When you’re missing several teeth (or all the teeth in a given arch), your life is far more likely to be affected by numerous inconveniences. Not only is it difficult to show your smile to those around you, but eating your favorite foods can become an impossible task. Even your facial appearance can start to take a toll as your jawbone begins to break down. If you have remaining teeth, you may start to notice them shifting out of place, resulting in long-term issues with your bite and smile’s alignment. With natural-looking and highly functional dentures and partials from Dr. Stephen Dean, you can address these issues directly when you give our office a call!
One of the most common solutions for replacing several missing teeth at a time is dentures and partial dentures. Both types of dentures are made from natural-looking, yet durable materials. This ensures that your smile looks pleasant and remains functional for many years to come. They are considered to be one of the most affordable options out there for addressing multiple missing teeth on opposite sides of the mouth or replacing all teeth in the top/bottom arch.
If you believe full or partial dentures are right for you, you can call our office to set up a consultation. To create your next denture, Dr. Stephen Dean captures detailed impressions of your mouth and works with a dental lab to design and fabricate your future prosthetic. After the denture is created, he’ll perform a comprehensive fitting to ensure they feel comfortable and sit inside the mouth properly.
There are generally two types of traditional dentures available. This includes full dentures and partial dentures.
Full dentures are designed to replace all the teeth in your top arch, bottom arch, or both, depending on your needs. Full dentures are made from a gum-colored base and porcelain teeth, ensuring a natural-looking appearance when worn. They stay in the mouth via natural suction, which is why personalizing them to fit your mouth exactly is so important. Full dentures are ideal for those with severe tooth loss and can last for many years when properly cared for.
Partial dentures are different because they are only meant to replace specific teeth on opposite sides of your mouth. This means they act like a puzzle piece in your smile. Via metal hooks, partial dentures wrap around existing teeth to stay in place. This means they often have superior stability compared to full dentures, which only rely on natural suction and adhesive to stay in place.
Regardless of the denture you need, they both make it easy to smile, expand your diet, and prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of place!
If you want a considerably more stable denture that not only remains in place but stimulates bone tissue, you’ll find the implant-retained option more ideal. Instead of relying on the natural shape of your mouth or metal hooks to stay in place, implant-retained dentures attach to a series of implants placed directly in the jawbone. With them, you can enjoy far more foods (including tough, crunchy or chewy foods) and keep your biting force strong. They also require significantly fewer replacements and can last multiple decades before needing repair.
Depending on the type of denture you need to replace teeth and the complexity of your tooth loss, your costs can vary considerably. No matter what you end of needing to pay for your future denture, Dr. Dean and his team will explain your cost estimates ahead of time so you can make an informed decision and avoid any surprise fees. With that said, you can find the most notable factors that will influence your costs below.
The most notable factors for determining the cost of a denture includes the following:
Remember that finding the cheapest denture is not always ideal. Very cheap dentures are more likely to be made from subpar acrylic materials. For something that’s going to be inside your mouth most of the time, it’s worth making quality a priority.
Implant dentures require the placement of dental implants beforehand. While this makes treatment more expensive, it’s for a good reason. By using dental implants to hold your restoration and not just neighboring teeth or natural suction from the gums, you achieve a more permanent, lifelike solution to your severe tooth loss. There’s no risk of your denture slipping out of place, you can eat the foods you want, and you won’t need to replace your teeth every five to seven years (like with traditional dentures). Implant dentures can last several decades before needing any type of replacement as long as you take good care of them.
Widely considered a major procedure among most dental insurance providers, dentures generally receive around 50% coverage from many insurance plans. However, this is not guaranteed, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider directly to ensure you get coverage. Our dental team is happy to discuss your plan’s benefits with you one-on-one and confirm what’s available to you ahead of your treatment.
If you don’t have dental insurance at this time, there are other options for you to consider as well. At Dean Dental Care, we recommend third-party financing options to make your care not just more affordable, but easier to manage in the long-term. This includes CareCredit and Lending Club, two financing options that let you make monthly payments on dental services with little to no interest attached. This makes even the most expensive treatments affordable enough to fit into a monthly budget, especially when taking care of a family. If you’d like to learn more about options to finance your care, please give us a call to schedule a consultation!
