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Dentures – Collierville, TN

Take Back Your Life with Personalized Dentures

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While it’s possible to make your original teeth last a lifetime, millions of Americans experience extensive tooth loss as a natural result of aging. This includes missing teeth in the top arch, bottom arch, and even both arches entirely! When you need a quick and affordable solution for replacing teeth, dentures in Collierville are a great way to take back your smile and life! Simply call Dr. Holcomb and his team today to set up your very first consultation! As an expert in full-mouth reconstructions, you can expect a highly personalized prosthetic that feels comfortable day-to-day.

Your Tooth Replacement Options

A series of denture types.

No single denture is designed to fit all mouth shapes and sizes. In addition, some patients are missing more teeth than others and therefore require a denture that fits these needs. Below, you can learn about our office’s different options so you can better determine the best solution.

Partial Dentures

Do you still have healthy remaining teeth? Partial dentures are likely the best selection for your needs. We start by capturing an impression of your mouth, which is then used to create a denture that matches your mouth’s shape exactly, much like a puzzle piece. The foundation is made of a metal framework which holds a gum-colored base and series of prosthetic teeth. The denture stays in place by wrapping around existing teeth using hooks.

Full Dentures

We use a full denture to replace an entire top or bottom arch. Once Dr. Holcomb captures an impression of your mouth, the acrylic base can be designed and the replacement teeth can be placed. The denture stays in place through natural suction of your gums, but denture adhesive can make the process easier during the first several weeks of use. Thanks to advancements in dental materials and planning software, dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before.

Implant Dentures

While many patients find traditional dentures to be sufficient, you can also take the extra step of having dental implants placed, which then hold the denture more effectively. Depending on the condition of your bone volume, anywhere between four and six implants are placed inside of the jaw and then given time to heal before the implant denture is attached. This ensures your denture does not shift out of place or loosen while speaking or eating your favorite meals!

What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentist showing an older patient dentures in Collierville.

Getting a denture does both your smile and your long-term oral and overall health a big favor. For example, you can expect many benefits that enhance your quality of life and give you newfound confidence, including:

  • The ability to consume more foods comfortably
  • A more balanced diet and better nutrition
  • A natural-looking smile made from lifelike materials
  • A denture that lasts between five and seven years (depending on how well you care for them)
  • A cost-effective solution for severe tooth loss

How to Care for Your Dentures

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While your denture will need to be replaced eventually, there are ways to make it last for as long as possible. For example, you should make sure to:

  • Always rinse your denture after meals or snacks
  • Handle your denture with care, especially over a sink
  • Place a towel in the sink while cleaning them to prevent cracks from accidental drops
  • Soak them in cold water or denture cleanser when not in use
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food debris and plaque twice a day
  • Always clean your mouth after removing your denture
  • Stay on top of routine dental checkups and adjustments

The Cost of Dentures

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Depending on the type of denture you receive, the cost of your denture can vary. If you decide to have them attached to dental implants, that will affect the cost of your denture the most due to the additional materials and surgical treatments necessary to complete treatment. Dr. Holcomb will break down the differences of each of his available treatment options and our team will work with you directly so you can get the most out of your dental insurance if applicable. We’ll also discuss alternative financing options if needed to make your care more affordable.

Denture FAQs

If you think you might need dentures to replace some or all of your teeth, your first step should be to schedule a visit with Dr. Holcomb so that he can discuss the process with you and answer any questions you might have about the treatment. The answers to the common questions listed below should serve as a good starting point for learning more about your false teeth; we suggest writing down additional concerns so that you don’t forget to bring them up during your visit.

What is the Right Age for Dentures?

The exact answer is different for everyone since tooth loss can occur at any age. You are generally more likely to need dentures the older you get; according to the National Center for Health Statistics, around 66% of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 have lost at least one tooth, and the American Dental Association has found that 57% of patients over the age of 65 need dentures in some form. This is largely due to the damage your teeth can suffer from natural wear and tear over the years. That said, it’s possible that you may need dentures early due to an accident or as the result of poor oral hygiene.

How Will Dentures Change My Diet?

It will take some time to get used to chewing with dentures. Once you do, you’ll be able to enjoy a reasonably varied diet, but there will still be some foods that prove challenging. You should largely stay away from sticky foods like peanut butter that can pull dentures off the gums as well as overly hard foods like nuts and raw carrot sticks that might damage the restoration. Tough meats that are difficult to chew can put a lot of stress on your dentures and your gums, so make sure that you cut them into very small pieces first. If you have implant dentures, you can more or less eat anything you want without having to worry about restrictions.

Why Do I Need to Take Dentures Out at Night?

Your dentures will partially restrict the circulation of blood in your gums. When they’re worn for an excessive amount of time, they can cause tissue irritation and might even lead to the ridge breaking down. Also, the space beneath them is the ideal place for bacteria to breed; in fact, people who sleep with their dentures in have been shown to be at a higher risk for pneumonia. Removing your dentures every night is essential for a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene.

Can Dentures Be Claimed as an FSA or HAS expense?

If you rely on a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health savings account (HSA) to pay for dental care, you should normally expect reimbursement for dentures since they are a necessary restoration. We’ll have to go over your account with you to confirm the extent to which dentures are covered. Please remember that FSA’s will most likely put a cap on how much coverage you are entitled to during the year.