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Dentures – Park City, UT

Recover Your Missing Teeth

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Why Choose Park City Dentistry for Dentures & Partial Dentures?

  • Removable & Implant-Retained Prosthetics Available
  • Custom-Designed for Each Patient
  • Designed to Look Great & Last for Decades

A smile just isn't a smile if it's incomplete. Missing teeth cause a host of problems, from difficulty speaking and eating to low self-confidence to jawbone deterioration. Don't give up on your smile. Advances in dental materials and technology have made full and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever.

What is a Full Denture?

Full denture prior to placement

A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and they require denture adhesive to hold them in place. Traditionally, they are removable to allow for easy cleaning and maintenance. Once in place, they will dramatically improve a patient’s ability to eat and speak. With the proper care, one can easily last for a decade or more.

What is a Partial Denture?

Partial denture prior to placement

A partial denture, commonly referred to as simply a partial, consists of multiple teeth on a gum colored base. The teeth are not in a row but rather spread across the base to fit like a puzzle piece within your existing teeth. A partial is normally secured with clips or brackets, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable. The big advantage of partials is that they can replace both consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth at the same time, and typically, the remaining teeth don’t have to be altered at all to make room for the prosthetic.

Implant-Supported Dentures and Partials

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Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clips or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. In a brief surgery, an implant dentist can secure a few dental implant posts to hold your dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel safe and sound.

Denture FAQs

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Dentures in Park City have been used for generations to restore healthy, beautiful smiles. They are a tried-and-proven method to treat significant tooth loss; however, they are a big commitment. Dr. Calderwood will take the time to explain everything during your denture consultation. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions while you wait for your appointment.

Can I sleep with my dentures in my mouth?

Initially, Dr. Calderwood will recommend wearing your dentures for a full 24 hours, even while sleeping. You’ll need to get in the habit of removing them nightly after that. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, your dentures restrict blood flow to your gums. Your gums can become inflamed and sore without time to get the nutrients they need to recover. Taking your dentures out before bed gives your soft tissues a break to get ready for the next day. Your mouth is also a dark, moist environment, which is ideal for harmful oral bacteria growth. Removing your dentures nightly allows you to combat oral bacteria to keep your mouth and body healthy. You’ll also keep odors at bay and promote the lifespan of your denture. Before heading to bed, brush your denture and place it in an overnight soaking solution to neutralize bacteria.

Does an upper denture always cover the palate?

An upper denture that covers the palate can affect the way food tastes. Thankfully, you have more options than ever to choose from when designing your denture. There are palate-less options, which have a horseshoe shape. It will look like the denture used for the lower arch or along with dental implants. Your denture dentist in Park City will explain all your options to pick the perfect style for your new smile.

Can I use superglue on a broken denture?

Modern dentures are made of high-quality material, making them more durable than ever. However, your denture can get damaged, especially after a few years. You can’t go without your teeth, but don’t reach for superglue if your denture breaks. It contains chemicals that can be toxic or cause allergic reactions. Not to mention, superglue doesn’t hold up too well in moist environments like your mouth. As a result, it will only provide a temporary fix. It’s better to leave the mending for the professionals. Contact our office right away to have your denture repaired or replaced.

Do I use toothpaste to clean my dentures?

Although dentures can’t decay, you still need to clean them; however, don’t use regular toothpaste. Toothpaste and other abrasive dental products can cause microscopic scratches on your dentures. Bacteria and food particles can get trapped in the tiny crevasse, which will affect the appearance of your denture. It can also lead to unpleasant odors and shorten the lifespan of your prosthetic. Instead, it’s better to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid to brush your dentures at least once daily. Don’t forget to rinse your dentures after every meal.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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As life-changing as dentures can be, part of you might be worried about whether you’ll be able to comfortably afford your new teeth. Dr. Calderwood understands that, and our team will be able to address your concerns when you visit us for a consultation. You’ll be happy to know that dentures often receive some level of coverage from dental insurance, and we also offer financing options if you need additional help. Below, you’ll find some vital information that you should consider before getting dentures.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

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The cost of dentures in Park City varies for each patient, but it primarily depends on three factors:

  • Any preparatory work that needs to be done before the denture can be worn (for example, one or more teeth may need to be extracted).
  • The type of denture you’re getting, whether that be a full, partial, or implant denture.
  • The materials used to create the denture, usually acrylic for the gum-colored base and porcelain or acrylic for the replacement teeth.

Keep in mind that a cheaper denture is not always better! If you find an extremely cheap denture, it’s likely made from subpar materials that are uncomfortable and/or break down easily. For something that you’ll wear every day and use to eat, speak, and smile, good quality is essential!

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Yes, implant dentures cost more than traditional dentures. In addition to purchasing your prosthetic itself, you’ll need to pay for the dental implant posts and their surgical placement. (Luckily, Dr. Calderwood can perform this procedure in-house, so you can avoid specialist fees.)

However, implant dentures are an investment worth making. Because your new teeth are secured onto posts that are rooted in your jawbone, they stay in place without adhesives and restore more chewing strength. They enable you to smile confidently without worrying about slippage and eat a full, nutritious diet. Not to mention, they can last for 30+ years with the right care, whereas regular dentures need to be replaced every seven to ten years at most, which can rack up more costs over time. Coupled with the day-to-day benefits of implant dentures, it’s easy to see why they’re worth every penny!

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Dental insurance providers typically view dentures as a major restorative procedure, so they’ll often cover 40-50% of the cost. Of course, this is by no means a guarantee; the details of your specific plan may vary. Before we begin your treatment, our team will gladly look over your insurance benefits to ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of coverage possible. While we’ll file claims for out-of-network plans, we can provide in-network savings for patients with many of the country’s leading plans, including Aetna, Cigna, and Delta Dental.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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If your insurance doesn’t cover enough of your treatment costs, or if you don’t have insurance at all, we have another way of providing affordable dentures in Park City. We have partnered with CareCredit, a third-party financier that offers low- to no-interest monthly payment plans for medical and dental care. Our team can assist you with the application process so that you can enjoy replacement teeth that fit within your budget.

Are you still curious about how much dentures cost? Dr. Calderwood can answer all of your cost-related questions and more when you see him for a dentures consultation. Click here to schedule yours!