Dentures – Lawrenceburg, IN
Regain a Full, Gleaming Smile
Are you tired of dealing with the inconveniences of missing teeth? Dr. Brian C. Oyler and Dr. Erin Ballard can design custom dentures that fit snugly to restore our patients' oral function and appearance. Modern materials in dentistry make dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than in previous years. Our dentists can discuss your esthetic preferences, and together, you can choose the perfect tooth size and shade that restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. To learn more about how dentures in Lawrenceburg can help you regain a full, gleaming smile, contact Oyler Family Dentistry today!
Why Choose Oyler Family Dentistry for Dentures?
- Long-Lasting Implant Dentures Available
- Comfortable Dental Office Atmosphere
- Several Flexible Dental Financing Options
Types of Dentures
Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, oral health needs, and personal preferences, you can receive one of the three main types of dentures:
A full denture is most likely what you picture when you think of dentures. An entire arch of artificial teeth is attached to a pink acrylic base, which rests on your gums and stays in place with natural suction and/or adhesive cream. Full dentures are typically designed to be removed when it’s time to clean them.
Also called partials, partial dentures fill the empty spaces in your mouth when you still have some natural teeth left. Secured behind remaining teeth with inconspicuous metal clasps, partials complete your smile like the missing piece of a puzzle. Like full dentures, they may also be removed for maintenance.
For a more reliable, durable tooth replacement, a full or partial denture can be anchored onto a small number of dental implants. These titanium posts are surgically inserted into the jaw, where they fuse with the bone to create a sturdy foundation for your replacement teeth. Implant dentures renew more chewing power, last longer, and do not slip around in your mouth. Plus, they can be fixed in the mouth or removable based on your preferences.
Benefits of Dentures
You’ll soon find that replacing your missing teeth with dentures comes with a host of benefits, such as:
- A tried-and-true method that has rebuilt millions of people’s smiles
- A more youthful facial appearance
- Filling gaps in your grin that would otherwise cause your remaining teeth to drift out of place
- Boosted confidence and self-esteem
- An easy-to-maintain restoration
- An affordable solution that does not require oral surgery
Are Dentures Right for Me?
Most patients who have lost most or all of their natural teeth make good candidates for dentures. If your jawbone is not strong enough to support dental implants, dentures can make a good alternative. That said, you’ll need to be willing to still maintain your oral hygiene and clean your dentures regularly to keep your smile in good health. We can discuss your eligibility for dentures during your consultation and come up with a smile solution that’s right for you!
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
At Oyler Family Dentistry, patients who come to see us for dentures can expect a personalized appointment that discusses everything from eligibility requirements, the process of producing the prosthetic, as well as the cost of dentures in Lawrenceburg. Because no two patients are alike and each case is different, our team will use several factors to determine the overall cost for treatment. We will also help individuals maximize their dental insurance benefits as well as provide flexible financing through CareCredit or enrollment in our dental wellness savings plan.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures
As you contemplate how much you can expect to pay for your new dentures in Lawrenceburg, it’s important to note there are 3 unique factors Dr. Oyler will consider:
- Preliminary treatments such as tooth extraction or periodontal therapy before moving forward with denture creation
- The materials used to create the base of the denture (acrylic) and how it will be matched to the shade of your gum tissue
- Materials used to create your artificial teeth, which are typically crafted from acrylic or porcelain
If you find a professional who offers dentures at a cheaper price, be wary. Lower quality materials are not always the best, especially when it comes to crafting these prosthetics. Paying a bit more for high-quality solutions will ensure you get to enjoy your smile longer and avoid more frequent adjustments and replacements.
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
It is possible that Dr. Oyler will discuss the possibility of implant dentures. Yes, they are more expensive than traditional dentures; however, the investment you’ll make upfront will actually save you in the long run. With these prosthetics, you can enjoy greater stability, functionality, and longevity. Instead of replacing your teeth every 5-10 years, implant dentures can last 30 years or longer with proper maintenance. Also, they work to stimulate the jawbone because they truly mimic the natural tooth structure from the root to the crown.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Most dental insurance companies will agree to cover a portion of your denture treatment. Because it is considered a restorative service, your insurer may cover 50-80% of the total cost, which means outstanding cost savings for you! Of course, much of this is dependent upon whether you’ve met your deductible and if you have enough of your annual maximum remaining. Our team at Oyler Family Dentistry will be happy to review your plan and maximize your benefits. We’ll also file any necessary paperwork and claims on your behalf, so you can focus more on your future smile and less on the financial stress that can come with it.
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
To help with any remaining expenses you incur with your denture treatment, or if you are uninsured, your denture dentist in Lawrenceburg is pleased to provide two alternative options for payments:
- Dental Wellness Savings Program – For a one-time annual fee, you can receive access to high-quality dental care. Along with preventive services, you can also receive exceptional discounts on other available treatments.
- Flexible Financing – With CareCredit, you can enroll in a low or zero interest plan that allows you to break up the cost of your treatment into monthly installments.
If you’re still curious about dentures in Lawrenceburg, you’re in the right place. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any specific concerns. A friendly team member will always be happy to provide you with the information you need. Until then, we’ve included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dentures. Read on to learn more!
Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?
When you first get dentures, it will take some time to get used to speaking with them. This is because you’re so used to speaking with your natural teeth. The time it takes to adjust to talking with dentures will vary from person to person, but usually, the more you practice, the faster you’ll be able to get used to your prosthetic smile. Due to changes in your palate, you may have a lisp with dentures at first. However, once you learn to correct these changes, the lips will go away. For practice, try to read out loud and speak slowly. Denture adhesive can also help you speak by giving your smile extra stability.
Can I Have My Dentures Relined if They Don’t Fit Properly?
The shape of your dentures can change over time due to natural wear and tear, which is why they often have to be relined or repaired. It’s also common to need dentures refitted after your gumline or underlying bone structure starts to transform. We will perform a soft reline if your gums appear to be sensitive to the pressure of your dentures. We can add extra cushion to the prosthetic so it doesn’t cause irritation. If more extensive changes are necessary, we will recommend a hard reline, which will involve multiple visits because we must send your dentures to a lab. It’s important to note that insurance often does not cover the cost of a reline.
Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?
It’s vital to brush and rinse your dentures daily but this should not be done with toothpaste. This item is abrasive, and it can actually leave microscopic scratches on the surface of your dentures, seriously damaging them over time. For the same reason, avoid using a hard-bristled toothbrush to clean your prosthetic. You can clean your dentures with hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid, however there are also specialized denture cleaners. Be sure to clean your dentures after every meal to keep them looking and feeling great.
How Much Does It Cost to Have Your Teeth Pulled and Get Dentures?
Your cost will depend mainly on how many teeth need to be extracted as well as how complex the extractions are. Usually, surgical extractions will cost more than simple ones. For full dentures, you must have all your teeth removed, however this is unnecessary for partial dentures. If you’re going to get implant dentures, the cost of your implant surgery and restoration must also be accounted for. To get a precise estimate for your extractions, please contact our office for a consultation with one of our experts.