Not having access to dental care as a child can lead to dental problems that require dentures. Health conditions such as diabetes can cause tooth loss. Accidents – such as sports injuries and collisions – may damage or weaken teeth. In some cases, people may have few or no remaining healthy teeth.
Do you fall into any of these categories? We’re here to help you find out if dentures or partials are right for you!
A partial denture is a removable appliance replacing one or more teeth on one arch. They can be made mostly of plastic with a few wires that clip onto support teeth for retention, or they can have a metal base to add strength and decrease bulk.
Partial dentures are one of the more cost-effective ways to replace a missing tooth. More than one tooth can be replaced by the same appliance without adding cost. In the future should another tooth need to be replaced, often it can be added to the partial without having to have a new appliance made.
A full denture is a removable appliance that replaces all teeth on the top or bottom.
Full dentures use the remaining bone as support. When there is a nice strong ridge with good bone, the dentures often have good suction. If there is a very short or flat ridge, the denture does not have much support and may have less suction. In this case, patients may use a denture adhesive to increase retention. If this is not enough help to get good retention, then another option would be an overdenture.
You’ve likely seen places that advertise same-day dentures. At Autumn Dental, we want to give you a true, custom fit – no “one size fits none” dentures here. Our process starts with a complimentary consultation to determine if you need full or partial dentures. We may start the process with you the same day, but because we make sure your dentures are properly aligned to allow you to eat and speak normally, the entire process will most likely involve 3 to 4 appointments to allow for swelling of your gums, alignment and any adjustments that need made to the fit.
While your denture search will likely involve budget, it’s also important to find an office where you feel comfortable, that works with your insurance and stands behind their work. At Autumn Dental, our denture process begins with a complimentary consultation to discuss costs, insurance, and time to delivery of the dentures, but also lets you meet our friendly and knowledgeable team.
When making your decision about budget for your dentures, one thing to take into consideration is the period of time that your insurance company expects your dentures to last. Many insurance companies will only assist with the cost of dentures every 3 to 5 (or more) years. If you find this to be the case, you may need to evaluate the upfront cost of your dentures and the quality of the work to see if the dentures will last until your insurance will help cover the cost of another partial or full set of dentures.
Revive-A-Smile is our implant treatment with Rockcliff Oral Surgery. Here are the options for treatment:
If you want a restoration that is similar to your natural teeth and therefore not removable, you will need individual implants placed. This is followed after healing by the placement of the attachments and new replacement crowns.
Option 2: Fixed Hybrid
This option is a non-removable prosthesis that is attached to four or five implants with small screws that can only be removed by your dentist for hygiene and maintenance. Your denture with feel more natural and less acrylic.
Option 3: Four Implants with Locators and Over Denture per Arch
This option includes the placement of four implants with locators attached that snap onto and over denture. This option is removable.
Option 4: Two Implants with Locators and Over Denture
This option includes the placement of two implants with locators attached that snap onto the over denture. This option is removable.