Dentures in Washington, DC
Dr. Nishan Halim provides restorative dental options including dentures to replace missing teeth. Dr. Halim collaborates with specialists to create high-quality dentures that look and function like natural teeth. He can help coordinate care for full dentures, which can restore full arches of missing teeth, or partial dentures, which only replace several teeth.
Even if you lose one tooth, the remaining teeth can shift and overcrowd. Overcrowded and crooked teeth are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Replacing missing teeth with a professional dental restoration allows patients to eat, speak, and smile confidently. If you have multiple missing teeth or whole arches of lost teeth, request a consultation with Dr. Halim online or call 202.318.4113.
Removable dentures are the traditional form of dentures, what you probably think of when you hear that word. They replace a full arch of missing teeth. Partial dentures are also available, similar to a removable dental bridge. Instead of replacing a whole arch of teeth, they only replace a stretch of adjoining missing teeth.
Removable dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace your missing arch of teeth. They use suction and denture adhesive to stay in your mouth. They do require extra maintenance, as they need to be taken out to be cleaned thoroughly. Denture cleaner soaks are used to ensure they’re free of bacteria and cleaned properly. Dentures are custom-made to have teeth shape and shade that works with your face shape and give you a natural-looking smile.
Implant-supported dentures, also known as all-on-four or fixed dentures, provide these benefits over removable dentures:
- Secure fit with no chance of slippage
- No adhesives needed
- Improved bone retention
- No dietary restrictions
Dental implants replace teeth at the root and act as anchors for dentures and other dental restorations. Dental implants are small posts implanted under the gum line. The fixed denture, which is made up of prosthetic teeth, is secured in the mouth with implants. Because dental implants are made of titanium they are extremely stable and long-lasting.
When you have implant-supported dentures, you get back 100% of your bite function. You don’t have to worry about your restoration slipping or falling out when you eat or speak. They don’t require extra maintenance because they’re fixed in your mouth, not held in by adhesive. Implant-supported dentures give you confidence in public situations because you can count on them to last.
Dr. Halim can take dental impressions of your teeth for dental lab technicians to create your custom implants and dentures. He will also refer you to a specialist to place the dentures and secure them with implants. After treatment, you will need to clean your dentures daily. Use a soft-bristled brush and consider using a denture cleanser to brush your dentures. Regular dental care and a good oral hygiene routine ensure that your restoration lasts for years to come.
Am I a Candidate for Dentures?
Most patients are considered good candidates for full or partial dentures if they have enough bone tissue left in their mouth. During his dental exam, Dr. Halim will evaluate any of your oral health concerns and can coordinate the recommended treatments. Bone grafting or gum disease treatments can be completed prior to implant-secured denture treatment to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and stable.