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How Dentures Can Help

It can be very uncomfortable going through life with several missing teeth. Simple tasks such as talking and eating can become difficult, and can make people feel very self-conscious. Furthermore, patients who are not able to eat the healthy foods they need tend to have a shorter life expectancy. Dentures in Mechanicsville from St. Mary’s Dental can help replace a patient’s missing teeth so they can function normally in their lives.

What Are Partial and Complete Dentures?

Dentures use prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base to replace a portion or entire set of teeth. Partial dentures fit among your remaining natural teeth in order to fill in the gaps. This allows us to preserve your teeth without needing to modify them. As the name suggests, a complete set of dentures is used to replace a whole arch of teeth. Dentures can be held in place using natural suction, metal clasps, or dental implants. The fit and look of your dentures will depend completely on what best suits your needs. The goal is to give you a set of teeth that is both natural looking and practical.

How We Create Your Dentures

The first step to getting dentures is to visit Dr. Gina McCray or Dr. Kara Demer so that they can evaluate your teeth and mouth to see if dentures are the best solution for you. If they are, they will begin the process by taking several x-rays and scans of your mouth and jaw. This information will be used to create a series of wax models that you will try on in order to to find the ideal look and feel. Once you have decided on the fit and appearance, the last model will be used to help cast your actual dentures. Further adjustments can be made even after you have your final set. The entire process usually takes multiple visits over the course of a few weeks.

 Using Your New Dentures

After you have gotten your dentures, you will be advised to wear them for 24 hours a day so your soft tissue can begin to adapt to them. A small amount of denture adhesive may be necessary to secure them. Talking and eating will not feel natural at first, but they will after a few weeks of using the dentures. Practice reading out loud and try to eat softer foods to help this process go faster. They may feel uncomfortable initially, but eventually they will feel like you’ve always had them. You can always come back for adjustments if you are feeling too much discomfort.

Let Us Help You

You don’t need to let your missing teeth hold you back anymore and cause you problems. The solution is waiting for you at St. Mary’s Dental.

If you are curious about how a set of dentures could help you, please make an appointment with us today.

28160 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659 USA
Gina McCray, DDS Family & cosmetic dentist in Mechanicsville, MD (301) 884-3248 (301) 884-7461 stmarysdental@rcn.com