Full & Partial Dentures – Marietta, GA
Complete Your Smile with Dentures
Every tooth in your mouth serves an important role which is why a complete smile is vital to your oral health, functions, and appearance. Not only are your teeth critical for your ability to chew and speak, but studies show people who have a full set of teeth live longer than those without. Unfortunately, tooth loss is quite common. If you’re among those who are suffering gaps in your smile, Leading Edge Dentistry can reinstate your dental health and quality of life with full or partial dentures in Cobb.
Benefit from a Complete Smile
After you’ve lost teeth, more than just your confidence is impacted. It also affects your daily life, oral health, and your general health. When you’re missing teeth, it can be difficult to chew many foods, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Not to mention, it can hurt your dental health if you have any remaining natural teeth.
The empty spaces cause your teeth to lose support, making them shift out of alignment. This makes them more difficult to clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. These complications can potentially lead to additional tooth loss and other dental issues, like gum disease, which can hurt your overall health. In fact, it’s directly linked to causing cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and several other concerns.
To protect your overall health and wellbeing, we can rebuild a beautiful smile with dentures in Marietta.
If you’re missing several teeth, partial dentures can fill the empty spaces. A gum-colored base and a metal framework supports custom-made prosthetic teeth. It is then attached to the adjacent teeth to hold it in place. This provides your remaining teeth with the support they need to preserve your natural smile. In addition, you’ll regain your ability to eat a variety of foods to maintain your health while speaking and smiling with added confidence.
Full dentures are used to replace an entire arch of lost teeth. We take an impression of your mouth to fabricate a gum-colored base from a flexible, yet durable material. It holds your new teeth, which are carefully crafted to look realistic. The arch is held in place using suction or an adhesive. Although they have a bad reputation for looking and feeling fake, they’ve undergone several improvements to closely mimic your real smile.
As an alternative to traditional prosthetics, you can choose dental implants to stabilize your smile. Titanium implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone to act as tooth roots. Your jawbone fuses to the posts to support your new teeth. You’ll enjoy a solution that can last for a lifetime with the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene. We often recommend an implant-retained denture for patients who can’t get a comfortable fit using a traditional denture.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, you might be a candidate for dentures. We’ll perform a thorough consultation and discuss your preferences to create a personalized plan to rehabilitate your smile. Based on the results of your examination, you may need additional procedures before moving forward, like periodontal therapy or tooth extractions.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
The cost of your dentures is difficult to determine because no two smiles are the same. The only way to receive a precise estimate is to visit our office for a consultation. From there, Dr. Howard or Dr. Myerson will be able to examine your mouth and develop a personalized treatment plan. That said, we have also included some important information below about the factors that can influence the price of your dentures in Marietta. Read on to learn more about the cost of your dentures.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures
There are 3 main variables that will impact the overall cost of your new smile. First, your mouth must be prepared. This means treating preexisting issues like gum disease and extracting remaining teeth. The next factor that influences your cost is the material used for the base of your dentures. There are different types of acrylic that can be used to dye and match the color of your gums. Lastly, the replacement teeth attached to the gum-colored base will determine your denture price. Artificial teeth can be made out of acrylic or porcelain, which allows your replacement to be lifelike and sturdy.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Typically, implant-retained dentures are more expensive, but this is for a good reason. This option combines dentures with dental implants for the most sturdy, stable, and strong full smile replacement. Rooted in the jawbone, implants keep your denture in place, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Implants stimulate your jaw to prevent it from deteriorating and causing a sunken facial appearance. The best part is that implant-retained dentures may even save you money in the future because they last much longer than traditional prosthetics, which need replacing every 5 to 7 years.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Yes! Dentures are considered a major restoration and will usually have around 50% of their cost covered by insurance. However, this will vary from plan to plan, which is why it’s important to contact our office to discuss your specific case. The good news is that we will do everything we can to maximize your insurance benefits while minimizing your out-of-pocket spending. Once we’ve confirmed your insurance coverage, we can get started on your new smile!
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
We are proud to make our dentures as affordable as possible for our patients, which is why we accept a variety of payment options and financing plans in addition to insurance. We welcome flexible spending accounts (FSA’s) if your employer provides you with one. However, we also offer low monthly payments through Lending Club and CareCredit. These options come with low-to-no-interest and they are a cost-effective way to help you achieve your dream smile. If you have any questions about our alternative financing, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and schedule a consultation.
Do you still have question about what it’s like to get dentures in West Cobb? It’s important to be certain that you’re making the best choice for your unique smile. To help you make a well-informed decision, we’ve included the answers to some questions about dentures that our team gets asked frequently.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
You can expect a traditional full or partial denture to last anywhere between five and ten years. Many patients have to get the base adjusted, or “relined,” every year or two due to natural changes in your jaw that make the denture not fit as snugly as it once did. Dental implants, however, prevent these changes from occurring. As a result, an implant-retained denture can last significantly longer. While the denture itself may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, the implants have the potential to last a lifetime with the right aftercare.
How Should I Take Care of My Dentures?
Generally, you can clean an implant-retained denture like you would clean natural teeth – with daily brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups and cleanings. Traditional dentures require a few extra steps to ensure they stay in good condition. Here are some tips for cleaning your dentures:
- Brush your dentures every day with a soft-bristled denture brush and cleaning solution.
- After removing your dentures, clean your gums and tongue.
- Take out and rinse your dentures after eating.
- Soak your dentures in room-temperature (never hot) water every night.
Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?
While every policy differs, most dental insurance plans consider dentures to be a major restorative treatment. If this is the case with your plan, it will typically cover about half of the cost. A member of our team will gladly look over your plan to help you get the most out of your benefits.
How Long Will It Take to Get Adjusted to Eating with Dentures?
Most patients take about a month before eating with dentures become second nature. During this adjustment period, it’s important to continue wearing your dentures throughout the day to strengthen your cheek muscles and allow your mouth to get used to your new teeth. Chewing food with them will gradually become easier after a few weeks. Here are some tips to speed this process along:
- Exercise your cheeks to help you gain greater control over your dentures.
- Start out by cutting your food into tiny chunks and gradually work your way up to larger bites as you grow more comfortable.
- Try using a dab of denture adhesive to help them stay in place.
- Practice reading aloud or singing in the shower.
Get a Complete Smile Today
If you’re ready to conquer the challenges of tooth loss, Dr. Howard can help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation. We look forward to giving you the complete, beautiful smile you deserve.