Dentures Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

About 23 million Americans have no teeth, and another 12 million have teeth in only one arch. Dentures are a good solution for tooth loss because they’re sturdy and affordable. Dlight Dental offers comprehensive options, including partial and complete dentures along with all kinds of denture maintenance. Call the Washington, DC, or Rockville, Maryland, office or request an appointment online.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and gum tissue. Most dentures have an acrylic base that matches your natural gums. The base secures replacement teeth made of plastic, porcelain, or a blend of the two. 

What are the different types of dentures?

There are several types of dentures to choose from, including:

Complete dentures

A complete denture replaces all the teeth in either your upper or lower arch. An upper complete denture suctions to the roof of your mouth, while a lower denture suctions only to the gums. 

Partial dentures

Partial dentures integrate with your existing natural teeth. They typically stay in place with metal clasps that attach to your healthy teeth or through a connector that slots into a crown.

Implant-retained dentures

A dental implant and denture hybrid (implant-retained denture) is another possibility. A small number of dental implants (usually four) can hold a complete denture in place. 

The Dlight Dental team discusses all your oral health needs and answers your questions to help you make the best choice.

How long does it take to get dentures?

It depends on your needs, goals, and lifestyle. With a conventional denture, you'll have the necessary tooth extractions and then wait for a few months for full healing. 

After that, the team creates new dentures according to your current mouth dimensions. The full process for conventional dentures usually takes at least several months and possibly up to six months. 

Immediate dentures could be a good option if you want to avoid going without dentures during the healing process. With this method, the Dlight Dental team extracts your teeth and places new dentures that same day. 

With immediate dentures, you'll need more adjustments than with conventional dentures. That is because your mouth changes a great deal following tooth extraction, altering the fit of your dentures.

How do I take care of dentures?

The Dlight Dental team recommends the following measures to maintain your dentures.

  • Brush dentures daily using denture cream (not toothpaste)
  • Rinse dentures in cool (never hot) water
  • Store dentures in water or denture cleaner when not wearing them
  • Inspect your dentures for damage regularly

It's also important to schedule regular oral exams at Dlight Dental. Even if you don't have any teeth, the team needs to check your gums, bones, and the fit of your dentures. 

For comprehensive denture options from a highly trained team of professionals, call Dlight Dental or request your denture consultation through the online tool.