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Dentures – Little Rock, AR

For Full and Partial Tooth Replacement

While dentures have been around for literally hundreds of years, that doesn’t mean the dentures you receive today will be anything like what previous presidents or century-old civilizations used. They have come quite a long way since then in both function and esthetics, so you can feel confident about your future smile. Little Rock Family Dental Care is more than prepared to design and create a personalized denture for you and your family members, so don’t hesitate to call us today to schedule your first appointment!

 Why Choose Little Rock Family Dental Care for Dentures?

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Even if dentures can be an ideal solution for your tooth loss, you’ll still need to undergo an initial consultation with our team before moving forward with the treatment. Your dentist will thoroughly assess your oral situation, including your gum health, jawbone density, and the number of teeth that you’re missing. If we do find that you’re eligible for the process, we’ll be able to offer you a completely personalized and natural-looking prosthetic that you can be proud to use and show off! Read on to learn if you’re a good dentures candidate or reach out to us today if you want to schedule your appointment.

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Effects of Missing Teeth

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Before starting your tooth-replacement treatment, it can benefit you to understand the causes of tooth loss as well as the consequences of not replacing your missing pearly whites. Some of the most common reasons this issue occurs include tooth decay, periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, and accidental injury. Other particular systemic problems can also result in missing teeth.

Once you’ve lost some teeth, it’ll be especially crucial that you replace them as soon as possible. Not doing so can lead to further complications down the road. In many cases, your remaining teeth can start to shift out of place to fill the gap, your gums might begin receding, and your jawbone can start to weaken and deteriorate. Other effects may involve trouble speaking, difficulty chewing, facial sagging, and reduced self-esteem.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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Virtually any person who is missing pearly whites to any degree can receive dentures in Little Rock. Whether you’ve suffered severe tooth loss, sensitive teeth, or dental decay, this treatment can be an incredible solution for you. That said, having sufficient jawbone mass and healthy gum tissue is a prerequisite for this tooth-replacement method.

Since dentures can come in various shapes and sizes, we’ll need to verify the number of teeth that you’re missing to determine the type that you’ll get. The most common options our team offers are partial dentures, full dentures, and implant dentures. These prosthetics are generally more cost-effective than other treatments, meaning you likely won’t have to break the bank to work within your budget.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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If you aren’t currently a good candidate for dentures, it doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be out of restoration options. You can also explore our alternative tooth-replacement solutions, including:

  • Dental bridges – Missing one or several teeth in a row? If so, dental bridges may be the best option to choose. This restoration utilizes the healthy adjacent teeth on either side of the gap to support it, allowing you to have a full bite again.
  • Dental implants – Instead of relying on nearby teeth or the gum line, we can embed titanium posts into the jawbone to provide an incredibly stable foundation for your new smile. By serving as your new permanent roots, you’ll regain 80% or more of your natural chewing power without worrying about your new teeth slipping out. Though this procedure has a higher cost, the results can last several decades to a lifetime with proper care!

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Partial Dentures vs. Full Dentures

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When you’re considering traditional dentures (outside of implant-retained versions), you have two options to consider. The solution you choose will largely vary depending on what your specific needs might be. These options include full dentures and partial dentures.

Full Dentures

When you have lost all of your teeth in a given arch (or both of your arches), a full acrylic and ceramic denture is the most appropriate solution to restore your smile. This denture is held in place via the natural suction of your gums as well as the shape of your mouth. In the beginning weeks of using your denture, you may need to use denture adhesive to ensure stability and help your mouth adjust to its presence.

Partial Dentures

Made from a metal base and given ceramic restorations to replace teeth, partial dentures are designed to fit inside of your mouth much like a puzzle piece. Instead of replacing the entire arch at a time, they only fill gaps throughout the mouth, ideally gaps on opposing sides. They also rely on metal hooks that wrap around teeth to stay in place.

If you are missing several teeth throughout your mouth or have no remaining teeth whatsoever, a denture just might be for you!

Benefits of Choosing Dentures

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When you use a denture to replace teeth, you can completely restore your smile, giving you newfound confidence along the way. Not only can you make yourself look much younger, but you can eat far more foods that you could not eat before. This makes it easier to build a balanced diet and get the nutrients you need to maintain whole-body wellness. Dentures are also quite affordable considering the number of teeth they are capable of replacing.

