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Dentures Dentist in Gaithersburg, Potomac, Rockville

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What are dentures (plates)? How do dentures work? 

Dentures are a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. They are made of plastic, metal, or a combination of the two. Dentures do not feel like natural teeth, and will take a while to get used to. They can often feel awkward or uncomfortable at first. 


Dentures have a pink acrylic that looks like gums, with acrylic teeth chosen to match your face shape and personal esthetic. The pink acrylic base on top covers the roof of your mouth to provide suction to keep it in place. The lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe. 


Complete denture

A complete denture is made of resin and plastic. It replaces all of the teeth in your mouth. 

Partial denture

A partial denture is made of metal and plastic. The metal skeleton is a framework with clasps and features that interact with your remaining teeth to hold the denture in place and keep it from moving around too much as you talk and chew.


When do I need a denture?

You can choose to have a denture made when you are missing teeth in your mouth. Dentures are often the most economical option to replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures will not prevent bone resorption and can even contribute to faster bone resorption in your jaws. 


How to get a denture

Denture fabrication involves multiple fitting visits to ensure the proper shape and position of the teeth in your denture. The denture must be carefully fitted in to work in harmony with skeletal and muscular elements in your face. The teeth must be in a precise, unique location for you to be able to make accurate sounds in speech. 


After your denture is initially delivered, you will need a follow up adjustment visit 1 week later. It is normal to have sore spots in your mouth when you receive a new denture. Your dentist will relieve these areas when you return for an adjustment.  

In the Gaithersburg, Potomac, and Rockville areas, dentures may cost anywhere between $1500-3000 per arch (upper or lower).

How long do dentures last?

Over time, your denture will need to be relined, adjusted, or remade due to normal wear on the prosthesis and natural changes in your mouth. If your denture feels loose, worn, or is irritating your gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have your denture fitted. 


If you have questions about dentures or need an appointment for denture adjustment or fabrication, contact us here. 


How long before I get used to my dentures?

It could take weeks or months to fully adapt to your new set of dentures. New dentures often feel bulky, loose, or uncomfortable as your cheek and tongue muscles get used to holding the dentures in place. You may also feel like you have excess saliva.


If you are experiencing denture irritation, contact us for an appointment here.

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