Dentures – Fort Worth, TX
A Comfortable Way to Restore Your Smile
Dentures are one of the most popular dental restorations with a long and reliable track record. Thanks to recent advancements in dentistry, this effective solution has become even more comfortable, durable, and natural-looking than ever before. So, if you’re interested in rebuilding missing teeth, our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental can provide a great solution with dentures in Fort Worth! Feel free to read along or give us a call today if you wish to learn more!
Why Choose Hulen Crossing Family Dental for Dentures?
- Durable & Natural-Looking Dental Restorations
- Professional, Dedicated & Friendly Dental Team
- We Accept Dental Insurance & Offer Alternative Financing
Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Ultimately, almost anyone with missing teeth can qualify for dentures. The treatment requirements don’t involve much beyond tooth loss. That said, you should still consult our dentists to know for sure. They can perform an oral exam to see if you’re a good dentures candidate. (In case you’re not, though, don’t worry; you can become one later through preliminary dental work.) To learn more about that process, just keep reading or call our office for the relevant details.
Effects of Missing Teeth
During the treatment’s consultation phase, we’ll guide you through tooth loss’ causes and effects. Doing so will help you see how prosthetic teeth can protect your health.
Truthfully, people lose teeth for various reasons. A patient’s tooth may decay so much that it falls out or needs extraction. Meanwhile, gum disease wears down the bone and tissue that secure your pearly whites. Your teeth can also get knocked out by an accident or injury.
No matter its cause, though, tooth loss has deeply adverse effects. The biggest is that it makes everyday tasks – eating, speaking, smiling, etc. – much harder. At the same time, untreated smile gaps will slowly erode your jaw. (This process could then trigger a facial collapse.) They can also result in yet more tooth loss.
What Qualifies You for Dentures?
Again, most patients can qualify for dentures if they lack teeth. Even so, there are other factors to ponder.
Take oral health, for instance. You could get dentures to replace decayed existing teeth rather than “fill in” for missing ones. At the same time, remember that treatment only works if your gum and jaw tissues are healthy enough. An ideal candidate is thus committed to proper dental care.
How many teeth you lack is also a concern. Based on the number, you’ll need one of two possible denture types. A partial model (per the name) is best for replacing a few teeth. Full dentures, in contrast, are preferable when all pearly whites along an arch are gone.
It’s also wise to consider finances in your treatment decisions. After all, dentures cost less than other restorations. That means they’re ideal for patients on a budget.
Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options
If our office concludes you’re not a good dentures candidate, don’t worry; you have other options. In fact, Hulen Crossing Family Dental has two other procedures you could try. These include:
- Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is a fixed restoration made of crowns fused to a pontic. As such, it clasps onto nearby teeth to support itself and stay in place.
- Dental Implants – Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants fuse with your jawbone. They’re thus replacement teeth that won’t slip or fall over time. In exchange for such features, these prosthetics can be pricey compared to the alternatives.
How Dentures are Made
If you decide to get dentures, you may wonder how they’re made. That’s only natural – you want to know what went into the teeth you’ll soon use. Fortunately, Hulen Crossing Family Dental can answer your question. Below is a summary of denture parts and how labs make and combine them. As you read it, you’ll see what we do to make your tooth replacements. You can then better appreciate how dentures restore your full smile.
What are Dentures Made Of?
Every denture – no matter the type – has two essential parts: the base and the artificial teeth. Each of these components is crucial to the prosthetic’s function. To learn what they do, consider the details below:
- Denture Base – A denture’s base is its pink-colored part that sits on your gums. Generally, it’s meant to support the artificial teeth. To that end, a lab will make a base from acrylic, nylon, porcelain, resin, or metal materials.
- Artificial Teeth – A denture’s artificial teeth are its tooth-replacing portions. As such, they’re made from resin or porcelain to produce lifelike results. Still, porcelain tends to be the more popular material; it looks and feels more like natural teeth.
The Denture Creation Process
Each denture is custom-made by qualified lab technicians; no two are exactly alike. Consequently, the creation process for one involves a multi-step process. The relevant actions are:
- Step 1: Your dentist performs an oral exam and takes a dental impression. Afterward, they send the latter to an offsite lab that fabricates the dentures.
- Step 2: After some brief crafting, the dental lab will send wax dentures to your dentist for a fitting. If these are approved, the restorations will be sent back for completion.
- Step 4: A technician will boil the returned dentures to remove their wax portions. From there, they’ll place the appliance in a flask. This item will be placed in hot water once it’s filled with plaster.
- Step 5: Holes will be made in the artificial teeth, thus ensuring new material can attach. The technician will also add a liquid separator to the plaster layer. They’ll then inject acrylic into the flask to replace the wax.
