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Dentures – Northborough, MA

Reliable, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement

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Dentures have already helped generations of patients to regain their lost teeth. Modern dentures are even more comfortable, functionable, and reliable than their predecessors. If you have lost multiple teeth, this treatment may be a viable option for you. In the following sections, you will learn more about what dentures are, how the treatment process works, and what you can expect from this type of tooth replacement.

Why Choose Northborough Dental Associates for Dentures?

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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At Northborough Dental Associates, we offer a number of tooth replacement solutions, including beautiful and functional dentures. This treatment might be right for you if you have lost multiple teeth and face daily inconveniences due to your condition. As long as your mouth is healthy enough to support a prosthetic, our team may be able to provide you with an attractive new smile in a matter of weeks! Continue reading below to learn more about candidacy for dentures.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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Tooth loss can occur for various reasons, including decay, gum disease, and injury. Regardless of why you have an incomplete smile, you may face some challenges due to your condition. For example, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance due to gaps between your remaining natural teeth. Your cheeks might look hollow, causing you to appear older than you really are. You may also find it difficult to eat a variety of nutritious foods. Many people with missing teeth even have trouble speaking with clarity and ease. Fortunately, dentures may be able to help with all such issues.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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You might be a candidate for dentures if:

  • You have lost multiple teeth throughout one of your dental arches. If you have only lost one or two teeth, a different treatment may be more suited to your circumstances.
  • Your gums and jawbone are healthy enough to support a prosthetic. You should be free of active gum disease and other conditions that might interfere with your ability to wear a denture.
  • You want an efficient and cost-effective tooth replacement solution. Traditional dentures are one of the lowest-priced ways to replace missing teeth.

Alternative Tooth Replacement Options

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If dentures are not quite right for you, you may qualify for an alternative tooth replacement solution, such as:

  • A fixed bridge. A fixed dental bridge has a crown on each end, which get attached to the teeth that surround the site of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is supported by the crowns in order to “bridge” the gap. Bridges are sturdy and can last for a decade or longer.
  • Dental implants. Implants get surgically placed into the jawbone, where they serve as prosthetic tooth roots. They can support crowns, bridges, and dentures. We often recommend implants as the best form of tooth replacement because they are incredibly strong and can last for decades.

How Dentures Work

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The denture treatment process begins with a consultation. Your dentist will assess your oral health and explain your tooth replacement options to you. If traditional dentures are right for you, you may need to undergo extractions or other treatment before you receive your prosthetic. Once your mouth is ready for dentures, we will take impressions of your gums and any remaining natural teeth. A laboratory will then create your custom denture. When your denture is finished, we will coach you on how to use it and care for it.

What Are Full and Partial Dentures?

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There are two main categories of dentures:

Benefits of Full and Partial Dentures

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Some of the most noteworthy benefits of full and partial dentures include:

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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In general, dentures are a relatively affordable form of tooth replacement. The exact cost of your denture will depend on a few factors, including the materials used to make it and how many teeth you are replacing. In many cases, dental insurance is willing to cover at least a portion of the cost of dentures. Low-interest financing is also available for most patients.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Some factors that may affect the total cost of your denture treatment include:

  • Preparatory care. If you require tooth extractions or gum disease treatment before you get dentures, they can add significantly to the cost of your care.
  • The base of dentures is usually made of acrylic, whereas the teeth may be either acrylic or porcelain. The specific type of materials used, as well as their quality, have a bearing on price.
  • The type of denture. Full, partial, and implant dentures all come at different price points.

If you ever come across a deal for “bargain” dentures, be very wary. Many patients have been sorely disappointed by such supposed deals. It is best to choose high-quality care right from the outset of your tooth replacement journey.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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The upfront cost of implant dentures is significantly higher than that of traditional dentures. The price difference is due to the fact that the implant denture treatment procedure requires more time, money, and materials to complete.

Despite the relatively high cost, implant dentures are an excellent investment that might actually help you save money in the long run. They have the potential to last for many years. Traditional dentures, on the other hand, usually need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years or so. Their cost can add up very quickly over time! Plus, implant dentures offer superior functionality, strength, and other outstanding benefits.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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In most cases, yes, dental insurance does cover dentures. Usually, they are deemed a major procedure, so up to 50% of their price may be covered (up to the amount of your policy’s annual maximum). Our team welcomes many different insurance plans, and we can help you figure out how your benefits apply, as well as what your out-of-pocket obligation will be. We will do everything we can to help you maximize your insurance.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Beyond insurance, there are a few provisions that you might be able to use to make your dentures easier to afford:

  • Essential Dental plan. This discount plan, designed for patients without insurance, provides reduced fees for almost all of the services available at Northborough Dental Associates.
  • The majority of patients are eligible for low-interest financing through a third-party lender, such as CareCredit or Sunbit. Our team can help you with the application process.

Are you interested in learning more about dentures and their cost? Contact our team today to request your tooth replacement consultation!

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