Dentures – Longmont, CO

Restore Your Smile After Major Tooth Loss

Dentures have been around for centuries, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t improved since then. In fact, modern dentures are more natural-looking than ever, especially when paired with dental implants. Keep in mind that just because you are missing all your teeth in one or both arches does not necessarily mean that you have to suffer in silence. Our highly personalized prosthetics at Coats Dental Group are designed to not only look natural, but drastically improve your quality of life. Give us a call today to find out which denture can best suit your needs!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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When you’re missing most or all of your teeth, you quickly realize how difficult certain tasks become. Basic functions like chewing the foods you want, speaking with friends and family, and even smiling can feel like a chore. If you are missing most of your teeth, there’s a pretty good chance that dentures are right for you. However, if you are only missing one or multiple consecutive teeth, you may want to consider other tooth replacements like bridges or dental implants. Furthermore, you should not have any existing dental disease (i.e. tooth decay or gum infection). If you do, these issues should be handled first.

Types of Dentures

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The best way to confirm which denture is right for you is to speak with our dentists directly, but in the meantime you can explore our services below to get a better understanding of your options. They include partial, full, and implant dentures, all of which hold a specific purpose depending on your needs and preferences.

Partial Dentures

When you have large gaps in between your teeth on opposite sides of your mouth, chewing food becomes extremely difficult. To fill those gaps, a partial denture can be created. This prosthetic is designed to fit inside the mouth like a puzzle piece using metal hooks that wrap around existing teeth. Gum-colored sections ensure the denture blends in with your existing gum tissue.

Full Dentures

If you are missing all your teeth in either your top, bottom, or both arches, a full denture can replace your smile in an incredibly comprehensive way. The denture is made entirely of tooth-colored materials, including gum-colored acrylic resin and ceramic teeth. That way, it blends in easily with your neighboring oral structures. It remains in place through natural suction of the gums and is designed with your exact mouth shape in mind.

Implant Dentures

Want a more permanent solution for your severe tooth loss? Implant dentures combine the reliability and longevity of dental implants with a custom-made prosthetic that looks indistinguishable from natural teeth. Rather than relying on existing teeth or natural suction to the gums for support, the denture attaches to dental implants surgically placed inside the jaw. If you aren’t happy with traditional dentures, you’ll find implant dentures to be a major upgrade.

The Benefits of Dentures

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Dentures are highly personalized so they match the overall shape of your mouth as closely as possible. Since they are made to look like natural teeth, you can smile with confidence, enjoy more of the foods you love, and express yourself to the fullest without worry. Not only do you get your smile back, but you can keep your cheeks from appearing as hollow, improving your overall facial appearance. Cleaning and maintaining your denture is a relatively simple process as well.

Denture FAQs

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Losing several teeth is hardly an easy experience, which is why it’s understandable if you have questions about treatment or how it works. No matter how severe your tooth loss may be, our team at Coats Dental Group has just about heard it all. Below, you can find some of the most common questions our office has addressed over the years. Don’t be afraid to ask us any questions, however, if yours is not mentioned!

Should I Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?

When a tooth is damaged, we’d prefer to exhaust all options to repair it over replacing it outright. We will only extract teeth if we believe it is absolutely necessary. For example, if it is too damaged due to decay, infection, or injury, we’ll remove it. If all the teeth in a given arch are damaged by gum disease, it could be more cost-effective to extract them first, then place the denture, rather than cover them with crowns. There is no hard and fast limit on how many teeth can be extracted in a single visit, but keep in mind certain extractions can be more difficult than others. Our dentists will explore all your options before recommending extractions, period.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

Should you need to have teeth extracted before receiving a denture, you can expect some mild discomfort following your surgery after the anesthetic wears off. Thankfully, this is relatively easy to mitigate with prescription pain medication taken over the next three to five days. After you receive your new denture, it’s common to experience some mild irritation as you adjust to wearing the appliance. The amount of time this discomfort lasts can vary, but it typically goes away after a few weeks or months. It could take longer if you are switching from an old denture to a new one. If pain does not improve, call our office right away as there could be an underlying issue that needs attention.

How Much Does It Cost to Have Your Teeth Pulled and Get Dentures?

Costs of tooth extractions really depend on how many teeth are left in your arch. Additionally, the type of teeth being extracted (i.e. simple vs surgical) can impact costs. Surgical extractions are more expensive to complete on average because they take more time and precision to perform. Only full dentures require all teeth to be removed, while partial dentures do not. Your costs also go up if you intend to pair your denture with dental implants. The ultimate cost estimate of your tooth replacement will be determined once we have a chance to examine your mouth and determine your treatment options.

Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?

After you lose your teeth, your facial muscles will start to sag. This can give your face a more sunken appearance. By getting dentures, you give your facial muscles added support as they start to collapse. If your dentures do not fit properly, they won’t give your face the support it needs. That’s why we always design each denture to fit your mouth as closely as possible. If yours does not fit properly, we recommend visiting us to see if a reline or replacement is needed.