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Full Dentures – Abington, MA

Quickly Replace an Entire Arch of Missing Teeth

full denturesIf gum disease, genetics, age, or other circumstances have robbed you of many of your teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for full dentures in Abington. This restorative treatment can quickly and comfortably replace an entire arch of missing teeth so you can get back to enjoying a confident, functional, and complete smile.

What Are Full Dentures?

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A full denture is a prosthesis that consists of two main parts:

Benefits of Full Dentures

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Extensive tooth loss can have devastating consequences for your mental and physical health, as well as for your overall quality of life. Full dentures have the potential to reduce or eliminate many of the problems that come with edentulism (the state of being toothless). They may make you feel like your old self again! What are some of the specific benefits that you may experience after you get your new prosthetic teeth? Read on below to find out:

Psychological Benefits

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Often, edentulous people suffer mentally and emotionally. They may withdraw from social situations due to self-consciousness about their appearance; tooth loss can lead to a gummy smile and hollow-looking cheeks. They may also be embarrassed to eat in front of others. Additionally, speech difficulties could cause them to talk as little as possible. As a result, they may become isolated.

If that situation sounds all too familiar, you may find that dentures are truly lifechanging. They look incredibly natural and can restore some chewing power. You may be able to visit friends and family — and meet new people — with confidence.

Clearer Enunciation

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Clear speech occurs when there are precise interactions between the oral structures, including the teeth. Without teeth, it may be difficult or even impossible to clearly enunciate certain sounds.

When you first get dentures, you might notice a slight lisp when you talk. With practice, however, that issue should disappear. Ultimately, you can expect your speech to be clearer than it was before you received your prosthetic.

Improves Nutrition

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Without teeth, you may gravitate toward soft foods that require little to no chewing. As a result, you might miss out on the nutrients that are present in tougher items, such as certain fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. Your body might not be getting all the fuel it needs to function its best!

Full dentures can restore a degree of chewing power and allow you to expand your dietary choices. In fact, after you adapt to eating with your prosthetic, there should be very few foods that you cannot easily consume!

Preserves Oral Health

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Full dentures may support your oral health in a couple of ways:

  • By allowing you to eat a balanced diet, dentures can help you get the nutrients you need to reduce the risk of oral infections.
  • Dentures can give you an added reason to care well for your oral hygiene. As a result, you may be less prone to gum sores and bad breath.

Expands Opportunity

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If you have big career ambitions, being without teeth might prove to be an obstacle to your goals. Sadly, people with poor oral health are less likely to be employed. You may also find that a lack of teeth gives others the wrong impression about your age, disposition, and abilities. In contrast, a full set of attractive teeth can convey the idea that you are approachable, youthful, and energetic. Dentures might just help you reach the next level in your career!

What Is the Process for Getting Dentures?

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If you are interested in getting full dentures, contact your dentist in Abington to schedule a consultation. After we thoroughly examine your mouth and talk to you about your smile goals, we’ll recommend a tooth replacement solution that is a fit for your oral health and your circumstances. If we decide that full dentures will work for you, we’ll begin the denture process by taking some impressions and photos of your mouth. This data serves as the foundation for designing your denture.

At later appointments, we’ll take further measurements of your mouth to help us determine the ideal length and shape of your new teeth. We’ll also use a wax model to test the fit and appearance of your prosthesis. When your final denture is ready, we’ll coach you on how you can care for it and adapt to daily life with your new smile. The entire process may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months; we’ll discuss the timeline with you in detail during your consultation.

We are eager to help you regain your lost smile! Contact us today to learn more about how full dentures may be able to benefit you.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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The cost of dentures in Abington is different from patient to patient. When you come in for your restorative consultation, our team will be able to crunch some numbers and help you compare your payment options. Generally speaking, traditional dentures are one of the most cost-effective ways to replace missing teeth.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Some factors that influence the price of dentures in Abington include:

  • Preparatory treatments. If you require extractions, gum disease treatment, or other procedures before getting dentures, you can expect a higher overall cost.
  • The base of dentures is usually made out of acrylic, and the teeth may be constructed out of porcelain or acrylic. The quality of these materials can influence cost.
  • The type of denture. Full dentures, partial dentures, and implant dentures have different price points.

