While we can customize dentures to fit a patient’s teeth perfectly at Montgomery Dental Associates, there are still a few key factors that patients need to understand before getting dentures. Fortunately, dental technology advancements allow this process to be easier than ever before.
There are different dentures, two of which are removable dentures and implant dentures. Removable dentures are a more traditional option that requires the patient to remove them at night when they sleep. Implant dentures are not removable since we attach them directly to the jaw. We will not recommend implant dentures unless the patient is healthy and if the patient does not have any teeth left to use.
To determine the best type of dentures for the patient, we will conduct a thorough examination of the patient’s teeth and current level of oral health. We will continue through other steps in the process for a patient who is interested in getting dentures. Below is a list of the steps in the process.
The first step is for our team to examine the patient’s teeth and determine the patient’s oral health state. During this examination, the Rockville MD dentist will search for any signs of infection, tooth decay, previous dental work that can hinder the denture process and search for any other teeth that may need removal before placing the dentures.
After the consultation, the dentist will take a mold of the teeth and measurements to ensure that the dentures fit the remaining teeth exactly. We will then send these results to a dental lab to build the dentures to the specifications.
Once we complete the dentures, we will bring the patient in for a fitting to ensure the dentures fit without issue. We will ensure that the individual can use the dentures without pain or issue. If necessary, we will make adjustments to the dentures during this appointment.
While there will not be any pain, it may take time to adapt to wearing the dentures. It may take some time to adapt to eating and speaking with the dentures, but the patient will eventually have the same function and control as regular teeth.
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The dentures that one gets from our office will be a custom fit to the individual’s mouth but may take some time before the individual has complete mastery of the dentures. Dentures also require proper oral hygiene to last as long as possible. However, proper care will not involve typical brushing with toothpaste.
The proper care of dentures will require using a specific type of brush and a liquid solution that does not harm the material of the dentures. The patient will also need to soak the removable dentures in the solution at least every night when the patient sleeps. Since there are different dentures, we will go over the most effective care methods for the type of dentures the patient has. We will also recommend the best type of solution for cleaning the dentures and where to get them.
Just because the patient does not have any teeth does not mean the gums cannot get infected. Thus, patients without teeth need to brush their gums at least twice a day. Using water to rinse the dentures after removing them from the mouth, patients need to gently brush the gums with toothpaste.
Regular brushing and keeping the dentures clean will help ensure that the patient does not have an infection growing in the mouth. It is important for the patient to also brush the tongue and along the roof of the mouth. While this may take some time for a patient to adjust to, proper oral hygiene is crucial for keeping dentures in the best condition possible.
With proper oral hygiene, patients also need to avoid dropping the dentures on the counter or ground in the bathroom. While dentures are sturdy, they are not unbreakable. If the patient needs repairs on dentures, it is crucial to call us and seek assistance. Attempting to repair the dentures without professional expertise can result in catastrophic results.
For more information on the denture process and if dentures are the right choice for you, give us a call to schedule a consultation today.