Full & Partial Dentures for Missing Teeth
Following the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is common for individuals to experience feelings of self-conscious and diminished self-worth. In addition to the psychological impact that comes with having missing teeth, there are also detrimental physical effects that occur, such as jawbone deterioration, an increased risk of developing gum disease as well as an increased risk in developing other health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Missing teeth can also limit the types of food you can enjoy, alter your speech and disrupt the harmony of your smile.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth or are at an increased risk of widespread tooth loss, you may be a good candidate for full or partial dentures. Partial dentures are a good option for patients who still have some healthy teeth surrounded with healthy gum tissue. Unlike full dentures, which will require extraction of remaining teeth before design of the custom denture, partial dentures are designed to use your healthy teeth and the shape of your mouth for stability in order to fill in the gaps between your remaining teeth, allowing you to save as many of your natural teeth as possible and still enjoy a full smile.
As a native of Greenville and fourth generation dentist, Dr. Preston Hamrick is proud to serve his community by developing personal relationships with all his patients and working hard to understand their needs and goals. To learn more about dentures, refer to the following overview, or to schedule a consultation for dentures or learn more about our services, call us today at 864.292.5125.
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Implant supported dentures are a popular option for individuals who are missing a tooth or teeth. There are several reasons why implant supported dentures are so popular, which include the following:
- Provides the same type of stability and support as a natural tooth/tooth
- Anchored directly to your jawbone, just like natural teeth
- Long lasting solution provided proper self-care is taken
- Restored ability to eat all kinds of food
- Improved ability to enunciate and speak without impedance
- Stimulates your jawbone like your natural tooth would, which prevents loss of jawbone
- Will not shift like traditional dentures
- Maintains the strength and shape of your jaw
- Adjustments not necessary, which will save you time and money
- Alleviates stresses to the jaw that cause pain and/or limited mobility
- Restores the natural look and feel of your full smile
Caring for Your Dentures
Because they do not function like natural teeth are held in place by dental adhesive and suction, it can take some time to get used to wearing dentures. As such, we often encourage our patients who are new to dentures to practice eating with them at home to learn how to comfortably chew and bite food. Although every patient will have a slightly different experience, most of our patients become used to their dentures within or under one month.
To preserve the longevity of your denture and avoid developing oral health issues, it is important to clean your dentures (partial or full) daily with a denture brush and cleaning paste designed for dentures. It is also important to store your dentures in water while sleeping in order to prevent them from warping or drying out. It is also important to clean your mouth daily, being careful to brush the tongue, gums, and any other areas where bacteria and plaque can accumulate to keep your mouth feeling fresh and reduce your risk of developing oral lesions and bacterial infections.
In addition to following good self-care, we also encourage our clients to schedule regular dental cleanings at least every six months to ensure the health and sustained brightness of your smile. In addition to providing a professional cleaning, these visits are also an opportunity for Dr. Preston Hamrick to evaluate your overall oral health and evaluate the fit of your denture to ensure it is still fitting properly.
Cost of Dentures
The total cost of treatment will depend on whether additional procedures such as tooth extraction or treatment of periodontal disease are necessary prior to taking impressions and making your dentures.
For patients with dental insurance, it is important to be aware that dentures are usually covered (at least in part) under insurance plans, but every plan is different. Our staff are happy to review your coverage to determine whether your plan does cover this procedure and ensure you maximize your benefits and have minimal out of pocket expenses.
If you are a patient at our practice and do not have dental insurance, consider joining our membership club. Because we value your loyalty, we have launched this club to help save you money on treatment and simplify payments for preventative care. We offer three levels of membership: child, adult, and perio membership. Professional dental cleanings, doctor exams, necessary X-rays, and a 5% discount on all other treatment (some exclusions apply) are included in all membership packages.
You can sign up today and start saving money on treatment online at https://heritage-dentistry.illumitrac.com/ or call us at (864) 292-5125.
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Fall in Love with Your Smile Again
At Heritage Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, we are committed to providing 5-star customer service that is relationship based, along with a comprehensive range of treatment options that will ensure your sustained oral health and make you fall in love with your smile again. To schedule a consultation for dentures or learn more about our services, contact our Greenville dental team today at (684) 292-5125.