Dentures – Skokie, IL
Enjoy a Full Smile with New Dentures
It doesn’t matter how you’ve lost your teeth—gum disease, severe decay, traumatic injury or any other reason. The goal now must be replacement, and dentures in Skokie are an excellent option. Dentures stand in for missing teeth so you can once again smile, speak and eat with confidence. They also help prevent a drooping facial appearance that can make you look many years older.
What Are Dentures?
No doubt you’ve heard people talk about dentures, but what exactly are they? A denture is an oral prosthetic that is comprised of false teeth that are attached to a gum-colored base. Depending on the degree of tooth loss, you’ll either need a full denture to complete your smile after total tooth loss, or a partial that is designed to fill in the gaps when you still have teeth remaining. A partial is held in place with brackets, while a full denture stays secure with natural suction and denture adhesive if necessary. With good care and maintenance, traditional dentures should last five to seven years. Implant-retained dentures last much longer.
There are two types of removable dentures:
- Conventional complete dentures are fabricated and placed in the mouth once remaining teeth have been removed and gum tissue has healed. This can take several months.
- An immediate full denture can be worn right after remaining teeth are extracted. During a preliminary visit, we’ll take measurements of your mouth and jaw, so you won’t have to be without teeth during healing.
The type of dentures that are best for you will depend on your oral health, your budget and your lifestyle.
If you are missing just a few teeth, whether consecutive or not, your dentist in Skokie may suggest a partial denture. There are both fixed and removable partials.
A fixed partial remains in your mouth at all times. It is either attached to healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile or to dental implants. A removable partial attaches to healthy teeth and can be taken out at night for cleaning.
As the name suggests, dental implants secure these dentures in your mouth. The implants are carefully placed along your jaw, usually toward the front in the case of a full denture, where the greatest bone density is usually available. A full denture typically needs four to six dental implants; a partial may only need one or two implants. Implant-supported dentures are frequently used to replace teeth missing along the lower jaw, because dentures here are more likely to slip if not firmly secured.
Cost of Dentures
Whether you’ve lost just a few teeth or a whole mouthful, dentures can bring back your smile and allow you to live life to the fullest once again. However, you might be hesitant to go through with the treatment until you’ve learned more about how much they cost. In the following section, we’ve provided some helpful information on the cost of dentures in Skokie.
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Types of Dentures
The primary factor affecting the price of dentures is the specific type of denture you plan on getting. It should go without saying that a full denture usually costs more than a partial, and implant-retained dentures cost more than their traditional counterparts. The material your denture is made from can also impact the cost. During your consultation, we’ll examine your situation and lay out a personalized cost estimate based on these factors.
What Are the Stages of Denture Treatment?
This answer also depends on the type of denture you’re receiving. In many cases, a traditional full or partial denture can be placed in just a couple of appointments: one to capture impressions, and another to fit the final denture into place. However, you may also need to attend follow-up appointments to adjust the fit, which could increase your cost.
Sometimes, you may need to undergo preparatory work before dentures can be placed. One or more teeth may have to be extracted, or you may have to get treatment for gum disease. These procedures can also affect your total cost.
If you’re getting an implant-retained denture, there are many more steps to the process. After any necessary preliminary procedures, dental implants are surgically placed in your jaw. You’ll then wait several months as the posts fuse to your jawbone, after which your denture can be secured atop the implants. It should be noted that dental implant placement, as well as any sedation used during the procedure, raises your cost considerably.
Are Dentures Worth the Investment?
We definitely think so! Without your natural teeth, your jawbone loses strength, as well as its ability to support your facial muscles. You might appear older than you actually are due to the premature wrinkling this causes. Dentures, especially implant-retained dentures, can prevent this process.
Plus, dentures allow you to chew practically any food again. Instead of sticking to a soft food diet, which is often not the healthiest choice, you’ll be able to eat a wide variety of nutritious meats, fruits, and vegetables.
Lastly, dentures look natural enough that you can smile confidently again. And can you really put a price on a beautiful smile?
Does My Insurance Cover Dentures?
There is no definitive answer to this question because every insurance plan is different. Generally, most plans consider dentures to be a major restorative procedure. As such, they will typically cover about half of the cost of dentures.
At North Shore Family Dentistry, we welcome virtually all dental insurance plans. We’re happy to navigate the details of your policy and maximize your benefits while minimizing your out-of-pocket costs. If you need additional help funding your new teeth, we can help you apply for a low-interest payment plan through CareCredit.
Are you considering replacing your lost teeth with dentures in Skokie? If so, there’s a good chance you have a few questions – and we can help with that! Our expert team members here at North Shore Family Dentistry have compiled some common questions about dentures and answered them below. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for in the following section, feel free to contact us and ask!
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Do I Still Need to Visit the Dentist If I Wear Dentures?
Yes! Even if you have lost all of your original teeth and now wear a set of full dentures, you should still visit us at least twice a year for a checkup and cleaning. These routine appointments are great opportunities for our dentists to examine the fit of your dentures and determine if they need to be adjusted or replaced. Plus, they can detect oral health issues, such as gum disease or oral cancer, early on, making treatment easier and more cost-effective.
Can I Sleep While Wearing My Dentures?
In general, it’s a good idea to take your dentures out before bed. You should never let 24 hours pass without cleaning your dentures in some way, so nighttime is the perfect opportunity for that. Let your dentures soak in a glass of denture cleaning solution or room-temperature water. Otherwise, they could dry out and lose their shape, causing them to not fit correctly. Soaking your dentures every night will ensure your smile stays in great shape.
Will My Dentures Make Me Gag?
Custom-made, well-fitting dentures should not cause gagging. However, your jawbone naturally changes shape over the years after you have lost teeth. As a result, your dentures might not fit as comfortably as they used to. They may become too loose and shift around, touching the back of the tongue or throat and triggering the gag reflex. If applying a bit of denture adhesive doesn’t fix the problem, then give us a call. We can decide whether a reline will help.
Remember, when you first receive your dentures, it may take a while for you to get used to the way they feel. If this adjustment period lasts more than a few weeks, we might need to reevaluate your dentures.
How Much Will My Dentures Cost?
Dentures are among the most affordable tooth replacements available today. Because every smile is unique, the cost of dentures varies from patient to patient. Your price can be affected by several factors, which may include:
- The number of teeth you want to replace
- The materials the dentures are made of
- Whether you’ll require any preparatory work like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy
- Whether you’re getting dental implants
- Your level of insurance coverage
If you would like help understanding your insurance plan or how you’re going to pay for your dentures, just ask us! We’re happy to navigate the details of your policy and maximize your benefits while minimizing your out-of-pocket costs.