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Bartlesville Dentures & Partials

Senior woman in dental chair pointing to smileFollowing advanced tooth loss, it’s important to begin the tooth replacement process immediately. When you’re missing numerous teeth, your whole body health is at risk. The simplest daily task like eating meals or smiling are suddenly difficult or impossible. At Dentistry by Design, our dedicated dentists and dental team are here to help you with all of your restorative dentistry needs, including the creation and placement of partial or full dentures. If you’ve lost several missing teeth or a full row of missing teeth, please call to schedule a consultation visit with us in our Bartlesville dental office right away. We look forward to helping you put the smile back on your face.

Why is Tooth Replacement Important?

Smiling senior couple outdoorsFollowing extensive tooth loss, you should begin the tooth replacement process immediately. The longer you go without replacing teeth, your oral health becomes further diminished. You may experience the loss of gum tissue volume or jawbone density. Every lost tooth impacts the rest of your smile, and if you haven’t already lost all of your teeth, not replacing missing teeth increases your risk for further tooth loss. 

What are Partials?

Smiling senior man in dental chairPartial dentures, often referred to simply as partials, are used to fill in the gaps left by extensive tooth loss. A partial can be used to replace any number of consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. A gum-colored base material is molded to fit snuggly between any remaining teeth. Then, replacement teeth are attached to the base. The entire partial is held in place by metal clasps attached to remaining teeth.

What are Dentures?

Senior couple brushing teethFull dentures are crafted, like partials, using a gum-colored base material to support a full row of replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining teeth to support the denture, these prosthetics rely on natural suction between the gums and base material to hold them in place. When properly fitted, full dentures should remain firmly in place, but some patients find it reassuring to use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their denture. For maximum security, you may want to consider a dental implant supported partial or full denture. These restorations look, feel, and function more like your healthy, natural smile, and can restore 70% or more natural chewing ability compared with just about 20% with traditional dentures.

How do I Care for my Denture?

Your partial or full denture will need to be cared for properly to ensure you maintain the best fit and function as long as possible. You’ll need to remove your dentures to brush them before going to sleep. Then, store your partial or full denture in water or cleaning solution overnight. Before you replace your dentures in the morning, you’ll need to rinse off any cleaning solution. You should also brush and floss any remaining healthy teeth at least twice each day. If you are completely without teeth, you should clean off your soft tissue by brushing gently and/or use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to remove any plaque buildup or foreign debris on the soft tissue.

Dentures FAQs

Are you thinking about getting dentures in Bartlesville to replace your missing teeth? These long-lasting prosthetic teeth offer patients a plethora of benefits, such as reliability and affordability. However, they also come with a lot of questions, especially if you’ve never worn them before. Whether you’re a first-time denture patient or you’re simply curious about how they work, we’ve decided to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dentures down below.

How Often Will My Dentures Need to Be Replaced?

Even with the numerous advancements made in dental technology in recent years, no pair of dentures is designed to last forever. On average, your dentures will have to be replaced every 5-10 years. This is because when you’re missing teeth, the shape of your jawbone will change shape over the years, causing dentures to lose their snug fit. You can get your prosthetic adjusted a few times, but eventually you’ll have to replace it entirely.

After Getting Dentures, How Often Will I Need to Visit the Dentist?

There’s a common misconception that once you’ve received dentures, you don’t need to see your dentist for checkups anymore. However, this is certainly not true. You’ll still need to see Dr. Lumpkin on a regular basis of at least twice a year, or every six months, just like you did when you still had all of your natural pearly whites. These visits will ensure your dentures are still in good condition and aren’t causing sores or irritation. Dr. Lumpkin can also catch early warning signs of infection or oral cancer while treatment is still relatively easy.

When Should I Get My Dentures Relined?

As long as you attend your regular checkups with Dr. Lumpkin, he should be able to determine when your dentures need to be adjusted. In between appointments, if you notice a shift in your jaw that makes your dentures not feel quite right in your mouth, it may be time to bring them to our office and have us refit the base. This will create a snugger fit, minimizing the risk of accidental slippage and maximizing their comfort. 

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

The price of dentures will vary based on your individual needs. Every patient differs. For example, some patients only need dentures on the top or bottom, while others are missing teeth on both arches. Some of the factors that may influence the cost of your dentures include:

  • How many teeth you need replaced
  • The materials used to craft your dentures
  • Whether you require any pre-denture treatment, such as tooth extractions
  • The estimated timeline of your treatment

Our team is more than happy to take a look at your insurance policy to make the most out of your benefits and reduce your out-of-pocket costs as much as possible.

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