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Dentures – Rockwall, TX

Regain a Complete, Reliable Smile

Are missing teeth holding you back in life? Tooth loss can have a significant impact on your ability to chew comfortably, speak clearly, and smile confidently. What’s more, missing several or all your teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay, oral infections, gum disease, and many other issues. At Spillman Family Dental of Rockwall, we can help you regain a complete, reliable smile with custom-made dentures! 

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Why Choose Spillman Family Dental of Rockwall For Dentures?

What Types of Dentures Are There?

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While dentures have been used for hundreds of years, modern restorations are more lifelike, comfortable, and reliable than ever before! Custom-made replacement teeth are crafted out of natural-looking materials and set into a gum-colored acrylic base. Depending on the extend of your tooth loss, we may recommend:

Partial Dentures

For patients who still have some remaining healthy teeth, a partial denture can be fitted between and around them like a puzzle piece. They’re held in place with small, discreet metal clasps wrapped around the natural tooth structure for seamless results.

Full Dentures

Patients who are missing an entire arch can replace all their teeth at once with a full denture. This precisely made complete set of pearly whites rests comfortably on top of your gums. Thanks to its custom fit, a strong natural suction is created to keep the restoration securely in place.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Alternatively, dental implants can be used to anchor a set of dentures into position. Implant-retained dentures gain their support from small titanium posts that are placed directly into the jawbone. This unique method provides vastly improved functionality, unmatched comfort, and can potentially last a lifetime!

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Whether you’ve lost one tooth or many, pretty much anyone can get dentures. These dental prosthetics don’t have strict requirements for use. Still, it’s best if you consult our dentists before you commit. They can examine your mouth and see if dentures suit you. Our team can even help if you don’t qualify at first. After all, you can become a good dentures candidate with preliminary dental work. You’re also free to explore our other restorative options. To learn more, keep reading or call us soon!

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Effects of Missing Teeth

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As you consider dentures, it’d help if you reviewed tooth loss’ causes and effects. Going over these facts will show how our prosthetic teeth benefit you.

For starters, people can lose teeth for varied reasons. Decay could make your chomper fall out or lead to an extraction. Meanwhile, someone else may get gum disease – an issue that’d loosen your teeth by eroding your gums. Yet another might have an accident or injury that knocks out their teeth.

In contrast, the effects of tooth loss are limited but harsh. The most notable one is how lacking teeth makes everyday life – eating, speaking, smiling, etc. – hard. Plus, the loss creates smile gaps that erode your jawbone. (This erosion will then trigger facial collapse if left unchecked.) Worse yet, those gaps in your grin can also tilt your other teeth until they fall out.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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Most patients only need to suffer from tooth loss to qualify for dentures. Aside from that, these new teeth don’t have many prerequisites. Even so, you’d do well to note a few other things.

One such element is your general oral health. You see, dentures won’t work if your gums and jaws are very weak. Such problems mean you lack the strength to support prosthetics. That said, having sensitive or decayed teeth shouldn’t disqualify you. Dentures could replace such offending chompers.

How many teeth you’ve lost is also crucial. Based on the final number, you’ll qualify for one of two possible dentures. The first is the partial model that only replaces a few teeth. On the other hand, option two is a full denture – one that replaces all teeth along an arch.

Your finances are a relevant concern as well. In reality, dentures are often the cheapest tooth replacements. They’d likely be your best choice if you have limited funds.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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If our dentists conclude you don’t qualify for dentures, you shouldn’t worry. Our office has several ways to restore your smile. In fact, we offer two other tooth replacement services. These include:

  • Dental Bridges – As a fixed restoration, a dental bridge is made of two crowns fused to a pontic. That means it’s cemented between nearby teeth, which then act as abutments (i.e., supports.) Placing this device requires that a dentist “prep” the abutments, removing bits of their enamel.
  • Dental Implants – Dental implants are small metal posts set in your jaw. Being made of titanium, they fuse with your jawbone and become secure. They’re capped with dental crowns once placed, thus ensuring they blend with your smile. (Notably, implants can be costly; their unique traits make them an expensive option.)

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How Dentures are Made

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Often, patients like to learn how dentures are made before getting them. It’s a fair thought – knowing what went into your new teeth helps you value the prosthetics. That said, perhaps you aren’t sure where to find the relevant details. Our dental team would be happy to assist. Below, you’ll find a summary of how dental labs make dentures. Reading it should help you grasp the restorations better. If you’d like additional facts, feel free to call our office.

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What are Dentures Made Of?

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Whether partial or full, each denture has a base and artificial teeth. Those two parts form the entire restoration. As proof, consider their listed features:

  • Denture Base –  A denture’s base is the structure that supports its artificial teeth. Typically, it’s made of acrylic, nylon, resin, or metal. Acrylic is often used for full denture bases, as the plastic can match your gums. In contrast, partial dentures may rely on metal clips with an acrylic base.
  • Artificial Teeth – The artificial teeth (per their name) are a denture’s tooth substitutes. They’re usually crafted from lifelike resin or porcelain. Notably, porcelain is more popular due to its toothlike looks.

