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That toothless smile that your parents loved when you lost your baby teeth isn’t so adorable in adulthood, when lost teeth because of gum disease, tooth decay, or even aging can sap your confidence. Missing teeth affect not only your smile but your ability to speak clearly and enjoy your favorite foods.
Luckily, our team at Dental One Associates of Woodson Square in Fairfax has several ways to replenish the beauty and function of your smile using a partial denture or a full denture.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are custom-made replacement teeth and gums that attach to a permanent or removable frame. They’re designed to fit your natural bite and mimic the translucency, color, and shape of natural teeth and gums. Aside from feeling comfortable and blending in seamlessly, dentures can last for years with proper care, making them a valuable long-term investment in your dental health.
Types of Affordable, Quality Dentures
Our dentists at Dental One Associates of Woodson Square are glad to discuss with you the various types of dentures available to meet your individual needs. Here’s a brief overview of the options we offer:
Full Denture / Complete Denture
If you’re missing all your teeth along your upper or lower jaw—or if they’re so damaged or decayed that they’ll need to be extracted—a full denture can bring your smile back. Also called a complete denture, this method replaces all the teeth along a complete upper or lower arch. It comes in two forms: a removable full denture that rests on the gums and stays in place with suction or dental adhesive, or a fixed full denture that snaps into place using dental implants.
As the name implies, implant-supported dentures are dentures that latch on to dental implants strategically placed in your gums and jaw. Although placing the implants involves minor oral surgery, some patients prefer this method because it avoids dental adhesive and gives you teeth 24-hours-a-day. It also helps prevent jaw recession and premature wrinkles around the mouth. READ MORE
A partial denture is best when replacing one or a few missing teeth. Similar to a bridge, a partial denture attaches to healthy adjacent teeth. Unlike a bridge, however, it uses clasps to remain secure, and it’s removable.
Flexible Partial Denture
Another discreet yet comfortable way to replace a small section of missing teeth is a flexible partial denture. This option has a lightweight, bendable base and gum-colored clasps, offering a snug fit that flexes with the movements of your mouth. This type of denture also is removable daily for cleaning.
The process of getting dentures varies for each person because of your overall dental health, the type of dentures involved, and your smile goals. To help you make an informed decision, we’ll consult with you first to assess your needs and discuss your options. Regardless of the dentures you choose, our dentist in Fairfax will take molds and measurements of your teeth and gums to ensure the best fit. We’ll provide you with a temporary denture to wear as needed until your custom dentures have been fashioned. Once those are ready, we’ll adjust them as needed so they look, work, and feel as they should.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
Just as the procedure for getting dentures varies by patient, so does the cost, depending on the type of dentures and any preparation your mouth needs beforehand. Our caring staff is glad to provide an estimate regarding how much your chosen dentures will cost.
What Is a Soft Reline for Dentures?
Sometimes changes in our gums or jawbone can cause dentures to feel sore or painful. If you notice such discomfort, our office in Fairfax can add a soft denture reline to the hard interior of your dentures. This cushiony yet pliable material can last up to two years.
What Happens if my Denture Breaks?
Accidents happen. Removable dentures can be dropped, stepped on, or snagged by the family pet. They can also weaken after years of daily wear and tear and exposure to hot and cold foods.
If your denture cracks, breaks, loses a tooth, or no longer fits as comfortably as it once did, please bring it in to our Dental One Associates of Woodson Square office. We’ll evaluate it to see the type of denture repair that is needed. Simple repairs we can make in our office; more complicated repairs may require us sending the denture to a dental lab.
Schedule a Denture Consultation in Fairfax Today
Ready to take the first steps toward having a radiant smile again? If you’d like to set up an appointment, or if you have additional questions, please call our office in Fairfax today at (571) 364-7943.