Your teeth are designed to work as a complete set, so losing multiple teeth can have a profoundly negative impact on how you bite, chew, speak, and smile. As such, it’s important to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible, and dentures often provide an excellent way to do just that. If you’ve suffered from extensive tooth loss, give LG Dental Centre a call today to schedule a consultation and see if dentures can help you restore your entire grin.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
We typically recommend dentures for anyone who has either lost multiple teeth or is planning to have teeth extracted. Most patients with healthy mouths should be able to get a denture, but the only way for us to know for sure is to conduct a thorough examination of your grin. If we find signs of gum disease or other oral health issues, we’ll let you know what steps need to be taken to address them before you can receive replacement teeth.
Types of Dentures
What kind of denture is right for you? To answer that, we’ll need to look at your mouth and answer a few questions such as “How many teeth are missing?” and “Is there still plenty of bone left in the jaw?” Then, depending on our findings, we will recommend one of the following options:
If you have some gaps in your smile, you may be a good candidate for partial dentures. This type of restoration consists of a gum-colored base and prosthetic teeth that look natural in your mouth. The partial denture will fit into the spaces in your grin like a puzzle piece, and metal clasps will be used to hold it in place.
When all of your teeth are missing, a full denture gives you an efficient, cost-effective way to replace them all at once. Just like partial dentures, full dentures have a gum-colored base that supports multiple replacement teeth. But where partial dentures need a clasp, full dentures mainly use natural suction to stay in place. (Denture adhesive can also be used to give your new teeth more stability.)
Dental implants are a unique form of tooth replacement that mimic your missing tooth roots, making them a more comprehensive alternative to traditional dentures. Four to six implant posts can be inserted into your jawbone to support a denture. Thanks to the stability of the implants, your new teeth won’t slip when you’re trying to speak and chew.
The Benefits of Dentures
Why do people continue to use dentures to restore their incomplete smiles? It’s because of the many benefits they have to offer, such as:
- Allowing you to eat a varied diet again.
- Offering an affordable, customizable solution for extensive tooth loss.
- Lasting 10 years or more with the right kind of maintenance.
- Being very easy to clean.
- Stimulating the jaw to prevent bone loss over the long term.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
Dentures can be a cost-effective way to replace several teeth at once, but exactly how much will you end up paying for them? The answer depends on several factors, which we will review with you at your initial consultation. We will only move forward once you have a clear idea of what the final price will look like as well as what financial options are available to make your new teeth as affordable as possible.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures
Not everyone will pay the same amount for dentures. Some of the factors that have to be considered include:
- Whether you need tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, and other preparations.
- The number of teeth that need to be replaced.
- The kind of materials used to make your dentures.
Cheaper is not always better when it comes to dentures. A lower price often means that the restoration is made out of lesser-quality material, and as such it might break or need to be replaced sooner than you would like. You’ll be using your dentures every day to chew your favorite foods and speak with others; it’s important for them to be made out of materials you can rely on, even if they come at a higher cost.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Implant dentures are naturally more expensive than traditional dentures since you need to pay for implant posts as well as surgery. The extra investment is well worth it, however, when you consider all the benefits that implants have to offer. They’ll prevent your new teeth from slipping at awkward moments, and they’ll provide the biting strength you need to enjoy all your favorite foods. Furthermore, you won’t have to replace your dentures as often, which can save you money in the long run.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Most dental plans will cover around 50% of the cost of dentures, although this is before taking your deductible and annual maximum into account. Of course, not every dental insurance company is the same, so it’s worth taking the time to confirm your benefits. One of our team members can review your policy with you and explain what your coverage looks like as well as how much you’ll need to pay out of pocket.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
Our team works with different dental insurance providers, and we can send the necessary claims directly on your behalf to streamline the process. That said, even if you don’t have dental insurance, we still provide flexible payment options to help make it easier to cover the cost of your care.
Our goal is to help you enjoy a complete smile again while also making sure that your care fits comfortably into your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask one of our team members about the financial options that make paying for dentures less stressful.