. Our Millersville dentists and the McCarl Dental Group team are always happy to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

How do I Get Used to Dentures?

When you first begin wearing removable dentures, it will take time for you to get used to the way they feel and function. To get used to your dentures, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Give them a chance! You need to wear them.  If a “sore spot” develops, see your dentist for an adjustment.
  • Sing or practice tongue twisters while wearing your denture. This will help you adjust to the ways your new teeth move, so you can speak more clearly.
  • Test out chewing different foods. Start with softer foods. Then, work your way up to more difficult to chew foods as you feel comfortable.
  • Don’t sleep in your dentures as this puts unnecessary stress on your jaw and soft tissues and can damage the prosthetic. The exception to this rule is if you had recent extractions and an immediate denture is being used as a bandage.

How do I Take Care of My Dentures?

Caring for your dentures is extremely important. You should brush your dentures after wearing them, using a specialized denture brush to remove stuck on food, plaque, and bacteria from the prosthetic teeth and the denture base. Once your prosthetic is free of debris, store it in a glass of cool water or cleansing solution until you’re ready to wear it again. Before replacing the denture, carefully rinse the prosthetic. If you have natural teeth remaining, you should brush and floss these teeth as usual. If you don’t have any remaining natural teeth, you should use an oral rinse and/or water flosser to remove foods, bacteria, and plaque from soft tissues every day.

What Foods Can I Eat with Dentures?

With a removable denture, you may not be able to eat all of your favorite foods, but with some adjustments, you can eat a full range of nutritious foods. As you’re getting used to the denture, start by eating very soft foods like mashed potatoes and applesauce. Then, gradually work your way up to more difficult to chew foods as you feel comfortable. If you notice pain or your denture comes loose as you eat, you may want to forego that food item in the future.

How Long do Dentures Last?

Every person is different, but with proper care, a traditional, removable partial denture can last for five to ten years. Research indicates that dental implant supported dentures can last much longer with a 99% success rate after twenty years.

Should I Consider Dental Implant Supported Dentures?

Dental implant supported dentures offer numerous benefits compared with traditional dentures, so we recommend all patients consider this option before making their final tooth replacement plan. Some of the many benefits of dental implant supported dentures include:

  • Long lasting – implant dentures are proven to last more than twice as long as traditional dentures.
  • Comfortable – unlike removable dentures that can slip and cause pain, dental implant supported dentures will stay put, causing less discomfort.
  • Eat better – with dental implant supported dentures, you can eat a wider variety of foods, even those that can be difficult to chew with removable dentures.
  • Preserve oral structures – traditional dentures place pressure on the gums and jawbone, which causes them to diminish over time. Dental implant posts provide the necessary stimulation to preserve healthy bone and soft tissue as well as supporting the dentures more like natural tooth structures.