Dentures - Greenbelt

Your Options for Flawlessly Repaired Smiles

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Extensive tooth loss is often painful, embarrassing, and stressful. Whatever the cause of your lost teeth, the McCarl Dental Group, PC team is here to help restore your full, healthy smile. There’s nothing more important to our team than helping patients regain their confident smiles, and we offer a variety of traditional dentures and implant-retained prosthetics to ensure patients get the best possible treatment options to meet their needs. When you’re ready to learn more, call our team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation to discuss your options for tooth replacement with dentures in Greenbelt.

Why Choose McCarl Dental Group, PC for Dentures?

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What Are Dentures?

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When you’ve experienced advanced tooth loss or complete tooth loss, you will need a partial or full denture to restore your smile. A gum-colored base material is molded to fit between remaining healthy teeth or snuggly against the gumline. Then, natural-looking replacement teeth are positioned on top of the base material. Once in position, your denture will allow you to speak, chew, and smile with confidence again.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Dentures can be an excellent option for anyone who might be missing one, several, or an entire arch of teeth. Their versatility and natural appearance make them a popular option among those experiencing tooth loss. Of course, before moving forward with any kind of treatment, our team must first conduct a thorough consultation, as there may be additional services required before receiving a new set of teeth. No matter the situation, you can expect that we will take the time to prepare your mouth for a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Effects of Missing Teeth

Missing teeth affect millions of people each year. While gum disease is the most common culprit of tooth loss, facial trauma and dental decay can also lead to the same result. When teeth are no longer present, it makes it much harder for you to eat your favorite foods, speak coherently, and even smile with assured confidence.

As a result, your emotional, mental, and physical health can deteriorate if left untreated. Not only will you face the possibility of malnutrition because of the inability to eat nutrient-rich foods, but you might also suffer low self-esteem and lack of motivation to keep your oral and overall health in the best possible shape.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

The good news is that most people who have missing teeth may be eligible to receive dentures. As a proven effective prosthetic that countless individuals have relied on, they make it easier to eat, speak, and smile, eliminating the fear and anxiety that tooth loss can cause.

When meeting with our team, we will survey your existing smile to determine how best to move forward. Do you need a partial denture or a full one? Are you interested in an implant denture? Do you need additional preliminary treatment to address existing decayed or damaged teeth? These are all questions that will be answered during your visit to our McCarl Dental Group office in Greenbelt.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

You may find that dentures are not the most ideal solution for your incomplete smile. Fortunately, other options might be more suitable, such as:

  • Dental Bridges – Using healthy abutment teeth as anchors for the dental bridge, the two crowns fit over these pearly whites while the remaining pontics (artificial teeth) rest on top of the gums to create a full smile.
  • Dental Implants – Using titanium posts that are positioned and placed into the jawbone, dental implants are longer lasting and fuse with existing bone to support a custom denture that is secured on top.

Your Options For Dentures

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At McCarl Dental Group, PC, we don’t recommend one-size-fits-all dentistry plans. We know that every smile is different, and we always want to customize your treatment to address your individual goals, schedule, and budget. We are happy to offer all of the following denture options:

Retrofit Dentures

A retrofit denture allows us to use an existing partial or full denture and refit it to attach to dental implant posts. This option allows for a more affordable dental implant-supported denture plan. Our dental lab will reline your existing denture, and as your denture is being reshaped, we will place dental implant posts. Then, we’ll attach your denture to the implants to improve the stability and longevity of your partial or full denture.

Implant Dentures

These restorations are crafted like the retrofit dentures, using two to four implant posts for a partial and four to six dental implant posts to support a full denture. However, rather than using an existing denture, we’ll custom craft a new prosthetic. In most cases, we'll recommend a fixed denture, but removable implant denture options are also available. During your treatment planning consultation, we’ll work with you to determine which is the right option for you.

Traditional Dentures

Crafted using a gum-colored base material to support a full row of replacement teeth, traditional dentures are molded to fit against the gums. The close fit creates suction that holds the denture in place. Some people choose to use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of removable dentures.

Traditional Partial Dentures

Traditional partial dentures fill the gaps in patients’ smiles. The base is molded to fit between remaining teeth. Because there are healthy teeth remaining, these prosthetics utilize clasps to anchor the partial denture to surrounding teeth. You can easily remove your traditional partials for cleaning and overnight storage.

Benefits of Dentures

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There are many benefits to using dentures to restore your smile rather than struggling with untreated tooth loss. Millions of patients living with these prosthetics are already able to embrace a better quality of life because of their durability, fit, and more attractive and natural appearance. When considering full or partial dentures to replace your missing teeth, you can expect that our McCarl Dental team will go over the following benefits with you:

Psychological Benefits

Your smile is not the only thing that will benefit from receiving dentures. Your smile is the first thing people see when they look at you.  Your new teeth can help to make a good first impression, which serves to boost your confidence. When you enjoy the way your dentures look and feel, you’ll begin to notice an improvement in your mental and emotional health as well. Days spent feeling hopeless about your missing teeth will turn into joy and excitement, as you begin to look forward to the many activities you previously missed out on.

Clear Enunciation

Missing teeth are known to cause speech impediments. Because they are crucial in being able to form words and sounds, slurring can be a common occurrence when gaps exist. However, with dentures, your teeth can be restored, allowing your tongue to work together with your dentures to create familiar and clearer speech. As a result, you will feel less embarrassed and more confident as you speak to others and engage in conversation with family and friends.

