If you are considering a denture, you might be wondering about the different options to choose from. What will work best for you? Which one should you choose? These are all great questions that Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, want to help you with.
You might need a new denture if you have missing or damaged teeth, or if you’ve worn a denture for a long time. Modern denture materials can provide a denture that looks natural and helps you enjoy the foods you love. The right new denture can restore your self-esteem and confidence too.
A full denture is a great choice if you want to replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. If you need a full denture, you can choose from:
- An immediate denture, which is delivered immediately after your teeth are removed; this type of denture has the advantage of you leaving the office with a full set of teeth. After the area has healed completely, a second permanent denture will be made.
- A conventional denture, which is created and placed over healed tissue after 6 to 8 weeks; conventional dentures are great because you only have to become accustomed to one denture.
- An overdenture, which uses dental implants or retained root tips to provide support and conserve the bone in your jaws; the overdenture is simply snapped in place over the implants or root tips.
A partial denture is the choice to make if you only want to replace a few teeth and not an entire arch. If you need a partial denture, you can choose from:
- A transitional partial denture, a great choice if you want to move on to dental implants and don’t want to live without teeth; transitional partial dentures are a temporary choice and are often less expensive.
- A removable partial denture, the perfect choice if you don’t want implants later; removable partial dentures are made of strong, sturdy materials that will last.
You deserve a denture that enhances your appearance and your life. For more information about tooth replacement options call Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, today! To reach our office, call 301-624-1001.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Sometime around the late teens or early twenties, people’s wisdom teeth start to erupt. These are the third and final set of molars. When wisdom teeth come in properly — meaning they are correctly aligned — they do not interfere with the chewing power. Unfortunately, more often than not, wisdom teeth are misaligned, become impacted and unable to erupt, and need to be removed. If you're in need of a wisdom tooth removal, set up your appointment with Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma at Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD.
Why do we have wisdom teeth?
It is thought that we have wisdom teeth because — back in the day — we ate a diet that consisted of more rough foods, like roots, leaves, and meat, all of which required more heavy-duty chewing power. As evolution progressed and diets changed, the human jaw has decreased in size creating no space for the 3rd molars. In fact, some people do not develop them at all.
Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed
While there is no clear-cut rule that says every single person needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, there are certain situations where one or more wisdom teeth are causing a problem or have a strong likelihood that problems will eventually arise in the future that warrants their removal.
1. Fully Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is “impacted”, it means that the tooth is covered partially or completely by gum or bone, thereby preventing it from erupting through the gum. This often occurs when the mouth is too small to allow enough room for the tooth to emerge. Because bacteria, food, or other mouth substances can be lodged under the gum that covers the wisdom tooth, it can lead to an acute abscess, known as pericoronitis.
2. Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, meaning the tooth has partially emerged from the gums, it is almost always advised to be removed. Because of its location in the very back of the mouth, a partially erupted wisdom tooth is more susceptible to not only decay and cavities, but also gum disease.
3. Other Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed
If you experience any of the below dental issues or changes in your dental health, removal of your wisdom tooth (teeth) may be necessary:
- Pain at or surrounding the wisdom tooth site, including the jaw or cheek area
- Repetitive infections
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay (extensive)
- Damage to surrounding teeth
It is important to know that the decision to have a wisdom tooth removed isn’t always cut and dry. It is essential to talk to Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma about the alignment of your wisdom teeth if they have already erupted, the health of your wisdom teeth if impacted or partially impacted, and your overall dental health to determine what is best for your situation. Contact Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, to schedule an appointment today! Call 301-624-1001.
If you are looking for ways to replace missing teeth, Frederick Dental Group can help. We offer several denture options, including both removable and fixed options. Our experienced dentists will work with you to find the best solution to fit your life. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma are professionals who will create affordable dentures for you in Frederick, MD. We are always accepting new patients and look forward to assisting you with various denture options.
Who Should Get Dentures?
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth. They can replace some or all the teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw. Dentures are useful for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, tooth decay, gum problems, an oral infection, or old age.
What are the Different Types of Dentures?
A partial denture is an affordable option to replace multiple missing teeth. They are custom-made to fit your mouth. With a partial denture, you can eat and smile again, restoring your confidence in public. The replacement teeth fit around your existing teeth. These dentures can be made in different ways, often allowing them to be nearly invisible when worn. Partial dentures are easier to create and deliver without inconveniencing the patient.