The Denture Creation Process

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Every denture is custom-made for a patient's unique mouth. Given that fact, dentists must follow a multi-step process to make one. These steps are:

  • Step 1: Our dentists will take a dental impression. From there, they’ll make a plaster model that matches the final denture’s size and shape.
  • Step 2: Our office will send the plaster model to a lab. Next, lab workers will use it to create a wax gumline.
  • Step 3: The lab will set artificial teeth in the wax base. Doing so leads to a prototype denture, which will be used to make the final one.
  • Step 4: The wax denture will go to the dentist for a fitting. After testing, it’ll return to the dental lab to finish the final restorations.
  • Step 5: A worker will boil the denture to remove its wax. They’ll then place it in a flask. This flask will receive plaster and sit in hot water.
  • Step 6: A separator will go into the plaster layer, ensuring the acrylic doesn’t stick. This latter material will be injected into the flask to replace the wax.
  • Step 7: The plaster will be removed to reveal the denture. Later, the restoration will be placed in a bath to remove residue.
  • Step 8: Excess acrylic will be cut from the denture. Said denture will then be polished.
  • Step 9: The patient will have the denture fitted. At that time, the dentist will adjust your denture to work smoothly.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

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When you first start using dentures, your mouth may ache a bit. You could even feel sore and struggle to eat or speak. Still, note that these effects are typical. They’ll fade away quickly once you adjust to the dentures. Your new teeth will then feel like your other ones.

Of course, it’s possible to adjust faster. One way to do so is by exercising your facial muscles. Another method would be eating soft foods for a week. If you’re okay with it, you could even apply an adhesive to keep the dentures in place. These approaches would help your dentures feel familiar in less time.

If your discomfort persists, call our office. There’s a chance the denture itself needs adjustment.

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

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Traditional dentures are a classic way to complete smiles because of benefits like:

Are you ready to restore your complete, confident smile? Give us a call today to schedule your consultation and see if dentures are right for you!

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

Whether you’re missing just a couple or an entire arch of teeth, your mouth is completely unique; as a result, what works for another patient may not work for you. There is no “typical” case, which is why we can’t provide a general quote for the typical cost of dentures. However, we share below what you can expect during our conversation about the cost of dentures, so you can come more prepared with questions about your case. Schedule your consultation with your denture dentist in Rockwall today!

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Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

In order to determine the cost of your dentures, we need to answer the following questions:

  • How many teeth are being replaced? The more teeth that need to be replaced, the higher the cost.
  • Where are the missing teeth located in the mouth? For partials, the location of the missing teeth will affect what kind of clasps or attachments will be used.
  • Does any preliminary work (e.g., tooth extraction, gum disease therapy, implant placement) need to be performed?

Once Dr. Spillman has had a chance to examine your mouth, he can put together a treatment plan customized to you, and we’ll be able to discuss specific numbers.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

It depends on your outlook. In the short term, yes, implant dentures tend to cost more than traditional ones. Implant treatment involves surgically placing the post into the jawbone before having the restorations attached on top. However, when you have a more long-term approach, the benefits of implant dentures far outweigh the cost. In fact, you may even find that they save you money! After all, traditional dentures need to be adjusted frequently and substituted with a new one about every five to seven years. Implant dentures, on the other hand, can go for decades without replacement.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

Generally, insurance companies do cover part of the cost of dentures in Rockwall. Keep in mind, however, that many dental insurance plans do not cover implant placement, only the restorations. We’ll be happy to look through the details of your plan to find ways to save you as much as possible on your traditional or implant dentures.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

What if the out-of-pocket costs are too much for you to pay upfront? You don’t have to worry or postpone getting your replacement teeth because of money issues. We accept payment through CareCredit, a trusted third-party financier. CareCredit breaks up the total into easier monthly payments at a reasonable interest rate. If you qualify, you can even have 0 percent interest! Let us know if you are interested in applying for CareCredit, and we can help you through the process.

Dentures FAQs

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Want to learn more about dentures in Rockwall? Choosing the best way for replacing your missing teeth is a big decision, and we want you to feel confident in whatever choice you make. We invite you to visit us for a consultation, where we’ll be happy to walk you through everything you need to know about dentures and personally answer all your questions. In the meantime, we’ve gathered a few of the most common questions we get about dentures below so you can learn more! If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call !

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Can I Get Dentures Right After Having My Teeth Pulled?

We will always do everything we can to preserve your natural teeth. However, if you have some teeth that are severely decayed or broken, it may be more cost-effective for you to have them extracted and replaced with a full or partial denture. In these cases, you’ll no doubt likely be anxious to get your new dentures right away. However, you will likely need to wait four to eight weeks after having your teeth extracted before we can begin fitting you for dentures. This should give your gums and mouth enough time to heal so we can take accurate impressions and make a set of dentures that fits snugly.

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

When you first get your dentures, it will take some time for your mouth to adjust to them. In most cases, we tell patients to wear their new dentures for 24 hours a day during the first week to help speed that process along. After that however, you’ll need to take your dentures out every night before you go to bed. Overnight soaking is the best way to thoroughly clean your dentures and get rid of any plaque or bacteria that’s built up on them throughout the day. Plus, it will give your gums a chance to rest.

Am I Too Young for Dentures?

It’s no secret that tooth loss becomes more common with age. However, significant tooth loss can happen at any time of life for a variety of reasons! Thankfully, dentures are an excellent choice for adults of all ages who need to replace missing teeth. As long as your jawbone has stopped growing and you’ve lost several (or all) of your teeth, it’s likely that you can qualify as a good candidate for dentures.

Is Wearing Dentures Uncomfortable?

As we mentioned, there is an adjustment period once you begin wearing your dentures. Your gums will need time to get used to the presence of the denture base. It’s not uncommon to experience some slight irritation or soreness in the gums as the tissue adapts. Fortunately, these symptoms should be relatively mild and easy to manage with cool foods and drinks as well as over-the-counter pain relievers. If your discomfort does not ease within a week or seems to be getting worse, give us a call! We’ll take a look to see if there’s an underlying issue or if your dentures need to be readjusted.