Dentures in Washington, D.C.
Is your smile suffering from illness, age, or damage? Do you have several teeth missing, which is killing your confidence in life and in your work? Do you think dentures are just clunky, uncomfortable, fake-looking devices your grandpa used to wear?Thanks to advances in dental technology in recent decades, these prosthesis’ are more comfortable and more natural-looking than ever before. At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts, we are committed to helping every patient find the right type and fit of dentures so you can regain your confidence.
What Are Dentures?
They are removable replacements for missing teeth and come in a variety of types and configurations. They are custom-fitted and designed for each individual wearer, so you get the best possible fit. At L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts, our dental professional can help you with a variety of needs and types of dentures, including:
- Upper & lower
- Full or Complete
- All on 4
Whether you need a few teeth replaced with removable partials or you have an entire mouthful of missing teeth, our caring staff and dental professionals can help you choose the right option for your needs and your budget.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dentures?
When you lose teeth, not only does your smile suffer, but your health can suffer as well. Without a full set of teeth, you can’t talk correctly, you may not eat as healthy a diet, and you can suffer from bone loss and jaw weakness. Modern full dentures custom-fitted to your needs can help combat these negative side effects. Here are some other benefits to replace missing teeth:
- Return to eating a better diet, including crunchy or chewy foods.
- Today’s teeth last longer than ever before, and you can expect a well-cared-for set to last you at least 10 years.
- Prevent decay of teeth surrounding missing teeth.
- Less expensive than dental implants or other options.
- Prevent bone loss beneath missing teeth.
- Improve your speech.
- Regain your confidence when smiling or talking.
- Improve the appearance of your overall face shape and jaw line.
- Decrease the likelihood of losing more teeth.
- Increases your overall oral health
What Is the Process for Getting Dentures?
Before the process begins, you need to consult with your dentist to make sure you are a candidate for dentures. This includes a full exam, some X-rays, and potentially other diagnostic procedures. It may even include visits to your primary care doctor if you are found to have an infection or other ailment that your dentist cannot help with.
If you have bad teeth then the teeth are removed either before the process or after. It depends on your unique situation. Sometimes we will keep any good remaining natural teeth and build the denture around them – these are called removable partial denture. Again it depends on your case. We may also recommend dental implants if your bone is weak to hold the plates – these are called implant supported dentures.
Once you have determined you are a candidate for dentures, and you and your dentist have decided on what type of removable dentures are right for you, impressions will be made of your mouth. These impressions will be sent off so that your brand-new teeth can be made to fit your mouth uniquely. After they have been made, you will be given your initial fitting. The fitting process may take a couple of tries, as each mouth is different, or you could find a good fit right off the bat or you may need several visits of a denture adjustment.
What Can I Expect from My New Dentures?
At first, your new teeth will feel a little uncomfortable. Eating, talking, and even just sitting with your mouth closed may feel foreign. Over time, though, you will get used to wearing dentures, and follow-up visits and adjustments with your dentist will help speed this process along.When getting used to your new dentures, you can expect:
- Mild pain
- Difficulty talking
- Difficulty chewing
For the first few days, taking over-the-counter pain relievers should help any pain or discomfort you have. Eating a soft-food diet, including smoothies, mashed potatoes, and soups, for a while is ideal, while you adjust to chewing and swallowing. Slowly incorporate chewier or harder foods, taking small bites and chewing thoroughly. If you experience extreme pain, bleeding from the gums, blisters, cuts to your gums or cheeks, or inability to eat, call your dentist, as your dentures may feel rough and likely need to be adjusted.
How Do I Care for My Dentures?
After a while, your dentures will operate just like your natural teeth. You will eat and talk with them, and you may even forget you even have them in. Each day, remove them and carefully brush them with a soft-bristled brush and specialty denture cleaner at least twice. You may even need denture adhesives so be sure to clean them off every day. Be sure to brush the part of your dentures that rests against your gums and the denture teeth, and don’t neglect gently brushing any remaining teeth and your gums. Do not use electric toothbrushes. This will help ensure a clean denture.
Compassionate Denture Care in Washington, D.C.
With more than 25 years of combined experience, the skilled dental team at L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts is your top choice for a dentist in the heart of Washington, D.C. We are within walking distance from many office and government buildings, making it convenient to schedule your dental appointment on your lunch break or immediately after work. For affordable, custom-fit complete dentures so you can get back your smile, or other types, schedule your appointment today!
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