405 Frederick Road, Suite 150, Catonsville, MD 21228
We want our Catonsville and Annapolis patients to know if many of your teeth are loose or painful, it may be too late to save them. In most cases, loose or painful teeth are caused by advanced periodontal disease. Periodontal disease also causes bone loss, and if it's not caught in time, because there's too little support for them, your teeth may have to be removed.
Removing your teeth and replacing them with a denture may be the best way to eliminate the infection caused by periodontal disease and restore the health of your mouth. To begin the process of making a denture, we first take impressions of your mouth. From these impressions, we make precise working models of your mouth, and it's on these models that we make the denture. We'll work with you to select the best color and shape for your new teeth. When your denture is ready, we'll thoroughly numb your mouth and extract your remaining teeth. After your teeth are removed, we'll immediately place your denture.
For the first twenty-four hours, your new dentures will feel tight because your gums are swollen. As your bone heals over the next six to nine months, your gums will shrink and your denture will feel loose. When this happens, we'll use a temporary lining material to tighten the fit. After the period of healing is complete, we'll either construct an entirely new final denture or send your dentures back to the lab to be relined for its final fit.
Some temporary problems are a normal part of adjusting to your new denture. At first, your denture may tip when you chew. You may notice increased salivary flow. It may seem bulky, and you may gag a little. Your tongue will feel crowded, and you may have difficulty speaking. But don't worry, as you get used to your new denture, these problems will go away.
Like learning any new skill, eating with your new denture will at first feel awkward. But with time and practice, you'll make the adjustment. Nobody likes to lose their teeth, but when your teeth are infected, removing them and getting dentures can improve your health, smile, and confidence.
A partial denture can be a good way to replace missing teeth. When you save your remaining teeth and have a partial denture, you'll chew better, look better, and have a healthier mouth. A typical partial denture is held in place by metal clasps that fit around the anchor teeth.
The process of making an partial denture involves a series of appointments. Though the process varies in each individual case, it usually involves minor shaping of the teeth followed by impressions. Models are made from the impressions and it's on the models that the partial framework and final partial denture are fabricated in a dental laboratory. After several try-ins and adjustments, the partial denture is seated.
By filling in spaces, it prevents neighboring teeth from shifting. If missing teeth aren't replaced, it can set off a chain reaction that can result in cavities and periodontal disease. It also helps balance your bite. This means you'll chew better and have a healthier jaw joint. Partials also add support to your cheeks and lips. This support is necessary to speak clearly and look your best.
Some temporary problems are a normal part of adjusting to a new partial denture. At first, it may tip when you chew. You may notice increased salivary flow. It may seem bulky. You may gag a little. Your tongue will feel crowded, and you may have difficulty speaking. But don't worry; as you get used to your new partial these problems will go away. With time and practice, you'll make the adjustment and be eating with confidence.