- Step 6: The lab worker will remove the plaster to reveal the prosthetics. Later, they’ll place the dentures in an ultrasonic bath to remove leftover plaster.
- Step 7: After removing excess acrylic, the technician polishes the restorations. Next, they return the dentures to the dentist.
- Step 8: The patient returns to the office for fitting and final adjustments.
Adjusting to Your New Dentures
Technically, you may feel discomfort when you start wearing dentures. Rest assured that this symptom is normal; it fades pretty quickly. In little time, your mouth will adjust until the dentures feel like natural teeth.
Of course, you can speed up the denture adjustment process. You simply need to practice certain mouth habits. For example, you could eat soft foods for a week (or two) that won’t irritate your sensitive gums., On the other hand, you might exercise your facial muscles or use denture adhesives. These acts would help you adjust and reduce potential aches.
Whatever approach you take, be careful. You may need to see a dentist if your pain persists. Should that happen, you may require replacement work.
Types of Dentures
These restorations can improve your bite, speech, and smile in the long run. However, your dentures will be specifically designed to address your unique dental needs. Here are three versions you might expect to choose from:
This tooth-replacement option is meant to restore partial tooth loss. So, if you only missing several of your pearly whites, this might be the ideal solution you’ve been looking for. This dental appliance consists of a series of metal framework that is concealed underneath a gum-colored base, which is fastened to your nearby permanent teeth. These natural-looking prosthetic teeth can seamlessly close any gaps and blend with the rest of your smile, allowing you to show off a dazzling and healthy grin.
Are you missing an entire arch of pearly whites? If so, then full dentures will likely be the solution for you. These restorations also come with a gum-colored base, but they won’t be designed to clasp onto other teeth for support. Instead, they’ll rely on the natural suction on your gums, denture adhesive, or both. They’ll be custom-made to fit your exact smile, so they should feel like your natural smile when wearing them.
Instead of relying on the suction in your mouth, implant dentures are directly anchored to your jawbone via titanium posts. This means you’ll be able to restore 80% or more of your biting power without worrying about any unwanted movement. Not only can this option preserve your jawbone and facial shape, but you can also expect your implant dentures to last several decades to a lifetime!
The Benefits of Dentures
You can expect a wide variety of advantages by restoring your smile with dentures. Here are several benefits you can enjoy from our treatment options:
- Completely custom-made restoration
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Cost-effective restorative treatment
- Preserves your jawbone and facial structure (with implant dentures)
- Can last 10 years or more (or several decades with implants)
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
Dentures aren’t as expensive as you might have heard. You have many options to keep a new set of teeth within your budget. Many factors affect the cost of dentures because every mouth and situation differs. At Hulen Crossing Family Dental, we strive to keep a complete smile affordable for everyone. We’ll create the high-quality prosthetic you need without spending your life’s savings.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures
There’s no one-size-fits-all denture because every mouth is as unique as fingerprints. The cost of replacing missing teeth differs for everyone. Your dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your preferences to create a personalized treatment plan. You can expect your estimate to include:
- Preliminary Treatments: It’s not uncommon to need a little prep work, like gum disease therapy or tooth extractions.
- Type of Denture: You have many types of dentures to choose from, including partials, dentures, and implant-supported options.
- Number of Arches: Treating both arches will increase the cost.
- Materials: Discounted materials can be of low quality, which can compromise their aesthetics, durability, and comfort. It’s better to focus on quality instead of the price tag.
A member of our team will review your estimate and explain the fees, so you’ll know exactly what you’ll have to pay before committing to anything.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Implant dentures can be more expensive upfront, but they are the most affordable long-term. Dental implants have an average lifespan of 30 years or more, which means you’ll never have to budget for replacements. Dental implants also preserve your jawbone to improve your oral health. You can avoid costly procedures later to save more money down the road.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Most dental insurance will cover a portion of the cost of dentures. They are considered a major service, so most plans will pay 50% of the cost after meeting your deductible. You can also use your benefits for other aspects of your treatment plan, like your consultation, preliminary procedures, and imaging. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your annual allowance. We’ll explain how your coverage is being used and if there’s any remaining balance.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
Your financial situation should never stand in the way of treating your tooth loss. We will discuss all your payment options during your consultation, which include:
- Traditional Payments: Our office accepts all traditional payment options, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
- Monthly Financing: You can pay any out-of-pocket expenses using monthly installments. Based on your credit approval, you can benefit from little or no interest in financing for low monthly payments.
- Special Offers: Hulen Crossing Family Dental offers many promotions for select services, like a free dental implant consultation and free 2nd opinions.
If you have questions about your payment options, or you are ready to rebuild your smile, contact our office today to speak with someone in our office.