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Dentures Specialist

Gentle Touch Dental PC

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Falls Church, VA

If you’re one of the 36 million Americans without any teeth, you might be delighted to know that you’re not alone — and that dentures give you an unashamed solution for tooth loss. Francisco Rodriguez, DMD, creates countless new smiles for men and women at Gentle Touch Dental PC. Set up a time to learn about all the modern denture options at their Falls Church, Virginia, office by calling today or booking an appointment online.

Dentures Q & A

What causes tooth loss?

Typically, the loss of all or some of your teeth precedes the need for dentures. So what causes your teeth to fall out? Several factors can contribute to tooth loss, including:

  • Tooth decay from diet choices or poor oral hygiene
  • Gum disease from bacteria buildup
  • Traumatic injury to the head, face, or mouth
  • Certain health conditions or treatments

Bad habits like smoking and drug use can also damage your teeth, while dental anxieties may keep you from seeking the dental care you need for upkeep. If you do lose all or a segment of your teeth, you may be able to replace them with dentures.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth and gums that fit over your existing gums and fill the empty spaces. If you’re missing all or a section of your teeth, you may be able to replace them with full or partial dentures.

Full dentures

A full set of dentures, made of a combination of acrylic resin and other materials, slip on over your gums. Full dentures replace all your teeth to restore chewing and speaking function.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures replace a section of missing teeth, and they can either be removable or fixed. Fixed partial dentures are usually held in place by crowns over your natural teeth or dental implants.

Dr. Rodriguez can set you up with a pair of immediate dentures right after tooth extraction, so you don’t have to walk around without teeth. Later, once your mouth heals, they can fit you for a set of conventional dentures.

What are the advantages of dentures?

Dentures are a great tooth replacement option for adults who are missing a significant number of teeth. Dental implants are great for one or a few missing teeth, but they may be too costly, time-consuming, and painful for patients with significant tooth loss. 

Dentures may work to your advantage in other ways, including:

  • Filling out your facial features, such as your cheeks and lips
  • Restoring your ability to eat and speak more naturally
  • Making it easy to care for your gums and dentures

If you’re looking for a dental provider in Falls Church, Virginia, to fit you for dentures, contact Gentle Touch PC by phone or book online today.