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Restoring Norwalk Smiles with Comfortable Dentures

These are not your grandparents’ dentures. If you have missing teeth, you’re not alone. More than 45 million Americans currently wear full or partial dentures. Dentures have served to replace the form and function of our teeth for centuries; however, modern dentures have come a long way in their ability to replace your natural teeth. Advanced dental materials and modern fabrication methods can create dentures that are more comfortable, more durable and better fitting than your grandparents’ ever thought possible. Today, we can offer you a much more natural choice of colors for artificial teeth and gums. In addition, new processing and impression taking methods can ensure the best possible fit, better functioning, and increased reliability.

Do Your Dentures Need Adjustment?

All dentures are made from materials that are softer than your natural teeth, so they eventually need adjustment or replacement. After your teeth have been removed, your mouth can naturally change shape over time. Even losing weight can change the shape of your mouth. To make sure that your dentures continue to fit properly, it is vitally important that you visit your dentist at least once a year to have them checked. If you’ve noticed any changes in the way your dentures fit or perform, we’ll be happy to make any necessary adjustments, or get you a new set of dentures. Either way, we’ll have you eating and smiling confidently again sooner than you think.

Dentures Appointments in Norwalk, OH

Missing teeth and improperly fitted dentures can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Properly fitted dentures will help you to eat comfortably, speak clearly, and increase confidence and self-esteem. We are dentures experts. When you make an appointment with us, you can rest assured that the highly qualify team at Sommers Family Dentistry has the tooth replacement solution that fits you, perfectly. 

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Every tooth is invaluable to your oral and general health, as well as your self-esteem. If your smile has been overcome by tooth loss, nothing should prevent you from replacing your missing teeth. Various factors affect the cost of dentures in Norwalk, but we strive to keep them affordable for everyone. We’ll rebuild a beautiful, functional smile with the high-quality prosthetic you deserve.

Factors that affect the Cost of Dentures

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Every smile and situation differs, so there’s not a one-size-fits-all denture. As a result, there’s not a flat rate for a new set of teeth. After examining your mouth and learning more about your goals, your denture dentist in Norwalk will create an individualized strategy to restore your smile. While every plan is unique, you can expect your estimate to include:

  • Preparatory procedures
  • Type of denture
  • Number of arches
  • Materials

Although everyone likes to save money, you don’t want to pinch pennies when investing in dentures in Norwalk. The saying is true, you’ll get what you pay for. Don’t worry, we’ll help you choose the best materials to ensure your new smile lasts for many years with the right maintenance.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Dental implants are more expensive upfront than traditional prosthetics; however, they are the most affordable long-term because they never have to be replaced. With the implant posts acting as new tooth roots, they’ll keep your jawbone strong and healthy to avoid common oral health issues caused by tooth loss. You’ll reduce your overall dental expenses to save even more money down the road. Despite common belief, implant dentures are affordable for people from all walks of life. The process of placing dental implants is performed in multiple steps, each with separate fees. You won’t have to pay a lump sum, making it easier to budget your treatment. Not to mention, our office offers various financial solutions to replace your missing teeth without draining your bank account.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Most dental insurances can be used to offset the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket. After reaching your deductible, your benefits can cover up to 80% of the cost of certain steps in your plan. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your coverage to lower the cost of your new smile. A member of our team will take the time to explain how your coverage is being used and if there’s any remaining balance.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Besides using your dental insurance, we accept several payment options to keep dentures affordable, such as:

  • Traditional Payments: Our office accepts all traditional forms of payment, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Third-Party Financing: Pay for your new smile using monthly installments through a third-party financing company.

We will review all your options, so your financial situation never stops you from completing your smile. If you have questions about paying for dentures, or you’re ready to schedule your consultation, contact our office today.

Dentures Aftercare

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As a form of tooth replacement, dentures can restore your smile. (Why else would you get them?) Still, they won’t work well without proper care. Dentures need regular upkeep to fill out your grin. Otherwise, they’ll just fail early and cause oral issues. That said, Sommers Family Dentistry can help you: here are some amazing tips on caring for dentures. Read them over to ensure your new smile lasts a while! For any other details, feel free to call our office.

