Finding the Perfect Set of Dentures

Where do you begin? With so many options in the dental field today, it can be difficult even to start looking at dentures. This is not to mention how tough it can already be to lose your teeth. Some of our patients have complained of feeling embarrassed, isolated, and even ashamed. Few people would want to look for the perfect set of dentures at a time like that. For this reason, Lincoln Family Dentistry works hard to make the process as convenient as possible for our patients.

While it often seems tempting to get the quickest set of cheap dentures that comes along, we want to encourage you to take your time and find the right dentures. It’s true that this can take a little extra time. However, in our experience with denture patients, people unanimously appreciate their choice to wait and find the perfect set of dentures. We’ll be here to walk with you every step of the way, and to speed the process up as much as possible. But trust us, you’ll be happier with a well-constructed, long-lasting set of dentures.

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As you realize, each patient is unique. Each patient has different needs and wants, and we value that. We offer consultations to all of our denture patients, so they can get the most out of their search. We’re here to help find the perfect set of dentures for you, as quickly and conveniently as possible. With that being said, the easiest way for us to help is for you to come to our office. Before moving forward, we’ll need to see your specific situation. Whether you need full, partial, or another type of denture, we can help you analyze the options.

If you’ve lost all your teeth, you’ll probably need both “arches,” or denture sets. A denture arch fits the top or bottom of your mouth. With both arches, you’re able to replace all of your teeth at once. The dentures rest on top of your gums and will appear realistic like a full mouth of teeth.

While many of our patients didn’t previously realize it, a bridge or implant is not the only way to replace a few teeth. Perhaps you’re here because you need to replace multiple, but not all, of your teeth. If that’s the case, a partial denture is probably what you’re looking for.

Image of a set of dentures from our dentist in Lincoln, NE at Lincoln Family Dentistry.

Dentures can be made out of a handful of different materials. These materials will change certain factors about dentures, including their durability, appearance, comfort, etc. While we do recommend holding out for the perfect set of dentures, we also know that there’s a balance. We don’t necessarily want you to leap for the most expensive pair of dentures unless that’s what you need. Similarly, we don’t want you to stick to middle of the run dentures because you feel you should. An excellent way to search is to communicate clearly with us about your needs and desires. This allows our dentists to walk alongside you and share with you, the pros and cons of each option. Ultimately, they’ll need to be the perfect set of dentures for you, not us. We want to ensure your comforts and needs are met.

Some dentures are made out of a hard plastic material. Plastic dentures are the low-end, budget options on the market. They’re a low durability option, convenient and quick to make, and usually inexpensive. It’s a great idea to treat plastic dentures as a temporary fix since they don’t tend to last very long or fit perfectly inside a person’s mouth.

Resin dentures are a commonly used option by dentists, and they can last for a relatively long time. Typically, resin dentures will wear your gums down before your teeth. They sit on a hard acrylic base and make for a pretty good option for teeth replacement.

Porcelain dentures are similar to resin dentures but are made out of porcelain. These make for extremely hard false teeth. Sometimes porcelain dentures can actually wear your other teeth down if they’re used as partials. They’re a long-lasting option, and we often recommend these as the perfect set of dentures for our patients, depending on the circumstances.

No option is necessarily bad, so long as its the option that fits well with your scenario. We’re glad to help you discover what you need. We’ve made our consultations easy, so you can ask all the questions you need without feeling pressure to make a decision.

Image of a hybrid bridge from our dentist in Lincoln, NE.

It’s good to know some of the other options out there too. Dentures aren’t the perfect solution, just like anything else. A few drawbacks of dentures are that they don’t prevent bone loss, they can sometimes be uncomfortable, and they can also minimize what you can eat and how food tastes. If you’re looking into a non-removable option instead of dentures, it will prove worth it to look into Hybrid Prosthesis. It offers you implants that will last a lifetime and look great.

Image of a piggy bank. Our dentists in Lincoln, NE offer affordable dentistry Lincoln, NE.

A huge component of any dental work is how much it will cost. Dental insurance can sometimes be tricky, so affording dental care can be tricky too. The cost of dentures can vary widely, ranging from as low as $100 to about $40,000, and everything in between. Because the range of prices can vary so widely, it’s easier to walk you through the options in person. In general, though, the more expensive dentures tend to be more durable, appear more natural, and feel more comfortable. However, that’s only a rule of thumb and in no way means that you need a $40,000 set of dentures. Try to come up with a budget range, and think about the things you need and want in a denture. If you do that, we’ll be able to help you find what you’re looking for more effectively.

We hope you feel a bit more comfortable in your search for the perfect set of dentures! We’re glad to help you and we want you to know: it will be okay. Give us a call today at 402-467-1000, or set up your consultation below.

For those who are new to wearing dentures, it can take about a month for them to get used to talking and chewing with dentures in place. There will be some tenderness immediately after teeth are taken out. Be sure to call your Lincoln, NE dentist if you are experiencing sore spots after getting a new set of dentures. As you heal, your denture may need to be adjusted slightly as swelling reduces.

It is always good to remove your dentures at night to allow your soft tissues in the mouth to be exposed to oxygen. Patients who do not remove their dentures at night are more likely to suffer from sore spots and fungal infections in the mouth.

Once you have become accustomed to wearing your dentures, you should be able to eat most foods, although you may always have difficulty eating hard, sticky foods or foods with small hard particles. If you have an implant-retained over-denture it is likely that you will have an easier time eating than if you have a traditional economy denture.

High-end custom-dentures are made through a series of several appointments after the teeth come out. You will be given a denture to wear while you are healing immediately following tooth removal. During this time, the bone and soft tissues in your mouth need several weeks to heal before your Lincoln, NE dentist can start crafting your custom denture. The lab uses the highest quality materials to create a realistic-looking denture that fits perfectly.

Image of Dr. Kelly O'Hara a family dentist in Lincoln, NE at Lincoln Family Dentistry.

The information on this page was written by Dr. Kelly O’Hara.

This gentle Lincoln, NE dentists says: “I perform gentle dentistry for the entire family and focus on children’s dentistry, extreme smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry and placing mercury-free dental fillings. Moreover, I also want to provide a better quality of life to patients who have lost their teeth by making implant retained dentures. I have many goals, but one that is very important to many of us: to keep dentistry affordable by taking all of the primary dental plans and by also offering dental payment plans to patients that seek them. I am fully committed to making sure all patients feel comfortable while in my care.”

You can schedule with this dentist in Lincoln, NE, or her partners, online 24/7 at a Lincoln Family Dentistry Location near you. This “dentist near me” serves the local communities close to Lincoln. Some of the communities include Eagle, Walton, Weeping Water, Avoca, and many more!

Check out the “What is a flexible partial denture” video

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