Dentures – Jacksonville, FL
Restore Your Smile Back to Its Former Glory
Are you missing several or even all of your teeth? If so, chances are you dreadfully miss the days when you could eat, speak, and smile with complete confidence. If only there were a way to restore your smile back to its former glory. Thankfully, there is – with dentures in Jacksonville. These artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base fit snugly over your gum tissue to give you back the quality smile you deserve. Our dentists are more than happy to offer both full and partial dentures at Dental Center of Jacksonville. Keep reading to find out more about this popular tooth replacement option!
The Difference Between Full and Partial Dentures
When you picture dentures, your mind probably conjures up an image of full dentures. They replace an entire row of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. It consists of a full arch of artificial teeth on an acrylic or plastic gum-colored base. A full denture is secured in the mouth with natural suction and a denture cream or adhesive if needed.
Partial dentures in Jacksonville are a little different, as they are only used if you’re missing a few consecutive teeth. They consist of some artificial teeth strung together, sort of like a dental bridge, on a wire that attaches to the natural teeth with metal brackets.
The Process of Getting a Denture
The first step in getting dentures involves our dentists examining your mouth and taking detailed impressions and x-rays. We will also ask you about your general and oral health, making sure you are free of issues like gum disease that could make wearing dentures more difficult. We will also search for any teeth that may need to be removed prior to placing the dentures.
After this consultation, we will send the impressions to our dental lab, where they will design your set of dentures. Once they arrive at our office, simply come in to try them on. We can adjust them as needed to make sure they restore your smile back to what it used to be.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures come with a whole host of advantages that include:
- Increased self-confidence
- Being able to eat a variety of healthy foods
- Having a photogenic smile once again
- Supporting your facial muscles
- Improved speech
- Often covered by insurance
- Can last for up to 10 years
Taking Care of a Denture
It usually takes about a month to receive a traditional denture. We will take impressions of your teeth and put together the specifications for your prosthetic, which is then created in a separate lab.
When you return to our office for your new teeth, your trusted dental team will provide you with specific instructions on taking care of a prosthetic. It may take you a little while to get used to your new teeth, but continue to wear the denture as directed and you will speed through the adjustment phase with ease.
Most dentures can last for five to seven years before they require replacing. To maintain your prosthetic and keep it functioning well, make sure you:
- Clean it once a day
- Use a mild hand soap or denture cleanser
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes and cleansers
- Use a cloth to cover hard surfaces when handling your denture
- Brush it and your remaining teeth/gums after each meal
- Soak your denture at night (overnight soaking is best)
- Visit your dentist for routine appointments
- Notify your dentist if your denture becomes loose or uncomfortable
Keep an eye out for oral sores or signs that your denture isn’t fitting quite right -- namely discomfort and irritation. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a refitting or adjustment whenever you need it!
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
Dentures also provide one of the most affordable options in tooth replacement. While you will need to schedule a consultation with our team to find out the exact cost of your full or partial denture, you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 or more. Whatever the price, it’s worth it to enjoy all the benefits of a full, complete smile.
We can also help you make dentures more affordable with options like the Dental Savers Plan available exclusively at Dental Center of Jacksonville. For one low annual fee, you can receive free checkups and cleanings as well as additional discounts on restorative treatments including full and partial dentures. Our office also works with dental insurance, and most plans will cover a significant portion of the cost of dentures (unlike dental implants, which are still often not covered by dental insurance). If you need high-quality dentures but aren’t sure if you can fit them into your budget, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office to discuss how we can help you make tooth replacement more affordable.
Denture Frequently Asked Questions
We know that tooth loss itself can be upsetting, painful, and even frightening, and the last thing we want is for the restoration process to be just as stressful. One way the Dental Center of Jacksonville team goes above and beyond to create the best possible patient experience is by taking the time to answer all of your questions and carefully explain your treatment plan. When it comes to restorations like partial and full dentures following advanced tooth loss, we know our patients have questions, and we’re here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us between visits or ask during your appointment if a question arises. Below, you’ll find the answers to many of our frequently asked questions about dentures.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The cost of your denture will depend in large part on your unique situation. Partial dentures may cost between $500 and $2500 or higher in some cases where innovative materials or techniques are used. Full dentures typically run between $700 and $5000. If you decide to receive a dental implant supported denture, this cost is in addition to the price of the dental implants, their surgical placement, and the denture attachment process. It’s important to remember that the cost of your partial or full denture will likely be greatly reduced by dental insurance coverage, so your out of pocket payment may be 50% of this cost or lower for patients with the best insurance plans. We will review your unique insurance policy and provide a specific cost estimate during your tooth replacement consultation visit.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Dentures can last for five to seven years, sometimes longer, without the need for repair or replacement. Dental implant supported dentures last much longer, and some patients are able to maintain an implant supported denture for the rest of their lives.
What Holds Dentures in Place?
Partial dentures are clasped into place attached to surrounding teeth. Full dentures are formed to fit snugly against the gums. This creates suction that holds the prosthetic in place. Some patients also use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their denture. For the most natural feeling dentures, dental implant supported restorations are the ideal option. They almost completely recreate healthy tooth function.
Can I Keep My Healthy Teeth?
Absolutely. If you have healthy remaining teeth, we want to preserve them. For patients who do have healthy teeth, we’ll create a partial denture. These dentures fit snugly between remaining teeth recreating the natural smile line and leaving you with healthy, natural function. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps attached to remaining teeth or they can be supported by dental implants. We offer both forms of partials for your convenience.
What are the Different Types of Partial Dentures?
Generally, there are two types of partial dentures you’ll have to choose from. These include metal and non-metal varieties. At the Dental Center of Jacksonville, we’re happy to offer both types for your convenience. The partial you choose will be largely based on your cosmetic preferences. We understand why you would not want any metal to be showing while wearing your partial denture. Keep in mind that while non-metal partial dentures will look more esthetically pleasing and less noticeable when worn, metal dentures tend to be stronger, better fitting, and thinner, meaning they are more comfortable to wear.
Same Day Dentures
Now, there is no need to wait to complete your smile. At Dental Center of Jacksonville, we can rebuild your smile in just one day. Our modern dental office is fully equipped with a lab in-house to carefully craft your denture to meet your exact needs. This allows you to enjoy unmatched quality with less room for error. We offer several options to find the exact denture you need to invest in your quality of life.
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Are you searching for a high-quality tooth replacement? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dental Center of Jacksonville. Full and partial dentures provide a wonderful solution for many patients. Go ahead and request an appointment today!
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