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Dentures & Partial Dentures

Smiling man and womanDentures are used to restore oral health for patients who’ve experienced extensive tooth loss – numerous consecutive teeth or a full row of teeth. At La Plata Dental, we offer high quality, durable, natural looking and feeling dentures to renew oral health and give our patients the ability to smile with complete confidence. If you’re in need of a partial or full denture, please don’t hesitate to contact our La Plata dentist and team to schedule a tooth replacement consultation.

Partials

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Partial dentures are crafted to fill in the gaps between patients’ teeth. Both partial and full dentures are created by using a custom crafted base material to support numerous replacement teeth. The gum-colored base material of the partial is formed to fit between remaining healthy teeth. Metal clasps attach the denture to these healthy teeth restoring the natural shape and function of the smile.

Full Dentures

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Full dentures are available in two forms - conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are created once all the teeth are removed and the gum tissue has healed. This ensures a perfect, comfortable fit, but may leave you without teeth for an extended time. Immediate dentures ensure you’re never without your smile, but they will likely need to be refitted once your gums have fully healed. Both options rely on suction between the denture and the gum line to keep the prosthetic in place, so a snug fit is essential.

What’s Right for Me?

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Every patient and every treatment plan are unique. When you schedule a tooth replacement consultation, we’ll examine your current state of oral health. Then, we’ll give you recommendations for how to best repair your damaged smile. If you’d like a more stable, longer lasting denture, we also offer dental implant supported prosthetics. 

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Every patient and every treatment plan are unique. When you schedule a tooth replacement consultation, we’ll examine your current state of oral health. Then, we’ll give you recommendations for how to best repair your damaged smile. If you’d like a more stable, longer lasting denture, we also offer dental implant supported prosthetics. 

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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No two smiles are the same, so it is impossible to have a set rate. We don’t want you paying for anything you don’t need. Your denture dentist in La Plata will examine your mouth to create a personalized treatment plan. Although everyone’s case differs, you can expect your estimate to include:

  • Preparatory Procedures: It’s not uncommon to need a little prep-work before getting dentures, like periodontal therapy or tooth extractions.
  • Type of Denture: You have more options than ever to replace your missing teeth, like implant-supported dentures or a partial.
  • Quality of Materials: Discounted materials are available, but they aren’t as durable, comfortable, or attractive. You’ll get what you pay for when it comes to dentures.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Dental implants can be more expensive upfront than traditional dentures in La Plata, but they are the most cost-effective long-term. You won’t have to pay the entire amount upfront because the procedure is performed in several steps, giving you more time to budget for your new smile. They are proven to last for decades, so you will save money down the road because you won’t need replacements. Not to mention, they improve your oral health to reduce your long-term dental costs. By replicating the entire structure of a tooth from the root up, you’ll gain unmatched benefits that aren’t possible with conventional methods. You will have a nearly perfect replica of your real smile.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Most dental insurance plans can be used to offset the cost of dentures. Although your benefits won’t cover the entire amount, your plan can be used to reduce the fees for certain steps in your treatment, like the consultation, tooth extractions, or X-rays. After reaching your annual deductible, you can use your yearly allowance to keep your new smile within your budget. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your policy, so you have one less thing on your plate.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Besides using your dental insurance, our office strives to provide the financial solutions you need to rehabilitate your smile, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all forms of traditional payments, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Third-Party Financing: You can pay for your new smile in monthly installments based on your credit approval.

Don’t worry, we’ll explain the exact amount you’ll need to pay, so you aren’t caught off guard by any fees. If you have any questions about your payment options, or you’re ready to schedule your denture consultation, contact our office today.

Denture FAQs

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Dentures in La Plata have been used for generations to restore beautiful smiles that have suffered extensive tooth loss. Although they are a tried-and-proven solution, they are a big commitment. It’s normal to have a few concerns, but there isn’t any reason to worry. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to ease your nerves.

Can I sleep with my dentures?

No one wants to get caught without their teeth, but your denture dentist in La Plata recommends removing them at night. You’ll be advised to wear them for a full 24 hours after getting your new teeth, even while sleeping; however, you don’t want to make it a habit. Your mouth is a dark, moist environment, creating the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria responsible for oral health issues, bad breath, denture damage, and even pneumonia. Not to mention, the circulation in your gums is diminished while you’re wearing your dentures. Removing them gives your mouth a break, allowing your gums to get the vital nutrients they need to prevent irritation and infection of the soft tissues. You can safeguard your wellness and promote the lifespan of your new teeth by soaking them in a denture solution nightly.

Can you still eat steak with dentures?

You won’t have to skip eating your favorite foods anymore, including steak; however, tough meats can be more difficult to chew. You can make them easier to eat by cutting them into smaller pieces. It’s also important to be a little picky when choosing meats. Tenderloin and other beef cuts don’t have as many connective tissues or muscle fibers, which can make them easier to chew. Don’t forget to tenderize your meat. With well-fitting dentures, you can eat just about anything you’d like. If you need a little more stability, use a denture adhesive to hold your teeth in place.

What can’t you eat with dentures?

In no time at all, your dentures will feel almost natural when eating, but they have their limitations. Your dentist will recommend skipping anything sticky, including peanut butter, which can pull your dentures out of position. Avoid any foods with small seeds, kernels, or shells because they can get trapped under your denture. When eating harder foods or those you must bite into, like an apple, cut them into small pieces. Keep in mind, the more chewing, the more wear and tear placed on your denture.

Do I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?

Although your dentures aren’t subject to tooth decay, they require daily care. They must be cleaned every day to remove food particles and plaque. Only use nonabrasive products when cleaning them to prevent causing small scratches that can damage them. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean them. Never use hot water when rinsing them because it can cause them to warp. Take extra precautions when cleaning your new smile, like placing a towel on the counter in case you accidentally drop them.

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