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Dentures – Lakewood, CO

Restore Your Smile and Biting Force

Smiling man and womanMore than 100 million Americans are missing teeth, and of that, about 40 million are missing all of their teeth. If you’re part of that statistic, then you already know how difficult it can make life. Eating, speaking, and even smiling can become near impossibilities without exposing the gaps in your grin. Luckily, there’s a solution – dentures in Lakewood can restore your smile and biting force as much as 70% of what they once were. These prostheses allow you to chew, talk, and smile with complete confidence once more. If you’re sick of suffering through missing teeth, schedule a consultation with us to see if dentures are the right way to solve your problem.

Why Choose Lakewood Complete Dentistry for Dentures?

  • Custom-Made for Each Individual Patient
  • Restores Your Biting Force Up to 70%
  • Allows You to Smile with Complete Confidence Again

What Are the Types of Dentures?

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There are two types of dentures: full and partial. When someone says the word “dentures,” what comes to mind is most likely a set of full dentures. They consist of a set of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base the color of gum tissue. This base is secured to your gumline with natural suction and denture adhesive if necessary. If you’re missing all of your teeth on a single arch, then your dentist in Lakewood, Dr. Vinnie, will highly suggest getting a full denture.

Partial dentures, also called partials, are ideal for patients who are only missing a few teeth on either arch. These artificial teeth are connected to a metal framework that attaches to your remaining teeth with clasps. Partials are designed to blend right in with the rest of your smile, creating a beautiful set of pearly whites that no one can tell isn’t “natural.”

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

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Dentures in Lakewood offer a whole host of benefits when compared to suffering through missing teeth. These advantages include:

  • Being able to last for at least 5-10 years
  • Increasing your self-esteem
  • Supporting your facial muscles
  • Improving your speech
  • Allowing you to chew a variety of healthy foods more easily
  • Being removable for easy cleaning
  • Being very likely covered by most dental insurance plans

What If I Want Dentures That Don’t Slip Around?

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Even the most well-fitted dentures eventually start to slip while you talk and eat after a few years. In order to prevent this from occurring, we can place several dental implants in your jaw to secure your denture.

An average of four to six of these biocompatible titanium posts are inserted at an angle into your jawbone to replace the roots of your missing teeth. The implants will provide unparalleled stability so that your dentures will be firmly anchored in place. Your dentures can be either fixed or removable, depending on your personal preference. Additionally, dental implants can last up to three decades or even longer with proper maintenance. You can enjoy your prosthesis for the rest of your life if you take good care of it!

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

Denture in Lakewood, CO with a dollar bill between its teeth

The cost of many different dental procedures can differ from case to case, and dentures are no exception. Dr. Artino will spend part of your initial consultation explaining the different factors that can end up affecting the final cost, and he will answer any questions you might have regarding the price. We hope that you walk away from our office with a clear idea of what you can expect when the time comes to pay for your new teeth.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

Gloved hand holding an upper denture in Lakewood, CO

Some of the most influential factors that will impact the amount you pay for dentures include:

  • The need for tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, and other forms of preparatory work
  • The number of teeth that are missing (or are expected to be removed in the near future)
  • The kind of material the denture is made of, such as porcelain or acrylic

These are just a few examples; Dr. Artino can go over additional factors with you. Do bear in mind that cheaper does not automatically equal better for dentures. When false teeth are made out of cheap materials, they’re generally more likely to break and will probably need to be replaced much sooner. It’s better to invest in a quality denture now than to repeatedly pay for cheap dentures that won’t last as long.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

Illustration of dental implants and denture in Lakewood, CO

Dental implants and the surgery required to place them in the mouth come with their own costs. As such, an implant denture will naturally be more expensive than a traditional one. However, it’s worth the extra money because implant dentures do not shift or slip, and they actively help stimulate the jawbone to keep it healthy. Also, you won’t need to pay for a replacement as often; the lifespan of implant dentures is usually measured in decades while traditional dentures normally have to be replaced after 7 years.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Most dental plans will include some level of coverage for dentures. On average, you can expect your insurance carrier to pay 50% for the restoration, although the exact amount is going to be different depending on what plan you have. Dental implants are usually not covered by insurance, but related procedures such as bone grafts might be. We’re in-network with Delta Dental and number of other insurance providers, and we’re always happy to go over your benefits with you and help you through the claims process in order to maximize your benefits.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

Older man with dentures in Lakewood, CO resting chin on hand

Even without insurance, we can give you options for simplifying the process of paying for dental care. We work with CareCredit, a third-party financier that can make all kinds of dental procedures more budget-friendly by allowing you to pay over the course of several months instead of all at once. CareCredit plans have little if any interest, and there’s never any unexpected fees or surprise charges. There are multiple CareCredit plans to choose from depending on your financial situation.

Denture FAQs

Smiling woman with dentures in Lakewood

Dentures are a classic way to restore your smile and biting force. If you’d like to learn more about them, we encourage you to look over a few common questions about this traditional tooth replacement option that we’ve gathered for your convenience. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for in the denture FAQs in Lakewood below, don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule your consultation today!

I Am Interested in Dentures—Where Do I Start?

If you’re ready to start your journey towards a complete smile, your first step is to come see us for a consultation. During this initial appointment, Dr. Vinnie will have a conversation with you about your tooth replacement goals and address any of your concerns or questions. Then he’ll closely inspect your mouth, gums, and jaw as well as review your medical history.

If dentures are a good choice for you, he’ll explain all your options and his recommendations. If your oral health needs to be improved before you can be considered a good candidate for dentures, he’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan to get you ready for your brand-new smile.  

Do I Clean My Dentures Like Natural Teeth?

Just like natural teeth, plaque and bacteria will build up on your dentures throughout the day. It’s important that these particles are thoroughly cleaned away every day to protect your smile from issues like gum disease and oral infections. However, it’s essential that you use the proper products while doing so! Your regular toothbrush and toothpaste are too abrasive to be used on your dentures—they can easily scratch away at their finish and damage them. Instead, be sure to only clean your dentures with ADA approved denture brushes and cleaners to keep your new pearly whites sparkling, healthy, and strong.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

At Lakewood Complete Dentistry, we craft our dentures out of high-quality materials for beautiful, durable, and long-lasting results. While dentures typically last between 5 and 10 years, you can make the most out of their lifespan by handling them carefully. However, you should always replace your dentures when they begin to lose their fit.

However, it’s a completely different story if you’ve rebuilt your smile with implant-retained dentures. Dental implants fuse with your jawbone to form a rock-solid foundation. They will never lose their fit or come loose as long as you practice great oral hygiene! You can easily expect your implant-retained dentures to last a lifetime with the proper care.

Does Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?

Every dental insurance policy is slightly different, so you’ll need to call your insurance provider or read through your policy paperwork to determine what is and isn’t covered. If you like, you can bring your insurance policy paperwork with you to your consultation and we’ll be happy to review it with you. Our talented and friendly team has years of experience helping patients maximize their benefits to minimize their out of pocket expenses.

Generally, dental insurance will cover at least a portion of the cost of your dentures. If it doesn’t, or if you don’t have dental insurance, we also offer financing through CareCredit. They offer several different plans that can help break up the cost of your treatment into easy monthly payments. During your consultation, we’ll go over all the ways to make achieving your new smile as affordable as possible!