Dentures – Springfield, IL
Creating Beautiful, Finished Smiles
Advanced gum disease, tooth decay, and accidents or injuries can result in tooth loss, causing the remaining ones to shift and misalign. This not only affects the appearance of your smile, but can also lead to difficulties in biting and chewing. Fortunately, our team is here to address your tooth replacement needs.
When you choose dentures in Springfield, you'll receive personalized care to restore both confidence and functionality. Our custom restorations are designed to align your natural teeth, providing the necessary shape and tone to your cheeks and jaw, preventing a sunken or drawn appearance. Take the first step toward restoring your smile by scheduling an appointment with us today!
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Dentures are far more versatile than you might think – they can replace several missing teeth scattered throughout your mouth or a whole row. During your initial consultation, we’ll check your mouth and discuss the best options for you based on your lifestyle. It's incredibly important to replace missing teeth quickly to avoid future problems like gum disease and decay. Addressing tooth loss early on will keep your mouth healthy in the long run!
Types of Dentures
Dentures are an excellent solution for patients with one or more missing teeth, restoring full function to their smiles. Thanks to advancements in dentistry, modern dentures not only look natural, but also provide enhanced comfort. Based on your specific dental needs, our team will suggest one of the following:
Partial dentures are made with a gum-colored acrylic base, typically reinforced with metal. This base is custom-designed to snugly fit around your existing teeth, securing the replacements in position to fill gaps across your arch. The convenience of removability makes partial dentures easy to clean.
Traditional full dentures can restore an entire set of teeth by adhering to the jawbone and gums through suction. These dentures have a realistic, gum-colored acrylic base along with porcelain or ceramic prosthetic teeth, significantly enhancing bite strength and overall quality of life.
Implant dentures combine the best qualities of traditional dentures and cutting-edge dental implants. Rather than relying on clasps or natural suction to secure your new smile, this restoration is affixed to a titanium post surgically inserted directly into your jawbone. This approach ensures maximum stability, eliminating any unwanted movement for a more secure and reliable solution.
The Benefits of Dentures
Choosing dentures in Springfield comes with numerous advantages, including:
- Restored biting effectiveness
- Ability to eat a wider variety of foods
- Improved speech capabilities
- Prosthetics with a lifespan of 7+ years with proper maintenance
- Easier maintenance
- Preservation of facial shape
What Makes Our Custom Dentures Better Than Traditional Dentures?
Our focus is on delivering a custom, cosmetically superior, and more lifelike and natural-looking smile – instead of the stamped-out “denture look”. Each set is individually hand-crafted by highly trained, local denture technicians with a specific and detailed prescription from the doctor. Plus, smile-lifting technology is utilized to achieve a more youthful appearance.
The tissue color of the denture is matched to your existing gums and facial complexion. Our dentures are injection-molded and heat and pressure-cured, which reduces the sizes of the pores in the material. This allows for improved polishing of the denture, which results in less staining and less opportunity for bacteria and plaque to grow, making the denture more odor-resistant. You will be intimately involved in the customization of your new restoration to ensure you get results you’re happy with.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
It’s a common question that most people ask when considering dentures to replace missing teeth – how much will treatment cost? Identifying the exact price for this type of tooth replacement requires meeting with a member of our team to go over the state of your oral and overall health and crafting a cost estimate based on several factors. You can expect that once we have a clearer idea of how much your new smile will cost, we will discuss ways to use your dental insurance to lower your out-of-pocket expenses as well as alternative payment options to make treatment easier and more affordable.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures
One of the greatest advantages of dentures is that they are fully customizable. However, we cannot dictate how much your new teeth will cost until we see you for a scheduled consultation. This will allow us to fully examine your mouth and decide how best to proceed. Some of the most obvious factors that we will consider when formulating a plan for treatment as well as its costs include:
- How many teeth are you missing?
- Which type of materials will be used to craft your custom dentures?
- Do you need additional forms of treatment to better prepare your mouth for dentures (i.e., gum disease treatment, tooth extraction, etc.)?
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Generally, yes, implant dentures are more expensive than the traditional kind; however, there are some things to consider that might help make it easier to choose these longer-lasting prosthetics. Not only will you spend less in the long run because you won’t need denture adhesive or regular replacement or relinement, but you’ll also enjoy a more permanent solution that is known to last 30+ years. And because implant dentures help to keep the jawbone stimulated, you can worry less about additional treatments needed to improve your facial aesthetics (i.e., facial sagging).
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
It is possible that your dental insurance company will cover around 50% of the total cost of your dentures. However, you must first meet your annual deductible. Although usually minimal in price, your insurer will not begin to cover more for your treatment until you meet your deductible. It’s important to remember that no two insurance plans are the same, so you should not assume 50% is what they will cover. If you need help, our team will look over your plan and help you navigate ways to get the most out of your policy so that you pay less in the long run.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
Apart from dental insurance, we understand that you may need alternative payment solutions to take care of the cost of your dentures. This is why at Advanced Dental Care of Springfield, we are pleased to offer flexible financing plans through CareCredit and Sunbit. These companies make it easy to apply and enroll in low to no-interest plans so that you can pay it off over time instead of all upfront and out of pocket.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
When you wear your dentures during the day, the prosthetic tends to cut off circulation to the gums. They can also become a host for bacteria, particularly along the gum line where moisture tends to build up. This means that it’s usually a good idea to take your dentures out to rest periodically.
The best time to do that is while you’re sleeping. For this reason, we recommend leaving your dentures to soak each night in an antibacterial solution.
Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?
Whenever you make any kind of massive change to your teeth or jaw, it’ll take some time to readjust to speaking properly. This is as true as dentures as it is with anything else.
The exact amount of time that it’ll take to adjust will depend on you. If you are diligent with practicing, taking time to read out loud and speaking slowly, you should be able to speak easily in no time at all. If you find that this is not the case, you may need to talk to us about having your dentures relined so that they fit you a bit better.
Do Upper Dentures Always Cover the Palate?
People taste with more of their mouth than just their tongue. The roof of your mouth is also integral to tasting your food, so if your dentures cover your palate, it could potentially change how food tastes to you.
Fortunately, this isn’t always the case. You can potentially get a horseshoe-shaped denture, similar to what you’d get for your lower jaw, for the upper ridge as well. You can also get implant dentures on your upper ridge, which can skirt this issue as well. Talk to us about your options if you’re trying to get a set of dentures that won’t affect your sense of taste.
Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?
It’s important to brush your dentures daily in order to prevent the buildup of plaque or bacteria on the surface of the prosthetic. However, you shouldn’t use toothpaste to do this.
Toothpaste designed for teeth contains small abrasives used to scrape away plaque. They work well on the teeth but are a bit too hard for the acrylic on your dentures. For this reason, toothpaste could scratch or wear on your prosthetic.
When you clean your dentures, you’ll need to use either a mild hand soap or a specialized denture cleaner. In a pinch, you’re better off just brushing your dentures on their own with just water.
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