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Dentures – Farmington, CT

Fast and Affordable Way to Replace Missing Teeth

Replacing missing teeth can not only improve your appearance but also boost your oral and overall health. One popular way to replace missing teeth is with dentures. In fact, according to data from national consumer surveys and the U.S. Census, over 40 million Americans rely on dentures to restore their dental function and improve their appearance. At Farmington Valley Dental, we help men and women in our community restore their smiles and reclaim their confidence with high-quality dentures. If you are tired of living with an incomplete smile, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas Peters to learn more!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Full and partial dentures in Farmington

Dentures, essentially artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, are a popular and inexpensive tooth replacement solution. If you are missing multiple or even all of your teeth, you are likely a good candidate for dentures. Every person’s circumstances are unique, so we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Peters to find out if dentures are the best restorative solution for your smile.

Types of Dentures in Farmington

Hand holding a full denture in Farmington

There are several types of dentures patients can choose from, depending on their unique smile needs.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures restore dental function and appearance by replacing multiple missing teeth. They use small metal clasps to attach to adjacent healthy teeth and remain in place. This type of dental prosthetic helps prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting and is often removable. 

Full Dentures

Conventional full dentures can restore an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth and are held in place through natural suction. Any remaining teeth must first be removed and the gums healed before full dentures can be worn, and they usually take 8 to 12 weeks to make.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures provide superior stability by attaching to implants in the jawbone. Just a few strategically-placed implants can support an entire row of replacement teeth. Patients with implant-retained dentures never have to worry about their dentures slipping!

Benefits of Dentures

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For those who are missing multiple teeth, it can be difficult to get through the day without challenges. Fortunately, dentures are available to help patient chew their food, speak clearly, and smile with confidence once again! Whether you are missing multiple, most of, or all of your teeth, dentures may be the solution for you. Here are some of the life-changing benefits you can experience.

Psychological Benefits

People who no longer have teeth often have difficulty accepting their tooth loss. This can have negative effects on self-esteem and social life, as well as a higher risk of experiencing sadness and depression. People who don’t have any teeth are also less likely to engage in social activities. By restoring one’s smile with dentures, patients are likely to experience increased confidence and a reduction of anxiety regarding appearance, speech articulation, chewing ability, and more!

Clearer Enunciation

Speaking can become challenging when you don’t have teeth. Pronouncing certain words requires your lips and tongue to be positioned properly. Without touching your tongue to your teeth, some words become very difficult to say clearly. Because dentures act as your absent teeth, they can restore your ability to speak clearly. With a little bit of practice, you will be talking just like you used to.

Improves Nutrition

Nutritious foods come in all sorts of different textures. Some vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins are tough. When you can’t chew your food thoroughly due to tooth loss, you can experience indigestion or even malnutrition. By improving your ability to chew, dentures allow for a more expansive diet full of nutritious foods.

Preserves Oral Health

When there are gaps in your smile, your surrounding teeth will move around to fill them in. Dentures can fill in these spaces and prevent misalignment issues from forming. Dentures also bear some of the weight of chewing, reducing the wear and tear of your natural teeth.

Expands Opportunity

Your smile is one of the very first things that people notice about you, and first impressions matter when it comes to job interviews, sales, and promotions. By restoring the appearance of your smile, you can feel confident about these important events!

Dentures Aftercare

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Just like your natural teeth, dentures require proper care to stay clean and avoid stains. Fortunately, keeping your prosthetic teeth in good shape does not require a lot of time or effort. As long as you have good oral hygiene habits and attend regular dental checkups, you can expect your set of teeth to function well and stay fresh. What are some specific steps that you should take to care for your restored smile? Below, you will find practical tips for both removable and All-on-4 dentures. Reach out to us if you have any questions about what you read!

Removable Dentures

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Remove After Eating

It is a good habit to remove your dentures after each meal so you can rinse off any lingering food debris and minimize the formation of plaque. Be sure to use cool or lukewarm water; hot water could warp the dentures and cause them to lose their fit. If you are not able to rinse your dentures after each meal, it would be wise to at least swish some water around your mouth.

Clean Your Restoration

You should clean your denture at least once each day. Use a soft-bristled brush, along with denture cleanser or mild soap, to gently brush away plaque and debris (do not use toothpaste — it tends to be too abrasive for dentures). Be sure to thoroughly rinse your prosthetic before placing it back in your mouth. If you are not going to wear your denture again right away, store it in water or a denture cleansing solution.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

If you accidentally drop your dentures on a hard surface, they could break. Therefore, you should exercise caution when taking them out of your mouth. Try to take them out of your mouth only when you are standing above a soft surface, such as a folded towel or a sink full of water.

It is also important that you store your denture out of the reach of small children and pets.

Remove When You Sleep

Removable dentures are not meant to be kept in the mouth 24/7. Continuous wear can cause gum irritation and increase the likelihood of issues like bad breath, infections, and premature wear and tear on your jawbone. Plus, it is almost impossible to thoroughly clean dentures without removing them. Therefore, you should take your denture out before bed each night and store it in water or a denture soaking solution while you sleep.

Notice Changes

You should always monitor the state of your dentures and your oral health. If you ever notice any issues like gum irritation, swelling, sores, or signs of infection, you should give us a call right away. Additionally, if you see that your dentures do not fit like they used to or that they have visible signs of damage, you may need professional assistance. You should never try to repair a broken denture on your own.

