If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, full or partial dentures can preserve your jaw, boost your confidence, and make chewing and speaking easier. At her self-titled practice in North Bethesda, Maryland, Jane Brodsky, DMD, MS, and the team offer both full and partial dentures. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office or click the online scheduling tool and request your consultation today.
Dentures are a type of removable prosthetic used to replace missing teeth and gum tissue. Dr. Jane Brodsky and the team offer two different types of dentures:
If you’re missing all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth, you’re a good candidate for full dentures. Full dentures feature white prosthetic teeth and a gum-colored base that rest on your remaining gum ridge. Extractions are typically necessary in order to receive full dentures.
Removable, or partial dentures, feature a series of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored acrylic base. If you have healthy teeth in your upper or lower jaw, the team might recommend partial dentures. In addition to filling the spaces created by missing teeth, partial dentures prevent your other teeth from moving or changing position.
If you’re receiving full dentures and your remaining teeth are damaged as a result of decay or gum disease, Dr. Jane Brodsky performs a series of in-office extractions.
After removing your remaining teeth, you’re sent home to recover for a period of between 8-12 weeks. If you have a history of sensitive teeth or gums, your dentist might also recommend immediate dentures, so you don’t have to live without teeth while your mouth heals.
Getting dentures typically takes a period of months and a series of multiple appointments.
After extracting your remaining teeth and determining the type of dentures you’ll most benefit from, Dr. Brodsky measures your jaw and takes a series of impressions. She uses these impressions to create a series of plastic molds that you try on. After assessing the color, shape, and fit of each denture mold, Dr. Brodsky sends the molds to a laboratory that manufactures your final set of dentures.
A week or two later, you return to Dr. Jane Brodsky and try on your new dentures. Dr. Brodsky makes adjustments as necessary and provides you with a list of cleaning and maintenance instructions.
Don’t let missing teeth negatively impact your confidence or quality of life. To learn more about dentures, make an appointment at Jane Brodsky, DMD, MS, by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool today.