Removeable Dentures

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Remove After Eating

Firstly, rinse your dentures after each meal. You’ll keep food bits and plaque from sticking to them that way. With fewer of these “leftovers” present,  your risk of dental issues will decrease.

All that said, don’t use hot water for the rinses. Overheated liquids can warp denture material. If you aren’t careful, a steamy rinse will distort your denture’s fit.

Clean Your Restoration

Aside from post-meal rinses, dentures also need once-daily cleaning. The latter removes germs and debris that running water might miss.

These denture cleanings are simple enough. For starters, take the prosthetics out of your mouth. You should then brush them with a toothbrush and hand soap. (At this point, don’t use regular toothpaste; it’s abrasive and harms dentures.) Lastly, soak them in a solution if you have time. From there, rinse the dentures before putting them back in your mouth.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

Dentures are durable, but they aren’t invincible. They can easily break when put under enough force. Therefore, keep your new teeth safe when they’re not in use.

Typically, there are a few good ways to protect dentures. One is to place a towel in your sink during the daily cleanings. (In doing so, you’d cushion the restorations from falls.) On the other hand, you might store them securely in a case or container. This move keeps kids or pets from messing up the artificial teeth.

Remove Dentures When You Sleep

Even if they seem lifelike, you shouldn’t wear dentures to bed. In fact, you ought to remove them before you hit the hay. You can then store them in a soaking solution overnight.

You see, using dentures overnight is harmful to the body. The habit restricts your gums’ circulation and results in tissue irritation. Worse yet, wearing dentures to sleep raises your tongue’s plaque levels, increasing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, etc. It also makes you more likely to get pneumonia.

Notice Changes

Once you start wearing dentures, monitor both them and your mouth. Either could develop changes that your dentist must address. Such things may include mouth sores, gum irritation, and infections.

Most importantly, see a dentist if your dentures don’t fit well or get damaged. Trying to fix them yourself would only complicate things. Meanwhile, a qualified dentist will know how to refit or even replace the prosthetics.

Denture FAQs

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Do you suffer from extensive tooth loss? If so, you’re probably looking forward to getting dentures in Norwalk. Not only can they rebuild your smile, but they can restore your confidence as well. Before committing to treatment, you likely have several questions about the process. At Sommers Family Dentistry, we want to be as helpful as possible throughout your journey, which is why we’ve decided to answer some of the most popular questions we receive from patients. If you’d prefer to speak directly with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appointment !

How Long Will You Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Your Teeth Are Pulled?

The average wait time between teeth extractions and getting dentures is about six to eight weeks for most patients. Of course, the exact amount of time varies from person to person and depends on the type of denture in question. It may seem like a long time, but it’s necessary to allow your gums to heal and ensure the dentures fit properly. Immediate dentures can be placed on the same day as an extraction, but they’ll need to be switched out as the shape of your jawbone changes while you heal.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

Believe it or not, the requirements for each type of denture (i.e., partial, full, implant) are different. Let’s take a look at what qualifies someone for each one:

  • Partial Dentures – These are ideal for patients who still have most of their teeth. Generally, people lose a few teeth because of oral disease, malnutrition, or an accident.
  • Full Dentures – These are recommended for patients who’ve already lost all of their teeth or don’t have enough healthy teeth worth saving.
  • Implant Dentures – If you have a sufficient amount of jawbone density to support dental implants, you can get them and have dentures attached on top.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

Do you need to have teeth extracted before getting dentures? If so, you’ll likely experience some discomfort after your oral surgery. You can manage it by taking prescribed pain medication as directed and using cold compresses. When you first receive your dentures, you may experience mild irritation while your mouth adjusts to the appliance. It’s worth noting that it can take months for the discomfort to fade. Of course, since every patient is different, the exact amount of time will vary on a case-by-case basis. If your pain worsens, contact our team right away for assistance.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

When you first get your dentures, you may have a hard time speaking because you’re so used to talking with your natural teeth. The quicker you adjust to the oral appliance, the faster any speech alterations will fade away. Some exercises you can try to speed up the adjustment process are reading aloud, repeating difficult-to-pronounce words, and having more conversations with family and friends.

Meet the Doctors
Norman C. Sommers, DDS
Adam P. Sommers, DDS

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