Full & Partial Dentures – Rock Hill, SC
Revitalize Your Smile
If you’ve been suffering from tooth loss, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 40 million adults are missing all of their teeth. Whether you have multiple small holes or an entire arch of teeth missing, both of these situations can make it difficult to complete daily tasks such as eating food and speaking. Instead of watching your overall quality of life decline due to the effects of tooth loss, visit Coombs & Ross Family Dentistry to learn how our team of professionals can restore the function and appearance of your grin with full or partial dentures in Rock Hill, SC.
For patients who are missing an entire arch or all of their teeth, we’ll recommend full dentures. These are custom-crafted replacement teeth that sit atop a gum-colored acrylic base that’s specially formed to comfortably fit your mouth. Typically, the teeth are made from natural-looking substances that are able to resemble the look of tooth enamel. That way, our patients are able to confidently smile without feeling self-conscious about their appearance.
Full dentures are conveniently removable, allowing patients to easily take them out of their mouths before they go to bed or when they need to clean them. Because they stay securely in place using natural suction and denture adhesive, you can also count on them remaining stable.
We normally recommend partial dentures for patients who are missing several teeth in a single arch. Just like full dentures, partial ones feature natural-looking replacement teeth that sit on top of a small, gum-colored base. The main difference is that this base is also connected to a metal structure that can easily be taken in and out of your mouth to replace the gaps in your smile. This metal piece discreetly fits behind your existing teeth to help prevent your natural pearly whites from slowly drifting out of place to fill the spots of missing teeth.
If traditional full or partial dentures simply don’t feel like the right choice for you, our dentist in Rock Hill also offers stable, long-lasting, and strong implant-retained dentures. These are replacement teeth that are anchored in place by titanium posts that have been placed under the gums and fused with your jawbone. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for this modern procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Coombs or Dr. Ross today.
Even though your replacement teeth can’t develop cavities, it’s still important to properly maintain them to ensure that they last long and stay strong. Fortunately, this isn’t an incredibly difficult task to take on. Be sure to purchase and non-abrasive denture cleaner and a soft denture toothbrush to scrub them of plaque and food debris every day. This will prevent the buildup of harmful oral bacteria that can infect your gums and ensure that your dentures look clean and beautiful.
Each night, you’ll also need to soak your dentures in a special solution or room temperature water to keep their shape from changing. For partial dentures, it’s also important to continue brushing and flossing every day to ensure that your remaining natural teeth are healthy and strong.
If you have any questions about how to care for your full or partial dentures or would like to learn more about how we can replace your missing teeth at Coombs & Ross Family Dentistry, don’t hesitate to contact our dental office today. We’ll be more than happy to walk you through the process and ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in your decision!
Dentures Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dentures in Rock Hill are a tried and true option. People have been using them for generations. As technology has advanced, dentures have become increasingly comfortable and lifelike. However, you might still have a few questions about this treatment. That’s why we’ve taken the time to answer some frequently asked denture questions below.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
Dentures don’t actually come with a fixed cost, as there are so many variables that can influence their price. Some of these factors include:
- How many missing teeth you need to replace
- Whether you need any tooth extractions prior to placing dentures
- Whether you’re getting dental implants placed
- How much insurance coverage you qualify for
The good news is that most dental insurance plans cover a significant portion, if not all, of the cost of dentures. However, they often don’t cover dental implants. If you need assistance in paying for your treatment, we can help you apply for the third-party financing company CareCredit. This splits the cost into manageable monthly installments, often with zero or very little interest. We also have a VIP Smile Club, which gives you a 15 percent discount on most treatments in exchange for a low monthly fee.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
A traditional full or partial denture usually lasts between five and seven years. However, they often need to be relined or repaired every year or two. This is because when you’re missing teeth, your jawbone and gum tissue gradually change shape, resulting in dentures sometimes losing their snug fit.
Implant-retained dentures, on the other hand, can last significantly longer. Because implants bond to the jawbone, they stimulate new bone growth, preventing your dentures from losing their fit. This also creates a strong foundation that can last for several decades. While the dentures themselves may need to be replaced every ten years or so, the implants have the potential to last a lifetime.
Do I Still Need to Attend Dental Checkups If I Have Dentures?
Yes! Even if you’re missing all of your teeth and have gotten them replaced with a full denture, you still need to see your dentist in Rock Hill twice a year for a checkup. While dentures are immune to tooth decay, your gums are still susceptible to infection, which could compromise dental implants if you have them. Plus, if you have a partial, you could still get cavities in your remaining teeth. So, it’s vital to your oral health that you have our dentists evaluate your mouth every six months.
How Can I Get Used to Eating with Dentures?
It can take some time to grow accustomed to chewing with dentures, especially hard or sticky foods. At first, it helps to eat only soft foods or cut your food into tiny chunks. Chew with even pressure on both sides of your mouth. Applying a small amount of denture adhesive can help stabilize them and make eating easier.