Dentures – Ormond Beach, FL
What Are Dentures?
Periodontal disease, injury, tooth decay or the way you bite your teeth together can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, the Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry team can put the smile back on your face with custom made partial or full dentures to restore your missing teeth. With the latest denture techniques, technologies, and materials, we can now make your replacement teeth comfortable and natural looking and functioning. If you’re ready to find out more, call Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a tooth replacement consultation in our state-of-the-art Ormond Beach dental office. We’ll help you to recreate your flawless smile.
Types of Dentures
There are a number of different types of dentures, and we will partner with you to determine which form you need to repair your smile. With your new dentures, speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your new teeth. During your tooth replacement consultation, we’ll review your available treatment options, and help you to find the best restoration solution to meet your needs. The most common denture tooth replacement options include the following:
- Partial Dentures with their metal framework, replace multiple consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth. They are supported through clasps that attach them to surrounding healthy teeth.
- Complete Dentures are used when it’s necessary to replace all of the teeth on the upper, lower, or both arches. Because there are no healthy teeth to provide support, dentures are molded to fit against the gums. The close fit creates suction that holds a properly fitted denture in place.
- For improved denture stability, we may recommend implant-retained dentures that restore the roots of the lost teeth providing close-to-natural function, ensuring the optimal level of oral health.
- Immediate dentures allow patients to never be without a smile, even immediately after needed tooth extractions. These dentures are crafted in advance of preparatory tooth extractions and/or dental implant placement, and they’re typically replaced with a custom restoration once the soft tissue has fully healed.
Benefits of Dentures
When even a single tooth is lost, your smile will experience a number of disadvantages, including shifting of surrounding teeth, diminished gum tissue volume and jawbone density, and changes in the function of your bite. Following the loss of numerous teeth, these issues are further compounded. Partial and full dentures allow patients to reclaim the healthy shape, appearance, and function of their smiles.
Determining Whether or Not You’re a Candidate for Dentures
We always want to help patients preserve the greatest possible amount of healthy dental structure, so we will review your smile and help you to find the best tooth replacement solution. During a tooth replacement consultation, we’ll examine your smile, review your restoration options, and help you to develop a tooth replacement plan that meets your needs.
Tips for New Denture Wearers
When you first get fitted for a partial or full denture, you may experience some difficulty adjusting to your new smile. Keep the following tips in mind to quickly improve your comfort and the function of your denture:
- Practice eating foods, introducing first soft foods then increasingly more difficult to chew foods
- Practice talking with your dentures in place by reading aloud to get used to the feel of your denture as you say specific words and phrases
- Even if your denture feels uncomfortable at first, you should continue to wear it whenever you’re awake to get used to the form and function
- Take your dentures out during sleep to rest your jaw joints and soft tissue to avoid discomfort
- Make sure to carefully clean your dentures on a daily basis
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
Dentures are a highly customized oral appliance designed to make your smile whole and functional again. However, there’s never a one-size-fits-all approach taken at Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry. That means the cost of your denture can vary based on a few key factors. These are broken down below in more detail, so you can get a better idea of what to expect ahead of your appointment.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures
The best way to determine how much your denture will cost is to schedule an in-person consultation at our office. However, there are a few key factors you should keep in mind as well. These factors include:
- Preparatory treatments needed before a denture can be placed (i.e. tooth extraction, gum disease therapy, treatment for tooth decay, etc.)
- Types of acrylic utilized to form the base (which is designed to not only remain durable, but match the color of your existing gum tissue)
- The materials used to create the replacement teeth (ceramic is often more expensive than acrylic)
Keep in mind that the cheapest denture is not the best option when you want your denture to last for as long as possible.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Since dental implants require surgery and multiple months of healing to receive, they are more expensive to pair with dentures than if you received dentures on their own. However, the difference that implants make is truly night and day. Not only do they make your denture feel more natural, but they no longer shift out of place, boost your confidence thanks to their natural appearance, and improve your biting force so you can eat the foods you want. In addition, traditional dentures require replacement every five to seven years on average, while dental implants typically last 30 years and longer.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Since dentures are typically considered a major restorative procedure, they do typically receive up to 50% coverage (however, this depends on the plan you use.) Our dental team is happy to help you confirm the specific benefits you’ll receive before your treatment begins, so you aren’t caught by surprise when it comes time to pay for treatment. Keep in mind that getting a dedicated denture is always better than trying to live with either an incomplete smile or no teeth at all.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
If you do not currently use dental insurance or you’ve determined that your plan is not offering as much coverage as you had hoped, there are other options available to you that can make your future denture affordable. For example, our office is happy to provide both CareCredit and Wells Fargo Health Advantage. These third-party financing options allow you to pay for care over the course of several months with little-to-zero interest attached. If you are a new patient, you can receive a one-time $100 gift certificate that can be put towards your initial visit. Want to learn more about financing options to make your care affordable? Schedule a consultation with us today!
Do you have questions about what life will be like with dentures in Ormond Beach? For your convenience, we’ve answered some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients below.
How do I clean my dentures?
Cleaning your dentures is an important part of keeping up with your oral health. When you first receive them, we’ll provide you with some basic maintenance and care tips to make sure you can get the most out of your new dental investment. We’ll also provide you with instructions on how to clean them, like some of the recommendations listed below:
- Remove your dentures after eating and rinse them under water to wash away food debris.
- Handle your dentures with extreme care while cleaning them.
- Clean your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush after removing your dentures.
- Brush your dentures at least once a day with a soft denture brush and special denture cleanser.
- Rinse your dentures before putting them back in your mouth.
- Schedule regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Ormond Beach.
Do I have to take out my dentures when I sleep?
Even though many patients want to sleep in their dentures, we advise against this. Your dentures should be soaked in water or a special denture-soaking solution every night while you’re asleep to help them maintain their shape. Plus, you should never wear your dentures for a full 24 hours without taking them out of your mouth and cleaning your gums and restorations. This is also a great time to give your gums a rest after supporting your dentures for the entire day.
How long until I need to replace my dentures?
Dentures typically have a lifespan between five and 10 years with the proper maintenance. If you notice that they aren’t fitting properly or you have any questions about the way they work down the road, don’t hesitate to contact our office. Visiting us for routine checkups will ensure that we’re able to spot any fit-issues that may arise before they cause discomfort.
Because your mouth and jawbone will be continuously changing throughout years of wearing your dentures, you’ll likely need to bring them in every once in awhile to be readjusted or relined. This will ensure that they continue to function well.
What should I do if my dentures are cracked?
Dentures can be fragile, and if you’re not careful when you clean them, they can easily crack or fracture. In these cases, it’s important to immediately contact our office so we can repair or replace them before they cause oral sores to arise or other issues.