While nothing, except possibly implants, can replace your own teeth, custom dentures can be a good option to replace several missing teeth. Removable dentures can renew your smile and help you speak and eat with more confidence. Salisbury, MD dentist Dr. Joseph Heher provides either full or partial dentures. Full dentures can replace all the teeth on either one arch, or both arches, while partial dentures use remaining healthy teeth as support to anchor replacement of the missing teeth. At Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher, we will help you decide whether full or partial dentures fit your needs, customized to look beautiful and natural, while also maintaining functionality. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Heher to learn more if dentures may be suitable for you.
"My husband started off as a patient and had nothing but great things to say about all of the staff and how comfortable the whole process was. When I had a problem I called and was seen quickly. I have tried a few dentists over the years and I will say this place is where I have felt most at ease. I cant say enough about the staff, they are all friendly, and compassionate. I was also impressed that Dr. Heher calls to check on how you are doing the next day. I have never had a dentist do that. We are glad we found this dentist and will always use them."- L.S. / Google / Mar 21, 2019
"Dr. Heher went in-depth with me at my first exam. Him and all staff made my day as they were kind and professional. Being to three different dentist in the area, I truly feel Dr. Heher was thorough, easy to talk to and ask questions and gentle. His staff and himself definitely make you their priority."- A.B. / Google / Jan 04, 2019
"Called on a Saturday morning explaining that I was experiencing tooth and jaw pain. I had never been to this practice before. They told me to come in and I did. Can’t say enough... I left feeling much better. My husband and I have found our new dentist!! Thanks to Dr. Heher and Staff for caring !!"- D.M. / Google / Feb 11, 2019
"Located the problem quickly. Explained in great detail my options and thoroughly answered my questions. I have been a patient of Dr. Heher's for 17 years. Always satisfied!"- M.C. / Google / Jan 12, 2019
"I’ve only had 2 visits to the practice but they wow’d me both times. I had the best dental exam I’ve ever had by Dr. Heher on my first visit and today I had my cleaning and it was also very thorough. I highly recommend this practice."- A.M. / Google / Oct 24, 2018
You may be a good candidate for dentures if you are missing most or all of your teeth, and your gums and jawbone are still healthy. If you have some remaining natural teeth, they may be used and retained to support a partial denture. Additionally, Dr. Heher may suggest overdentures for a more secure fit, preserving the roots of the teeth as well as the surrounding bone, providing better retention than a conventional denture. At your initial consultation with Dr. Heher, he will examine your oral health and explain your treatment options based on your needs and budget.
What To Expect
If needed, Dr. Heher may or may not extract any remaining teeth before taking oral impressions, depending upon the situation with which your mouth presents at the time of the exam. Partial dentures will be colored to match your natural teeth for a seamless finish. Dr. Heher works with a dental laboratory technician who is certified by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC) and is skilled in making high-quality dentures. Additionally, most patients will receive a wax try-in to offer an opportunity to check the appearance of the denture/s before the dentures are fully processed in acrylic. Once your custom dentures are made, Dr. Heher will fit them so they are secure and comfortable as possible. Often removable dentures require an adhesive due to lack of a sufficiently thick bony ridge after extractions; the only way around this is to have titanium implants placed and the dentures attached to the implants. Dentures must be removed from the mouth to be cleaned and properly cared for. They shouldn’t be worn 24/7—the tissue under the denture needs to “breath’. Implant-supported dentures are a more extensive process and are secured by bio-compatible metal posts implanted into the jawbone. Before determining which type of denture is appropriate for your needs, Dr. Heher will help you gain a better understanding of what you can expect of the treatment process for each type of denture. He will also discuss after-care steps that each denture requires.
It may require some time before your new dentures feel natural, but it should eventually be easier to eat and speak normally. Initially, sore spots can be expected while the new dentures are being adjusted for comfort. After a period of time, if your dentures feel loose, return to Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher to have your dentures refitted. At home, you will need to keep your dentures clean by brushing them twice daily and using denture cleaning solutions at night. Removable dentures should be soaked overnight in denture cleaning solutions to prevent them from drying out. It is important that you continue to schedule cleanings and exams at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher so Dr. Heher can examine the wear and fit of your restoration as well as the health of your jaw and gums with periodic oral cancer examinations. He will advise you if your dentures need to be repaired or replaced, but with ideal care and depending on the denture type, your dentures should last for several years.
If you have dental insurance, part of the cost of your dentures will usually be at least partially covered. We will contact your dental insurance to understand your benefits and out-of-pocket costs. During your initial consultation with Dr. Heher, he will develop your treatment plan so your dentures fit both your needs and budget. For help making your dentures affordable, whether you have dental insurance or not, Smiles! Dentistry by Joseph Heher accepts many forms of payment including medical financing.
Regain your confidence to eat, speak and smile when your mouth is restored with custom dentures. Dr. Heher offers removable and implanted full and partial dentures for his patients in Salisbury, MD. Get more information on how custom dentures can restore your oral health and smile by scheduling a consultation at Smiles! Dentistry by Dr. Joseph Heher.