and Kevin G. Murphy & Associates
One or two teeth in a row can be replaced with a dental bridge, but what if there are several gaps in your smile? Or what if an entire row of teeth is missing? If you want to restore your youthful facial appearance and regain your mouth’s normal functions, our team at Baltimore Dental Arts can provide you with partial and full dentures to refresh your grin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of your trusted dental professionals and learn more about how dentures can help you get your confidence and the quality of your life back.
You probably are familiar with the full dentures that seniors often use to speak, smile, and chew after losing an entire arch of teeth. These restorations are made out of ceramic or acrylic teeth attached to a gum-colored base that blends in with the rest of your mouth. Your own dentures will be fully personalized by dental lab technicians working based on impressions of your mouth. Full dentures are held in place by natural suction, but you can use denture adhesive to stabilize them further. When full dentures are made for the top arch, they’ll cover the roof of the mouth; dentures for the bottom arch allow enough room for the tongue.
Partial dentures are designed to replace a specific number of teeth based on where the gaps in your smile. Think of them like a puzzle piece specially made to fit into the available space. Aside from that, they’re similar to full dentures in the materials used to craft them, and they also allow you to eat and speak normally after tooth loss. However, instead of relying on natural suction, partial dentures are typically held in place by metal clasps attached to the natural teeth.
Did you realize that dentures can be anchored to dental implants? With this type of restoration, your new teeth will be more stable and will stay in place at all times. You’ll never have to worry about teeth slipping while chewing or laughing. Also, the implant roots will stimulate the jawbone to keep it happy. Thanks to their durability, implant dentures can last for decades and often even last for the rest of a person’s life.
The cost of dentures varies from person to person, as every case is different. There are numerous different factors that will contribute to the price. During your initial consultation, it will be determined how much you can expect to pay for your new restoration. Until then, here are some things that you should keep in mind as you are looking forward for your new smile!
Here are the three major factors that influence the cost of dentures:
Keep in mind that cheaper dentures do not mean better dentures. If you opt for budget dentures, it’s likely that you’re getting a subpar restoration. Quality is important when it comes to your oral health!
Implant dentures cost more than traditional dentures do, but there is good reason for it. Instead of being supported by the shape and suction of your gums, implant dentures are held in place by a series of dental implants that are placed directly into the jawbone. This will allow for numerous additional benefits, like being more lifelike and having additional stability. You won’t need to replace your dentures every 5 to 7 years either like you do with traditional dentures because implants are made to last much longer.
You can expect some level of coverage for most dental insurance plans. Many provide up to 50%, but this varies from plan to plan. Call ahead of your appointment with your policy information so we can talk about your plan. We will let you know whether we accept your insurance and what kind of savings you can expect for your new restoration.
To learn exactly what you can expect when it comes to the cost of dentures, give us a call to schedule a consultation with us. This way, we can discuss what we can do for your unique smile!
Dentures are a lifechanging tooth replacement option for people who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. However, you want to be well-informed before making a decision about the future of your smile. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about dentures in Baltimore. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.
Repairing a damaged tooth is always a preferable option to replacing it when possible. Tooth extractions of any kind will only be recommended if deemed absolutely necessary, like when a tooth is too damaged to save thanks to extensive decay, a severe infection, or trauma that has broken away a significant amount of dental enamel. If all of the teeth in an arch are decayed or infected with gum disease, replacing them with dentures may be a viable option, but your dentist will always explore all of your possibilities before recommending extractions.
Dentists generally will recommend taking your dentures out at night when you go to bed. When you first get your dentures, you will 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 dentures restrict the circulation in your gums and can lead to soft tissue irritation. By taking your dentures out, you are giving your gums a chance to recover and get the nutrients they need while you sleep. The dark, moist space beneath the dentures is also an ideal place for bacteria to thrive, so it has been associated with a higher risk of pneumonia. Ultimately, it is a good idea to take out your dentures while you catch some Z’s.
If you are needing to have teeth extracted before getting dentures, you are likely to experience some discomfort after the oral surgery. By taking prescribed pain medication as directed, this soreness should improve withing 3 to 5 days. When you first get new dentures, minor irritation may occur as your mouth adjusts. If you are switching to a new set of dentures, this adjustment process may be longer than before. If pain persists, give us a call so we can take a look!
Tough meats, like steak, can be difficult to chew when you have dentures, but it is still possible when you take all of the right precautions. Select tenderloin and other cuts of beef that don’t contain as many connective tissues or muscle fibers. Make sure the steak is thoroughly tenderized beforehand, and cut the steak into small, manageable pieces to make them easier to chew.