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Dentures – Hillsboro, OR

Missing Teeth? Replace Them Today!

Are you missing some or all of your teeth? If so, you’re certainly not alone! According to recent statistics from the American College of Prosthodontists, about 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their pearly whites! Tooth loss can have a tremendously negative impact on your confidence, health, and overall well-being. Fortunately, at Infinity Dental Care, we’re proud to offer high-quality partial, full, and implant dentures! We even have immediate dentures to help patients enjoy a complete smile right after a tooth extraction. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our office today!

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Dentures can be a great solution for virtually anyone who is missing teeth. From young adults to golden years seniors, we craft dentures that can address nearly all types of tooth loss. When you visit us for a consultation, Dr. Kalluri with take the time to have a conversation with you about goals for your smile. Then, we’ll examine your mouth to ensure there are no preliminary conditions that need to be addressed, such as a tooth extraction.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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Did you know that when a tooth is lost the other teeth tend to shift into the gap to be more evenly spaced? Unfortunately, this changes your bite, can negatively impact your ability to eat efficiently, and can even lead to more tooth loss in the future.

Losing just one tooth can alter your oral function, but if you have multiple missing teeth, the effect is even more amplified. Without teeth to bite and grind up your food, your options become more limited to softer, more processed foods.

In addition, you may feel more self-conscious about your smile, discouraging you from sharing it with those around you or even talking with others for fear that they’ll notice.

The good news is that dentures help you overcome these effects of tooth loss. They keep any natural teeth properly aligned, allow you to eat and chew, and give you confidence again!

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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To receive a full or partial denture, you only need to meet one requirement: your mouth must be healthy and infection free. In other words, you can’t have gum disease or cavities in any of your remaining teeth; if you do, we’ll have to treat the problem first. Also, if you have weak, broken, or decayed teeth, we may need to extract them. When your mouth passes this basic requirement, we can get started on creating your custom dentures.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

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While you’re still planning your tooth replacement, it’s a great time to consider all your options. In most cases, dentures can be secured to dental implants, which are titanium posts embedded in the jawbone. This stability provides significantly more biting strength and longevity for your dentures, which is why we encourage every patient to at least think about implants.

If you have multiple missing teeth in a row, a bridge (especially one retained by dental implants) may be more appropriate than a partial denture. In other situations, Dr. Kalluri may determine that extraction and a full denture are necessary. If you are ever unclear about what options are available to you, don’t hesitate to ask, and we can go through them in greater detail.

Same-Day Immediate Dentures

Do you have to remove multiple teeth? When extraction is your only option, an immediate denture may be the most appropriate solution. Not only can you keep your complete smile (and therefore maintain your appearance), but you get a head-start transitioning to a denture. This process begins the moment your teeth are extracted.

Immediate dentures are designed to be used right after you lose your natural teeth. Conventional dentures, on the other hand, are designed weeks or months after your extractions. This waiting period allows your mouth time to heal. Dr. Kalluri will be happy to explain the pros and cons of both types of dentures to you so you can invest in the one that is the best fit for your circumstances.

How Do Immediate Dentures Work?

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Once you’ve had your tooth (or teeth) extracted, it’s important to follow your dentist’s orders. To start, your gums and bone will start to recede, but follow-up appointments will allow us to monitor your healing patterns and catch problems before they become serious. A temporary lining or tissue conditioner can help us create an optimized fit, but these will likely need adjustments or replacements multiple times as you heal. Eventually, a permanent denture reline will be needed to ensure comfortability and accurate fit once your mouth has fully healed.

  • Dr. Kalluri and professionals at Infinity Dental Care will recommend a procedure that best fits your needs.
  • If you choose a temporary denture liner, tissue conditioner, or reline, separate fees may apply as they are considered to be additional services.
  • If you have any questions about your benefits, we highly encourage you to consult with our dental office. Give us a call today to schedule your next denture consultation at our Hillsboro dental office.

Types of Dentures

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Dentures are a reliable and versatile solution for tooth loss. Each of our dentures are custom-made to fit each patient’s unique needs and goals! Depending on how many missing teeth you have and the type of denture you’re interested in, Dr. Kalluri may recommend one of the following:

Partial Dentures

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Partial dentures are designed to replace several missing teeth anywhere along an arch. They fit around and between your natural teeth to seamlessly fill the gaps, much like a puzzle piece. Small and discreet metal clasps hold the partial in place while you go about your day, allowing you to confidently show off your complete smile.

Full Dentures

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Alternatively, a full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. The gum-colored acrylic base is crafted based off impressions of your gums. Once in place, natural suction holds the denture where it should be. The realistic replacement teeth that are set into the base are made from high-quality materials to ensure that both their appearance and strength lasts.

Implant Dentures

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For the optimal tooth replacement solution, your denture may be paired with dental implants. These small titanium rods are inserted directly into the jawbone much like the roots of natural teeth. The full or partial denture is then placed on top of the dental implants, creating a lifelike recreation of your smile. While implant dentures are widely considered the pinnacle of tooth replacement, they do require good oral health as well as more time and money when compared to traditional dentures. Dr. Kalluri will help you discover if implant dentures are right for you if you’re interested in them. 

The Benefits of Dentures

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Modern dentures offer a custom-crafted, highly functional solution to replacing missing teeth. Their lifelike appearance and stable support will provide you with countless life-changing benefits that you’ll be able to fully appreciate once they’re in your mouth. From boosted confidence to enhanced speech and chewing abilities, you won’t regret making this substantial investment in your health and happiness.

