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Dentures – Schenectady, NY

Beautiful & Reliable Tooth Replacement

Hands holding full denture prostheticIf you have lost all or most of your teeth, Dr. Page and our Schenectady dental team are ready to assess your case and design a treatment plan to help you rebuild your smile. We may recommend that you receive dentures. We custom design each prosthetic so it provides beautiful, reliable tooth replacement and enables you to eat a wide variety of foods. Read this page to learn more about dentures, and contact us when you are ready to book your consultation.

Why Choose Capital Smiles for Dentures?

  • Custom Designed for Each Patient
  • Highly Skilled & Empathetic Team
  • State-of-the-Art Technology

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Dentures are a suitable option for virtually anyone who has suffered extensive tooth loss. They have the potential to restore a degree of chewing power, enhance your confidence, and more.

Dr. Page will examine your mouth to determine for sure if dentures are right for you. If you have only lost a few teeth, a different type of tooth replacement may be a better option. If you have active gum disease or other significant oral health conditions, you may need to undergo preliminary care before you receive dentures.

Effects of Missing Teeth

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Whether you have missing teeth due to gum disease, injury, or other circumstances, your condition may have substantial consequences for your daily life. For example, many edentulous (missing all teeth) individuals feel self-conscious in social situations and may tend to isolate themselves. You might also feel a sense of loss because missing teeth limit your food choices.

The good news is that the problems caused by missing teeth are often solvable with the help of dentures, which have the potential to increase your confidence, expand your dietary options, and much more.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

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You may be qualified to receive dentures if:

  • You have suffered moderate to severe tooth loss. (If you are missing just one or two teeth, a different treatment may be more suitable for you.)
  • You want a cost-effective way to rebuild your smile.
  • Your jawbone is strong enough to support dentures.
  • You are free of active gum disease.

During your consultation, Dr. Page and our team will carefully evaluate your situation and give you an expert opinion on whether dentures are a fit for you.

Alternative Tooth Replacement Options

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If dentures are not right for you, you might be a candidate for another form of tooth replacement, such as:

  • A fixed bridge. A traditional dental bridge consists of two crowns that support one or more artificial teeth between them. Bridges are strong and cost-effective. They are a popular treatment for people who have lost one or more teeth in a row.
  • Dental implants. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that can be used to support crowns, bridges, and dentures. They are incredibly strong and are often hailed as the gold standard of tooth replacement. Although implants cost more than traditional treatments, they are a great value because they tend to last for a very long time.

Types of Dentures

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There are a few different types of dentures. During your consultation, our team will carefully evaluate the details of your case before recommending your next steps. Depending on the situation, we might advise you to get partial dentures, full dentures, or implant dentures.

Partial Dentures

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If you still have some healthy natural teeth, you may be a candidate for partial dentures. They are sort of like a puzzle piece that fits in around the existing dentition. Metal or acrylic clasps help to keep them in place during eating and speaking.

Full Dentures

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A full denture replaces either all of the upper or lower teeth. Dentures usually consist of an acrylic base and acrylic or porcelain teeth. Usually, natural suction or a mild adhesive helps to keep them secure during everyday activities. They are always carefully designed so they fit as comfortably as possible over the gums.

Implant Dentures

Illustration of implant dentures for lower arch

Instead of relying on suction or adhesive for support, implant dentures are anchored in the jawbone via prosthetic tooth roots (dental implants). With as few as two or as many as six or eight implants, our team can create an incredibly sturdy base for a set of prosthetic teeth. Implant dentures tend to be stronger and longer-lasting than their traditional counterparts.

Benefits of Dentures

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Missing multiple teeth can have consequences for almost every aspect of your life. Daily tasks, such as eating, speaking, and smiling may seem like chores rather than pleasures. Dentures can help with those issues. They are an excellent option for almost anyone who has suffered the loss of a few, many, or even all of their teeth. What are some specific ways in which dentures may be able to benefit you? Read on below to find out:

Psychological Benefits

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Edentulous individuals (people who are missing all of their teeth) often find it difficult to accept tooth loss. After all, a part of your body is missing! You may feel downhearted at times due to your condition. You could shy away from social situations and may be at an increased risk of persistent sadness and even depression.