The Treatment Process for Dentures

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When you arrive for your consultation, one of our dentists will closely examine your mouth and confirm which type of denture would best meet your needs. Afterwards, they’ll remove any remaining teeth that are no longer viable and get an impression of your mouth so that a denture can be created. After about two weeks or so, you’ll come back to our office to have the denture fitted and placed. Our dentists will make sure to go over tips to take care of your denture, how to practice at-home oral care, and more.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Your financial situation should never stand in your way of replacing your missing teeth. We strive to keep dentures affordable for everyone. While various factors influence the cost of dentures in Little Rock, they generally range from $750 to $1,500. We provide the solutions you need to rebuild your smile without breaking the bank.

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Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Every mouth is unique, so a one-size-fits-all denture would be uncomfortable. Instead, your denture is custom-made to fit your mouth like a glove. After examining your mouth and learning more about your preferences, we will create a personalized plan to treat your tooth loss. Although every plan differs, you can expect your estimate to include:

  • Preparatory Procedures: It’s not uncommon to require a little prep work, like tooth extractions or periodontal therapy.
  • Type of Denture: The type of prosthetic will affect the cost, as well as the number of teeth and arches you are replacing.
  • Materials: Discount materials can cost more in the long run. Focus on quality to ensure your investment lasts.

Your dentist will review all your options to help you make the smart choice for your smile. Rest assured, you’ll know exactly what you will have to pay before committing to anything.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Implant dentures are more affordable than many people realize. Although you may pay more upfront, they are the most cost-effective method. Dental implants can last for decades with the right maintenance, unlike traditional dentures, which need replacing every 5 to 10 years.

Not to mention, dental implants will keep your jawbone strong to improve your oral health. You’ll avoid many issues associated with tooth loss to lower your dental expenses long-term. You can’t put a price tag on the benefits you’ll gain from an implant denture. You will enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth with the help of your denture dentist in Little Rock.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Every insurance policy differs, but most dental insurances can be used to offset the amount you pay for dentures in Little Rock. Most plans consider them a major service, so they are covered about 50% after meeting your deductible. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to file the required forms to maximize your annual allowance. We will explain how your coverage is being used and if you owe any remaining balance.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Besides using your dental insurance, we offer various financial solutions for any out-of-pocket expenses, including:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all traditional payment forms, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Special Offers: Ask us about any current patient specials.
  • Third-Party Financing: Pay for your denture using monthly installments through a third-party financing company, like CareCredit.

If you are concerned about paying for your denture, or you are ready to request your consultation, contact our office today. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile.

Dentures FAQs

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Do you have a few questions you would like answered before committing to dentures? Our team at Little Rock Family Dental Care would love to help! For answers tailored to your unique smile from our knowledgeable staff, contact our office to schedule a one-on-one appointment. However, if you would simply like a bit more information before reaching out, read on for a few frequently asked questions.

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Will My Dental Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?

Since dental insurance helps make the cost of even the most extensive treatment plans more affordable, it’s not surprising that many patients wonder whether their coverage includes dentures. If you’ve asked yourself something similar, then you’ll be happy to know that many insurance providers cover 50% of restorative treatments! However, since each plan is unique, it is a good idea to read the fine print of yours and reach out to their team with any questions you have.

How Should I Clean My Dentures?

Dentures typically last between five and ten years. Although, many patients enjoy theirs for much longer thanks to proper care and maintenance! To prolong the lifespan of yours, make sure to clean them daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture-friendly toothpaste. Like your natural teeth, make sure to gently scrub each surface to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria. It is also a good idea to soak them overnight in a special cleaning solution to preserve their shape and disinfect them.

When Should I Replace My Dentures?

If your dentures break, no longer fit, or it is simply time, then they should be replaced. At your routine visits with our team, we will conduct a dental exam, check their structure, and ensure they fit correctly so they continue to look and feel as natural as possible. However, if we notice any warning signs, like excessive movement, then we will suggest having them replaced.

What If My Dentures Break?

Although dentures are crafted from high-quality, durable materials, they can break. Therefore, it is a good idea to always handle them with care and carry them in a soft cloth when transferring them. However, if yours crack or shatter on the floor, do your best not to panic. Instead, safely gather the pieces and contact our office. From there, we can schedule an appointment to have them repaired or to custom-make a new one.

Are There Any Food Restrictions with Dentures?

As you adjust to your dentures, it is a good idea to take it easy with food. Start with soft foods that don’t require excessive chewing, like yogurt, soup, and scrambled eggs. Once you build your proficiency, you can begin to transition back to your previous diet. However, foods like red meat, crackers, and raw carrots increase the risk of irritation and inflammation, so you should continue to stay away from those foods when possible. If you have any questions about specific items, don’t hesitate to contact our office!