Whether you have never worn a full or partial denture before or you need a refresher since you received your previous prosthetic, Dean Dental Care is happy to answer any questions you might have. We want you to be as informed as possible when it comes time to receive your new tooth replacement, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or request clarification on a specific phase of your treatment process. Below, you’ll find some of the most common questions we’ve heard over the years answered for your convenience. Read on or give us a call today to learn more about dentures in Covington.
The typical amount of time needed before dentures can be placed is about six to eight weeks. This wait will ensure your gums have time to heal and give your mouth time for the denture to fit properly. However, this timeline can vary depending on what type of denture you are receiving. For example, same-day dentures enable you to receive a denture on the same day as your extractions. Alternatively, implant dentures require dental implants placed inside of the jaw to heal over the next four to six months before a permanent denture can be attached.
We strongly recommend removing your denture before going to bed. When you first receive your denture, you’ll be told to keep it inside your mouth for the first 24 hours to help your mouth adjust. However, after that period has passed, you’ll want to remove it before going to bed. If you wear your denture for too long, your soft tissue can become irritated as blood circulation becomes restricted in your gums. By removing them, you give your gums a chance to recover and get the nutrients they need. Wearing a denture for too long also promotes bacterial growth.
In certain cases, tooth extraction is necessary to make room for a new denture. Some mild discomfort is normal following this type of procedure and can be managed easily with prescribed pain medication used as directed. Discomfort should improve over the next few days. When you receive your denture, minor irritation is common as your mouth begins to adjust. The amount of time needed to adjust will vary from person to person, but it can take between a few weeks to a few months. Should you switch to new dentures, your adjustment process could be longer. If you fear the denture does not feel quite right or your symptoms do not improve, call us.
It will take a little time for you to speak confidently with dentures since you are more used to speaking with natural teeth. However, with enough practice, you’ll begin to adjust and your lisp will eventually go away. The adjustment period varies from person to person, but doing things like reading out loud or to yourself can be a good exercise. Try to speak slowly as fast speech can sound muffled if you aren’t used to wearing dentures. Try biting down and swallowing before you begin talking to ensure your denture remains in position. Use denture adhesive as needed, but avoid using it outside of your adjustment period.
Our priority is to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. For this reason, we’ll always prefer to repair a damaged or compromised tooth before considering replacing it altogether. We will only recommend undergoing tooth extractions as a last resort or when completely necessary for preserving your oral health. For instance, we’ll typically need to pull a tooth that’s beyond repair due to severe infection, extensive decay, or most of the enamel has been broken off.
If your pearly whites in an entire arch have been infected or decayed from gum disease, replacing them altogether with dentures might be more cost-effective compared to saving each with a crown. While there isn’t a limit to the number of teeth we can remove in a single visit, some extractions are more challenging than others. Our team will walk you through your options before suggesting pulling out any of your teeth for dentures.
Although dentures will restore your bite and smile functions, you’ll still have to be cautious about the foods you eat. For instance, you may need to minimize or avoid hard foods like nuts, corn on the cob, carrots, apples, and popcorn. These snacks can potentially damage, wear down, or dislodge your dentures. Tough meats such as steak or pork chops will usually require excessive chewing, which can place too much stress on both your restorations and your gums. Foods that are gummy or sticky can end up pulling your dentures off or shifting them out of place. Additionally, certain meals may consist of smaller pieces that can get trapped underneath your restorations, irritating the gum tissue.
Whenever you are missing teeth, the jawbone will not have enough stimulation to be preserved. Over time, your facial muscles will begin to shrink, resulting in a more aged or shrunken appearance. With dentures, you’ll be able to offer some support to your bone structure, which can improve your look. Ill-fitted ones, however, will not provide sufficient stability for your facial muscles, which is why it’s crucial to receive restorations that fit seamlessly in your mouth. If your dentures ever begin to feel like they don’t fit properly, then it’s time to get them adjusted or replaced by your dentist.
Bacteria is the main cause of bad odors in the mouth. They can get trapped and accumulate in multiple areas of your smile, including your dentures. The less fitted your restorations are, the higher the chance of food particles and bacteria getting stuck underneath them. Dentures that move excessively can also irritate your soft gum tissues, which can result in sores and infections that contribute to bad odors. Those with this tooth replacement option tend to produce less saliva, potentially leading to dry mouth that allows harmful and smelly bacteria to thrive. To avoid bad breath, make sure to clean your dentures frequently (as well as your entire mouth) and soak them in a cleansing solution overnight to keep them bacteria-free!