Dentures – Fort Smith, AR
Designing the Perfect Smile
If you’re like 35 million Americans, you probably never expected to suffer extensive tooth loss, but now you’re living without any teeth. Although they have a bad reputation, dentures in Fort Smith are an affordable and effective solution for designing the perfect smile. They’ve gone through several improvements over the years to become more lifelike, durable, and comfortable than ever before. You deserve to have a complete, confident smile that you’re excited to show off, and with full or partial dentures from New Smile Dental, you can! Read on to learn more about this classic restoration and give us a call today to schedule your consultation.
Why Choose New Smile Dental For Dentures?
- #1 Compassionate Dentist with Over 25 Years of Experience
- #2 High-Quality Materials for Beautiful & Durable Dentures
- #3 Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible Financing Available
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
If you’re interested in discovering if dentures are the right choice for you, we encourage you to come visit us for a consultation. Practically any adult suffering from moderate to severe tooth loss can qualify as a good candidate for dentures. However, before moving forward, we’ll need to make sure your mouth is healthy. If needed, we’ll help you treat issues like gum disease and decayed teeth to get you ready for dentures.
Types of Dentures
Custom dentures for Fort Smith, AR dental patients are removable dental appliances designed as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. They closely resemble real teeth, often to the point where most people cannot tell the difference. At New Smile Dental, we’re proud to offer a variety of dentures to fit your unique needs and preferences:
If any natural teeth remain, partial dentures are the best choice. These only replace the teeth that are missing and are intended to fill in the gaps in the patient's mouth. Like a puzzle piece, they’re designed to fit around and between the remaining teeth to complete your smile. Small metal wires and clasps wrap around the existing tooth structure to hold them in place.
Full dentures are needed when no natural teeth remain. True to their name, they are intended to completely replace an entire arch of missing teeth. For these restorations, a full row of replacement teeth are set into a gum-colored acrylic base. The base is carefully designed from impressions of the patient’s mouth to achieve a precise, snug fit, which creates a natural suction that stabilizes the denture.
Immediate Full Dentures
Sometimes, a patient will need to have broken or decayed teeth removed before being fit for dentures. Conventional dentures are made after all the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has fully healed, which can take four to six weeks. On the other hand, immediate dentures are prepared in advance and placed as soon as the teeth are removed. These have the advantage of providing the patient with a new set of teeth right away once teeth are extracted, but since the dentures are used while the gums are still healing, they must be adjusted as the surrounding tissues heal and shrink.
Conventional dentures last about 5 to 7 years before needing to be replaced if you take the time to care for them properly. If you want a more permanent option, we can stabilize your denture with dental implants. Titanium implant posts anchor your denture to your jawbone to give you the next best thing to your real teeth. With the right aftercare, your dental implants should never need to be replaced to make a long-term investment in your smile. We’ll help you determine if implant dentures are right for you during your consultation.
The Benefits of Dentures
- Regain the ability to comfortably eat a wide, varied diet
- Support the facial muscles for a more filled-out appearance
- Short, minimally invasive treatment offers results that can last for years to come
- Beautiful, durable, and natural-looking dentures thanks to high-quality materials
- Feel confident about smiling and speaking once again
Choosing the best way to replace your missing teeth is a big decision. At New Smile Dental, we always want you to feel confident about whichever service you choose, so we’ll be happy to answer all your questions over the phone or during an appointment. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about this classic tooth replacement option below so you can learn more. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
There isn’t a set fee for dentures because their cost is determined by several factors, such as if you need additional procedures, the type of denture needed, and your dental insurance. Many insurance policies cover a portion of their cost, but you’ll need to review your individual plan. We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to reduce the amount you need to pay. We offer several payment options to cover any remaining balance, like third-party financing with CareCredit. We’ll help you complete your smile without breaking the bank.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures In?
Technically, you can sleep in your dentures; however, it isn’t recommended. You should never wear your them for longer than 24 hours without maintaining your oral hygiene routine. It’s best to remove your dentures at night to give your gums and mouth time to relax. When your denture isn’t in your mouth while you’re sleeping, it’s best to soak it in a denture solution to keep it moist. This also kills any harmful bacteria that can lead to complications, like unpleasant odors.
Do Dentures Hurt?
After getting your dentures, it will take time to adjust to them. You might have some minor discomfort, but it will subside within a few days. The more you wear them, the shorter the transition period. If you develop any pain after you’ve had your dentures for a while, you might need to have them adjusted. Contact our office to have the issue resolved quickly to avoid causing irritation or injury to the gum tissue.
Is It Difficult to Remove Dentures?
Your dentures will stay in place for regular chewing and speaking, but they should be easy to remove if you use the right adhesive. Typically, you only need 3 to 4 pea-sized dabs per arch to hold your denture in place. If you’re having difficulty removing it, try using a damp washcloth, wet toothbrush, or a piece of gauze.
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