Dentures – East Longmeadow, Ma
Eat, Speak, & Smile with Confidence Once Again
Millions of Americans suffer from extensive tooth loss. If you’re a part of that group, you know from experience how much it can affect your quality of life. Not only does it impact your appearance, but the way you bite and speak as well. Fortunately, dentures in East Longmeadow are an excellent way to rebuild your smile and restore your confidence! And the best part? They don’t require oral surgery or dental bridgework on your remaining teeth. To learn more about this tooth-replacement solution, continue reading or schedule a consultation with our team today!
Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Whether you’re missing several teeth or an entire arch, you may be a good candidate for dentures in East Longmeadow. Once you get your new smile, you’ll no longer have to worry about missing out on all your favorite foods, having trouble speaking, or feeling embarrassed to flash your grin. At EMA Dental, one of our dentists will conduct an oral examination to determine whether or not this option is right for you. If any untreated issues are present (i.e., decay, cavities, gum disease), we’ll work the necessary care into your treatment plan to ensure your oral health is in optimal condition.
Types of Dentures
The first step on your journey towards a complete smile is a consultation with our team at EMA Dental. At your appointment, we’ll discuss your available options and explain in detail your proposed treatment plan. Depending on your case, our team will suggest one of the following:
Do you only have a few missing teeth? If so, partial dentures may be the right option for you. The gum-colored base and artificial teeth are custom-made to blend seamlessly with your smile. Once partials are attached to the clasp on your remaining teeth, they’ll complete your grin and restore a fully functioning bite.
A full denture includes an upper and lower set. The upper denture covers the palate, along with the gums, and is a flesh-colored acrylic material. The lower denture is a “U” shape that allows the tongue to function normally, and it is made of plastic and porcelain.
At EMA Dental, we’ll sometimes recommend an implant-retained denture for patients who need a more secure fit since it is attached to dental implants. Whether the dentures are removable or not, they do need to be replaced over time. After the original teeth are extracted, the jaw and gums slowly adjust, and with enough time, a new set of dentures are needed for a better fit. Everyday use also wears down the dentures.
The Benefits of Dentures
For decades now, dentures have been considered one of the most popular methods of tooth replacement – and there’s a good reason for that. There are many benefits you can reap with this solution, including:
- Natural-looking appearance
- Regained ability to eat a more nutritious diet
- Preserved facial structure
- Easy cleaning and lower maintenance
- Cost-effective tooth-replacement solution
Dentures in East Longmeadow and Northampton have been used for generations to rebuild beautiful smiles. However, they are a big investment. We understand you might have some apprehensions, but we will explain everything to ease your concerns during your denture consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.
Should I have all my teeth removed to get dentures?
We always strive to preserve your natural teeth, but there are situations when it’s best to have them removed before getting dentures. Your denture dentist in East Longmeadow and Northampton will examine your mouth to ensure your reaming teeth can be salvaged. If they are beyond repair, you will probably need to have them removed. In some cases, it can be more cost-effective to have them extracted than repaired. There’s not a limit to the number that can be extracted in one appointment. Don’t worry, your dentist will explain everything at your consultation to make the best decision for your smile.
Can I sleep with my dentures?
You’ll be advised to wear your new teeth for 24 hours after receiving them, but then you’ll need to remove them at night. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, your gums need a break to stay healthy. Your dentures will restrict blood circulation to the soft tissues, which can lead to sores, inflammation, and infection if you don’t remove them before bed. Not to mention, your mouth is dark and moist, creating the perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria. Removing your dentures allows you to clean them well to keep your mouth healthy. You will also ensure your denture lasts for many years because oral bacteria can weaken it. Besides cleaning your dentures nightly, place them in a soaking solution to keep them moist and kill any bacteria left behind by your toothbrush to prevent unpleasant odors.
Will dentures change the shape of my face?
Dentures can turn back the clock to restore a youthful appearance. They’ll support your facial muscles to prevent sagging skin and a sunken look. However, if your dentures don’t fit correctly, your facial muscles may not have adequate support. It’s best to visit your dentist regularly to have your dentures relined to maintain a secure fit. If your dentures begin to slip or irritate your soft tissues, don’t wait to see your denture for adjustments or replacements.
Do I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?
You shouldn’t use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures because it can scratch them. Abrasive dental products can create small crevasses that can trap food particles and plaque. Over time, it can damage your replacement teeth and cause them to smell. Not to mention, your pearly whites will lose their vibrancy. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap to clean them. You can also purchase OTC cleaning products designed for denture wearers. Ideally, you should clean your dentures after every meal. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, rinse them with water.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
Ahead of receiving your new denture, you’re likely wondering how much you can expect it to cost. The most important factors that affect your final price include the complexity of your tooth loss and your specific preferences. During your evaluation, we’ll be able to provide a more detailed estimate of your future tooth replacement. In the meantime, we encourage you to take a moment to learn more about the factors that affect denture cost on our website.
Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures
Three of the most notable factors that affect the cost of dentures include the following:
- Preparations made ahead of time (i.e. removal of damaged teeth, gum disease therapy, tooth decay treatment, etc.)
- Acrylic materials used for the denture (specifically refers to the gum portion of the denture)
- Materials used for the teeth (can be made from either acrylic or porcelain, with the latter being more expensive)
Keep in mind that getting the cheapest denture out there is not the most ideal solution. For something that’s going to be used regularly (as well as be inside your mouth), quality restorations are key to a higher quality of life!
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
In general, implant dentures will cost more than traditional dentures because of the additional materials, steps, and expertise necessary to receive them. For example, dental implants require surgical placement of titanium posts into the jaw as well as detailed planning prior to surgery to ensure the most successful outcome possible. Because the implants prevent the denture from slipping and shifting out of place, they allow for a wider diet, better speech, and the most natural smile possible. They also last much longer on average than a standard denture, averaging about 30+ years of use (compared to dentures, which require replacement every 5 to 7 years).
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Dentures are considered a “major” procedure by most dental insurance companies, which means they often receive coverage. However, this coverage is only partial in most cases, capping out at around 50% from a majority of plans. Even then, this rate will largely fluctuate depending on the plan and the provider. Our team will be prepared to help patients go over their specific benefits before treatment begins, so you can know what costs to expect ahead of time.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
If you do not have dental insurance at this time, there are other options available to you that can make your tooth replacement more affordable. One option that many patients consider is third-party financing through plans from CareCredit. After signing up, you can make payments on your dental treatment over a longer period of time, often times with little to no interest attached. If you’d like to learn more about your options, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to speak with our team.