Tooth loss is a common issue that affects millions of people throughout the country. Approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million are missing all of their teeth. This can make it difficult to complete daily tasks, like eating, speaking, and smiling. The good news is that there’s a simple solution for missing teeth. At Cornerstone Family Dental Dr. Bo Crofoot offers high-quality dentures to improve the appearance and function of your smile. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our office.
Dentures are recommended for people who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. Depending on the number of teeth you are missing and where they are located in the mouth, a customized plan can be created just for you in order to restore your smile. If you currently have any existing oral health issues, like tooth decay or gum disease, you will need to have them treated and eliminated before you can move forward in the process of getting dentures. Dr. Crofoot’s number one priority is the health of your smile!
There are a few different types of dentures out there to meet a variety of needs. During your initial consultation, we will determine which of the following is ideal for you:
For people who’ve suffered from tooth loss in the past but still have some remaining healthy teeth, a partial denture could be the answer. This denture has an acrylic or metal base, and it’s designed to fit like a puzzle piece between your existing teeth to fill in gaps. Small, discreet clasps wrap around your surrounding teeth to hold your new replacement teeth firmly in their rightful locations.
The purpose of full dentures is to restore an entire arch of missing teeth. They are kept in place thanks to the shape and suction of your gum tissue. Just like partials, full dentures are made from a gum-colored acrylic base that holds natural looking teeth in place.
When a patient is missing teeth but looking for a sturdier, longer-lasting tooth replacement option, dental implant dentures are a probable solution. These dentures are held into place with titanium, screw-like implants that are surgically placed into the jawbone to act as tooth roots. They allow for additional chewing power and prevent bone loss from occurring over time.
There are all sorts of benefits you can expect to experience when you choose dentures as a tooth replacement option. Here are some of the most prominent:
Just like any restoration out there, the cost of dentures will vary from person to person. There are all sorts of different factors that will contribute to the price. During your initial consultation with us, 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’re looking forward to your new, restored smile!
There are three main factors that will contribute to the cost of your dentures:
Remember that a cheaper denture doesn’t mean a better denture. If you opt for budget dentures, it’s likely that you will end up with a subpar restoration that will require frequent repairs and replacements. Quality is crucial when it comes to your oral health.
Yes, implant dentures do cost more than traditional dentures do, but for good reason. Instead of being held in place by a series of dental implants that are placed directly into the jawbone. This allows for numerous additional benefits, like being more lifelike and having additional stability. You won’t need to have your dentures replaced every 5 to 7 years either, as implants are made to last for several decades.
You can expect some level of coverage for most dental insurance plans. Many provide up to 50%, but this varies from plan to plan. At Corner Stone Family Dental, we are proud to accept numerous dental insurance plans. Our friendly team members are more than happy to help you navigate the many details of your policy.
If you don’t have dental insurance, this doesn’t mean that you are left completely on your own. Our practice makes it easy to apply for flexible financing programs, including CareCredit and Lending Club. These third-party financers are able to make scheduling payments simple and offer plans with little-to-no interest attached.
We also have an in-house membership plan that can help you save on procedures completed at our practice. Talk to our team to learn more!
To find out exactly what you can expect when it comes to the cost of your dentures, give us a call to schedule a consultation with us. We’re eager to help you get your smile back!
Dentures are a lifechanging tooth replacement option for people who are missing several, most of, or all of their teeth. However, you may still have some unanswered questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we are asked about dentures in Rexburg. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry. Give us a call and our friendly team would be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.
Repairing a damaged tooth whenever possible is always preferable to replacing it. Tooth extractions of any kind will only ever be recommended if deemed absolutely necessary, like when a tooth is too damaged to save thanks to extensive decay, severe infection, or trauma that’s broken off most of the 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 explore all other possible solutions before recommending extractions for dentures.
Dentists generally recommend that you take 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. After this, you should be taking them out every evening. This is because wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft tissue irritation and potentially speeding up ridge resorption. Taking dentures out at night gives the gums chance to recover and get the nutrients they need during the night. The dark, moist space beneath the dentures is also an ideal place for bacteria to thrive, so sleeping with dentures has also been found to be associated with a higher risk of pneumonia. Ultimately, it is a good idea to take your dentures out before you catch some Z’s.
If you need to have teeth extracted before getting your dentures, you may experience some discomfort after the oral surgery. Take your prescribed pain medication only as directed and the discomfort should improve 3 to 5 days after the procedure. When you first receive new dentures, some minor irritation may occur as your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. The amount of time that the discomfort lasts will vary from person to person. If you switch to a new set of dentures, the adjustment process might take longer than before. If pain persists, give us a call!
When you lose your teeth, your facial muscles will begin to sag, and that can give your face a sunken appearance. Getting dentures will mean providing support to facial muscles that have collapsed, thus improving your appearance. Ill-fitting dentures may not give your facial muscles the proper support, so it’s important to design each restoration so that it fits perfectly in your mouth. You should have your denture refitted or replaced as soon as you realize it doesn’t fit properly.