Need to Replace Missing Teeth?
For patients who are missing several or all of their upper or lower teeth, dentures, and partials offer a great, long-term solution. Aside from the physical difficulties, losing your teeth has serious emotional effects. Dentures and partial dentures can restore your smile and restore your confidence and quality of life.
Affordable Dentures For Missing Teeth in Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville dentist, Dr. Alexander carefully designs dentures that fit comfortably and securely in your mouth. Our practice proudly provides affordable dentures and related denture and tooth extraction services under one roof. Advances in materials and technology ensure that today’s cosmetic dentures look natural, allowing you to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Full dentures are used to replace all of the upper or lower teeth, while partial dentures are made to fill gaps in the smile. Dentures can either be removable or fixed. Fixed dentures are secured in place with dental implants.
Affordable Implant-secured Dentures
When possible, Dr. Alexander prefers to use implant-secured dentures for patients with multiple missing teeth. While implant-supported dentures require a significant investment initially, the long-term benefits help offset financial concerns.
Benefits of Implant-secured Dentures:
- Better fit and retention
- No risk of slippage
- Helps to maintain bone structure
- Many existing dentures can be converted into an implant-supported denture
- Eat any foods with confidence
The teeth play an important role in the appearance of the face and people who are missing teeth often look older than they are. Without a healthy tooth structure, the lips and cheek will sag or droop. Replacing teeth can have a significant effect on the appearance of a patient. In addition, once a patient has lost a tooth, the bone structure begins to deteriorate.
Dental implants help to retain the bone structure and avoid unwanted problems in the future. Learn about the benefits of dental implants if you’re missing teeth.
Am I the right candidate for same-day dentures?
Most patients who have a row of missing teeth can qualify for same-day dentures. This depends on how healthy your mouth is otherwise. For example, underlying oral health issues, such as periodontal disease, will be addressed first before dentures treatment. It is rare for someone to be turned down for dentures. We can also provide you with alternative options.
Does the denture procedure hurt?
No. Your mouth will be numbed for your comfort and to alleviate any pain you might be experiencing before the procedure. We can also offer oral sedation options for your comfort and for those who need dental anxiety relief.
Will my new dentures require a denture adhesive to keep them in place?
Most patients getting new dentures do not require the use of a denture adhesive to keep it in place. Your new denture is custom-made to fit snuggly in your mouth. If your current old denture moves around too much, it’s time to get a new one.
Do implant dentures last longer than regular dentures?
Dentures secured by implants can last longer than removable dentures. Dental implants ensure restorations like dentures last longer because they secure the denture with support from artificial tooth roots. Implant-secured dentures stay in place and offer a better quality of life because they allow patients to eat and speak without their restoration slipping.
Do you have to lose all of your teeth for dentures?
No, although we can provide complete dentures if you are missing all of your teeth, you do not need to lose all of your teeth for dentures. However, if you have remaining teeth that are severely decayed or damaged, we will remove them before denture treatment. We also provide partial dentures for patients missing rows of teeth who do not need to restore their tooth arches.
Does dental insurance cover dentures?
Most types of dental insurance will cover a portion of denture treatment. After you provide us with your insurance and we thoroughly examine your smile, we will determine the estimated cost of your dentures.
Dental implants or dentures: which is the best option?
The restorative options for replacing a missing tooth – or teeth- are dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants. In most cases, unless a patient is not a good candidate, Dr. Donald Alexander frequently recommends dental implants.
Dentures can offer patients natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable for cleaning and can be adjusted for fit as needed. However, this feature can also cause discomfort for many patients who may find it difficult to eat certain foods due to slippage. Additionally, over time, the jaw bone may begin to recede, and dentures will begin to feel loose and uncomfortable.
Dental implants, while more costly upfront, offer many long-term benefits and provide a natural-looking AND functioning replacement for lost teeth. Anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post, a dental implant acts much like a natural tooth. The post can also help to preserve jaw bone, minimizing bone recession that naturally occurs when a tooth is removed.
Dr. Alexander will place a custom-made crown on the post once it heals which will feel secure and blend with surrounding natural teeth. Implants do not require patients to watch what they eat because they are permanently attached to the bone!
Patients with ill-fitting full dentures often choose to replace them with implant-secured dentures. Dr. Alexander permanently secures the dentures with strategically placed implants. No more slipping dentures or adhesives to deal with!
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you have missing teeth or are about to lose your teeth, please contact our Jacksonville dental office for a free consultation with Dr. Don Alexander. We will review your condition and recommend various treatment options for replacing your missing teeth. We will explain dental implants vs. dentures as well.
During the consultation, we’ll review the cost and length of treatment as well as payment options and dental insurance. Request your consultation online or call our office at 904-901-4302 for more details.