Are you missing most of your permanent teeth? Restore your smile with dentures. Dentures are dental restorations that can replace rows or arches of missing teeth. Partial dentures can renew rows or missing teeth in different areas of the mouth, while complete dentures replace the upper or lower arches of teeth. Dr. Christpher Banks works with oral surgeons and local laboratories to provide dentures and partials to patients in Washington, DC.
Dentures and Partials in Washington, DC
Knowing the different types of dentures can make it simpler for our patients to understand which treatment option suits their needs and goals. Common types of partial or complete dentures can include:
Removable Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture is the most common kind of partial denture. It comprises a combination of replacement teeth on a rigid cast metal frame. Metal clasps attach the partial dentures to the existing teeth.
Flexible Partial Dentures
These partial dentures are designed of a plastic that is heat sensitive and thin. This can make them more comfortable to wear and more natural to look at. Instead of cast metal clasps, a flexible partial denture has thin gum-colored clasps that fit around your teeth’s natural places. It might be a good solution if you find other types of partial dentures uncomfortable.
Traditional dentures are great options for patients with missing teeth. These dentures consist of false teeth on a gum-colored base. While removable dentures restore the smile’s appearance, they can slip because they lay on the gums and use adhesive to stay in place. Patients with removable dentures can also have restrictions against hard or crunchy foods as they do not restore the bite’s full function.
Fixed Dentures Supported with Dental Implants
Implants are titanium posts that an oral surgeon places in the jaw bone. Once the implants fuse with the jaw bone, they offer a stable foundation for restorations like dentures. Dental implants encourage jaw bone growth and support the fixed denture. A fixed denture supported by dental implants is also an excellent option for people that previously had a removable denture but want more support. Implant-supported dentures are easy to care for and permanently stay in the mouth.
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Are you missing most of your teeth? Do you want a lasting restoration? Contact our Dupont Circle area office for restorative care today at (202) 946-4720 or schedule a dental consultation online.