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
Fear of a large dental bill shouldn’t stand in your way of enjoying a complete smile. It’s normal to be concerned about the cost of dentures in Jacksonville, but we strive to keep a beautiful smile within everyone’s budget. While many offices don’t offer flat fees for dentures, we provide a clear price of $550 for an upper or lower partial, while our full dentures range from $699-$3,399. We’ll create a personalized estimate and explain your payment options to find the solution you need to replace your missing teeth without draining your bank account.
Factors that affect the Cost of Dentures
Although we have set fees for many dentures, every patient’s needs are unique. As a result, several factors influence the entire cost of your treatment, such as:
- Preparatory Work: Many patients require preparatory procedures before getting dentures in Jacksonville, such as tooth extractions, periodontal therapy, or bone grafting.
- Materials: You can choose from a variety of materials, but it’s best to avoid those that are discounted because they are often brittle. You’ll end up paying more down the road because they don’t last very long. It’s better to pay for quality materials to ensure your denture serves you for 5-7 years before needing a new one.
- Type of Denture: Besides traditional dentures and partials, your denture dentist in Jacksonville also offers implant-retained options. The type of denture you choose will affect the amount you spend on your smile.
After examining your mouth and learning more about your goals, we’ll create an individualized estimate. You’ll know exactly what you’ll need to pay, so you aren’t caught off guard by any hidden fees.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Implant dentures are more expensive than conventional treatments; however, they are the most affordable long-term. Since implant dentures replicate both the roots and crowns, it is the only treatment to preserve your jawbone. You’ll avoid common problems associated with tooth loss to lower your overall dental expenses. Dental implants are also proven to last for decades with the proper care, so they may never need to be replaced. Not to mention, you can’t put a price tag on the benefits you’ll enjoy because they look and feel natural.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Every insurance policy differs, but most major dental plans can be used to offset the cost of your treatment. After reaching your deductible, your policy can cover 50% to 80% of the fees for certain steps in your treatment, like the consultation or impressions. We’ll help you maximize your yearly benefits to lower the amount you’ll need to pay.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
If you don’t have insurance or owe a remaining balance, we offer many options to keep your treatment affordable, such as:
- Traditional Payment: We accept all forms of traditional payment methods.
- Specials: Free consultations and discounted rates.
- Dental Savers Plan: Enjoy discounted rates for a low annual fee.
- Third-Party Financing: We work with third-party financing, such as CareCredit.
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.
Schedule an Appointment
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!