Improve Your Mental Health

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Studies have linked mental health concerns such as depression, sadness and anxiety to tooth loss. For many people, their smiles feel like the first characteristic that others notice about them, so to not feel comfortable letting it show can lead to a host of psychological consequences. With full, partial, or implant dentures, you’ll be able to enjoy a smile that is healthy and whole, allowing you to let your grin show with pride.

Enunciate Words More Clearly

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Having gaps in your smile can make speaking much more difficult, leading to slurring, lisps, and tripping over words that were once much easier to pronounce. Your dentures will restore your complete arch, and while it may take a little bit of time to adjust to speaking with them in your mouth, you’ll find it much easier to enunciate your words.

Bring Variety to Your Diet

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Food can bring you joy as well as sustenance, which is why maintaining a varied and balanced diet is so important to many people! Without all of your teeth, foods that were once easy to eat, like grilled chicken and bread, may now be virtually impossible to chew. With a complete set of teeth, you’ll be able to expand your diet greatly, incorporating more proteins and carbohydrates, two very important members of the food pyramid, into your diet again!

Boost Your Oral Health

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Tooth loss has been connected to secondary oral health concerns, such as additional tooth loss, gum disease, and cavities. It can result in orthodontic issues like bite misalignment and gapped teeth. By closing the gaps in your smile, you can not only maintain its alignment but also preserve your remaining natural teeth, helping you keep your grin happy and healthy as well as minimize your dental costs.

Feel More Confident

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It’s no surprise that an incomplete smile can make you feel self-conscious and insecure. Decreased confidence can impact both your professional and personal life, making you feel less excited about connecting with and meeting others. With a full smile that you feel more excited to show, you can go into any job interview or first date in much higher spirits.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Replacing your missing teeth should result in a prosthetic that looks natural and feels comfortable. Making sure your dentist uses high-quality materials can increase your chances of enjoying a more durable and longer-lasting prosthetic, otherwise, you may be left with artificial teeth that do not hold up to normal wear and tear and result in more frequent replacements. But when it comes to the overall cost of dentures in Hillsboro, it requires sitting down with your dentist and discussing the various factors that will determine your out-of-pocket expenses.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

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When meeting with Dr. Kalluri, she will start by examining your oral cavity and facial structure. It is during this scheduled consultation that she will look at certain factors that will ultimately dictate how much you can expect to pay for your new teeth, some of which include:

  • The potential for preliminary treatments (i.e., tooth extractions, periodontal therapy), as these will add additional time and money to your overall treatment plan.
  • The materials used to create your customized prosthetics. Dentures are typically made using acrylic to create the base but go through a process that takes time to ensure they match the gum-colored look of your natural soft oral tissues.
  • The type of artificial teeth that will be added to your prosthetic. Depending on the materials used, you can expect the price to be more or less. Remember, the sturdier and more natural the teeth appear, the higher the price, which is usually well worth the investment.

How Much Do Immediate Dentures Cost?

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Our team will provide you with a cost estimate during your consultation. In most cases, immediate dentures cost more than conventional dentures simply because they require more dental appointments. However, many patients believe that the benefits of never having to go without teeth make immediate dentures a worthwhile investment.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

A digital image of an implant denture being placed over the top of 6 dental implants on the lower arch

If you know much about dental implants, you understand that they are typically more expensive than traditional tooth replacement solutions. However, because they are surgically implanted into your jawbone and fuse with your surrounding tissues, they are capable of remaining firmly in place for a lifetime. As a result, you can spend less over time because it will unlikely that you will need to have your implant posts removed and replaced over time. While you will need to have your customized implant denture replaced, the posts never have to be touched as long as you maintain good oral hygiene.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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You’ll be pleased to know that dentures in Hillsboro are often covered when using your dental insurance. Most companies will agree to cover up to 50% of the total cost; however, this is largely dependent upon your deductible and annual maximum. You will need to discuss with a representative from your insurance company how much they will agree to cover and what your out-of-pocket expenses will be. Once you have this information, you will be able to better determine other ways to pay the remaining balance.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Even if your dental insurance company does agree to pay for a portion of the cost, you may be left wondering how you’ll cover the leftover balance. Not to worry! As a denture dentist in Hillsboro, Dr. Kalluri is pleased to provide alternative options for patients who need assistance paying for their restorative treatment.

With CareCredit, you can apply for flexible financing through a company that offers low and no interest payment plans. By enrolling, you can easily break up the cost of your treatment and stay well within your budget.

At Infinity Dental Care, our team is ready to help you take the next step to enjoy life with a full, complete smile. No matter if you prefer immediate dentures or implant dentures, we can deliver the results you need that will last well into the future. If you’re ready to say hello to a new and improved smile, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Dentures FAQs

What Can I Eat with Immediate Dentures?

Immediately following your extractions, your mouth may be quite tender, so it is best to temporarily stick to eating soft foods. As you heal and adjust to wearing your dentures, you can graduate to tougher foods. Eventually, you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of dishes, though you may have to take certain precautions to reduce the risk of destabilizing your denture. For example, instead of biting into tough foods with your front teeth, you should cut them into small pieces before consuming them.

How Will I Know When It Is Time to Reline My Dentures?

When your denture starts to feel loose or is uncomfortable on your gums, you might need a reline. Generally, immediate dentures need to be relined 3 – 6 months after the initial surgery, then again about 18 months after the initial surgery. You are always welcome to contact us as your dentist in Hillsboro if you have questions or concerns about the way your dentures fit, function, or feel.

How Can I Get Used to Wearing Dentures?

At first, you may decide to wear your dentures almost 24/7 as your mouth adjusts to them (after the initial adjustment period, you should not wear your dentures at night). Reading out loud can help you adjust to speaking with your prosthetic. 

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