Dentures are removable appliances created specifically for you that look and function like your natural teeth. If you’re missing teeth, seeing a dentist for dentures could help you smile, speak, and chew more naturally with more support for your jaw. You can even get affordable partial or full dentures created custom for you!
Missing teeth can impact your normal activities more than you might think. Dentures can help restore function and support remaining teeth. If you notice any of these changes, you may want to see a dentist for dentures:
– Normal activities like eating and speaking are challenging.
– Your other teeth moved or shifted leaving gaps between them.
– You experience toothaches or swollen, irritated gums.
– You feel self-conscious about your smile.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. You can take them out for cleaning and then replace them for daily activities. The top denture involves a base that fits over the gums and roof of your mouth while the lower denture looks more like a horseshoe to fit around your tongue.
There are several types of dentures available. Your dentist can make recommendations based on your lifestyle and personal preferences.
– Conventional full dentures replace all of your teeth.
– Immediate full dentures, also known as same-day dentures, bridge the gap between tooth extraction and full dentures.
– Partial dentures replace several missing teeth when you still have some healthy natural teeth.
– Implant-supported dentures hook onto implants in the jaw.
– Removable over-dentures attach to implants but can be removed after eating and overnight for cleaning.
– Non-removable fixed dentures remain in the mouth at all times and require the same oral care routines as natural teeth.
Full dentures replace all of your teeth, but if you still have healthy natural teeth then you probably want to keep them. Partial dentures may be an excellent choice by allowing you to preserve your healthy teeth and provide more support for your teeth and jaw.
Partial dentures clip onto your remaining natural teeth to replace missing teeth and prevent the others from shifting to create gaps. Though they clip onto your existing teeth, you won’t be able to tell the difference when you speak or smile.
Most dentures are not technically permanent for two reasons. First, you take them out at night for cleaning and soaking. Second, they need replacing every five to eight years. That said, there is a more permanent option.
Implant-supported dentures use titanium screws embedded into your jaw bone to accommodate dentures using a latching system. You can opt for non-removable fixed dentures that remain in your mouth at all times unless your dentist needs to remove them.
Dentures should not be uncomfortable, though it may take some time to get used to wearing them. If the appliances cause you too much discomfort or irritation to the soft tissues of your mouth, then they may not fit properly.
You can see general dentists for dentures in most cases. The dentist performs an exam, takes x-rays and impressions, and does a wax bite and fitting in the office. However, if you have a complex case with more advanced treatments, like alveoloplasty or dental implants, your dentist would bring in a prosthodontist to assist.
It is possible to get immediate full dentures on the day your dentist removes your teeth. These dentures would be made prior to your visit and allow you to have teeth while you heal from tooth extractions.
Like many other dental treatments, the cost of dentures varies by case. For example, the materials used for your dentures can impact the cost, or if you require additional treatments, like tooth extractions. Typically, dentures can cost several hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars.
Some dental insurance helps cover the cost of dentures. Only your provider can explain how much your benefits will cover and what you would pay out of pocket.
While there’s no such thing as a “discount denture,” you can find affordable denture options, even without dental insurance. We offer flexible payment plans and exclusive member savings with our Dental Savings Plan.
At Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, we provide the highest quality dental care for patients of all ages. When you visit our modern, state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll find a welcoming office with coffee bars and special play and treatment areas for our youngest patients.
Additionally, our dental teams provide thorough, professional exams and take extra care to make your dental experiences comfortable and hassle-free. We even handle dental emergencies. You can trust us to answer all questions thoroughly and teach you how to keep your mouth healthy using the language of your choice.