Dr. Cobb is one of the leading dentists in Washington D.C. for the treatment of missing teeth. Whether you already have dentures or are considering dentures, Dr. Cobb can help you select the best choice for your long term dental health and happiness. In addition to traditional removable dentures, Dr. Cobb offers implant dentures which are permanently secured to the jaw bone offering superior stability and function.
Dentures in Washington D.C.
Before you select which type of denture, Dr. Cobb will perform a comprehensive evaluation and consider your current health as well as your concerns and aesthetic goals. We may choose from a variety of materials and types of denture to plan the right type of restoration for your needs, goals and budget.
Fixed Vs. Removable Dentures
Most people are familiar with a traditional removable denture. These are secured in the mouth using an adhesive. Today’s cosmetic dentures look and feel considerably more natural than previous generations. Another option that is growing in popularity are fixed dentures which are permanently secured in the mouth using dental implants. Known as “all on four”, implant dentures can be supported by as few as four dental implants. This type of restoration has a very high success rate and level of patient satisfaction.
The primary benefits of dental implant dentures are that they offer better retention and help to maintain the bone structure in the face. Patients who have implant supported dentures can chew, speak and smile normally. There are no dietary restrictions with implant dentures and patients can eat whatever foods they like. Patients also don’t need to worry about slippage or having their denture fall out when they talk or participate in sports or other activities.
As the name indicates, a partial dentures is used to replace several missing teeth, but not all of the teeth. Like full dentures, they can either be fixed or removable. Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge. If the partial denture is fixed, it is either secured in place using dental crowns or dental implants.
Dentures & Partials Process
Dr. Cobb will thoroughly exam the placement of your missing teeth and all other determining factors for dentures and partials. Your teeth replacement option will consider factors like your lifestyle, the number and position of missing teeth and your oral health goals. Once the exam is complete, Dr. Cobb will discuss your missing teeth replacement options and choose what is best for your oral health.
If dentures and partials are best for your teeth, Dr. Cobb will use laser technology to take impressions of your teeth. The impressions will be used to create customized dentures or partials. The dentures or partials will then be color matched to match existing teeth, giving patients a natural looking tooth replacement option.
Dentures & Partials FAQ
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dr. Cobb will provide you with aftercare instructions for your new dentures. Keeping your dentures clean is imperative to the longevity of your new teeth, so it is important to follow the aftercare instructions.
Will dentures affect my eating?
During the adjustment period, eating soft foods may help you get familiar with eating with dentures. Eating sticky food or extremely hard food may cause some discomfort. However, eating with dentures will take some time to get used to, but following your aftercare instructions will help relieve any worry.
How long do I wear my dentures?
If you received fixed dentures, they can not be removed. If you received regular dentures or partials, they could be removed at any time. Many patients take them out when sleeping or whenever they deem necessary. Your aftercare instructions will detail any questions you may have about your dentures or partials.