Redefined Robert Graffeo, DDS
When you’re missing multiple teeth or even all teeth in a given arch, a denture can completely change your life for the better. Dr. Robert Graffeo and Dr. Thomas Tagliani can design a denture using a series of highly detailed, personalized scans that model your mouth exactly. This ensures that you receive a prosthesis that is not only comfortable, but designed to last as long as possible. To get started rebuilding your smile, feel free to give Dentistry Redefined a call to schedule a consultation.
Dentures are considered to be removable replacement teeth that are not only effective at rebuilding smiles, but being affordable. They largely come in two forms: full dentures and partial dentures, each of which have their own pros and cons. While they are typically used to restore all teeth in a given arch, they are also perfect for those who are missing teeth on opposite sides of their mouth.
Full dentures are typically made up of a gum-colored base and a series of ceramic restorations that mimic teeth. Partial dentures are more commonly made from a metal base and meant to fit inside the mouth like a puzzle piece.
The best way to determine the right option for you is to visit our office for an exam. From there, we can confirm if remaining teeth should be extracted to accommodate a new denture or if a partial denture should be used instead. Generally, those who have good oral health should be able to receive a denture sooner, while those with existing tooth decay and gum disease should have it taken care of ahead of time.
Most candidates for dentures are missing too many teeth for a dental bridge to resolve on its own. While those who have missing teeth throughout their mouth may want a partial denture, those who are missing all teeth in either their top or bottom arch would better benefit from a complete denture. Keep in mind that full dentures do rely on the natural shape of the mouth to stay in place (as well as a denture adhesive, at least in the first few weeks of use). Partial dentures are a bit easier to get used to as they remain stable by using metal hooks to wrap around existing teeth.
The better you take care of your denture, the longer it will last. In many cases, patients can get as many as seven years of use out of their denture once created. Of course, you should also commit to the following habits to keep it free of dental plaque. Be sure to:
Dentures are highly customized to fit inside your mouth comfortably and for many years, so it’s important that you keep this in mind as you start thinking about your future investment. Common factors include the number of teeth you are missing as well as the materials used to create your future prosthesis, but you’ll learn more following a consultation with our dentists!
The main factors that influence how much you can expect to pay for your denture include the following:
It’s important to remember that the cheapest option is rarely the best choice when it comes to dentures. You’re going to be wearing them for extended periods of time, so quality should always be a top priority.
Because implant dentures make use of dental implants, they are always going to be more expensive overall. Instead of relying on the shape of the mouth as well as natural suction to remain stable, implant dentures attach to several implants that are placed throughout the mouth and given time to integrate with the jawbone beforehand. This allows the denture to stay in place far more effectively in the long-term and prevent slipping and shifting while in use. They also tend to last much longer, averaging about 30 years (and even a lifetime) of use. Compared to traditional dentures needing replacement every 5 to 7 years, it can actually be a more cost-effective solution for severe tooth loss.
A denture is considered to be a major restorative treatment, which means it’s typically covered by dental insurance plans up to 50%. However, this is largely dependent on the plan you have as well as the nuanced coverage details within that plan. Our team is happy to confirm the specific benefits that make up your dental insurance and break them down in detail before any phase of treatment.
Even if you don’t have dental insurance at this time or you simply lack the coverage needed for your future tooth replacement, there are other ways you can make your care more affordable. One way many people accomplish this is by enrolling into a CareCredit plan. This third-party financier lets you split up your costs into monthly chunks, typically with little to no interest attached. By signing up for a payment plan, even the most expensive treatments can be fit into a tight budget.
If you’d like to learn more about financing your dental care or about dentures in general, please give our office a call to set up an in-person consultation!
Whether you need a full or partial denture or need to replace teeth in your top arch, bottom arch, or both, our team here at Dentistry Redefined is happy to answer your questions. We recognize that the process can be complicated for some, but we’re happy to break it down for you in easy terms so you can know what to expect. Additionally, we encourage you to take a look at our most frequently asked questions below for your convenience.
When you decide to go to bed, we recommend that you take your dentures out. While you should be keeping them in your mouth for the first 24 hours to help it get used to them, they should be taken out during the evening following that period. When you wear dentures for too long, it can cut circulation to the gums and cause irritation. As you take them out, the gums have an opportunity to recover and get the nutrients needed for them to thrive throughout the night. Additionally, taking them out at night reduces your risk for gum and tongue plaque.
Dentures can change shape over time, and when they do, they may need to be relined so they can fit comfortably. They will also need to be repaired if any teeth are lost or damaged. Your jaw can also begin to change shape, requiring a reline that way as well. Soft relines are performed if the gums are too sensitive to the weight of the dentures, while hard relines are done for more extensive changes that require the help of a dental lab. If you are experiencing oral sores due to your denture, we can perform a temporary reline to provide relief and give the soft tissue a chance to heal.
Dentures need to be cleaned daily, but we do not recommend the use of toothpaste to do so. This is because toothpaste can actually leave tiny scratches on the surface of your denture, leading to them becoming severely damaged. This is the same reason why you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush only to clean your prosthesis. Instead of using toothpaste, we recommend a hand soap, mild dishwashing liquid, or cleanser specifically designed for dentures.
The facial muscles begin to sag when you lose your teeth, causing your face to have a more sunken appearance. When you have a denture, your facial muscles regain support they didn’t have before, reducing these side effects. However, if your denture does not fit properly, the facial muscles aren’t getting the support they need. This is why it is so crucial to have a denture that fits as intended. If for any reason your denture does not feel quite right when worn, give us a call and we’ll do what we can to get it refitted.