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Dentures – White Settlement, TX

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Dentures are an affordable way to replace any number of missing teeth in your mouth. They have a long history of success and continue to earn a place in the list of options for rebuilding your smile.

Dentures are removable substitutes for missing teeth. Full dentures are used when a person is missing all their natural teeth, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth here or there to eliminate gaps and improve chewing. Denture treatment is customized specifically to each patient, and Dr. Lankupalli and Dr. Yamini can help you decide which option works best for you.

Full Dentures

Full set of dentures

Sometimes dental conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease, can become unmanageable. This may lead to the decision to remove your remaining teeth on one or both arches. Full dentures are an economical and efficient way to restore your function and smile.

A complete denture consists of a thin, gum-colored acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue. Porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth built into the base give the appearance of natural teeth. We know that your smile is unique, and Dr. Lankupalli and Dr. Yamini have the experience to help you select the teeth that will look the most natural. This also gives you the option to customize the way you look, whether you want a "new" smile or to recreate the one you had.

While dentures boast a long history of successful use, modern technology offers some options to enhance the way dentures fit and the way you look. In many cases, dentures can be secured more firmly to your jaw with the use of dental implants placed in the jaw. In addition to having greater retention and a more natural look, implant-supported dentures tend to last longer. Dr. Lankupalli and Dr. Yamini can discuss these options and help you understand the ways they can improve your experience with dentures.

Partial Dentures

Samples of partial and full dentures

Whether you've lost one tooth or many, chewing and smiling can become more difficult because of the gaps in your smile. Partial dentures are an economical solution to replace missing teeth, fill in the spaces, improve chewing ability, and restore your confidence to smile. A partial denture will also help keep your natural teeth from shifting, lowering the risk of losing those teeth in the future.

Most partial dentures contain a thin metal framework that is designed with small metal clasps that wrap around the gum line of existing teeth. This allows for a smooth, non-bulky feel. The framework is supported by your natural teeth to provide a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to use and remove. Where teeth are missing, natural-looking replacement teeth are attached, and gum-colored acrylic is used to cover the metal framework. Your mouth and your needs are unique, and Dr. Lankupalli and Dr. Yamini always work with skilled technicians to create a solution that is functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.

With advances in technology, implants can also be used to support removable partial dentures, improving the fit while reducing the bulkiness of the appliance. Dentures inherently bring some challenges, especially to new wearers. Our goal is to minimize the everyday frustrations and keep you as comfortable as possible.

We look forward to discussing your options to make your smile full again and give you back a confident, glowing smile!

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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When preparing to replace your missing teeth with one of the many available options, you may be asking, “What is the expected cost of dentures in White Settlement?” The only way to properly answer this question is to schedule a consultation with our team. Because no two patients are alike, it is necessary that we perform a thorough examination of your smile to adequately determine how much you can expect to pay for your new teeth. Made from different materials, you may be tempted to opt for a less expensive prosthetic; however, this can cause problems later on. At ProSmiles Dental and Orthodontics in White Settlement, you can trust that we will provide a thorough explanation of the various factors that will contribute to your cost estimate, allowing you to make the right decisions about the future of your oral health.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

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When meeting with your denture dentist in White Settlement, we will examine your oral cavity and check to see if you qualify as a candidate for full or partial dentures. To create a thorough treatment plan that includes the various costs associated with your prosthetic, we will consider the following:

  • Preliminary Treatment: Depending on the status of your oral and overall health, you may be required to undergo preliminary treatment to ensure a stable environment for your dentures. These can include bone grafting, periodontal therapy, or tooth extraction. Naturally, these additional services will add to the total cost of your treatment.
  • Materials Used to Create Dentures: The most common material used to create full and partial dentures is acrylic. Used as the gum-colored base of your prosthetic, it will blend in with your natural gum tissue to create a more pleasing aesthetic.
  • Type of Artificial Teeth: Using acrylic or porcelain teeth to pull together your prosthetic, how many you will need will be based on how many teeth are missing from your arch. The more teeth needed, the higher you can expect your cost to be.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

An older man smiling while wearing implant dentures that are secured to his jawbone

The short answer is yes. The upfront costs associated with implant dentures are much more expensive. However, when you compare the benefits and level of maintenance to traditional full and partial dentures, you will discover implant dentures are actually more cost-effective. Not only do you not need dental adhesive to hold them in place, but you will not require frequent adjustments or replacements like you would with regular dentures in White Settlement. You also will not need specialized cleaning products to maintain your prosthetic. Implant dentures fuse with your jawbone to create a solid, firm foundation that can last a lifetime with proper care.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

A dentist going over the cost of dentures with a patient during a consultation

One of the great benefits of dentures is that a portion of your total cost is likely to be covered by your dental insurance company. Depending on the status of your deductible and annual maximum, it is possible they will pay up to 50%, which can significantly lower your out-of-pocket expenses. As always, you should contact your insurer to find out how much they will agree to pay so you can better plan for any remaining costs you will be responsible for in the end.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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If you are uninsured or unable to pay the remaining balance in full, there are still ways you can make receiving dentures affordable. At our dental office, we are pleased to provide our patients with two options:

  • An in-house membership plan that requires patients to pay one flat annual fee for access to basic preventive care and 15% off all other treatments.
  • Flexible financing through CareCredit, which is a third-party company that offers low and no interest payment plans to eligible individuals.

