There are several methods available for replacing missing teeth, and dentures are one of the most well-known. Through the years, they have gained a reputation for being inconvenient, clunky, and uncomfortable — but for most patients, that cliché is far from the truth. On this page, we talk more about dentures in Enfield and all the benefits they offer.
Basically, there are two types of dentures: full and partial. Partial dentures replace just a few teeth, whereas full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth (all the teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth). Dentures consist of a few parts:
To begin your journey toward a renewed smile, visit your dentist in Enfield for a consultation. We will evaluate your oral health and make a recommendation on the best method for replacing your missing teeth. If dentures are right for you, we may have to extract any remaining teeth you have that would interfere with the way your dentures fit. Then, we will make impressions of your mouth and begin the process of designing and fitting your custom new smile.
Exactly how long it takes for you to get your dentures will depend on whether we need to extract any teeth (your gums will need time to heal). The general timeline for getting dentures is anywhere from a couple of weeks to a few months.
After you get your new dentures, it is important that you come in for regular dental checkups. We will want to make sure that your gums are healthy and that your prosthetic teeth are continuing to fit well. The dentures may need periodic refitting or even replacement.
You may be a good candidate for dentures if:
Dentures come with a number of advantages:
The cost of dentures in Enfield depends on a few factors, including the materials used to make them, the type of denture, and how much of the price your insurance is willing to cover. During your restorative consultation, we will give you a candid estimate for how much you may have to pay out of pocket. We will also help you apply for low-interest financing through CareCredit if you do not wish to pay for your prosthetic upfront. Generally speaking, dentures are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options.
Some of the main factors that affect the cost of dentures include:
Be wary of any deals for “cheap” dentures that you may come across. Their quality may not be what you are hoping for.
Yes, implant dentures in Enfield have a higher upfront cost than traditional dentures. The higher cost is due to several reasons, including the extra time, effort, and expertise that are required during the implant denture process. Despite their price, however, most patients who get implant dentures regard them as a great value. They offer remarkable stability, strength, and function — all things that are difficult to assign a monetary value to. Plus, they last for so long that over time, they may actually end up costing less than traditional dentures that need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years.
In most cases, yes, dental insurance is willing to pay for at least a portion of the cost of dentures. They are generally considered to be a major procedure, which means that about 50% of their price may be covered, up to the amount of your plan’s annual maximum. Our practice is in-network with a number of major plans, and in most cases, we are able to help patients take advantage of out of network benefits as well.
As your denture dentist in Enfield, we want you to be able to afford your treatment. To that end, we offer a few convenient provisions:
Would you like to learn more about dentures and their cost? Get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to serving you!
As an experienced denture dentist in Enfield, our team is ready to help you regain a complete, functional smile. Before you schedule your denture consultation, however, you may want to know more about the road ahead. That is why we have compiled a brief list of frequently asked questions about dentures, along with succinct answers. If you do not see the information you were specifically looking for, give us a call. We are always happy to personally share our knowledge.
This can vary from patient to patient. Traditionally, the wait time between extractions and getting dentures in Enfield is 6 – 8 weeks. This allows time for the gums to heal. However, some people opt to get immediate dentures, which are placed right after extractions. Immediate dentures must be adjusted multiple times so they maintain their fit as your mouth changes following your extractions.
If you are getting implant dentures, you may have to wait a few months or longer after extractions before you get your new teeth. (The exception to this is if you are getting All-on-4, which often allows temporary dentures to be placed on the same day as extractions.)
We always prefer to save natural teeth if they are still reasonably healthy. Therefore, if your teeth are still in good shape, we may recommend that you get a partial denture, which will fit in around them and fill in the spaces left by teeth that are already missing. However, if your teeth are badly decayed or you are suffering from advanced gum disease, it will likely be necessary to extract them before you can get dentures. In many cases, we are able to perform all necessary extractions in a single appointment. However, we may also do it across multiple appointments to enhance patient comfort.
When you first get your denture, we may recommend that you wear it for 24 hours, including when you are asleep. After that, however, you should remove it every night. This will give you the chance to thoroughly clean your prosthetic, which will lower your risk of infections, bad breath, and other problems. It will also allow your gums to rest, decreasing your chances of developing gum sores. If you wish to sleep with your dentures, it would be best to invest in fixed implant dentures, which are designed to be worn 24/7.
If you need to undergo extractions before you get dentures, you can expect some soreness after your teeth are pulled. Bleeding and swelling are also common. Fortunately, most patients are feeling fairly normal within a few days to a week after their extractions. When you first get your dentures, you will have to go through an adjustment period. Your gums may be sore for a while as you get used to your prosthetic. Some patients adapt fairly quickly, but for others, it may be months before they are accustomed to their new teeth.