Conventional Full Dentures
With a conventional set, your new teeth will come out of the mouth in one piece, and you will need to remove them at night. Complete dentures can be more inconvenient. Most patients will elect to have IMMEDIATE DENTURES. If you want fast, affordable dentures in Frederick, MD, we can give you immediate dentures. With an immediate denture, we will measure your mouth and fit you for dentures. The teeth are removed, and the dentures are immediately inserted into your mouth following the procedure. This skips over being without teeth which patients appreciate a great deal. There are more adjustments with this type of denture and a final denture is typically constructed once healing is complete. A more CONVENTIONAL/TRADITIONAL route is to remove all the teeth, allow multiple weeks of healing prior to construction of dentures. Most patients find this way to be quite inconvenient as they have to be edentuous for multiple weeks before having their dentures made.
The Frederick Dental Group is the perfect place for all your dentures options in Frederick, MD. Call Drs. Verma at (301) 624-1001 for an appointment today. We look forward to helping you get your smile back!
Gingivitis is often a sneaky problem that can develop quickly and leave damaged gum tissue. Given the recent pandemic and disruption in many patients' routine health visits, this can become an issue quickly. Regularly scheduled visits to the dentist help avoid and catch these issues quickly. Frederick Dental Group can provide a Frederick dentist for Frederick, MD residents to help with this issue. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma fully understand this problem and will be able to assist you to restore your oral health to its natural state.
How Gingivitis Develops
Gingivitis starts when starches and sugars from the food you eat interact with the bacteria in your mouth. They can produce plaque, a type of biofilm that can quickly harden and spread throughout your teeth. When this plaque is not adequately removed by brushing and flossing, it can cause irritation in the gingival tissues surrounding the teeth. In some cases, it may form beneath the gum line as tartar, move to your gums, and cause gingivitis. Gingivitis can be the start of larger issues that can lead to and cause permanent bone loss.
Before visiting a dentist, though, it is good to know what kind of symptoms indicate gingivitis. Doing so helps make it easier to manage this problem and gives you a better oral healthcare plan. Here's what you need to know about the many symptoms of gingivitis.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Make sure you watch for:
- Swollen or irritated gums that may be tender to the touch
- Red gums that may worsen in color density
- Gums that bleed easily even when brushed or flossed even softly
- Bad breath that just refuses to go away
This health issue is one that you must take seriously.
Let Us Help You
Do you need a Frederick dentist whom you can trust in Frederick, MD? Is your gingivitis getting out of control, and you're tired of being in pain? Then please contact us at Frederick Dental Group right away to learn more. Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma can help you better understand your oral health concerns and give you the care you need to recover. Call 301-624-1001 to get started today.
Ashley Graham has a beautiful and valuable smile—an important asset to her bustling career as a plus-size model and television host. But she recently revealed on Instagram a “confrontation” between one of her teeth and a frozen oatmeal cookie. The cookie won.
Holding her hand over her mouth during the video until the last moment, Graham explained how she sneaked a cookie from her mom's freezer and took a bite of the frozen treat. Taking her hand from her mouth, she revealed her broken tooth.
Okay, maybe it wasn't an actual tooth that was broken: the denticle in question appeared to have been previously altered to accommodate a porcelain veneer or crown. But whatever was once there wasn't there anymore.
Although her smile was restored without too much fuss, Graham's experience is still a cautionary tale for anyone with dental work (and kudos to her for being a good sport and sharing it). Although dental work in general is quite durable, it is not immune to damage. Biting down on something hard, even as delicious as one of mom's frozen oatmeal cookies, could run you the risk of popping off a veneer or loosening a crown.
To paraphrase an old saying: Take care of your dental work, and it will take care of you. Don't use your teeth in ways that put your dental work at risk, tempting as it may be given your mouth's mechanical capabilities.
Even so, it's unwise—both for dental work and for natural teeth—to use your teeth and jaws for tasks like cracking nuts or prying open containers. You should also avoid biting into foods or substances with hard textures like ice or a rock-hard cookie from the freezer, especially if you have veneers or other cosmetic improvements.
It's equally important to clean your mouth daily, and undergo professional cleanings at least twice a year. That might not seem so important at first since disease-causing organisms won't infect your dental work's nonliving materials. But infection can wreak havoc on natural tissues like gums, remaining teeth or underlying bone that together often support dental enhancements. Losing that support could lead to losing your dental work.
And it's always a good idea to have dental work, particularly dentures, checked regularly. Conditions in the mouth can change, sometimes without you noticing them, so periodic examinations by a trained dental provider could prevent or treat a problem before it adversely affects your dental work.
We're glad Ashley Graham's trademark smile wasn't permanently harmed by that frozen cookie, and yours probably wouldn't be either in a similar situation. But don't take any chances, and follow these common sense tips for protecting your dental work.
If you would like more information on care and maintenance of cosmetic dental work, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before” and “Dental Implant Maintenance.”
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