What are dentures and partial dentures?

Dentures have been used for centuries to replace teeth lost to decay or accident. Even today, dentures are sometimes the best choice for patients with missing teeth. But dentures have come a long way, and we offer the latest in state-of-the-art dentures with precise, comfortable fits at Chantilly Dental & Implant Center. Dentures are used for those who have no teeth and partial dentures for those who still have remaining teeth.

Understanding limitations of removable prostheses.

It is very important to understand the limitations of dentures or partial dentures. They are removable prostheses, meaning they have to be placed and removed by the patient.

They don’t function like patient’s own teeth.  While teeth get support from hard tissue,  denture’s support often comes from soft tissue like gum or palate.  So dentures and partial dentures move much more than teeth when functioning.

Am I a candidate for a denture?

Because of the above-mentioned limitations, not everybody can function well with their dentures or partial dentures. The level of satisfaction from denture wearers varies, from “no-problem to chew” to “can’t tolerate at all”.  So correct diagnosis is very important for successful denture treatment.

Denture repair and maintenance

Removable prosthesis cannot prevent the jawbone from being resorbed (shrinking). Even accelerating the process as they are used. So it is not uncommon for dentures and partial dentures get loose in their fitting.

Denture teeth wear over the time of use as they are made of plastic. It is very hard and good plastic yt not permanent. Our own teeth even wear. The the denture teeth are required to be replaced periodically. The wear can cause decrease in chewing efficiency and shortening height of jaw appearance (more senile look).

Sometimes, poorly managed dentures may cause health problems. If you wear your denture 24-7 day and  night there is increased possibility of have fungal infection. To keep wearing ill-fitting denture may cause growth of abnormal tissue from chronic irritation of it.

Any dental prostheses require proper management and required maintenance. Usually removable prostheses are in higher demand of maintenance than fixed prostheses like crowns or bridges. Neglecting them may cause undesirable results and higher cost to fix them.

Why denture specialist?

Dentures and partial dentures are often considered as a cheapest treatment for missing teeth and chosen as an alternative to ‘better but more expensive’ options. It maybe true under certain circumstances. But without proper diagnosis and patient education this ‘cheap’ option often become ‘waste of money’ because of its functional limitations and lack of its understanding.

Having removable prostheses without professional help like periodic inspection and maintenance is not recommended due to its possible danger of causing more serious issues. Denture treatments usually involve much more complicated processes than other dental restorations when quality and satisfactory results are desired. Dentures are not the cheapest or inferior form of treatment. When applied correctly, like any other modality of treatment, it should restore patient’s function and esthetics to its fullest extent. But it often requires highly trained expertise.

Whether you need partial or full dentures, Dr. Koh has the education, training, experience, and equipment to provide you with quick service and high-quality dentures. We have both traditional dentures as well as the latest implant-retained dentures for the most secure fit.

Why our office for denture

Thanks to our in-house lab, CAD/CAM equipment, and skilled technicians, we manufacture all dentures on-site. We also use 3D scanners for accurate mapping of your mouth. This reduces the need for goopy putty impressions! Our experienced technicians will talk to you at chairside so they understand what you exactly want. You will get most customized denture JUST for you.

Implant dentures and partial dentures

When combined with implant treatment dentures often improve its functionality dramatically if designed and planned well. Dr. Koh has experience to help those who suffer from a ill-fitting denture for a long time.

If you are satisfied with your dentures appearance but hard to function with them, adding minimal number implants and its connection to existing denture could help a lot to solve the issue. This retro-fitting implant denture treatment have benefits of saving the cost of the implants a lot while getting the wanted functional restoration.

Whatever your prosthodontic needs, we can meet them at Chantilly Dental & Implant Center. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Koh today by calling (703) 815-0699.

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