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By Frederick Dental Group
January 06, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

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?

Partial 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!

By Frederick Dental Group
May 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

When your teeth become severely damaged, decayed, or infected, your smile is not only incomplete but your health and comfort can be negatively impacted. While one or two missing teeth can be replaced by bridges or implants, many or all missing teeth will require the restoration of your smile.

At the Frederick Dental Group in Frederick, MD, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma can customize a solution for you. Dentures come in many types and there is often a fit that is right for you.

How do dentures work?

Dentures, available in full or partial sets, consist of a gum-colored base and artificial teeth. The base fits over the bone ridge and is held in place by suction. The artificial teeth attached to the base are sized, shaped, and tinted to look and perform like natural teeth, so you can resume the function of your bite.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Dentures are one of the more affordable replacements for missing teeth, costing less than dental implants. Dentures improve the appearance of your smile by filling in the gaps and spaces from missing teeth and are more natural-looking than you may have thought.

Dentures offer health benefits by allowing you to eat nutritious foods again. They support your facial structures, as multiple missing teeth can lead to the weakening of the jaw bone and significant changes in the structure of the face making the face appear older and collapsed.

How do you care for dentures?

Because dentures aren't permanent, you will need to remove them for sleeping and cleaning. Dentures should be brushed frequently and soaked overnight in water or a dental cleaning solution.

There may be an adjustment period to your dentures, as your mouth will need time to adjust to them. Once you are more accustomed to your dentures you should find them comfortable and secure-feeling.

What are the drawbacks of Dentures?

Dentures rely on adequate supporting bone to create the best fit and security of retention in the mouth. When there is diminished bone for support, dentures may be loose and move around during speech or chewing. Denture adhesive may be necessary to retain them. And, some patients have a gag reflex that may not allow the wearing of dentures. 

For these cases, implant-supported dentures may offer a solution that creates both stability and an esthetic result. Implant-supported dentures are locked in place over the implants and allow a more normal chewing experience than dentures alone. 

Whatever your need, there is a solution that we can assist you in determining. Our modern technology allows excellent diagnostic capability which assists in properly planning our cases. 

For more information or to set up a consultation, please call (301) 624-1001 and a team member will be happy to assist you. 

By Frederick Dental Group
January 05, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

While celebrating all that a new year brings, take a moment to remember the New Year's Day birthday of a true American patriot: the legendary Paul Revere. Ironically, he became a legend some 80 years after his midnight trek to warn colonists of approaching British troops, thanks to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1861 poem “Paul Revere's Ride.” He was much better known to his fellow Bostonians as a prosperous silversmith, engraver—and “artificial teeth” maker.

That's right. Among his many business endeavors, Revere's résumé also included dental prosthetics, specifically custom dentures made of ivory. For the time, his work was state-of-the-art technology that far surpassed older tooth replacement methods.

But when we compare Revere's foray into the dental arts and today's restorations, his high quality 18th Century dentures were the proverbial “horse and buggy,” while modern denture technology seems like “supersonic transport.” Not only are today's dentures made of superior materials that are more “toothlike” in appearance, the means to create them using digital technology gives wearers a more secure and comfortable fit.

The modern denture—an appliance that replaces multiple or all lost teeth—is composed of a polymer base, usually acrylic that is colored to resemble gum tissue. Attached to this base are the prosthetic (“false”) teeth that replace those lost along the jaw. These new teeth are usually made of a durable dental material like porcelain that looks and functions like real teeth.

The basic design of today's denture hasn't changed much in the last century. What has changed is our ability to create dentures that follow an individual jaw contours much more precisely. Using the latest digital technology, we're able to obtain highly accurate impressions of the mouth to guide the manufacturing process. Fit is critically important for how dentures feel and function in the mouth. If they are too loose, they become uncomfortable and limit which foods you can eat.

If that weren't enough, recent advancements with dental implants have taken dentures to an entirely new level, beyond anything imaginable in Revere's day. We're now able to create dentures that connect or are permanently affixed to implants set within the jaw, which makes them more stable and secure. An implant-supported denture also helps prevent bone loss, a weakness of traditional dentures, causing them to loosen over time.

As amazing as they are, we wouldn't have the modern version of dentures without craftsmen like Paul Revere who helped advance the cause of dental restoration. So, lift a glass of holiday cheer this season to this hero of the American Revolution—and of American dentistry.

If you would like more information about tooth replacement restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Frederick Dental Group
May 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

By Frederick Dental Group
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Appliances
Tags: dentures  

Find out if these restorations are just what you need to get your smile back.Dentures

You are dealing with significant tooth loss and you are ready to say goodbye to those ugly gaps in your smile but you’re not sure the best approach for doing this. Our Frederick, MD, dentists, Dr. Dave Verma and Dr. Arpana Verma, may be able to provide you with a simple and easy tooth replacement solution.

When most people think about dentures they often think that this is a restoration designed only for older individuals when, in essence, anyone dealing with significant tooth loss could benefit from these oral prosthetics. Dentures could be right for people of all ages who are dealing with tooth loss. You may want to consider dentures if:

  • You want to replace several or all of your missing teeth
  • You don’t want to undergo surgery
  • You want to get your new smile quickly
  • You are on a budget and want to be financially smart about your dental work
  • You want to restore your smile so that chewing and speaking are restored
  • You have unhealthy damaged teeth that need to be extracted

Partial vs. Full Dentures

Which kind of dentures is right for you? When you come in for a consultation our Frederick family dentists will be able to determine the best restoration to improve your smile and your oral health. If you still have some healthy teeth remaining then partial dentures will be all you require. Of course, if you have complete tooth loss or the remaining teeth are irreparable and need to be extracted, then full dentures will be the best option.

While dentures have certainly become better over the years thanks to advancements in dental technology, some people still find themselves a bit disappointed by them. Even though dentures are meant to give you artificial teeth they won’t function in much the same way as real teeth. You may find that dentures sometimes move or shift around in your mouth. You may also find that certain foods are still a bit difficult to eat.

If you still aren’t satisfied with your dentures after giving yourself some time to get used to them then you may want to consider getting dental implants to stabilize your dentures and hold them in place.

If you are looking to get affordable, quality dentures in Frederick, MD, then it’s time to allow the dental experts at Frederick Dental Group to create a beautiful new smile for you.