Missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures cast a shadow over your day-to-day life. When you talk. When you smile. When you eat.
Let custom-designed dentures from Pendergrass and Wilkie Dentistry in Amarillo, TX, restore your self-esteem and a healthier lifestyle.
Today’s dentures offer a lot of options to improve your life. Let’s look at what’s possible …
Fix More Than Your Smile
A Healthier You
Dentures allow you to eat a healthier, more varied diet, which contributes to your overall well-being and enjoyment of life.
A More Youthful Appearance
When you are missing teeth, the lower portion of your face shortens, leading to sunken cheeks and puckered lips. Dentures can restore the natural fullness of your face.
A Stronger Jaw
Tooth loss causes the bone in your jaw to deteriorate. An implant-supported denture helps avoid this effect because each post acts like the lost tooth's roots and encourages the bone to replenish itself.
Different Types of Restorations
Traditional dentures replace a full arch of teeth, either lower or upper or both. The restoration simply rests on your gums and is easily removed for nightly cleaning and to allow your gums to rest. This type of denture is held in place by natural suction and dental adhesive.
If you are missing several teeth in a row, a partial denture is an appropriate dental solution. Partial dentures are removable and typically attached to neighboring teeth with dental clasps for stability. However, our Amarillo practice also offers Valplast Flexible Partials that don't require clasps and move naturally with your mouth.
The preferred dental solution for missing teeth at our Amarillo practice is implant-supported dentures, which are held in place by titanium posts inserted into your jawbone. Dental implants support the restoration securely so it never slips. An added benefit is that the posts act as tooth roots and help maintain your jawbone. Implants are used to support a single tooth, a dental bridge, or a full arch.
An Important Difference Traditional vs. Implant Dentures ...
How Denture Types Affect Your Oral & General Health
Today's traditional dentures are a wonderful option for people looking to restore their smile. Drs. Pendergrass and Wilkie in Amarillo, TX, use premium materials to create dentures that are beautiful and look just like your natural teeth while also restoring your ability to chew and talk clearly. But the long-term benefits are not as robust when compared to implant-supported options.
Bone Atrophy Risks
Traditional dentures cannot do the one thing that is vital for your continued jaw health: Prevent bone loss. In fact, the constant pressure they apply to gum tissue can actually hasten the loss of bone. Over time, jawbone loss can affect the stability of any remaining teeth as well as your appearance. As your jaw continues to deteriorate, the lower third of your face collapses, adding years to your looks.
Preventing Bone Loss
Implant-supported dentures not only give you a secure smile you will enjoy sharing, but the dental implants themselves preserve the bone in your jaw and maintain a more youthful look. Like a tooth root, they stimulate the jaw, encouraging your body to regrow bone and maintain the strength and stability of your jaw. Implants also ensure your restoration will never embarrass you by slipping or falling out.
Are You Looking to Replace Missing Teeth?
Tooth loss is a common condition. If you are looking for solutions, make an appointment with the dentists at Pendergrass and Wilkie Dentistry in Amarillo, TX, to learn what's possible.
Whether you prefer traditional dentures or want the security of a restoration held in place by dental implants, we tailor your dental restoration to your individual needs and your budget.
"Highly Skilled Dentist" Who Cares About His Patients
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Factors That Affect Denture Cost
You have several options to choose from at Pendergrass and Wilkie Dentistry in Amarillo, TX, and we work closely with each patient to find an option that fits their budget and personal goals. Let's look at some of your choices and what affects pricing:
Traditional removable dentures are typically the most affordable option. Unlike restorations of years past, modern dentistry allows us to craft a more precise fit so your restoration looks and feels like your natural teeth. You should, however, expect to periodically have them relined and refitted, and eventually replaced, as your jaw continues to atrophy.
While more expensive, implant-supported restorations help prevent your jaw from deteriorating and making you look older. In addition, with proper care, implants can last a lifetime. However, the restoration attached to the posts needs to be periodically replaced. Many patients find the convenience and reliability of implants worth the extra investment.
Restoration Size & Materials
Restoration costs will also vary depending on how many teeth you are replacing, from just a few to a full arch. In addition, the materials used in your restoration will influence the price. Options include price-conscious acrylics to more advanced materials such as zirconia. During an appointment, our dentists will go over the pros and cons of each type of material.
To avoid complications, some people will need treatment to improve their oral health before getting fitted for their restoration. For example, periodontal therapy is a common preparatory treatment. Other treatments that can increase costs are extractions and, if you are getting dental implants, bone grafts to strengthen a weakened jawbone.
When Making an Investment in Your Oral Health ... It's Important to Read the Fine Print
Our team understands that dentures are an important investment for our Amarillo and Texas Panhandle patients. That's why, just as with any investment, we recommend you read the fine print when comparing pricing from different places. You want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples to avoid disappointment afterward about the final price or quality. Make sure you consider:
What's the Total Price?
Be sure to find out what services are included with the dentures. Is that lower advertised price just to get you in the door, but then it quickly starts to balloon? Does that low initial price accurately reflect the overall cost? Will the restoration be made from quality materials so it lasts a long time?
We're Here for You at Every Step
As local dentists, we value each and every patient. This is our community and we are committed to doing all we can to ensure we live up to your trust, including giving you the full story about pricing.
Once we are able to provide you with a personalized estimate, we can determine what costs–if any–are covered by your insurance. Implants, for example, are typically not covered.
Our office works with a range of insurance plans and will maximize your coverage. CareCredit financing can be used to break up the remaining portion into manageable monthly payments so you can enjoy a beautifully restored smile on any budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I care for my dentures?
Caring for dentures is similar to caring for natural teeth. Brush your dentures with a denture brush or soft toothbrush daily to remove food and plaque buildup. Use a non-abrasive soap or denture paste, as regular toothpaste is too abrasive. Gently scrub every surface, inside and out. This will help prevent your dentures from becoming permanently stained and allow you to maintain proper oral hygiene.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
While you can wear your dentures overnight, our dentists recommend removing them before you go to bed. This allows your gums and jawbone a chance to rest from the pressure of wearing dentures all day. If you do wear your dentures at night, it is important to take the time to properly clean both your mouth and your restoration. You should never wear your dentures for 24 hours without a proper cleaning.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
While it may take a little time to get used to eating with dentures properly, once you do, you should be able to eat most foods normally. For traditional dentures, a dab of denture adhesive can help stabilize the restoration and make eating hard or sticky foods easier. Implant-supported denture patients have no restrictions and can confidently eat steak, apples, and more. You should avoid chewing gum as it sticks to the acrylic used to make dentures.
How do you know when it's time to reline dentures?
When you notice that your traditional denture is no longer fitting as it should be, it may be time to refit the base of your restoration. This is typically done every one to two years. Our dentists can perform a reline to give your dentures a tighter, more stable fit. We do not recommend attempting to reline your dentures with over-the-counter kits. If you suspect you need a reline, rebase, or repair, contact us and we will be glad to help.
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