Recover Your Smile & Confidence
Dentures have been used for literally thousands of years to help people replace several teeth at once, and thanks to modern-day dental technology, today’s prosthetics can be trusted to look natural, fit securely, and last for years so a patient can feel like their teeth never went missing in the first place. Dr. Brumbaugh has been helping patients in the Dallas area reclaim their smiles for decades using finely crafted and personalized dentures, and he’s ready to do the same for you if you’re eager to close any unwanted gaps for good.
Why Choose R. David Brumbaugh, DDS for Dentures?
- Dentist with 25+ Years of Experience
- Prosthetics Made Using the Highest Quality Materials
- 100% Custom-Made to Ensure the Perfect Look & Fit
Options for Replacement Teeth
Tooth loss can vary quite a bit from patient to patient, which is why Dr. Brumbaugh offers a selection of dentures designed to meet each person’s specific needs. After giving you a short exam, he can recommend which of the following options might be best for you:
Made of an acrylic, gum-colored base that holds ceramic teeth, this type of denture is designed to fit seamlessly between remaining healthy teeth, using metal clasps to stay in place. It essentially completes the row like the final piece of a puzzle and can be easily removed for cleaning.
When most people hear the word “dentures,” it’s full dentures that probably come to mind. These are used to replace an entire row of teeth at once, and they sit directly on top of the gums, relying on natural suction and/or denture adhesive to stay in place.
With an implant denture, instead of just sitting on top of the gums, the teeth are held in place using titanium tooth roots that are positioned within the jawbone. This makes the denture extremely stable, plus the added security means that the prosthetic can be smaller so it has a more comfortable fit. And, it allows a patient to recover almost all of their natural bite strength.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
- Aesthetics: It’s normal for someone to be extremely self-conscious about their missing teeth, but with the right denture, a patient can feel at ease smiling again.
- Clearer Speech: Patients with missing teeth often have problems saying certain syllables or may develop a lisp or whistle. A denture can make it easier for someone to express themselves without having to worry about these impediments.
- Tastier Diet: Chewing hearty, nutritious foods like cooked meats and vegetables is almost impossible without teeth, forcing many patients to rely on softer, potentially unhealthy foods. A person can reclaim virtually all of their bite strength with a denture so they can enjoy many of their favorites again.
- Facial Support: Without teeth, facial skin can sag and prematurely develop wrinkles, creating an older, “sunken” appearance. Dentures can prevent this from happening, helping a patient look younger and healthier.
Caring for Your Dentures
On average, a denture needs to be replaced every five to seven years, but several small habits can greatly extend their lifespan and ensure they maintain their day one look and fit for a long time:
- Rinse your mouth and dentures after eating.
- Clean your dentures daily by brushing.
- Only use a soft-bristled brush and denture toothpaste (regular toothpaste is too abrasive).
- Always put a towel down when taking out your dentures (as they can be damaged by being dropped on a hard surface like a counter).
- Take out your dentures and soak them overnight in a denture cleaning solution.
- Don’t expose your dentures to hot water, as this can cause them to warp and change shape.
- Maintain regular appointments with Dr. Brumbaugh so he can inspect your dentures and fix any minor issues before they become a major problem.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The final cost of your dentures will be influenced by several factors, including:
- The type of denture that best suits you
- Whether or not the denture will be held in place with implants
- If you need any treatment before you can receive dentures (like periodontal therapy or tooth extractions)
- Insurance coverage
Dentures are almost always partially covered by PPO dental insurance plans, and our practice is able to work with many policies and help our patients maximize their benefits so they can save as much as possible.
For those without insurance, we also offer flexible, low-to-no interest financing through CareCredit.
Are you ready to recover your smile and confidence with dentures? Choosing how you want to replace your missing teeth is a big decision, so it’s only natural to have some questions that need answers before you’re ready to commit to a treatment plan. We want you to feel 100% confident in whichever service you choose, and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions about dentures at length during your initial consultation. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about dentures below so you can learn more.
How Long Do I Have to Wait to Get Dentures After Having Teeth Pulled?
Not all patients will need to have teeth removed in order to get dentures. If there are still some remaining healthy teeth, we recommend keeping them and getting a partial denture. However, it’s important that your mouth is healthy before we fit you with dentures, so some patients may need to have unhealthy teeth removed. In these cases, you’ll typically need to wait several weeks for your mouth to heal after extraction before getting your dentures.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures In?
While you likely don’t want to be without your new smile, it’s important that you take your dentures out every evening before going to sleep. This serves two very important purposes. Firstly, soaking dentures overnight ensures they’re cleaned thoroughly and free of plaque and bacteria. Secondly, it gives your gum tissue a chance to rest and prevents irritation.
Can I Eat Steak with Dentures?
Eating tough meats with dentures is easier than eating with no teeth at all, but it does require some effort. However, with a bit of practice, you should be able to enjoy a steak every now and again with no problem. Cut your steak into smaller, more manageable bites to make it easier to chew. You should also chew slowly and deliberately, and use adhesive to help keep your dentures in place if you feel the need to do so.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?
If you are interested in getting dentures, your first step will be to visit with Dr. Brumbaugh for a consultation. Then, you may need to complete preliminary treatments like periodontal therapy or a tooth extraction. Next, we’ll take impressions of your mouth, which will be used to create your custom-made dentures. The entire process only takes a few weeks, but we’ll be able to give you a more specific timeline during your consultation.
Can I Claim Dentures As An FSA or HSA Expense?
Dentures are widely classified as a restorative treatment that is necessary for maintaining oral health. This means they are eligible for reimbursement for flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs). If you have an FSA, it’s important that you keep in mind that there will likely be a cap on the amount of coverage you can get in a year. Our experience team will be happy to go over the details of your FSA or HSA to ensure your out-of-pocket expenses are being minimized.