Dentures in Westminster, MD at Bowersox Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
To replace a full arch of teeth, Dr. Bowersox creates customized dentures and partials. Dentures and partials are a great way to restore the dental health of patients who have lost their teeth due to infection, facial trauma, or old-age. We create our dentures and partials to fit snuggly into your mouth.
When you are missing a full set of teeth, your facial features may begin to sag without the support of a full dental structure. Additionally, you must make lifestyle changes as your chewing and speaking patterns change for the worse.
As your trusted restorative dentist in Westminster, MD, Dr. Bowersox is happy to help you restore your dental health. You deserve to live life with a full set of beautiful teeth, and our dental practice can help you do that.
Here are some common questions regarding our dentures and partials:
How can I make my dentures stop shifting around?
Dental implants are a great way to prevent denture slippage. Your dentist can use dental implants to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew.
This gives the dentures something to hold onto while in use, making them stay more firmly in place. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile.
How should I clean and take care of my dentures?
You should clean your dentures with denture cleansers instead of traditional toothpaste. The ingredients in traditional toothpaste can wear down your dentures over time. Dr. Bowersox can demonstrate how to properly clean your dentures at your denture and partial appointment.
Additionally, you should continue to schedule regular dental checkups with Dr. Bowersox even after you get your dentures so that he can ensure their maintenance of your dentures as well as the health of your soft tissues and jawbone.
Should I wear my dentures when I sleep?
You can wear your dentures while you sleep, though we do not suggest it. Taking your dentures off while you sleep allows your mouth muscles and gum tissue to relax from the pressure of your dentures.
How many hours a day should you wear your partial denture?
Patients should wear partial dentures during the day, and remove them at night. This gives your gums and mouth a rest period. You should remove your dentures for at least 6-8 hours per day.
How long do partial dentures take to settle?
It typically takes a few days to settle into partial dentures. Your mouth will adapt to the dentures as time goes by. After about 2-3 days patients typically report that they are ‘settling in’ and feeling more comfortable wearing their dentures.
Do partial dentures hurt?
Partial dentures should not cause excessive or unbearable pain. Some patients report some discomfort and sensitivity after getting them, but it should not last long. OTC medication can help alleviate pain while you adjust to the partial dentures.