If you have suffered a degree of tooth loss, you may be thinking about getting full or partial dentures to rebuild your missing dentition. Indeed, dentures have proven to be a reliable solution to tooth loss for generation after generation, and they may be perfect for you. At New Haven Dental Group in Branford, we are proud to offer these prosthetics. Find out more about them below, and then contact us when you are ready to schedule your restorative consultation.
A full denture is designed to replace an entire arch of lost teeth. It consists of a gum-colored base and a row of artificial teeth, which are usually made of acrylic or porcelain. A traditional full denture is helped to stay in the mouth by natural suction or a mild adhesive. An implant-retained denture is similar to a traditional denture, but it is anchored in the jawbone via a number of strategically placed dental implants.
A partial denture is exactly what its name implies. It can replace any number of teeth throughout a dental arch. It fits in around the remaining natural dentition. Small metal attachments help it to stay in place through eating and speaking.
If you are not sure which type of denture would be best for you, our team is ready to help. We will evaluate your oral health and discuss the pros and cons of each of your treatment options with you.
Traditional dentures and partial dentures offer some outstanding benefits:
We often recommend that patients who are candidates for implant-retained dentures choose them over their traditional counterparts. That is because implant-retained prosthetics:
Dentures in Branford are one of the most cost-effective means of replacing multiple teeth. Their price depends on a few factors, so we will be able to give you an estimate when you visit us for your restorative consultation. We will also help you understand your payment options. We are happy to accept many insurance policies, and financing is available for most patients.
The cost of dentures in Branford depends on a few factors:
Be cautious if you ever come across a deal for “cheap” dentures. Their quality may not be what you hope for.
Yes, implant dentures cost more upfront than their traditional counterparts. Their price is reasonable when you consider the extra time, effort, and skill that are required to design and place them. Despite their significant cost, many patients who get them regard them as an excellent value. They provide remarkable stability, strength, and oral health benefits, which are impossible to assign a monetary value to. Additionally, they last for many years, which may make them more affordable in the long run than traditional dentures that need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years.
Most dental insurance plans consider dentures to be a major procedure, which means that about 50% of their cost is typically covered, up to the amount of a plan’s annual maximum. Our team is in-network with some of the most popular dental insurance plans, and we will be happy to help you navigate your benefits. We can even help you take full advantage of out of network PPO plans.
As your denture dentist in Branford, we want you to be able to afford your new teeth. That is why we offer a few provisions to make it easier to fit treatment into your budget:
Would you like to learn more about dentures and their cost? Contact us today to ask questions or schedule your personal consultation.
If you are ready to get started with dentures in Branford, our team is prepared to help you through every step of the process. However, we understand if you want to learn more before you commit to anything. Below, you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dentures. If you would like further explanation about anything you learn, or you do not see your specific concern addressed, give us a call. We look forward to speaking with you!
The wait time between extractions and denture placement varies from case to case. Some patients qualify for immediate dentures, which are placed right after extractions. Traditionally, though, patients must wait 6 – 8 weeks before they can get their prosthetic teeth. This waiting period allows time for the gums to heal. If you are going to get implant dentures, you might have to wait several months after extractions before you finally get your new teeth. However, if you are getting All-on-4 implant dentures, you may get a new set of teeth on the same day as your extractions and your implant surgery.
Not necessarily. In fact, it is always better to keep your natural teeth if at all possible. Even if you are already missing multiple teeth, we may recommend that you keep your remaining natural ones. If they are still fairly healthy, or they can be repaired without extensive treatment, we may simply give you a partial denture, which will fit in around them. However, if your remaining natural teeth are badly damaged, we may remove them. In many cases, we are able to perform all necessary extractions in a single appointment. For patient comfort, though, we may take a few appointments to remove all your teeth.
When you first get your dentures, you should wear them for 24 hours, including when you sleep. Generally, though, you should remove them every night. This gives your gums an opportunity to rest. It also allows for proper oral hygiene. Removing your dentures makes it easier to properly clean them, preventing bacteria from accumulating on their underside and leading to bad breath and other symptoms.
If you must undergo extractions before you get dentures, you will experience some soreness and bleeding after your procedure. Most patients are feeling fairly normal within a few days to a few weeks. Once you get your dentures, you can expect some gum soreness. The adjustment period may take several months. Your denture dentist in Branford will give you tips to help you get used to your prosthetic. If you ever experience any severe pain or discomfort throughout your treatment process, call us right away, and we will do all we can identify the problem and address the situation.