Common Questions about Dentures

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Common Questions about Dentures

The prospect of getting dentures can be intimidating. If your dentist has recommended dentures, it's natural to have questions. We’re here to help! We've collected the answers to some of the most common questions about dentures below.

Why do I need dentures?

Tooth decay, gum disease, or injury to the mouth can cause damage to teeth and gums that may lead to removal of the teeth. Your teeth act as a team to absorb the natural, everyday pressures exerted on your jaw. With missing teeth, this pressure can cause your remaining teeth to slowly move out of position and cause issues like an overbite or crooked teeth. If some of your teeth need to be removed, your dentist might suggest full or partial dentures to fill in the gaps.

What kind of denture options are there?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that help restore your smile. Depending on the number and location of missing teeth, full or partial dentures are common options. Partial dentures fill in the gaps in your smile if you have multiple adjacent teeth missing.

A full set of dentures may be the best option where teeth are missing throughout the mouth or where partial dentures are not recommended. With a full set of dentures all remaining teeth are removed and dentures are often fitted the same day.

What are implant-supported dentures?

An implant-supported denture is an overdenture that is sustained by and fastens to implants. This type of denture is used when an individual is missing teeth, but still has bone to support the structure of implants. There are two kinds of implant supported dentures.

  • Bar-retained dentures use a small metal bar attached to the jawline with implants, and the dentures attach to the bar.
  • Ball-retained dentures use a ball and socket design, with the ball attachment on the implant and the socket on the denture.

Dental implant technology can be used to support full or partial dentures. Once dentures are connected to implants, they are stronger and more secure than regular dentures and can take more chewing pressure.

Are dentures hard to take care of?

Just like your natural teeth, dentures require proper care to keep them clean and free from stains, and to keep your mouth healthy.

  • Handle your dentures carefully and store them in a denture cleansing solution when you’re not wearing them to keep the dentures moist.
  • Brush with a soft toothbrush daily with water or a cleansing solution. Toothpaste is abrasive and may scratch the surface of your dentures.

How much do dentures cost?

Denture cost varies depending on the type of denture and the surgical procedure required to prepare the mouth for dentures. Great Plains OMS makes the payment process convenient by offering several ways to pay and assistance regarding insurance coverage. We also offer no interest payment options to those who qualify via Care Credit®.

If you have any questions about denture options, or for more information on our payment plans, contact us today.

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