Full & Partial Dentures for Missing Teeth Replacement
In addition to negatively impacting the aesthetic appearance of your smile, the loss of teeth can compromise your overall physical and oral health and cause additional issues to develop, such as jaw joint pain, change in your bite, the loss of bone, and remaining teeth to drift or shift. The loss of a teeth can also inhibit your ability to eat and speak, and over time cause your face to sag, causing you to appear older. Dentures provide an affordable and comfortable way to restore you back to a full smile, improve functionality, and protect your gums from developing additional issues.
At Dental Serenity™, we offer a comprehensive range of dental procedures, from common treatments like fillings or root canal therapy, cosmetic treatments like veneers or teeth whitening, emergency care, restorative procedures like dental implants and full mouth reconstruction, and denture services. To ensure you are comfortable and have as enjoyable an experience as possible, we also offer sedation dentistry so you can remain calm and receive the care you need.
If you are interested in learning more about the quality services we offer, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for dentures or see if you are a candidate for other tooth replacement options like dental implants, contact our office at 703-445-9600, stop by our clinic located at 17181 Wayside Dr., Dumfries, Virginia, or schedule an appointment online.
Steps Involved in Getting Dentures
It is important to be aware that getting dentures is a process that happens in stages. During your initial appointment, we will review of your medical history to assess risks and avoid unnecessary complications and discuss what your treatment goals and expectations are. X-rays or other diagnostic exams will also be taken to assist with diagnosis and inform your treatment plan. If your jawbone and surrounding teeth are healthy, you may be a good candidate for other treatment options, like dental implants or implant supported dentures.
If it is decided that dentures are the right treatment for you, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to take dental impressions of your gums and remaining teeth to ensure that your dentures are customized to your particular mouth. We will also determine the length of your new teeth by reviewing the relationship between your lower and upper jaw to ensure that your dentures are the ideal fit. Prior to making this impression, it may be necessary to extract a tooth or teeth and allow the gums to heal, after which the impression can be made, and the dentures can be placed. During this healing process, we can provide immediate dentures that can be worn until your full denture has been fabricated.
Once you begin wearing your full denture, it is common for the dentures to feel loose, experience soreness or mild irritation, and have an increase in saliva flow. Over time, the muscles of your tongue and cheek will learn to keep the dentures in place and these issues should correct themselves. If these problems persist, contact our office to schedule an appointment for an examination to identify and correct the underlying issue.
To prolong their longevity and ensure maximum comfort, it is important to follow these guidelines when caring for your dentures:
- Never place dentures in hot/boiling water, as doing so can cause them to warp. Instead, place them in room temperature water or a denture cleanser solution to preserve the shape, prevent it from drying out, and keep it pliable.
- Clean your denture daily by brushing and soaking the denture using a nonabrasive denture cleanser to prevent the accumulation of stains, plaque and calculus.
- Replace your denture when necessary. Common indications that a denture needs to be replaced include chronic inflammation, significant reticence on your part to wear the denture due to discomfort or an ill fit, the denture has been damaged, cracked, discolored, or missing, or if it has been more than five years since your denture was fabricated.
- Continue scheduling regular appointments, even if you are not experiencing any issues with your dentures. These regular exams allow us to examine your mouth and determine if your dentures are still fitting properly and identify and address other health issues that may develop.
What is the Cost of Dentures?
The cost of dentures will depend on a variety of factors, including whether it is necessary to perform a tooth extraction first, diagnostic exams, and whether you are covered by dental insurance. If you do have dental insurance, your final bill will be determined by your dental insurance coverage, co-pay requirements, and annual deductibles.
Our clinic is in network with most PPOs and accepts all insurance plans. We also offer interest free financing through Lending Club, and CareCredit, or you may consider joining our Dental Serenity Membership Club to save money on treatment and simplify your payments for preventative care. To learn more about Dental Serenity Membership Club, click on the following link: https://dental-serenity.illumitrac.com/
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
Dentistry with a Gentle Touch
At Dental Serenity™, we understand that visiting the dentist can cause concern and anxiety, which is why we do everything we can to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one. To help provide you with as enjoyable an experience as possible, our office is fitted with free high-speed wireless internet, flat screen TVs in all of our treatment rooms, soothing music to put you in a relaxed state, aromatherapy, and neck massagers in our waiting room. We are also committed to providing you with services when you need them most, which is why we offer early morning and late evening appointments throughout the week.
To schedule an appointment for dentures, contact us today. We look forward to providing you with the best dental care possible delivered in a comfortable and calm environment by professionals who are committed to ensuring that you receive the personalized care you deserve!