Howard County Smiles offers treatment options for replacing missing teeth, including full dentures, partial dentures and denture implants. The dentures that we offer in our Columbia, MD dentist office are called cosmetic dentures because they are highly aesthetic and feel just like your natural teeth. Cosmetic dentures provide an effective solution for missing teeth to restore beauty and function to the smile. They are made from high-quality state of the art dental materials that look and function like natural teeth. Dr. Ray Becker custom designs dentures to fit comfortably and look natural, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Many people don’t realize that teeth play a huge role in the appearance of the lower face. Our patients in the Columbia, MD area who are missing teeth often look older because they don’t have healthy tooth structure to support their lips and cheek giving a saggy or droopy appearance. Replacing teeth can greatly improve the appearance of a patient, even when they are not smiling. In addition, the most common cause of bone loss is when a tooth or teeth are not replaced. Once a patient has lost teeth, the bone structure begins to deteriorate. A jawbone is actually preserved by the constant pressure and stimulation of chewing. If the the teeth are missing, the bone cannot be preserved.
Types of Dentures Offered
Dentures are custom made artificial teeth used to replace missing teeth and some of the gum tissue. They are made in a dental lab with impressions of your mouth. Dr. Becker offers removable dentures as well as fixed, permanent dentures in his Columbia, MD dentist office.
Full Dentures: Full dentures are used to replace all of the upper or lower teeth. Dentures can either be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures, also called implant dentures, are anchored by dental implants.
Partial Denture: Where full dentures replace the entire lower or upper set of teeth, partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth. They are used to fill gaps in your smile. Partial dentures are similar to a dental bridge.
Implant supported dentures: Implant supported dentures, or fixed dentures, are secured by strategically placed dental implants that have been surgically implanted in to the jaw. Denture implants provide the highest rate of patient satisfaction. Whenever possible, Dr. Becker will recommend denture implants because they offer a number of benefits when compared to removable dentures including:
- Better retention, no chance of slippage
- Improved health of bone and gums
- Ability to eat without restrictions
- No adhesives needed
- More natural look and feel
Denture implants involve a much bigger financial commitment. It is important to realize that your quality of life is much greater especially when compared to removable dentures. Traditional dentures may be more cost effective, but they will require constant maintenance, care, adhesive, and have the potential to cause a patient much embarrassment.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are missing teeth and interested in getting dentures in Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Becker. He will discuss your cosmetic goals and budget concerns to determine which kind of dentures are right for you.