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Dentures – Eatontown, NJ

Regain Your Missing Pearly Whites

Millions of Americans are struggling with tooth loss, whether it’s a few of their teeth or an entire arch. If this is something you’ve experienced, then you understand how difficult normal tasks can be, such as talking, eating, and smiling. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for this situation. Our team at NU Dental Eatontown can easily replace your missing teeth with lifelike and durable dentures. These prosthetics can give you back both your smile as well as your confidence! Keep reading to learn more about dentures or give us a call to schedule your appointment.

Why Choose NU Dental Eatontown for Dentures?

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

a pair of plastic teeth on the dentists desk

Nearly everyone who is missing one or more teeth can be a candidate for dentures. Of course, our team will need to consider several factors, including your oral health, any underlying issues that need treatment, and your commitment to maintaining your smile. If you have any problems like gum disease or decay, we’ll have to resolve them before moving forward with your treatment. Once you’ve returned to oral health, we can develop a personalized plan for renewing your smile.

Types of Dentures

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Dentures can come in many shapes, sizes, and types. After we’ve assessed your situation, we’ll determine which of the following kinds of prosthetics would be best for you.

Partial Dentures

a set of partial dentures on wax teeth

Patients who are missing only some of their pearly whites might be eligible for partial dentures. This type is designed to fit between teeth like a puzzle piece, allowing you to replace those in different parts of your smile.

Full Dentures

a pair of traditional full dentures

This is the most common type of denture, which is meant to help replace all of the teeth on one or each arch. Unlike partials that are held by clasping onto natural teeth, these prosthetics are kept in place via suction with the gum line.

Implant Dentures

an example of implant dentures

If you wish to have the best stability for your new teeth, then implant dentures might be your best choice. These prosthetics will be anchored to your jawbone via dental implants. This process does involve minor surgery, but the results can last decades to a lifetime with proper care!

The Benefits of Dentures

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Dentures come with a wide range of benefits for you and your smile, including:

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Before you actually try dentures, you likely want to know their price. These prosthetic teeth can’t help if they don’t fit your budget. However, the cost of dentures varies from patient to patient. You’ll need to consult our dentists for a precise estimate. Once you have, our office will strive to make care affordable. We’ll even explain your dentures’ cost factors and payment options. If you want the details, just keep reading or call us soon !

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Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Ahead of denture treatment, our dentists will perform a quick oral exam. Doing so lets them assess factors that affect your treatment cost. Among these, the most common ones are:

  • Preparatory Services – Before wearing a denture, you may need preliminary services. (Such work ranges from tooth extractions to gum disease therapy.) If so, you can expect a greater expense.
  • Type of Acrylic Base – As it happens, a denture’s base can use varying kinds of acrylic. Treatment will cost more or less based on the type you get.
  • Quality of Replacement Teeth – A denture’s artificial teeth are acrylic or porcelain. The acrylic ones are cheaper but short-lived. In contrast, porcelain teeth cost a lot and last longer.

Given the factors above, remember: cheap dentures aren’t good. They rely on subpart acrylic and inferior tooth materials. Therefore, make sure your denture is of high quality!

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Technically, implant dentures do cost more upfront. That said, they have benefits that justify this higher price.

You see, implant dentures use dental implants. The latter are titanium screws that act as substitute tooth roots. Once placed in your jaw, they slowly fuse with it until they become permanent. That being the case, dentures attached to implants don’t slip or fall.

At the same time, an implant denture is a wise investment. Its implants can last 15-30 years with proper care. In other words, this denture often lasts longer than a regular one. That means fewer repair or replacement visits.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

A dental patient reviewing their dental insurance

Thankfully, dental insurance does cover dentures. Most plans view the prosthetics as medically necessary. As such, they typically cover up to 50% of a denture’s cost.

Of course, there are exceptions. Some dental plans have limited or non-existent denture coverage. For that reason, you should confirm your benefits before treatment. We’ll happily help you do so if you’d like.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Even if you lack insurance, other ways can make dentures affordable. The most notable of these are a practice’s payment options. If you select the right one, dentures can be quite budget-friendly.

Just look at Nu Dental of Eatontown, for example. We provide:

  • Membership Plans – For a flat annual fee, you can join one of our office’s membership plans. These arrangements would give you major discounts on denture treatment.
  • CareCredit Financing – Our office works with CareCredit, a third-party financier. With their help, you could pay for dentures in monthly installments. You’d be able to meet the treatment price over time.

For more facts on denture costs, book a consultation at our office! We’ll happily make your prosthetics pretty and affordable.

Dentures FAQs

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What is the Average Age for Dentures?

True enough, tooth loss can happen at any age. However, it still occurs more often for older patients. Those in their late 40s and early 50s are likeliest to be first-time denture wearers.

Current research supports this truth. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 66 % of adults aged 40-64 lack at least one tooth. Similarly, the American Dental Association found that over half of those aged 65-74 wear dentures.

Of course, you can still get dentures in your younger years. The need for them may increase with age, but young and old alike can be denture candidates.

How Long Will You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Your Teeth Are Pulled?

Typically, the wait for dentures after tooth extraction is 6-8 weeks. That said, the exact timing depends on the denture you get. Certain kinds require your mouth to recover more for placement.

For example, consider immediate dentures. These kinds can be placed right after an extraction. (As such, they have the nickname of “same-day” dentures.) Given this trait, they’d let you enjoy eating and speaking right away. Still, these dentures may not fit your underlying bone and gums well.

In contrast, implant dentures involve a longer wait. They won’t fully work until 4-6 months after placement. Once that period ends, your implants will have properly fused with your jaw.

What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?

Dentures may act as replacement teeth, but they aren’t exactly like natural ones. There are foods you should avoid when wearing them. You may hurt your restored smile or oral health if you don't.

In particular, you shouldn’t eat the following:

  • Sticky Foods – If you chew things like peanut butter or gummy candies, your dentures could get pulled out of place. Food bits would then get trapped and irritate your gums.
  • Foods with Small Pieces – Items like popcorn kernels, shelled nuts, and sesame seeds have small pieces. As such, their tough bits might get stuck around your dentures and damage them.
  • Hard Foods – Chewed carelessly, nuts, popcorn, carrots, and other hard foods can break dentures. You should thus avoid them as best you can.
  • Tough Meats – Steak and pork chops require much chewing, straining your dentures and gums.

Can You Kiss with Dentures?

Honestly, yes – it’s entirely possible to kiss with dentures! Even so, you’ll need time to adjust to how the act feels.

Remember, dentures are artificial; they don’t have nerves like real teeth do. Therefore, you have to be cautious when kissing with them. You might kiss too hard or bump your partner’s teeth otherwise.

Luckily, you can speed up the adjustment. Just practice kissing gently when you’re wearing dentures. That way, your prosthetic teeth won’t shift out of place.