Sturdy and Reliable Tooth Loss Solutions
Have you suffered significant tooth loss? Whether you’re short several teeth throughout an arch, or you’re entirely edentulous (without teeth), full or partial dentures in Blackwell, OK may be able to restore your smile. Dr. Neale can custom-craft your prosthesis to restore your ability to speak clearly, speak confidently, and enjoy all of your favorite foods.
What Are Full and Partial Dentures?
A full denture is a prosthetic that consists of a gum-colored base and a full arch of replacement teeth. It stays in place via natural suction or with the help of a dental adhesive.
A partial denture replaces multiple teeth throughout an arch. You can think of it like a puzzle piece that fits in exactly where it is needed. Often, clips or other attachments are necessary to help a partial denture stay in place.
Traditional dentures and partials are both reliable ways to replace missing teeth. However, implant-retained dentures and partials are even more secure and long-lasting. When you visit Dr. Neale for your restorative consultation, he will be sure to talk to you about all of your tooth replacement options and recommend the one that is best for your unique situation.
What Advantages Do Dentures and Partial Dentures Offer?
Traditional dentures and partials offer several outstanding advantages:
They are relatively affordable. Often, insurance policies offer coverage for them.
As long as they fit well and you use them properly, they are sturdy enough to stand up to most foods.
A well-made denture is quite natural-looking.
If you take good care of your prosthetic, you can expect it to last for five years or longer.
Partial dentures prevent your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place and leading to a misaligned bite.
Getting the Most out of Your Dentures or Partials
To make sure your dentures last as long as possible, it is important that you clean them daily and keep them moist when you are not wearing them. When you remove them from your mouth, handle them carefully so you do not drop them. Take small bites of food, and distribute it evenly across your mouth so you don’t put undue stress on any one part of your denture.
Dentures or partial dentures have the potential to boost your confidence, improve your appearance, and protect your oral health. To learn more about these treatments or to schedule a consultation, contact professionals at Blackwell Dentistry today.
Would you like to learn more about how the denture process works? Are you wondering whether your dentures in Blackwell will be covered by your dental insurance benefits? Below, you can find our answers to all of the most common questions that we get asked by our patients. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, feel free to reach out directly to our friendly team at Blackwell Dentistry.
Some patients may need to have one or more teeth extracted before they can be a good candidate for dentures. If this is the case for you, you’ll need to wait between six and eight weeks to allow your gums to heal before you can get dentures. If you don’t wait long, you could end up with improperly fitted restorations.
Most dental insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost of dentures, but it really depends on your individual policy. Because each plan can differ so greatly, it’s best that you contact your provider directly to get an exact amount of how much you may need to pay out of pocket. Our team at Blackwell Dentistry is happy to help you maximize your benefits by filing claims on your behalf, whether you’re in or out-of-network with our practice.
We recommend that our patients avoid sleeping with their dentures in their mouths, because this can cause them to dry out and fit differently. It’s important to store your dentures in a room temperature glass of water while you sleep to give your gums a chance to rest and recover from a day of supporting your restorations.
Some patients have a difficult time speaking and eating when they first start using their dentures. This is because they aren’t used to them yet, and they still need to build-up certain facial muscles that can help them gain better control over their restorations. Also, many patients notice that they have a lisp at first because they aren’t quite sure what to do with their tongue while their dentures are in the mouth. The best way to overcome this adjustment period is to practice reading aloud or singing in the shower with your dentures on!
Dentures can begin to smell if they’re not being properly cleaned and bacteria has become trapped in the nooks and crannies of the restoration. With ill-fitted dentures, this problem can lead to oral infections as well. Be sure to clean your dentures every day by brushing them with a soft denture toothbrush and denture cleaner. Place them to soak overnight in a glass of room temperature water, and also remember to clean your gums every time you remove your dentures from your mouth. This will prevent bacteria from accumulating within the mouth, causing your restorations to develop a foul smell.