Assessing Your Eligibility for Dentures

Dentures are a popular solution for individuals experiencing significant tooth loss or missing all their teeth. However, before getting dentures, our Everett, WA, dentist will help determine whether they’re the right option for you. The decision to get dentures is a personal one that requires careful consideration of your specific needs, oral health condition, and expectations. 

To schedule your appointment at Just Smile Dental, contact our Everett dental office today by calling (425) 341-1111.

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Factors Determining Denture Candidacy 

Dentures can be an excellent option for individuals who are missing teeth, but not everyone is a good candidate. Several factors can affect a person’s candidacy for dentures.

Number of Missing Teeth

Dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, but the extent of tooth loss may affect the type of denture recommended. For example, partial dentures are typically used when only a few teeth are missing, while complete dentures are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.

Jawbone Density and Healthy Gum Tissue

Good candidates for dentures typically have healthy gums and enough jawbone density to support the denture. If you have experienced bone loss, you may require additional treatments like bone grafting before receiving dentures. 

Good Oral Health

Patients should have good oral health and be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices and attending regular dental checkups with their dentist to ensure the longevity of their dentures.

Gum disease

Patients with gum disease may require treatment before getting dentures. Our Everett dentist will evaluate the extent of the gum disease to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate.

Expectations and Goals

Patients should have realistic expectations about what dentures can and cannot do. For example, dentures can improve the appearance of the smile and help with basic functions like chewing and speaking, but they may not feel or function exactly like natural teeth.

Cost and Insurance Coverage

Cost can also be a factor in determining denture candidacy, as it can be a significant investment. However, many dental insurance plans do cover a portion of the cost of dentures, making them a more accessible option for some individuals.

Overall Health and Medical Conditions

If a patient has other health conditions that might make dental surgeries or procedures risky, removable dentures might be a safer option compared to more invasive alternatives like dental implants.

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Denture Alternatives

If traditional dentures aren’t the right solution for you, your dentist may recommend any of these alternatives:

  • Dental implants: Implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone to provide a stable base for a replacement tooth or teeth. Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures, as they look and function like natural teeth and can last for years. Implant-supported dentures are also an option, combining the benefits of implants and dentures.
  • Dental bridges: Bridges are artificial teeth that are anchored in place by neighboring teeth. They’re a good option for patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row but still have some natural teeth remaining. Dental bridges are less invasive than implants but may not last as long.
  • Flipper: A flipper is a removable partial denture used as a temporary tooth replacement solution. It’s usually made of acrylic and is less expensive than other options, but it’s not a long-term solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Individuals with well-preserved natural teeth, healthy gums, and sufficient jawbone support might not be ideal candidates for traditional dentures. Additionally, those seeking a more stable and permanent solution might consider alternatives like dental implants.

If there’s insufficient jawbone for dentures, it can lead to poor fit, discomfort, and instability. Dental implants might be considered, or bone grafting to enhance bone volume for proper denture support. Your dentist can recommend suitable options based on your situation.

Discover if You Qualify for Dentures With Dr. Webley

With the right care and attention, dentures can provide a comfortable and effective solution for restoring one’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. If you’re interested in finding out if you’re an ideal candidate for dentures or exploring other tooth replacement options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Webley by giving our Everett dental office a call at (425) 341-1111. We welcome patients in Edmonds, Marysville, Lynnwood, and Silver Firs, WA.