Full & Partial Dentures – Mount Pleasant, SC
Reclain Your Complete Smile
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 Partial Denture?
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 with your existing teeth. A partial is normally secured with clips or brackets, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable.
What is a Full Denture?
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 may require denture adhesive to hold them in place.
Implant-Supported Dentures and Partials
Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want to deal with clips or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. In a brief surgery, an oral surgeon can secure a few dental implant posts to hold your dentures firmly in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel safe and sound.
Thanks to advances in modern dental technology, today’s dentures are more comfortable and lifelike than ever before. They can restore your smile and biting power to nearly what it was before you lost your teeth. However, it’s perfectly normal to have some questions about the details of how they work and how to maintain them. That’s why we’ve gathered this list of denture FAQs and answered them for your benefit. If you have a question about dentures that isn’t answered somewhere on this page, just call us and ask!
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
There is no set price for dentures because every case is different. The total cost of your new teeth will depend on a few different factors, such as which kind of dentures you’re receiving and whether you’ll need any preliminary procedures like gum disease treatment.
During your consultation, we’ll provide a price estimate based on your unique situation and discuss your payment options so you can achieve a brand-new smile without breaking the bank. If you don’t have dental insurance, we also partner with CareCredit, a third-party financing option that allows you to pay for your treatment with little or no interest.
When Will My Dentures Need to Be Replaced?
Modern dentures are made from high-quality materials that allow them to last a long time. However, no denture is designed to last forever, except for implant-retained ones. When you’re missing teeth and don’t get them replaced with dental implants, your jawbone naturally begins to deteriorate. Your bone and gums begin to shift, causing dentures to lose their shape every five to ten years on average.
What Should I Do If My Denture Feels Loose?
As your jawbone shrinks over time, it’s perfectly normal for your dentures to feel a little loose. Losing or gaining weight can also make them change their fit. If your dentures don’t fit as comfortably as they used to, it’s time to see us so that we can reline them. Normally, this needs to be done every couple of years as part of your regular denture maintenance. Getting your denture relined on time can even extend its lifespan. In the meantime, while you wait for your appointment, you can try using a little denture adhesive to keep it in place.
Should I Wear My Dentures at Night?
When you’re missing teeth, you’d do anything to feel like you have your natural teeth back all the time. As a result, many people don’t want to go back to feeling the gaps in their mouths at night, and wish to wear their denture while they sleep. However, studies have shown that it’s best to remove it for at least eight hours a day. This gives your gums and jawbone a chance to rest after holding the denture in place all day. It also allows you to clean your mouth and denture to prevent bacteria and plaque from building up and causing gum disease.
When your denture isn’t in your mouth, it should be soaking in a glass of lukewarm water or denture cleanser. This will prevent your new teeth from drying out and losing their shape.