Be wary of any advertisements you see for “cheap” or “bargain” dentures. Remember, you tend to get what you pay for!

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Yes, implant dentures cost more than traditional forms of tooth replacement. The added expense comes from the fact that the process for implant dentures is much more complex and time-consuming than that for traditional dentures.

However, keep in mind that even though implant dentures cost more upfront than traditional prosthetics, they actually offer an excellent value. They tend to last for a very long time, whereas regular dentures typically need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years. Plus, implant dentures offer remarkable oral health benefits that are impossible to assign a monetary value to. For example, they can prevent the jawbone from deteriorating.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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In most cases, yes, dental insurance covers dentures. They are usually classed as a major procedure, meaning that around 50% of their cost is covered, up to the amount of a plan’s annual maximum. Our team will be pleased to help you figure out the specifics of how your policy applies, and we will file all necessary paperwork on your behalf. It is also fairly standard for insurance to cover preliminary treatments that are sometimes necessary before placing dentures.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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As your denture dentist in Abington, we want to help you afford your prosthetic. To that end, we offer a few useful provisions:

  • Most patients qualify for third-party financing through CareCredit. Many payment plans come with little or no interest.
  • Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan can reduce your out-of-pocket cost for almost any dental service.
  • Free dental implant consultation. If you have your eye on implant dentures, you can get started on your journey for free.

Would you like to learn more about dentures and their cost? Our team is ready to answer your questions. Contact us today to book a consultation.

Denture FAQs

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If you would like to rebuild your smile with dentures in Abington, our team is ready to serve you. Before you schedule your restorative consultation, however, you may want to learn more about the journey in front of you. To help you out, we have put together the following list of FAQs about dentures, along with to-the-point answers. If you do not see the specific information you were hoping for, give us a call so we can personally answer your questions.

How Long Will You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Your Teeth Are Pulled?

Most patients must wait 6 – 8 weeks between extractions and denture placement. This allows time for the gums to heal before they are required to support a prosthetic.

However, some patients opt to get an immediate denture, which is prepared before extractions and placed immediately afterward. This option can add to the overall cost of your procedure, and your immediate denture will require some significant adjustments as your mouth changes after extractions. However, many patients deeply value the ability to get their new smile as soon as possible.

If you want implant dentures, you may have to wait a few months or longer after extractions before your new teeth are in place.

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

When you first get your new teeth, your denture dentist in Abington may instruct you to wear them for a full 24 hours. Thereafter, you should take them out every night. Removing them allows you to thoroughly clean your mouth, clean your denture, and give your gums a chance to rest. Failing to remove them could lead to infections, sores, and unpleasant odors.

If you want to be able to keep your teeth in your mouth all of the time, ask us about fixed implant dentures. They are only removed during dental appointments.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

If you have to undergo extractions before getting dentures, you can expect some soreness after your tooth removal procedure. Most patients are feeling better within a week or so. In the meantime, taking pain medications and getting plenty of rest can help to mitigate any discomfort.

When you first get your new dentures, your mouth may experience some minor irritation. As you adjust to your prosthetic, it should begin to feel more and more natural. Most people adapt within a few months of getting their denture.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

Ultimately, dentures have the potential to improve the clarity and ease of your speech. That is because clear enunciation depends on complex interactions between the tongue and teeth. However, there will be a bit of a learning curve when you first get your denture. You might have a lisp for a while. Try to practice talking as much as possible, whether that involves reading out loud or chatting with family members.

If you find that your dentures often slip in your mouth while you are speaking, you might need to get them adjusted. It is also possible that you should start using adhesive to keep them in place.

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