No matter how you need to pay for your dentures, you can trust that our team will be here to help you navigate the process. From identifying how much your dental insurance company will agree to pay to maximizing your benefits and helping you enroll in flexible financing, we will ensure the entire process is stress-free and easy to complete. Simply call our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get started.

Dentures FAQs

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Are you currently wearing dentures in White Settlement or are you in the decision-making process of trying to determine how best to replace your missing teeth? No matter the stage you’re in, at ProSmiles Dental & Orthodontics of White Settlement, our team of expert dentists and staff are here to walk you through every step of the way. Providing clear and transparent treatment information, we want you to feel comfortable and confident about your new smile. This is why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about dentures for you to review. Should you have any additional questions, we invite you to contact our office.


Can I eat normally with dentures?

In the early stages of wearing dentures, you will most likely experience a few difficulties. Your taste buds may be off due to your new fixtures, and you may experience a different type of feeling when you chew; however, this will pass once you’ve become fully adjusted to your dentures. Some tips to help get you through this period include:

  • Eat softer foods (i.e. eggs, fish, cooked vegetables, pudding).
  • If possible, use your back teeth to chew, and try to use both sides at the same time. This will even out the pressure you’re putting on your dentures.
  • Cut larger pieces of food into small bits for easier consumption.

Can I sleep in my dentures?

While you can sleep in your dentures, it is highly advised that you remove them. Why? The reason is that it gives your gums and bone a chance to relax. Plus, this is a great time to soak them, so they will remain moist and ready for the next day. It’s important that you never wear your dentures a full 24 hours without cleaning them properly, so nighttime is often the ideal time to maintain your new smile. Using a denture cleaner before soaking them in water is best.

What is the average cost of dentures?

Unfortunately, there is not a set price when it comes to dentures because everyone is different. Each patient has different needs, all of which factor into the overall cost. Some of the common factors include:

  • Location of the dental practice
  • Timeline of treatment
  • Difficulty of the treatment
  • Number of dentures you will need (i.e. top, bottom, or both)

To determine if your dental insurance company will pay for your tooth replacement treatment, you will need to contact them and review your policy. If you would like for a member of our dental staff to do this for you, we will be happy to work with the dental insurance company on your behalf.

How do you know when it’s time to reline dentures?

Over time, you might begin to notice a change or shift in your jaw. This can result in your dentures not fitting quite as well as they used to. Should this happen, it is time to have them relined. What this means is that your dentist in White Settlement will refit the base of your denture. This process will allow them to fit more tightly and comfortably within your mouth. It will also reduce your chances of experiencing accidental slippage or your dentures falling out.

What’s the average age for getting dentures?

Tooth loss can occur at any age, but it does become more common as we get older. Whether it’s from an injury, advanced gum disease, poor oral health, or certain medical conditions or treatments, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that you’re more likely to need dentures after the age of 40. Their research shows that about 66% of adults between the ages of 40 and 65 are missing at least one tooth, while only 33% of adults between the ages of 20 and 39 have one or more missing teeth. A census taken by the American Dental Associate found that nearly 57% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 wear some form of dentures.

Does it hurt to wear dentures?

It takes time to get used to wearing dentures. During your adjustment period, it’s not uncommon to experience some irritation in your gums and soreness in your jaws. However, symptoms like these should be mild, easy to manage, and relatively short-lived. While every patient’s recovery time will be slightly different, it may take a month or so to feel completely comfortable in your dentures. However, if your dentures continue to feel uncomfortable after this point or the discomfort seems to be getting worse, don’t hesitate to call us! We’ll take a look at your dentures and adjust them to ensure they fit properly.

What should I do if my dentures break, crack, or warp?

Dentures are more durable and reliable than ever before, but they’re sadly not indestructible. If you crack the base, chip a replacement tooth, snap the denture in half, or warp it by accident, you should call us right away. We understand that your smile plays a tremendous role in your everyday life, so we consider broken dentures a non-urgent emergency. When you call us, we’ll schedule an appointment for you so we can see you right away. In the meantime, do NOT wear your broken dentures, as this could make the damage worse or injure the inside of your mouth. NEVER try to repair them yourself with hot glue or any other household product, as these aren’t biocompatible and can make you sick if put in your mouth, even in very small quantities.

How long do I have to wait after having teeth pulled to get dentures?

If you have decayed, unhealthy teeth, we may need to extract them before fitting you with dentures. Once these teeth are removed, you’ll likely need to wait several weeks before we move on with restoring your smile with dentures. Swelling and inflammation is natural after a tooth extraction, which can keep your dentures from fitting correctly. Dentures could also potentially slow down the healing process after extraction. We’ll need to wait until your mouth has fully recovered from the extraction before moving on to fitting you with dentures.

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