Dentures in West Annapolis, MD
Tooth loss can have a devastating impact on your self-esteem, change the way you speak, and prevent you from enjoying the foods you once loved. At Chesapeake Bay Dentistry, our top Annapolis, MD dentist understands these things and provides quality replacement teeth to Maryland patients as a result. Dentures and implant-supported dentures in Annapolis make it easy to reclaim your smile and your lifestyle.
Today’s modern dentures allow our dentist to replace your teeth with a life-like arch of new teeth—heads above the dentures that offered in previous decades. These denture advancements mean you can smile with confidence, not worry about your speaking voice, and enjoy your favorite foods again.
If you’re seeking tooth-replacement in Annapolis, MD, get in touch with a member of our friendly dental team today to schedule an exam with Dr. Polizois, our compassionate and friendly dentist.
Meanwhile, check out some of the questions we often hear from patients seeking dentures in the Annapolis area. We'd love to hear questions from you as well!
- What are dentures?
- What is the denture process in Annapolis, MD?
- What are my denture options?
- Are partial dentures similar to a dental bridge?
- How do I know if I need a new denture?
- How do I take care of my dentures?
- Are dentures expensive?
- Do you accept my insurance?
What are dentures?
Dentures are restoration teeth affixed to plates or appliances that fill in for missing teeth. Generally, the plate is flesh-colored and designed to mimic a natural gum appearance, and teeth are similarly shaded to resemble real teeth. Dentures rely on suction and saliva to grip your gums and remain in place.
What is the denture process in Annapolis, MD?
Dr. Polizois may recommend full dentures for complete tooth loss after evaluating your jaw health; when teeth are missing your jawbone shrinks, and some jawbone is required to hold your dentures.
The process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to make sure you’re a good candidate for dentures. Don’t worry. Most healthy adults can wear dentures without issue even with some bone loss.
If you’re a good candidate for dentures, Dr. Polizois takes a detailed mold of your mouth and uses this model to create custom dentures for you!
Full dentures are removable for cleaning and while sleeping.
For partial tooth-loss, we offer partial dentures or crowns and bridges, always colored to match your smile. Partial dentures are an arch of restoration teeth on an appliance. The teeth are placed to fill in your gaps to create a uniform and complete smile. Partial dentures are generally held in place with clips and the support of surrounding teeth. They are also removable for cleaning and while sleeping.
What are my denture options?
During your consultation and following your smile exam with Dr. Polizois, he will lay out the various options to restore your smile. These options include the different materials, cost, and the best denture for your unique oral health profile.
If you have had difficulty wearing dentures in the past, Dr. Polizois may recommend implant-supported dentures in Annapolis, MD.
Implant-supported dentures, also called All-on-4, represent a more permanent solution to tooth loss. In this case, your denture is affixed to your gum using a few dental implants.
Dental implants are thin titanium posts that Dr. Polizois surgically implants into your gum. A few strategically placed posts are strong enough to support an entire denture, increase your chewing force, and contribute to better digestive health.
Implant-supported dentures also decrease bone loss in your jaw because implant posts help stave off bone shrinkage, which is common when teeth are missing. Bone loss can give your face a sunken and aged appearance.
Other benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
- No slippage when eating or speaking
- No realigns in our dental office
- No messy adhesives
- Better digestion through better chewing
- A beautiful, natural-looking smile
Our compassionate team will also keep you relaxed and comfortable during the implant process. We offer nitrous oxide for relaxation or oral sedation if you are feeling especially anxious. We also provide neck pillows and blankets to make you feel at home. The implant process is not particularly painful, and swelling or mild discomfort usually dissipates in a day or two. Most patients rely on an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen during the first days following implant placement, and this is generally sufficient.
Are partial dentures similar to a dental bridge?
Partial dentures in Annapolis, MD are similar to dental bridges, but there are critical differences between these two restoration choices.
Partial dentures in Annapolis, MD are an arch of restoration teeth. These teeth fit the spaces where teeth are missing to complete your smile. They rely on clips and the support of healthy teeth to stay in place. Partial dentures are removable for cleaning and when sleeping.
Dental bridges are artificial teeth suspended between dental crowns. The dental crowns attach to healthy teeth on either side of your smile gap, and the restoration teeth fill the empty spaces between the capped teeth. Dental bridges are not removable and generally require a special floss threader and small toothbrush for cleaning.
Partial dentures and dental bridges are time-tested, tooth-replacement options. Ask Dr. Polizois which one is a better option for you.
How do I know if I need a new denture?
If your dentures have cracks or signs of wear, it may be time to consider a new denture in Annapolis. A crack can advance quickly to breakage, which can create an embarrassing situation.
Also, when teeth are missing jawbones shrink. If you notice that your denture is slipping, you’re always in need of a realign, or you’re applying adhesive throughout the day, you may consider an exam in Annapolis to discuss your options for a new denture.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Denture care in Annapolis, MD requires you to keep your dentures and your gums clean. While dentures restore your smile, they do not prevent gum disease or oral infections. It’s essential to continue dental visits twice-yearly for exams and gum cleanings.
Periodontal disease can mean you’re unable to continue wearing your denture. Periodontal disease has also been linked to systemic health problems.
With partial dentures, it’s crucial to keep your supporting teeth healthy so they can continue holding your partial denture in place. Also, you don’t want to risk further tooth loss, which means you’ll need a new partial denture.
Following your denture placement in Annapolis, MD, a member of our team will offer tips and care instructions to help you keep your dentures in good shape. These suggestions may include denture baths and a specific toothbrush.
Are dentures expensive?
Dentures are considered an inexpensive tooth-replacement option and a good solution to tooth loss. But the price of dentures varies for several reasons, including but not limited to the materials used, whether or not you need extractions, and the cap on your dental insurance with copays and deductibles figured in.
At Chesapeake Bay Dentistry, our team works hard to help you make the most of your dental benefit, and following your consultation with Dr. Polizois, a member of our team can provide a good cost estimate to help you plan dentures into your family’s budget.
Do you accept my insurance?
Our Annapolis, MD dentist accepts a variety of insurance plans to help you get the dental treatments you need. We also take CareCredit, a healthcare credit card that allows for easy financing and interest-free payment schedules. A member of our team can help you apply—decisions usually arrive electronically within minutes.
If you don’t see your dental insurance on our website, we encourage you to call. We add new insurance plans regularly to help more patients get needed care.
Are You Ready to Reclaim Your Smile?
If you’re considering dentures for the first time, or if you would like to upgrade to modern dentures or implant-supported dentures, contact our Annapolis, MD dental office today. The team at Chesapeake Bay Dentistry is standing by to help you reclaim your smile.
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