All-on-4 Dentures

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Caring for All-on-4 dentures is similar to caring for natural teeth in many ways. You should:

  • Brush twice a day using a soft brush and non-abrasive toothpaste.
  • Floss once a day. You can use a floss threader or oral irrigator (water flosser) to clean beneath your restoration. A sulcus brush may also be helpful because they are about 1/3 the width of a normal toothbrush.
  • Regularly rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash to reduce the formation of tartar.
  • Carefully follow any other care instructions provided by our team.
  • Visit us at least twice a year so we can remove your denture and thoroughly clean your mouth.

Cost of Dentures

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If you’re curious about the price of your dentures, the best step to take is to call our office for a consultation. No two smiles are the same, which is why Dr. Peters will need to examine your mouth before developing a personalized treatment plan that includes cost. However, we also want all of our patients to have access to the information they need. That’s why we’ve included some of the most significant variables that impact your denture cost in Farmington. Read on to learn more!

Types of Dentures

We offer different types of dentures based on your pattern of tooth loss. Typically, the more teeth that you’re missing, the higher your treatment price will be. If you’re missing random teeth throughout your smile, Dr. Peters can custom make a partial denture that fills in the gaps like missing puzzle pieces. If all or most of your smile is lost, a full denture may be recommended to give you a new, complete set of teeth. Lastly, for the most stable and sturdy smile, Dr. Peters can combine dentures with dental implants to create implant-retained dentures. This last option will typically cost more than the others because it involves dental implant surgery.

What are the Stages of Getting Dentures?

After your initial consultation, where you and Dr. Peters will discuss your goals and desired results, we will need to treat any preexisting oral health issues like gum disease. Next, if you have remaining teeth, and you’re getting full dentures, we will need to make extractions. After, special impressions and images are taken of your mouth, which are used to create your personalized dentures. Once your prosthetic is made, Dr. Peters will ensure that it fits properly so you can smile and chew with confidence! Keep in mind that implant-dentures require extra steps, including surgery, and a healing process that takes at least 3 to 4 months.

Are Dentures Worth the Investment?

While dentures cost more than minor restorations like fillings, their health and lifestyle benefits make them well worth the investment. Primarily, dentures allow you to eat, speak, and chew confidently, which you may currently struggle to do with missing teeth. They also fill out your face, giving you a slightly more youthful appearance. Another advantage is that we offer different types of dentures, depending on your needs. Full dentures are completely removeable, making them easy to clean and maintain. On the other hand, implant-retained dentures are fixed to the jaw for the most lifelike smile replacement available. No matter which option you choose, you’ll enjoy better quality of life!

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

Typically, dentures are seen as a major restoration, which means that most insurance providers will cover around 50% of the treatment. However, it’s important to understand that this will vary from plan to plan. Our front desk team will do all they can to maximize your dental insurance benefits and minimize your out of pocket spending. We are always happy to file your insurance claims and answer any questions you may have.

Dentures FAQs

Whether you lost your teeth suddenly or gradually, replacing your missing teeth is of the utmost importance in terms of both your appearance and your oral health. No matter how you lost your teeth, we’re glad that you’re choosing dentures in Farmington to rebuild your smile. That said, you might still have some questions about this method of tooth replacement. Below, we’ve answered the dentures questions that we get asked the most often here at Farmington Valley Dental. For any further questions, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!

Is It Difficult to Adjust to Wearing a Denture?

It may take a few weeks to get used to wearing a denture, especially if you’ve never had one before. Your tongue, lips, and other oral structures will consider it a foreign object at first. Here are some tips to help speed up the adjustment process:

  • Practice speaking or reading aloud while wearing your denture.
  • Start by eating soft foods.
  • Gradually integrate solid foods back into your diet as you grow accustomed to your new teeth.

Can I Sleep in My Denture?

Technically, you can, but we highly suggest that you do not. Your gums will need some time to rest after holding the denture in place all day. Plus, you should never let 24 hours pass without cleaning your denture in some way. Nighttime is the perfect chance to let your denture soak in room-temperature water or denture cleanser.

How Often Will I Need to Replace My Denture?

On average, a traditional full or partial denture will need to be replaced every five to seven years. During that time, you’ll have to visit us periodically to have your denture adjusted in order to accommodate the ways in which your jaw naturally changes shape after tooth loss.

Because dental implants stimulate the jawbone and prevent these changes from occurring, an implant-retained denture can last significantly longer. While the denture might need to be replaced every decade or so, the implants can last up to a lifetime as long as you keep up with your oral hygiene.  

How Much Does It Cost to Get Dentures?

The cost of dentures can vary widely based on a number of factors, such as:

  • How many teeth you’re missing
  • Whether you need any preparatory work (tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, etc.) beforehand
  • Whether you’re getting dental implants
  • Your level of insurance coverage

As a result, it’s nearly impossible for us to provide you with a cost estimate without your coming in for a consultation first. We can examine your mouth and determine a personalized price range.

Our practice is in-network with several popular dental insurance carriers, including MetLife and Delta Dental. We can also help you develop a low-interest, customized payment plan to help you restore your smile without breaking the bank.