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Dentures – Midland, TX

Practical Solutions for Missing Teeth

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Do you find yourself struggling to chew the healthy foods you would normally eat? Do you often hide your mouth when you’re talking to someone? Do you avoid smiling because you are missing multiple teeth? These are the challenges you may be facing on a daily basis, and it can become frustrating and hold you back from enjoying life. You should consider dentures in Midland for replacing your teeth and drastically improve your function and appearance.

If you would like to learn more about dentures and determine if they are the right option for you, contact Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center to learn more about how we can help.

Why Choose Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center for Dentures?

  • Start-to-Finish Implant Dentures Under 1 Roof
  • In-House Dental Plan for Those Without Insurance
  • Cutting-Edge Technology for Comfortable Dentures

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Unless you choose to attach your dentures to implants, the requirements for these prosthetic teeth are pretty basic and easy. You just need to have a generally healthy mouth. If you have a cavity or infection, we’ll have to address the issue before we work on your dentures, but otherwise, basically anyone with multiple tooth loss can get these prosthetic teeth!

Types of Dentures

full and partial dentures

You might be thinking of the unsightly or ill-fitting denture that your grandparents wore; however, today’s dentures are much different. The shape, shade, and fit of your denture are all highly customized to your unique and specific needs so you denture not only provides a secure fit but is also aesthetically pleasing.

Partial Dentures

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For patients who still retain a large number of healthy teeth, a partial denture allows them to maintain their teeth while filling in the open spaces with prosthetic ones, similar to a puzzle piece. A partial is also removable and uses clasps to anchor to healthy teeth. It is a good option for restoring both function and aesthetics to your smile.

Full Dentures

upper and lower full dentures at an angle

Full dentures are traditionally removable and rely on suction to your jawbone and a tight fit to stay in place, and some patients experience movement as they get used to eating and talking with their new appliance. For this reason, your denture may need to be relined periodically to ensure a snug fit.

Implant Dentures

gloved hand holding an implant denture

An implant-retained denture is for those patients replacing all of their teeth that are looking for a stable and secure fit. This option also works well for patients who are currently living with a denture that doesn’t fit properly.

With implant dentures, a few dental implants are placed into your jawbone and your denture is designed to fit into them. This type of denture provides a secure fit that doesn’t allow for any movement or slippage. Implants also offer the added bonus of protecting your jawbone from the deterioration that occurs over time due to the pressure that traditional removable dentures place on it.

The Benefits of Dentures

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As you likely already know, tooth loss comes with many drawbacks, but custom dentures take care of these problems, especially implant dentures. Instead of feeling self-conscious about the gaps in your smile, you can feel more confident in your appearance and your ability to bite and chew your food. As a result, you can have a higher quality of life and overall health.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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At Boyles General Dentistry, we know your restored smile needs to be durable as well as beautiful. That’s why we encourage avoiding cheaper quality acrylic in favor of dentures that will last longer and feel more comfortable. Regardless of your needs, we’ll provide a solution that not only enables you to enjoy all the benefits of having a full smile again but also fits within your budget. With us, you’ll never have to compromise on quality!

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

Not two dentures are exactly the same because each patient is unique. To calculate the price of your dentures, we consider many factors, including the number of teeth that need to be replaced. For instance, a full denture will cost more than a partial denture. In addition, if you require other treatment, such as tooth extraction or gum disease therapy, before receiving your dentures, keep in mind that these procedures incur their own separate cost.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

Implant dentures differ from traditional dentures in that they attach to the jawbone directly rather than rely on suction for stability. This process requires a complex placement procedure, which we can perform in-house, adding to the cost of treatment. As a result, implant dentures are typically more costly than normal dentures. However, when you take into account all the benefits implant dentures have to offer, the extra investment becomes well worth it.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

It’s difficult to pinpoint a specific percentage of what insurance will pay for dentures because plans can vary. However, the vast majority of dental insurance benefits do cover at least part of the cost of dentures. Before we get started creating your custom dentures, we will look at your plan closely and let you know how much you’ll owe out-of-pocket. Our team has years of expertise in working with insurance, and we’ll try to find ways to help you save as much as possible.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

If you don’t have dental insurance, we provide an alternative that could still help you avoid paying the full amount on your own. Our in-house dental plan enables you to get discounts on basically all restorative work for a reasonable annual fee. With or without insurance, if you still cannot afford to pay the out-of-pocket cost all at once, a third-party financier may be able to offer easier monthly payments. CareCredit, Alphaeon Credit, and GreenSky are all trusted companies we work with, and we can guide you through the application process.

