A gaping hole in your smile can be embarrassing and make you feel more self-conscious about smiling in front of your friends, family, and co-workers. But your appearance shouldn’t be your only concern. Even one missing tooth can make it harder for you to eat the foods you love, and it can disrupt the balance of your bite, causing your other teeth to wear down faster. And of course, your mouth won’t be able to function correctly if you end up losing all your teeth.
If you or a loved one is dealing with extensive tooth loss, don’t let it disrupt your quality of life; contact Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg right away. Dr. Pham can provide you with a partial or full denture that fits comfortably in your mouth and restores your smile along with your ability to speak and chew normally.
Some patients only have a few teeth missing, or they still have healthy teeth that they want to preserve. In these cases, partial dentures are normally used. There are two types of partials you can get: removable or fixed.
With removable partial dentures, the false teeth are attached to a metal frame that’s held in place with metal clasps. The advantage of a removable partial is that it can replace missing teeth in multiple areas at once. Each partial is designed with the help of an impression of your natural teeth, ensuring that it fits correctly and doesn’t stand out in your mouth. As the name implies, you can take your removable partials out at any time for cleaning.
Fixed partials are more commonly known as fixed bridges. Two crowns hold a false tooth or teeth between them and are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. In some cases, we might not be able to use the surrounding teeth for support, or we may see an opportunity to preserve the natural tooth structure; in either case, the bridge can be supported by dental implants.
In the case that you’ve lost most of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, you’re likely to need a full denture – an entire arch of false teeth attached to a gum colored base. A full denture for the lower jaw will be shaped to avoid covering your tongue; if it’s for the upper jaw, we’ll need to decide whether it should cover the roof of your mouth.
Full dentures are carefully designed so that they won’t slip out of place while you’re chewing or speaking. When dentures are properly fitted, natural suction is enough to hold them in place, although you can use an adhesive for added security. You can normally expect your dentures to last for about 10 years or longer, although you’ll probably need several periodic adjustments before then.
Compared to other kinds of tooth replacement, partial dentures and full dentures tend to be less costly; however, this largely depends on the extent of said tooth loss. Talk to Dr. Pham about your oral health needs as well as ways to ensure that your restoration is affordable. Don’t forget to check your dental insurance to see what kind of benefits are offered when it comes to tooth replacement!
The cost of dentures will vary for each patient, as every case is entirely different. There are many different factors that contribute to the price. During your initial consultation with us, we can determine exactly how much you can expect your new restoration to cost. In the meantime, here are some things for you to keep in mind.
Here are the major factors that will determine the cost of your new dentures:
Remember that a cheaper denture doesn’t necessarily mean a better denture. If you end up opting for a budget restoration, it will be more likely to require repairs and replacements in a shorter period of time. When you invest more in your restoration, you will see the difference in quality.
Implant dentures cost more than traditional dentures, but there is good reason for it. Instead of being supported by the shape and suction of the gums, they are held into place by a series of dental implants that are placed in the jawbone via a surgical procedure. This allows for additional benefits, like being more lifelike, having additional stability, and lasting for several decades.
Patients can usually expect some level of coverage with most dental insurance plans. Many provide up to 50% coverage, but this varies depending on the plan that you have. At Downtown Family Dental of Leesburg, we are in-network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Delta Dental, and Metlife, but we also welcome out-of-network providers. If you have any questions or need help, talk to one of our friendly team members.
To learn exactly how much you can expect your dentures to cost, schedule a consultation with us. We’re eager to help you get your smile back!
Dentures are a lifechanging tooth replacement option for people who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth! However, choosing the correct restoration for you is a huge decision, so it pays to be well-informed. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about dentures in Leesburg. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’d be happy to explain more about the process of getting dentures and schedule you for an initial consultation.
Repairing a damaged tooth whenever possible is always preferable to replacing it. Tooth extractions of any kind will only ever be recommended if deemed absolutely necessary, like when a tooth is too damaged to save thanks to extensive decay, severe infection, or trauma. If all of the teeth in an arch are either decayed or infected with gum disease, replacing them with dentures may be a viable option, but your dentist will always explore all of your options before recommending extractions for dentures.
Dentists generally recommend taking your dentures out at night when you go to bed. When you first get your dentures, you’ll typically be told to keep them in your mouth for 24 hours, including when you sleep, but after this, you should be taking them out every evening. This is because wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft-tissue irritation and potentially speeding up ridge resorption. Taking dentures out at night gives the gums a chance to recover and get the nutrients they need.
If you need to have teeth extracted before you can get dentures, you’re likely to experience some discomfort after oral surgery, but this can be managed with recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain medication. The discomfort should improve 3 to 5 days after your procedure. When you first receive new dentures, some minor irritation may occur while your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. The amount of time that the discomfort lasts will vary from person to person. If this persists, give us a call so we can take a look.
When you lose your teeth, your facial muscles will start to sag, and this can give your face a sunken appearance. Getting dentures will mean providing support to facial muscles that have collapsed. Ill-fitting dentures may not give your facial muscles the proper support they need, so it’s important that your restoration fits perfectly in your mouth. If your denture doesn’t fit properly, you should have it refitted or replaced as soon as possible.