Premier Dentistry is the best choice for your denture needs. Their expertise, exceptional patient care, and cutting-edge technology make them a top choice for denture services.
If you’re considering getting dentures, it makes sense to know all about them. That way, you can make an informed decision about your treatment and ensure you get the best possible results. Here are some things you should know about dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth and support the cheeks and lips, restoring the appearance of the face and the ability to chew and speak properly.
Denture manufacturers primarily use acrylic to create dentures, which they can fabricate in two ways. One method involves making a conventional denture after the gums have healed following teeth extraction. The other method is an immediate denture, inserted right after extraction and allows for healing underneath. Upper dentures typically have acrylic that is colored to match flesh and cover the palate, while lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped to allow for tongue space.
There are two types of dentures available for people who have lost teeth – full dentures, which replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw, and partial dentures, which replace one or several missing teeth. They are an effective and common solution for tooth loss caused by decay, injury, or other dental problems. Proper cleaning and maintenance are crucial for ensuring the longevity and functionality of dentures
What are the different kinds of dentures?
Several types of dentures are available, each designed to meet the specific needs of patients with varying degrees of tooth loss and jawbone health. Here are the different types of dentures:
- Conventional/full dentures are the most common type for complete tooth loss. They are made of acrylic and are custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth. A full denture replaces all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw or both.
- Partial dentures: Dentists use partial dentures when natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a metal or plastic framework that snaps onto the remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures can help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
- Immediate dentures: These are also full but placed immediately after tooth extraction. The advantage of immediate dentures is that the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing process. However, immediate dentures may need frequent adjustments as the jawbone changes during healing.
- Overdentures: Overdentures utilize dental implants instead of relying solely on gums for support, although they are similar in design to conventional/full dentures. Dental implants are small titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone that fuse with the bone, providing a stable base for the overdenture. Overdentures offer better stability and comfort than traditional dentures.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants support implant-supported dentures, which cannot be removed once fixed. While this type of denture is more expensive, it offers superior stability, function, and aesthetics compared to other options. Choosing the best type of denture depends on several factors, including your oral health, budget, and personal preferences. Your dentist will guide you in determining which type of denture suits you best.
How long does it take to get dentures?
The time it takes to get dentures depends on the type you need. If you have full upper and lower dentures, it will take several days to make. Once finished, they must be set in a molding material to fit your mouth and gums properly. Depending on how long your dentist needs to prepare them for fitting, this usually takes a few hours or overnight.
What is the cost of dentures?
The cost of dentures depends on the type of dentures you need. Premium dentures can be expensive because they have more features and materials but offer a better fit and feel than standard dentures.
Dentures are typically covered by insurance as part of your medical benefits package, so if you have dental coverage through your employer or another provider like Medicaid or Medicare, then there’s a good chance that your dental insurance will cover some portion of your new set of teeth.
Please refer to our financial policy page for more details.
How much pain do I experience during treatment?
For most patients, the pain is minimal. If you’re uncomfortable, we can prescribe an analgesic to ease any discomfort. The dentist will give you medication before the procedure and numb your gums to minimize discomfort.
Do I need to have my gums treated first before getting dentures?
If you’re considering getting a denture, the first thing to consider is whether or not your gums are in good shape. If they’re not, you may need to treat them before getting a new set of teeth. This is because the fit of your new dentures will depend on how well they can attach themselves to healthy gums. If there’s too much loose tissue around them (or if there isn’t enough), it will make it difficult for them to stay put in place when talking or eating–which could cause serious problems with oral health down the road!
Additionally, having healthy-looking gums is essential for ensuring that your new smile looks natural and beautiful at all times; people tend not to notice if one tooth is missing, but they’ll notice if two teeth are missing and another two look slightly different from each other.
Premier Dentistry is the leading dental practice in Ballantyne, providing exceptional dental care and welcoming smiles.
You can trust Premier Dentistry to provide top dental care in a friendly environment. Premier Dentistry offers the latest techniques and technology, so our dentists can give you the best possible care.
We understand that going to the dentist can be stressful for some people. We work hard to ensure that each patient feels comfortable during their visit by providing them with state-of-the-art equipment, comfortable chairs, and constant assistance from our team to make them feel at ease.
We’re happy to answer any questions about dentures, so don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!