Frequently Asked Questions – Dentures

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As you consider your options for replacing your missing teeth, you probably have questions about dentures. We want to guide you to the right treatment choice for you, so we’ve provided answers to some common inquiries. If you have other questions about dentures, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’ll be happy to discuss your replacements and which option can best meet your needs.

Will I be able to speak and eat normally with my dentures?

When you have dentures, you have to get used to a slightly different way of speaking and eating. For example, your biting and chewing power with dentures is less than your natural teeth, so you may need to adapt your eating habits. Although the natural suction of the denture keeps it in place, it can still slip out of position if you’re not careful. It can take time to adjust to your new dentures, so be patient with yourself. Also, after a few years, the dentures may require alterations to continue to fit properly.

Are dentures the best option for replacing missing teeth?

Although dentures tend to be a popular choice because of the cost effectiveness, they are not usually the first replacement option recommended. Rather, we usually prefer to replace teeth with dental implants because the implant posts integrate with the jaw bone, making the artificial teeth essentially just as strong and functional as natural ones. Using just four to six implants, we can hold a full denture in place, giving your replacement teeth much more stability. Plus, with implants, your dentures can last for multiple decades without needing to be adjusted or replaced. To learn more about dental implants, contact us for an appointment.

Can dentures be repaired?

Dentures can be repaired to an extent. Every few years, your traditional dentures may need to be slightly altered to continue fitting properly as your jaw bone loses density and shape. Usually around the seven-year mark, sooner if it takes significant damage, you will likely need to replace your dentures entirely.

What is the process of getting dentures?

Getting dentures is simple. Basically, we will collect an impression of your mouth and send it to a dental lab. There, a technician will craft your unique, personalized dentures. Once they are finished, you’ll come back to our dental office, and we’ll ensure the perfect fit by making any necessary minor tweaks. As mentioned before, it could take a little bit of time for you to get used to the feel of dentures at first, but they should feel comfortable.

Why Is Replacing Lost Teeth Important?

Perhaps you are missing teeth in the back of your mouth, where the gap isn’t as visible when you smile. Or maybe you think you’ve gotten used to not having a full set of teeth. You can try to rationalize having an incomplete smile, but the truth is that you’re settling for less function and confidence. Especially with implant dentures, you can regain the ability to eat basically any foods you’d like, and you can freely show your teeth through smiling without embarrassment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Most patients who need dentures qualify for them. Aside from missing two or more teeth, you need to have a healthy mouth to be eligible for dentures. This means any remaining teeth must be cavity free, and your soft tissues must be in good shape as well. However, even if you have gum disease, tooth decay, or another obstacle, we can treat your mouth to help you be in a better position to replace your lost teeth.

What Should I Do If My Dentures Break?

Dentures are made of tough materials, but they are not indestructible. In addition to being careful about what and how you eat, please be cautious and try to avoid dropping your dentures. If, however, your dentures do become broken, stop wearing them and call us for an immediate appointment. Wearing broken dentures can harm your soft tissues. Do not use superglue or another adhesive to try to repair your false teeth. In our office, we can make minor adjustments and repairs, but if the damage is extensive, we may need to order replacement dentures.

How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?

Overall, the process of getting dentures usually requires several weeks and at least one fitting. This timeline may be longer if additional adjustments are necessary for the fit. If you are receiving implant dentures, the placement surgery and subsequent recovery will also add to your treatment plan. However, we assure you that the final results are well worthwhile!

Are Dentures Just for the Elderly?

No! Modern dentures are more advanced than ever and are used to help any adult patient who is missing two or more teeth. Because of the way they are designed to fit within your mouth, you can expect your dentures to look just like real teeth. Implant dentures are particularly lifelike. Whether you’re 25 or 105, if you need dentures to complete your smile, we’re here to get your confidence back.