A denture is a trusted and dignified tooth replacement option. People have been replacing lost teeth with dentures for centuries, and dentures have only gotten better with time. Today’s dentures are so comfortable, so dependable, and so natural-looking that someone could wear a denture for years, and their friends would never know it. You’re now facing the prospect of replacing your own teeth, and you want to know if you’re a good candidate for dentures.
You may be an excellent candidate for dentures if you:
- Have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw to support a denture
- Need to replace several of your teeth, if not all of them
- Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
- Don’t suffer from dry mouth
- Can clean your dentures and your mouth at home
- Can visit us for routine exams so that we can check your denture
How can you take good care of your dentures so that they last you a long time? We will teach you everything you need to know to keep your dentures in good shape. We’ll show you how to clean them and store them safely, and we’ll check their fit during your routine checkups. Our Allentown dental team will also carefully check your oral health to make sure that the gums under your dentures and any remaining teeth you have are staying healthy.
Here’s how to clean your dentures at home:
- Take your dentures out every night to give your mouth the chance to rest
- Brush your dentures with a soft toothbrush or denture brush to remove debris
- Soak your dentures in a cup of warm water (with or without a denture cleanser)
- If your denture has metal parts, don’t soak it in anything other than water
- NEVER use hot water to clean your denture, as this can warp the acrylic
- Clean and massage your gums with a soft toothbrush or clean cloth
- Brush and floss any remaining teeth you have
- Keep your dentures stored in water any time they are not in your mouth
The Cost of Dentures in Allentown
In Allentown, dentures cost anywhere from $1,300 to $2,800. A set of implant-supported dentures can cost up to $30,000. The cost of dentures varies so greatly because each denture is unique to each individual patient.
The total cost of your denture will be determined by several factors including:
- Which type of denture you need and how many teeth you need to replace
- Whether you need to have teeth extracted beforehand
- Whether you get dental implants to help retain your denture
- The kinds of diagnostic imaging you need to plan your treatment
Visit our dental practice for a dental exam and denture consultation. We will provide you with an accurate estimate of the cost of your care after we have the chance to examine your mouth and help you find out which kind of denture will work best for you.
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to schedule an initial exam & denture consultation.
During your first visit, we will evaluate your oral health, check the fit of your bite, answer your questions, and discuss your tooth replacement options. In short, we want to gather all the information we need about your dental health needs and smile goals to help you choose the right tooth replacement solution.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can replace one or two missing teeth with a dental bridge, a fixed restoration that attaches to your natural teeth with dental crowns. You might also choose to replace individual teeth with dental implants, or get implants to support a denture or permanent bridge.
Traditional dentures generally last anywhere from five to ten years. How much use you get out of your denture will depend on how well you take care of it and how much the shape of your denture changes over time.
Your dentures will be fine if you occasionally fall asleep while wearing them, but it’s best to have a habit of taking them out at bedtime. Removing your dentures and letting them soak will give your gums the chance to rest, and it prevents bacteria from growing under your dentures at night.
Your dentures will be properly seated if the upper denture is suctioned securely against the roof of your mouth without feeling too tight. A lower denture is looser because it rests on your gums with the help of gravity, but it should feel stable, neither too loose nor too tight, and it should allow you to speak and eat without pinching or chafing your gums. A partial denture should rest on your other teeth without falling out or interfering with the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. If you have implants for your denture, then your denture will have a little ‘bounce’ to it, but the implants will keep it securely in place and help you avoid uncomfortable slipping or chafing.
Avoid hard foods like uncooked carrots, popcorn, nuts, and seeds as these can be hard to chew with a full denture. Sticky caramels and chewing gum can also cause problems if they get stuck on your denture, so you’ll want to limit those, as well. In general, dentures allow you to enjoy a wide range of foods, and cutting your food into bite-sized pieces before you eat will make it easier to chew all of your favourite items.