Full and Partial Dentures

full and partial dentures

When you are living with multiple compromised or missing teeth, it impacts the quality of your daily life. Chewing can become challenging and even painful, making it difficult for you to enjoy the healthy foods you were used to eating. You might also feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile because it embarrasses you when you smile or meet new people. Full and partial dentures in Stuart may be an ideal solution. Here’s what you should know.

What is a Full Denture?

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A full denture is an appliance that is designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. It is typically made of acrylic and custom designed with your facial structure and skin tone in mind, which allows for a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

A traditional denture is removable, and it relies on suction and a secure fit to keep it in place. There is a learning curve for some patients as they get used to talking and eating with their new denture; however, most patients appreciate the way that a denture immediately restores their smile, and even changes the appearance of their face.

What is a Partial Denture?

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Are you missing multiple teeth, but you still have a large number of healthy teeth and you’re not quite ready for a denture? A partial denture is an oral appliance designed to fill in the gaps. It fits using clasps to anchor to your healthy teeth, and it has custom prosthetic teeth strategically placed to complete your smile and restore function to your bite.

A partial is an excellent option for restoring your smile while also protecting the integrity and health of your remaining teeth.

Implant Supported Dentures

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Dental implants can also be utilized to support appliances like partials and dentures. Four strategically placed implants can secure a denture that is designed to “snap” into them.

The implants provide a more stable support that prevents any movement or slippage when you talk or eat. They also offer the added benefit of protecting your jawbone from the deterioration that happens with traditional dentures that apply pressure to your bone.

Would you like to learn more about your options for reclaiming your smile? The first place to start is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Crary. She can assess your situation and determine which treatment option will best suit your needs. Your dentist in Stuart, FL is happy to guide you through the process of restoring your smile and your oral health from start to finish, so give Aesthetic Dentistry of Stuart a call today.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Now you may be wondering about the cost of dentures in Stuart. After all, it’s hard to commit to a treatment without knowing the price. While the best way to find out the exact cost is by scheduling an appointment with our team, we know many patients like to do some research online first. For this reason, we’re sharing some of the factors that influence the final price right here!

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Dentures in Stuart aren’t a one-size-fits-all tooth-replacement solution; they are custom-made for each patient. As a result, the price can vary and will be determined based on important factors like:

  • The need for preliminary treatments, like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy.
  • The number of teeth you’re missing.
  • The materials used to make your dentures, like porcelain or acrylic.

As you can imagine, when it comes to something as important as your smile, cheaper isn’t always better. Although less expensive, lower quality dentures are obtrusive, hard-to-maneuver, and less than lifelike. In short, don’t go for the cheaper option to simply cut costs.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Implant dentures are different from traditional ones because they require oral surgery and the placement of several dental implants. For this reason, implant dentures often have a higher upfront cost. With that said, the overall price may end up being comparable. After all, dental implants can last for 20+ years with proper care and preserve your jawbone (and your youthful face shape). So, it’s best to weigh the short and long-term cost when making your decision.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Yes, many dental insurance providers cover a portion of the cost of dentures. The exact coverage, however, will depend on your plan. Luckily, our team can help! In addition to welcoming out-of-network plans, we are in-network with several popular providers, including Cigna. So, if you have a question about how to utilize your available benefits, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Are you uninsured? Fortunately, there is another option: flexible financing. With CareCredit, a trusted third-party financier, patients can space-out the cost of dentures over the course of several months. Furthermore, some plans have little-to-no interest attached! If you want to learn more about this payment option, get in touch. We would be more than happy to help you navigate the financial aspects of your care.

Denture FAQ’s

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If you’re looking to replace your smile, dentures are a great option. However, before you commit to this investment, it’s important to have all of the information you need. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dentures in Stuart. Keep reading to satisfy your curiosity and take your first step toward a complete smile!

Are Dentures Realistic Looking?

One of the advantages of choosing our dentures for your smile replacement is that you can enjoy a beautiful, natural looking restoration. Designed with a gum colored base that matches your mouth and beautiful artificial teeth, you can get a smile that you will love to show off. We can match the base to the natural shade of your mouth, and our artificial teeth are made to look like radiant smiles. Plus, dentures help support the muscles in your face, providing a more youthful and symmetrical facial appearance.

How Do I Clean My Dentures?

Because most dentures are completely removable, they’re easy for patients to maintain. It’s important to remove your dentures at night to give your gums some rest. However, during this time, you should also soak your dentures in solution to shake loose any food debris or bacteria clinging on. Additionally, you can use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your dentures but avoid using hot water because it could permanently warp them.

How Long Will My Dentures Last?

The good news is that when you choose to restore your teeth with our dentures, you’re making an investment in a new smile that is built to last. With proper care and maintenance, you can use your dentures for 7 years or even longer. To extend the lifespan of your dentures, you can make sure that you soak them overnight as well as cleaning them daily.

What Are the Benefits of Implant Dentures?

Unlike traditional dentures, implant dentures rely on dental implants for support. With dental implants permanently placed in the jawbone, there is no chance of your dentures slipping or sliding while talking, laughing, and chewing. Additionally, a unique benefit that dental implants provide is that they stimulate your jawbone after tooth loss, preventing it from deteriorating. This leads to better overall health and a fuller facial appearance. Plus, implants can help your dentures last longer.

How Do I Know Which Dentures I Need?

If you’re considering dentures, you may be wondering which type is right for you. Because every patient’s smile is different, it’s difficult to make a recommendation without looking at your mouth first. One of our experienced dentists will carefully examine your smile, the condition of your oral health, and the number of teeth you’re missing before developing your very own personalized treatment plan. This plan will include information like cost and the type of denture best for your smile.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact our office!

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