If you’re currently dealing with missing teeth, then you likely don’t need us to tell you about the daily hassles they can create. People with missing teeth tend to feel very self-conscious about their smile, and often simple things like speaking and eating feel very uncomfortable or awkward. If this sounds like you, then your quality of life is probably very affected by your teeth. At Dentistry at Suwanee, we completely empathize with your situation, which is why we’re happy to provide a restorative treatment we know works: dentures. Dentures have been used for generations in one form or another, and today, they are still one of the most effective and affordable solutions for missing teeth. At our practice, Dr. Brian Lee and Dr. Katherine Lee spend all the time that is necessary to ensure that when a patient walks out of our office with dentures, they walk out feeling confident.
If you’re ready to get your complete smile back, please contact us today and ask about all of our various denture options.
A partial denture is designed to replace missing teeth throughout the mouth while fitting in seamlessly with the remaining teeth, much like the missing piece of a puzzle. They are made of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic, gum-colored base, and they are typically held in place using small metal clasps.
A full denture, on the other hand, is what we use to restore an entire arch of missing teeth, and traditionally, it is secured in place on the gums using either natural suction and/or a bit of denture adhesive. In either case, it’s able to drastically increase a person’s ability to speak and eat normally.
We can also offer state-of-the-art implant-retained dentures, in which the denture is held in place by snapping onto a number of dental implants located within the jawbone. Compared to a traditional removable prosthetic, implant-retained dentures look more natural, fit better, and have been shown to last longer as well. For a person looking to get the next best thing to their natural teeth, implant-retained dentures are the way to go.
When you come to see us to have your teeth replaced, everything will start with a thorough oral exam where we’ll look at your dental health, bite alignment, and several other factors. After going over your treatment options, if you and your dentist decide that dentures are the best treatment for you, the process will consist of them taking an impression of your bite which will be used to create a number of mock-up models of your denture that you’ll try on find the right fit and look.
Once that has been determined, the final model will be sent to a dental lab to cast your denture. When you come to pick it up, your dentist will show you how to put it on, clean it, and then you’ll be ready to enjoy your new smile.
There are several perks to receiving traditional dentures. The most glaring advantage is it’s a non-invasive procedure.
It also provides a way for patients who’ve lost a significant amount of bone mass to still have a way to replace their teeth. That’s because the appliances rest above the gums and are held in place using dental adhesive and the natural suction created within the mouth.
On average, the denture process takes from two-to-six months to complete. The exact length of time can only be determined by your dentist, though, and that decision will greatly hinge on the condition of your oral health.
If you’re looking to save money, then having traditional dentures created is one of the more cost-effective methods of replacing your teeth. The price of the procedure can range from $600 to $10,000.
However, the only way to receive an accurate quote is to visit your dentist for a consultation.
For patients who receive Medicaid benefits, dentures are not covered. However, people with dental insurance will generally have some form of coverage, but it will usually contribute no more than $2,500 towards the entire process.
If you’re without insurance, ask your dentist if he or she offers any discounts. Another alternative is to apply for CareCredit, which provides a way to receive any necessary care immediately. Then, you’ll be able to pay the balance over an allotted period of time.
If you have other questions about dentures, the best way to have them answered is to visit your dentist for a consultation. Soon, with your new teeth, you’ll feel completely rejuvenated!