Improves Nutrition

Teeth are used to bite and chew through food. When missing, it can be difficult to consume some of the most nutritious and delicious options available. This can lead to malnutrition, which can negatively affect your oral and overall health. With dentures, though, you can resume eating your favorite foods and begin to experience a positive change in how you feel. As you eat nutrient-rich meats, fruits, vegetables, and greens, your smile and body will reap the benefits.

Preserves Oral Health

Living with dentures can mean enjoying better oral health. When natural teeth are lost, gaps can pose significant problems when it comes to the appearance of your smile. By installing a partial denture, natural teeth can remain in place, preventing a shift that requires orthodontic treatment. With full dentures, the ability to eat and use your teeth helps to keep your facial features from collapsing while also making it easier for you to keep your new smile clean and healthy.

Expands Opportunity

Replacing missing teeth can be a great way to expand your opportunities. Whether you’re a young person who is interviewing for a job, a busy professional who is seeking advancement, or a retiree who is ready to meet someone new, the confidence you can expect to find with these prosthetics will help you to make a stellar first impression every time.

Dentures Aftercare

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It can be challenging to adjust to a new oral appliance of any kind, but dentures can be especially difficult to get used to. Apart from the struggle that comes with speaking and eating at first, making sure your new teeth last as long as possible is important. Below, we’ve outlined some tips to help you adjust to and maintain your new prosthetic:

Removable Dentures

When living with removable dentures, you will need to make sure that you take proper care of them. Doing so will extend their lifespan and minimize the potential for damage and decay to form, which can potentially hinder the function of your new teeth and require replacement or a reline much sooner.

Remove After Eating

After enjoying a meal, make sure to remove your dentures so that you can give them a proper cleaning. This will also help make sure that you clean any areas of your gums or existing teeth so that food particles do not remain in place.

Clean Your Restoration

Cleaning your dentures throughout the day is essential. This ensures that they remain free of any bad bacteria that can easily be transferred onto your teeth and gums. You’ll want to make sure that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and/or an instrument that is designed specifically for cleaning artificial teeth. Make sure that you don’t use traditional toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive, resulting in scratches to your prosthetic. Instead, you can ask our team for recommendations on which products are more beneficial for dentures.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

Keeping your dentures out of reach of pets and young children cannot be stressed enough. Too often, little hands can accidentally damage or lose these teeth, resulting in panic. Also, should your dog or another four-legged friend get a hold of them, you’ll likely find yourself requesting a new denture because of the damage caused to your artificial teeth. There is also the potential of accidentally dropping your dentures in the sink while cleaning them. This can cause a chip or crack to form. To avoid this, place a towel in the basin of your sink for added protection.

Remove Dentures When You Sleep

It may seem odd to remove your dentures before going to bed, especially in the early stages, as you’ll still be adjusting to your new teeth. However, this step is necessary if you want to not only protect your oral and overall health but also thoroughly cleanse your dentures.

Removing your dentures at bedtime allows your gums and bone (the two main areas of your mouth that sustain the most pressure from your denture) to regain much needed rest. Also, taking out your artificial teeth before bed reduces the potential for pneumonia, as moisture that pools in dark environments (underneath the denture) can be a haven for bacteria, which can cause pneumonia to form over time.

Notice Changes

It’s natural to experience changes while wearing dentures, as your jawbone will likely begin to shrink over time. This is an aspect of treatment that you can expect us to go over with you during your consultation. As this happens, you may notice that your dentures no longer fit as comfortably or properly as before. Don’t dismiss these changes; instead, call our office to schedule an appointment so that we can perform a reline if necessary. It’s also possible that we may need to replace your denture altogether.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

At McCarl Dental Group, our team cannot determine the cost of dentures until we are able to meet with you to discuss your unique plan. A thorough examination will allow us to identify the type of denture you need as well as how much we can expect it to cost. Once we have an organized plan and estimate for you to review, we can go over our available payment options so that you can begin to plan for how you want to pay for your new smile.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

When it comes to determining how much your dentures will cost, you can expect that our team will consider these factors when formulating an estimate:

  • How many teeth are you missing?
  • Will you require partial or full dentures?
  • Do you need an upper or lower denture or both?
  • Do you require preliminary treatments to treat existing tooth decay or gum disease?
  • What is the status of your jawbone health?
  • What kind of materials will be used to craft your custom dentures?

Naturally, many patients inquire about cheaper materials and solutions to save on cost; however, it’s important to remember that less expensive options are not always better. What you can find is that these often break easily and require replacement much sooner than high-quality dentures.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

Yes, implant dentures are more expensive but for good reason. Unlike traditional dentures that sit on the gums and need replacement every decade or so, those held in place with dental implants are placed within the jawbone, fusing with surrounding tissues, and can last for 30 years or more. This largely depends on how well you take care of your new teeth, but if you want a more permanent solution that looks, functions, and feels like natural teeth, you cannot go wrong with choosing implant dentures. 

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

Using your dental insurance to cover the cost of dentures is a good idea, especially since most companies will agree to cover anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost. Of course, you must first meet your deductible before they will pay more, but this is unlikely to be a problem, as most deductibles tend to be quite minimal. A member of our dental team will be happy to work with you to determine how much your out-of-pocket costs will be once your dental insurance decides how much they will pay.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

If private dental insurance is not something you have, there is no need to worry. McCarl Dental Group also offers flexible financing through CareCredit to keep expenses low. By enrolling in a low or no-interest payment plan, you can better manage your budget as you pay off your new smile over time. CareCredit also does not have any surprise fees, so you can be confident about the amount you will be responsible for paying.