Full & Partial Dentures
Advanced tooth loss is much less common than it used to be thanks to improved in-office and at-home oral hygiene and preventive dentistry services. Luckily for those patients who do need advanced tooth replacement, partial and full dentures are crafted using higher quality materials, more precise design, and improved comfort and stability. At Larry Young Dental, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement solutions for patients with any number of missing teeth. If you’ve lost a single tooth or a full arch of teeth, reach out to Dr. Young to begin your treatment planning process.
Both partial and full dentures use a removable, gum-colored base to support numerous replacement teeth. Partial dentures are formed to fit between healthy teeth filling in the gaps in patients’ smiles. These dentures are held in place with clasps that attach to surrounding teeth.
As the name likely suggests, a full denture is used to replace an entire row of teeth. Because there are no remaining healthy teeth to provide support, the denture base is crafted to fit snuggly against the gum line. This tight fit creates suction that anchors the denture. Some patients also choose to use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their dentures.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
If you’re interested in a tooth replacement option with increased stability, dental implant supported partial and full dentures may be a better option. These dentures are not removable. Instead, three to six dental implant posts are inserted below the gum line where they fuse with the jawbone recreating lost root structure. The partial or full denture is then attached to the implants restoring about 70% of chewing function compared with 25 to 30% restoration with removable braces. You’ll need to visit our team regularly, so we can examine your implant supported prosthetic. With proper care and regular dental checkups, an implant supported denture will last ten or more years, making it a great solution for many patients.
Caring for Your Denture
If you have a dental implant supported partial or full denture, your at-home hygiene program will not dramatically change. We may recommend you choose a toothbrush with softer bristles or a less abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise, your regular daily routine will likely be effective. Removable dentures need to be removed and cleaned each day. You can purchase a special denture toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste and brush your denture at least once a day. When you’re not wearing your denture, store it in cool water. You can also soak the denture overnight in cleaning solution. If you’re concerned that impaired dexterity may cause you to drop your dental prosthetic, place a soft towel down before you remove your denture for cleaning. You’ll need to visit our team regularly, so we can make any adjustments and give your removable or fixed denture a professional cleaning. For most denture wearers six month checkups are adequate, but others need to visit more often. Contact our Jacksonville dental team to find out more or schedule an appointment.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
Your financial situation shouldn’t stand in your way of replacing your lost teeth. Various factors affect the cost of dentures in Jacksonville; however, we strive to keep them within everyone’s budget. After examining your mouth and learning more about your preferences, we’ll provide you with a personalized estimate. We offer several solutions to achieve a confident, beautiful smile without draining your bank account.
Factors that affect the Cost of Dentures
There’s not a flat rate for dentures in Jacksonville because no two smiles are the same. A cookie-cutter denture would be uncomfortable and look unnatural. Instead, your denture is custom-made to fit your mouth like a glove from high-quality materials. When budgeting for your new smile, you can expect your estimate to include:
- Preparatory Treatments: It’s not uncommon to need a little prep-work to create a healthy foundation for your dentures, like tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting.
- Type of Prosthetic: The number of teeth and arches you’re treating will influence the cost, as well as the type of prosthetic. We offer both traditional and implant-supported methods.
- Materials: Discounted materials are available, but they’ll cost you more in the long run. Your denture dentist in Jacksonville will help you choose a high-quality material for a long-term investment.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Implant dentures can cost more than a traditional prosthetic, but they can also be the most affordable option. Although you’ll pay more upfront, you’ll save money down the road because they should never need to be replaced. Not to mention, they keep your jawbone strong to prevent future dental problems to lower your overall oral health expenses. While they may come with a higher price tag, implant dentures are more attainable than you might realize. You won’t have to pay the entire amount at once because your treatment will occur in several steps. With a variety of payment options and more time to pay, people from all walks of life can benefit from dental implants.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Every plan differs, but most dental insurances can be used to offset the cost of dentures. It is unlikely your benefits will cover the entire amount, but you can use your annual allowance to lower the cost of specific steps in your treatment, like the consultation, tooth extractions, or restorations. We’ll help you maximize your annual coverage to lower your out-of-pocket expenses.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
Besides using your dental insurance, we offer other options to keep a complete smile within your financial means, including:
- Traditional Payments: Our office accepts all forms of traditional payment, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
- Third-Party Financing: Pay for your new smile in monthly installments using a third-party financing company, like CareCredit.
- Health Savings Plan: Enjoy reduced rates for common services after an annual membership fee.
- Patient Specials: Ask us about any current patient specials.
If you have questions about your payment options, or you’re ready to schedule your denture consultation, contact our office today for an appointment.
Dentures in Jacksonville are a tried-and-proven solution to resolve significant tooth loss; however, they are a big investment. Dr. Young will explain everything during your denture consultation to ease any apprehensions. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions to feel confident about the road ahead.
Can I wear my dentures while sleeping?
Your denture dentist in Jacksonville, Dr. Young, will advise you to wear your new teeth for a full 24 hours after receiving them. After that time, you’ll need to get in the habit of removing them nightly. Your dentures will restrict blood circulation to your gums, which can lead to sores and infection if they aren’t given time to recuperate. Taking your dentures out before bed allows your gums to get the nutrients needed to stay healthy. Your mouth is also dark and moist. It’s the perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria that can affect your dental and overall health. It can also lead to unpleasant odors and shorten the lifespan of your denture. Instead, it is better to take your dentures out nightly to clean them thoroughly. Don’t forget to clean your mouth, too. Place your dentures in a nightly soaking solution to keep them moist and combat bacteria while you get some rest.
Do upper dentures always cover the palate?
If you are concerned about an upper denture changing the way food tastes, you can choose from other styles. Depending on your preferences, you may be a candidate for an upper denture with a horseshoe shape. It will look like a denture used for the lower arch or with dental implants.
Can I still eat steak with dentures?
Your dentures will closely feel like your real teeth, but they have their limitations. Dr. Young recommends eating tough meats in moderation because they require a lot of chewing. The added pressure can put more wear and tear on your prosthetic while also causing gum soreness. If you can’t resist a juicy steak, make sure it is tenderized well. Choose cuts of meat that contain little connective tissues or muscle fibers. Cut tough meats into small pieces to make them easier to chew. If you need a little extra support when eating, consider using a denture adhesive.
Can I use regular toothpaste to clean my denture?
Don’t use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures because it can leave small scratches on them. Abrasive dental products can cause tiny crevasses on the surface of your denture, which can trap food particles and bacteria. Not only can this affect the aesthetics of your smile, but it can also cause your denture to smell and weaken it over time. It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid to clean your dentures. You can also purchase OTC cleaning kits designed for denture wearers. Besides keeping your new mouth clean at home, don’t forget to visit your dentist at least twice a year.