Dentures can restore your smile’s natural beauty and could even make you feel whole again. They may equip you to face the world with confidence whether you are eating tasty foods, meeting new people, or simply running errands around town.

Clearer Enunciation

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Clear speech is the result of complex interactions between the tongue, teeth, and other oral structures. When your teeth are missing, it may be more challenging for you to enunciate certain sounds. Dentures may allow you to speak with clarity and confidence.

(Some people develop a slight lisp when they first get dentures. With time and practice, this issue usually goes away in a short period of time.)

Improves Nutrition

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Without a full set of teeth, you may be likely to gravitate toward very soft foods. As a result, you might miss out on the nutritional benefits of tougher items, such as certain fruits, vegetables, and protein options. Your overall health might decline as a result.

Fortunately, dentures can equip you to eat a wide variety of foods. Depending on the type of denture you have, you might have to make a few adjustments to your eating techniques. Overall, though, it should be easy for you to enjoy a nutritious and tasty diet.

Preserves Oral Health

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If you still have some of your natural teeth, a partial denture can prevent them from drifting out of place. This can preserve your bite and might even reduce your risk of further tooth loss. Plus, dentures can take some of the burden of chewing, which can reduce the amount of wear and tear on your existing teeth.

Expands Opportunity

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Your smile can make or break the first impression you give when you are attending job interviews or interacting with clients at work. Sadly, poor oral health can make people view you as less approachable and successful than someone who has a full set of attractive teeth. By replacing your lost dentition, you can regain a natural-looking smile that opens the door for you to establish positive relationships with others in the workplace. You may also seem younger, more energetic, and better equipped to take on challenging assignments.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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The cost of dentures depends on a few factors. When you visit us for your consultation, we can share some specific numbers. Generally speaking, dentures are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options. With the help of insurance, financing, and other provisions, most patients find that it is relatively easy to afford their treatment.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Some factors that can have a bearing on the cost of dentures include:

  • Preparatory treatment. Some patients need tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, or other procedures before they can move forward with getting dentures.
  • Dentures usually consist of an acrylic base along with acrylic or porcelain teeth. The specific materials used can influence the overall cost of treatment.
  • The type of denture. Full dentures, partial dentures, and implant dentures all come at different price points.

Remember, “cheap” dentures are not always better. It is wise to invest in top-quality treatment right from the beginning of your tooth replacement journey.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Yes, implant dentures cost significantly more than traditional dentures. The reason for the difference in price is due to the fact that implant dentures require a much more complex treatment process.

The vast majority of patients who choose implant dentures find that they are an excellent value. In fact, because dental implants can last for decades, their long-term cost may actually be less than that of traditional dentures, which usually need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years. Plus, implant dentures offer benefits that are truly priceless, such as a strong bite, jawbone preservation, and outstanding aesthetics.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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It is very common for dental insurance to cover dentures. Usually, they are classified as a major procedure, so around 50% of their cost may be covered, up to the amount of your plan’s annual maximum. Although our team is not in-network with any insurance plans, we will still be happy to help you verify your benefits and file all necessary claims. As long as you have a PPO plan that gives you freedom to visit any dentist, you can use your insurance in our practice.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Dr. Page and our team want you to be able to afford your dentures, so we invite you to talk to us about your payment options. For example, you might qualify for our military or senior discounts. You may also be eligible for low-interest financing through CareCredit. CareCredit is a third-party company that offers affordable payment plans for medical and dental services. The application process is fast, and the majority of patients are approved for credit.

Are you eager to learn more about dentures and their cost? Get in touch with Capital Smiles today! We look forward to helping you rebuild your smile in a way that fits your personal budget.