Dentures – Idaho Falls, ID
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Many people have a fear of getting dentures. They feel as though it automatically classifies them as an “old person”, but what many people don’t realize is that dentures are actually a widely used cosmetic dentistry procedure. When dentures are done correctly, they can be beautiful, and they can drastically improve a person’s appearance in a very short amount of time!
Dentures are removable replacements for patients who have several missing teeth. When a patient has multiple missing teeth, they can experience difficulty chewing, and even speaking. Further, people who are missing several of their natural teeth can become self-conscious, knowing that their smile isn’t as attractive as it could be. Another issue that our patients in Idaho Falls, ID run into is the fact that it can affect the shape of your mouth and face as there is a bone defect where your teeth are supposed to be. This changes the natural look of a person’s face in many instances and can drastically affect a person’s dental health and even their overall health.
Why Choose Oxford Dental Care for Dentures?
- High Quality Materials Used for Every Restoration
- Skilled Dentist with Years of Clinical Experience
What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Even though modern dental techniques have allowed patients to bypass dentures in favor of implants or bridges, many patients still prefer dentures, especially because it can be a more economical option. Patients who are missing several teeth or have several teeth that are worn down or decayed may be an ideal candidate for dentures.
How Dentures Work
Once the teeth are lost or extracted, it takes several months for the tooth socket to fill in with bone and the gum tissue to heal and reform to its natural shape. When the dentist has determined that your gum tissue is sufficiently healed, it is time to design the dentures. It starts with impressions or molds of the tissue that is going to support the dentures.
Then, a dental lab makes molds of the patient’s mouth and together with the laboratory technician, Dr. Cline will start making the dentures. The process takes about 4-5 weeks, in which the patient will need to come to the office about once a week for fittings to ensure that the dentures are fitting properly.
There are now immediate dentures that the patient can wear on the same day of the teeth extraction. It won’t fit quite as well as the gums are still taking shape during the healing process. It is often recommended to have a conventional denture made after the patient has healed.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. A three step process is required when receiving conventional dentures. First, the teeth are removed and given the time to heal; second, the dentures are formed and fitted to the gums; third, the denture is placed in the mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth have been removed.
The things that you should be looking for when getting dentures are a dentist who has experience providing dentures and who uses a high quality lab. Dr. Cline has done hundreds of dentures in his time as a dentist and is very good at getting the right fit for his patients.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. A patient who gets immediate dentures does not have to be without teeth during the healing process. Since bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing process following the removal of teeth, this means that a major disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process. Immediate dentures generally should only be considered a temporary solution. Dr. Cline will be the first to tell you that immediate dentures are an inferior option for Idaho Falls dentures. Dr. Cline usually opts for conventional dentures, partial dentures, or implants for his patients’ best interest.
While you can get partial dentures made at nearly any dental practice, the quality and experience of the dentist in making partial dentures will likely vary. Partial dentures, or dental bridges consist of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that matches the patient’s gum color. Partial dentures are used when there are still healthy teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw.
Partials do a great job of filling the spaces left by missing teeth and preventing other teeth from moving. This helps to minimize the changing of the jaw. A well-made partial denture will look natural and fit great.
There are a couple different variables to look at when you are exploring your options for dentures. You should pay attention to the quality of the products and the labs that are being used. There are different materials that can be used to make a denture. These materials will determine durability. The last thing you want to do is replace your denture shortly after having it made.
The Cost of Dentures
Many of our patients ask us the cost of dentures, but there is no one answer because several different variables are involved in that question. Some of these variables include insurance and the number of teeth that need to be restored.
We keep our fees low to provide affordable dentures to our patients. This provides them with the ability to have a functional bite and mouth on almost any budget.
Dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. We offer the people of Idaho Falls dentures, implants and crown and bridges. Set up a consultation with Dr. Cline to see which option is right for your dental needs.
If you are looking for a dentist who can provide you with affordable dentures that fit well and are made well, call Oxford Dental Care today. We will happily provide you with a denture consultation in our Idaho Falls office!
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