Missing teeth can cause a lot of problems, including difficulty eating properly and hiding your smile. Missing teeth can even cause the muscles in your face to droop, which may cause premature aging. The good news is there are affordable dentures in Maryland to restore your missing teeth. When you contact your denture doctor to schedule a consultation, they will help you to better understand how dentures can restore your smile. Before you do an internet search for “affordable dentures near me” it’s important to understand the difference between full and partial dentures and the benefits they offer.

Full Dentures

Full affordable dentures in are designed to replace a full arch of missing top and/or bottom teeth. Full affordable dentures are a natural-looking appliance. In order to place a full set of dentures, if there is a tooth or two still in place, in some situations it may be necessary to have a tooth extraction in order to make space for the full dentures. A conventional full denture is generally made after remaining teeth have been extracted and after your gum tissue has begun to heal. At Crossroads Dental Arts in Owings Mills MD, your new affordable dentures will usually be ready to wear in about 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. The denture appliance is placed over your gums and held securely in place with suction and adhesive to attach them to the roof of your mouth. Full dentures are completely removable and should be removed at night and when they need to be cleaned.

Partial Dentures

If you have a few missing teeth, ideally in a row, a partial denture can replace the missing teeth. Partial dentures are a removable oral appliance that is used to fill in the gap of a few missing teeth. Talking with your dentist about affordable dentures in Maryland is the ideal solution for replacing missing teeth with a functional set of teeth as well as giving you back your beautiful smile. Partial dentures are held in place with a clasp that is attached to neighboring teeth, which will help you speak, chew and smile properly. Partial dentures are replacement teeth that are permanently attached to a plastic base that resembles your natural gums. If a fixed bridge is used to replace one or more of your natural teeth, a dental crown is placed on the tooth/teeth that surround the space with artificial teeth.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Along with full and partial dentures, there is also a third option that is suitable for some people. Implant-supported dentures are a denture appliance, but instead of being installed as a partial denture or using adhesive for full dentures, the appliance is attached to dental implants, which provides support, especially for the lower jaw. This option is often done in situations when there are no teeth in the jaw, but you still have sufficient jaw bone material to support the dental implants. Unlike a traditional dental implant that has a crown attached to the titanium post, there is a special attachment that allows the dentures to be snapped onto the implant.
Full and partial dentures are both functional and make an ideal solution for tooth replacement. Regardless of which type of denture you have chosen, it’s important to take excellent care of your oral health and to keep your gum tissue healthy, which includes practicing good oral hygiene habits and routinely visiting your denture doctor. To learn more information about affordable dentures in Owings Mills, contact Crossroads Dental Arts.