Dr. Welinsky emphasizes the many benefits of replacing missing teeth and offer’s a wide range of options for patients, including dentures, partial dentures, and dentures secured by dental implants. Patients today enjoy a wide range of treatment possibilities when replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, and Dr. Welinsky from our Towson, MD office will discuss all appropriate options after a thorough dental exam and discussion of your personal concerns, goals, and budget.
Dr. Welinsky can create a custom cosmetic denture that will blend with your appearance and fit comfortably to enable normal speech and a healthy diet while restoring your smile with your original natural look.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
A missing tooth, yes, a single tooth can lead to a wide range of complex dental problems down the road which will sooner or later, affect your quality of life. The look and function of your smile depend upon each tooth and the supporting base such as the gums and the jaw bone. When a tooth is lost, even just one, things begin to change, such as your jawline and it does change in a positive way.
Over time, the remaining teeth will begin to shift and change the bite. Also, a missing tooth can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease and lead to bone loss and shrinkage in the jaw. These issues lead to poor oral health and will affect both speech and diet, making it difficult for you to pronounce certain words, as well as choose freely from any menu that you would like to.
Dentures and Partials: What to Expect
The process for placing a denture will vary depending on the type of denture being placed and whether dental implants are being used to secure the appliance. Dr. Welinsky will discuss what you can expect from your unique treatment plan.
If dental implants are being placed, this will be the initial phase of treatment and Dr. Welinsky will coordinate the surgical procedure with a local oral surgeon. After a healing period of several months, you will return to our office for the next steps in the placement of a new denture.
Dr. Welinsky will take dental impressions and a temporary denture is often placed so that you can get used to your new smile and the gum tissues can adapt to the fit of the appliance. In some cases, a new set of impressions will be taken after an adjustment period for the most stable and comfortable fit of your final restoration.
The final step is the placement of the new denture, which will either be secured to your dental implants or lined and held in place with an adhesive.
Dentures and Partials FAQs
How many hours a day should I wear my dentures?
If you have implant-supported dentures, they don’t get removed and are always worn. For removable dentures, they should be taken out at night so that the gums don’t get irritated due to constant wear.
Do dentures feel normal?
Dentures have a reputation for not feeling like normal teeth in your mouth. However, modern technology has improved dentures a lot. If you have implant-supported dentures, you get the full bite function of normal teeth. While you don’t get full bite function with removable dentures, they do start to feel normal in your mouth as you wear them more often.
Are dentures better than having bad teeth?
Yes, dentures come with a lot of benefits over bad teeth. You’re able to consume more foods and eat without pain. Dentures also help you have a smile that you’re proud to show off.
Schedule a Consultation
Are you experiencing jaw pain? Specifically when eating? Headaches? Unusual tooth wear? You may be suffering from TMJ and a consultation with Dr. Welinsky is highly recommended. We are always looking for new patients to join our family practice. Contact us at 410-321-8480 or use our online appointment request form and we will contact you shortly. Dr. Welinksy’s Baltimore, MD area dentist office is convenient for patients in Towson, West Towson, Parkville, and many suburbs in Baltimore, MD.