Candidates For Dentures
Were you aware that approximately 25% of adults aged 65 and above suffer from complete tooth loss? Dentures serve as a prevalent and reputable remedy for missing teeth. They are incredibly reliable and can provide a natural appearance to the point that you may have conversed with someone wearing dentures without realizing it. Have you ever considered the possibility that you could be a suitable candidate for dentures?
In order to qualify as an ideal candidate for this restorative treatment, it is important that you:
- Desire to replace multiple or all of your teeth.
- Do not smoke or use any other tobacco products.
- Possess a healthy jawbone (we can assist you with this!).
- Do not experience dry mouth.
- Commit to diligently maintaining your dentures at home.
- Maintain regular visits to the dentist for routine examinations, just as you would with natural teeth.
How do I take care of my dentures?
What is the proper way to maintain my dentures? Ensure the well-being of your dentures through regular cleanings and check-ups. Even individuals with flawless prosthetics should visit their dentist periodically. During these visits, we will assess the condition and fit of your dentures, while also examining your gums, tongue, jaw, and overall oral health. In essence, we prioritize your oral health as a whole, not solely focused on your teeth.
Here are some guidelines for caring for your dentures at home:
- Take out your dentures overnight to allow your mouth to rest.
- Soak your dentures in warm water, either with or without denture cleanser.
- Avoid soaking dentures with metal clasps in anything other than warm water.
- When not wearing your dentures, keep them in water to prevent drying out and warping.
- DO NOT soak them in hot water.
- Clean and massage your gums when your dentures are removed.
- If your toothbrush causes discomfort to your gums, try running it under warm water or use a finger wrapped in a clean, damp cloth.
- If you have partial dentures, continue to brush your natural teeth as usual.
Cost Of Dentures In Knoxville
In you can expect to pay approximately $900 – $3500+ for full or partial dentures. The cost of dentures varies widely because there are dentures to suit many different needs. Full-mouth dentures can cost anywhere from $1,800 to $3500 and up. The cost for a full set of implant-supported dentures averages out to about $30,000 as a ball-park estimate.
How is the cost of dentures determined? Here are some important factors:
- The type of denture you need.
- Dental extractions or other required preparations.
- Xrays that may be needed.
- Whether or not you get supportive implants.
Every case is different so it’s important to speak with a dentist and to have an oral exam to allow us to evaluate your unique situation and provide you with different treatment options to consider. We would be happy to provide you with a more accurate quote.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bridges are an option for filling gaps resulting from the loss of 1 to 3 teeth. On the other hand, dental implants can restore any number of missing teeth. It’s important to note that dental implants generally involve a higher initial investment cost and may have specific health requirements to be eligible for the treatment.
By consistently providing care and maintenance, your dentures can last for approximately 5 to 10 years. However, it’s important to consider that both the dentures and your mouth undergo changes over time. Aside from regular wear and tear on the dentures, the condition of your mouth may evolve, leading you to eventually consider acquiring a completely new set of dentures for optimal fit and function.
While it is possible to wear your dentures while sleeping, it is generally advised against. Developing the habit of removing your dentures at night allows for various benefits. Soaking your dentures overnight provides an opportunity to clean your mouth, gums, and any remaining natural teeth. Furthermore, it allows your gums and jaw to rest, promoting oral health and overall comfort. Therefore, it is recommended to remove your dentures at night to maintain oral hygiene and provide rest to your gums and jaw.
Dentures should have a proper fit to ensure their functionality and comfort. Top dentures should create suction against the gums, while bottom dentures rest securely above the gums. Partial dentures should align with natural teeth and have minimal movement. For those with implant-supported dentures, they offer added stability as they snap into place. If you have any doubts about the fit of your dentures, we welcome you to book an appointment with us. Our skilled team will carefully examine your dentures, make any needed adjustments, and ensure that your dentures fit well and provide the desired level of stability and comfort.
After you’ve had some time to adjust to your dentures you should be able to eat almost anything. There are some foods that are hard on your dentures or that might cause rubbing or irritation. Foods that are hard or sticky like caramel, carrot sticks or a tough cut of meat or foods that contain little particles like popcorn or seeded crackers might present some challenge and should perhaps be enjoyed only as an occasional treat.
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