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Dentures – Newington, CT

Convenient Full-Arch Tooth Replacement

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If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you may be considering your tooth replacement options. Full dentures could be right for you. This type of prosthetic has been around for generations; dentures have helped countless people to regain a confident smile and once again enjoy all of their favorite foods. On this page, you will learn more about what dentures are and how they may benefit you. When you are ready to talk to a dental professional about replacing your lost teeth, contact our practice. We are eager to serve you!

What Are Dentures?

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A full denture is a prosthetic that is designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth (all the bottom or all the top teeth). It consists of a gum-colored base that supports a row of artificial teeth, which are usually made out of acrylic or porcelain. A mild adhesive or natural suction helps a denture to remain in the mouth during eating and speaking.

How Do They Work?

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The denture process starts with a restorative consultation with one of our doctors. They will evaluate your oral health and explain the pros and cons of each of your treatment options. If you decide to get conventional dentures, you may need to undergo some extractions or other preparatory treatment before you can receive your prosthetic.

Once you have recovered from any necessary procedures, our team will take impressions of your mouth. Those impressions, along with detailed notes about the size, shape, and color of your new teeth, will be forwarded to a trustworthy dental laboratory. The technicians at the laboratory will fabricate your denture and send it back to us.

Once you start wearing your denture, it may take a few weeks to get used to it. After you adapt, however, you should be quite comfortable and confident when you are wearing it.

Indications for Dentures

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Dentures may be an ideal solution for you if you have extensive or complex dental problems, such as loose teeth, red or swollen gums, constant toothaches, or many missing teeth. Many patients who have suffered tooth loss choose dentures because they are a simple and convenient way to replace lost teeth. They are a popular option among individuals who do not have the circumstances to receive dental implants.

Benefits of Dentures

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Some of the most outstanding benefits of dentures include:

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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The cost of dentures in Newington depends on the materials used to make your prosthetic, how your insurance coverage applies, and other factors. We will be sure to give you a candid estimate for the price of your prosthetic during you consultation. We are also ready to help you explore payment options, such as low-interest financing.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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There are a few factors that affect the cost of dentures, including:

  • Preliminary treatment. Some patients require extractions, gum disease therapy, or other procedures before they are ready to receive dentures.
  • The base of dentures is usually constructed of acrylic. There are different types of acrylic, and the type used for your prosthetic will have a bearing on cost. The denture’s teeth may be made out of acrylic or porcelain, which have different price points.
  • The type of denture. Full dentures, partial dentures, and implant dentures can vary significantly in their prices.

If you ever come across a “bargain” on dentures that seems too good to be true, caution is in order. The quality of your final prosthetic might not be what you were hoping for.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Yes, implant dentures in Newington cost more upfront than traditional dentures. The higher price is due to the much more complex and time-consuming procedure, which requires a high level of skill as well as extra materials.

Although implant dentures cost more, most patients who choose them have no regrets about their decision. Such prosthetics are much sturdier than traditional dentures. Plus, because an implant denture has the potential to last for many years, it is a better value than traditional dentures, which usually have to be replaced every 5 – 7 years or so.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Most dental insurance plans classify dentures as a “major procedure,” which means that around 50% of their cost might be covered, up to the amount of a policy’s annual maximum. Our practice is happy to help you navigate your benefits; we can let you know exactly how your policy applies and what you can do to get the most out of it.  We are even in-network with several major plans, which can help you save even more.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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As your denture dentist in Newington, we want you to be able to afford your prosthetic! That is why, in addition to helping you file your insurance claims, we offer other provisions to make the cost of your care more manageable:

  • You may qualify for financing through CareCredit, a third-party lender that offers low-interest and no-interest payment plans for medical and dental services.
  • Essential Dental Plan. This discount plan can help you save on the cost of virtually all the services we offer.

Would you like to learn more about dentures and how they may fit into your budget? Contact our friendly team today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you!

Denture FAQs

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If you are thinking about getting dentures in Newington, our team is ready to help. Before you come in for your consultation, however, you might want to know more about what you can expect on the road ahead. Below, you will find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about dentures. If you do not see the information you were specifically looking for, please reach out to us directly so we can personally assist you.

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

Your treatment timeline will depend on a few factors, including the type of denture you choose and the state of your oral health. Some patients opt for immediate dentures, which are provided right after extractions. However, immediate dentures may not retain their fit for very long and will eventually have to be replaced by a permanent prosthetic. If you get a traditional denture, you may have to wait 6 – 8 weeks after extractions to get your new teeth. This will allow your mouth and gums time to heal. For implant dentures, you may be able to get implants right after extractions or a few weeks or months later. Once the implants have bonded with your jawbone, you will receive your new teeth.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

If you must get your teeth extracted before you receive dentures, you can expect some soreness, swelling, and bleeding after your procedure. Most people are back to feeling quite normal within a few days to a week. After you get your dentures, your gums may be sore for a time as you adjust to using your new prosthetic. This adjustment period may take weeks or months; it varies from person to person. If you experience any severe or prolonged pain, call your denture dentist in Newington. You might have an underlying oral health issue that requires attention.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

For most people, their dentures enhance their ability to speak clearly. At first, though, you may notice that you have a lisp or that it is difficult to enunciate certain sounds. After all, your denture will be a foreign object in your mouth, and you are not used to using it as part of your speech. Practice is the key to overcoming any speech difficulties. Reading out loud to yourself, chatting with family and friends, and speaking slowly can all help you during your adjustment period. If you find that your dentures slip out of place while you are speaking, you may need to use a bit of adhesive to keep them where they belong.

What Can You Not Eat with Dentures?

Sticky foods, like gummy candies and peanut butter, might pull your denture out of place. Foods with small pieces, such as popcorn and sesame seeds, can leave debris beneath your prosthetic, which can cause irritation and damage. Hard foods, including raw vegetables and corn on the cob, may damage dentures if you eat them incorrectly. It is best to cut such foods before placing them in your mouth, then move them directly to your molars so you can chew. Chewy foods — for example, tough meats — may also pose a problem. If you dislike the idea of having food limitations with traditional dentures, implant dentures may be a better option for you because they are sturdy enough to handle virtually any food. 

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