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We believe deeply in the power of information and education. Not only do we take the time to discuss every procedure with our patients and teach you about your dental health, but we are also dedicated to constantly increasing our own knowledge through continuing education courses to stay on top of the latest techniques and improvements in the dental field. This allows us to consistently provide you with the state-of-the-art dentistry that you deserve.
Your questions are always welcome; don’t ever hesitate to ask us anything about your care, our practice, or dentistry in general! We’ve collected some of the most common questions we are asked, and you can check to see if your question is answered here.
If your question is not addressed here or if you’d like more information, just give us a call at 314-291-9000, or send us an email using our convenient online form and someone will quickly get back to you.
Dentures and Partials
Decisions about your dentistry are between you and your dentist. When deciding which options are the best, there are many factors to consider such as:
- Which option works best for your lifestyle?
- What level of care are you committed to?
- How permanent do you want your dentistry to be?
- What is your budget?
- What will your insurance pay for?
- Do you have health conditions that might make you a less-than-ideal candidate for a particular type of dentistry?
At your consultation, Dr. Burgdorf will perform an examination and discuss your needs with you to help you come to a decision that will best meet your needs. For many people, that decision will be dentures.
Dentures are often the most appropriate option if you are on a limited budget, have many or all of your teeth to replace, desire a solution that is usually covered by most insurance plans, and are willing to commit to a more involved care routine.
It Doesn't Have To End With Dentures
Getting dentures does not mean that other replacement options will be unavailable to you in the future; however, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you will lose bone, which would make getting dental implants more a more involved process, requiring bone grafting to build up the depleted tissue.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
With good care habits, your dentures will look great for a long time. Dentures do require a little extra care, however, to keep them in good shape and prevent staining and scratches, which can dull the surface and allow for bacterial growth.
Tips For Cleaning Your Dentures
- Only use cleaning products (including pastes, soaks, and brushes) approved by Dr. Burgdorf. Products designed for natural teeth may be too abrasive for dentures.
- Clean your dentures at least once daily to avoid staining and keep them fresh.
- When your dentures are not in your mouth, keep them moist. Allowing them to dry can cause them to warp and no longer fit properly.
- When rinsing your dentures, use cool to lukewarm water. Hot water can change the shape of your dentures.
- Use caution when washing not to drop your dentures! Placing a towel on your counter can add an extra level of protection (since dentures can be slippery).
- If your dentures do fall, contact our Bridgeton dental office quickly so that Dr. Burgdorf can examine your dentures for damage that might not be immediately apparent.
- Any damage should be fixed promptly since this can change the fit of your dentures, allow for bacterial growth, or cause sores on your gums.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Burgdorf.
Essentially, dentures are designed to replace a full set of teeth, and partials are designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are made up of artificial teeth set into an acrylic base that is colored to look like your gums. With partials, the teeth may be set into an acrylic or metal base that is worn over your palate. Both options are designed to look natural so that most people will never know that these are not your own original teeth!
Chat With Our Bridgeton Dental Office
If you are missing teeth, call our Bridgeton dental office to schedule a consultation and evaluation with Dr. Burgdorf. He will examine your teeth and periodontal health and help you determine which option is right for you. Even if you still have several teeth and think that partials are right for you, it may be a better option for the long term to remove your remaining teeth if they are not in good health.
While Dr. Burgdorf believes in practicing conservative dentistry and will recommend the least invasive option possible, he doesn’t want to see his patients in pain, and he also doesn’t want patients to waste their money. If your remaining teeth are not in good health, they are likely to cause you pain in the future (even if they aren’t now), and you may eventually wind up paying for a great deal more dental work and a new appliance.
Call us today to learn more and discuss your options with Dr. Burgdorf.
Every dental insurance plan is different, so it’s hard to say for sure what will and won’t be covered. Most insurance plans do cover some portion of dentures, however. To determine whether dentures are covered under your insurance, the best thing to do is call your insurance company and ask. If you need help with this, please let us know, and we will be happy to assist you. We want to help you make the most of your dental benefits!
Check Your Coverage
It’s important to understand that dental insurance coverage doesn’t work exactly the same as medical coverage. Even if dentures are listed by your insurance plan as a covered benefit, you may still be responsible for a portion of the cost – even after your regular copay. We will always be upfront with you about your costs, and we can work with you to determine the best way to fit dentures into your budget. Communicate with us about your needs, and we will do our best to meet these so that you can get the dental care you need without straining your finances.
Call our office today and speak with one of our friendly and helpful front desk staff so that we can best determine how we can assist you.
Dentures have come a long way. Perhaps you remember your grandparents’ dentures from when you were a child – vivid pink “gums” with unnaturally white and even teeth. There was no question that these were “fake” teeth.
A great deal of craftsmanship goes into the making of today’s dentures. The plastic portion that fits over your gums and holds the teeth in place is now naturally colored and translucent for a realistic appearance, and the teeth are now designed and placed individually to allow for the variation that occurs in nature.
The lab we trust with our dentures and partials creates these appliances with an eye toward both aesthetics and comfort. Another flaw of older dentures was slipping and improper fit. These issues affected facial shape as well as speech, giving away the wearer’s secret. Older dentures often only fit properly when adhesive was used.
Today, we design dentures to fit comfortably over your gums and hold without adhesive (although an adhesive may be used if you feel more secure with it). If your dentures do start to fit differently and don’t remain in place as they should, call us right away. Poorly fitting dentures don’t just pose a risk of slipping; they also can damage your gums, leading to sores and infections.