Can I get a soft denture?

Hello,

Have you heard of a soft denture that is soft or flexible? Do you know where I could find one? The hardness of my denture on the roof of my mouth is bothersome and feels fake.

– Darcy from Iowa

Darcy,

I have heard of many dentists that are offering dentures with a softer lining. Typically they are used when a patient has a bony ridge along their jaw. When your jawbone has these bumps, patients complain of them being sore and this softer material is more comfortable. There are some drawbacks, like they are more expensive and don’t last as long. They also are a bit more tedious to clean.

I have not heard of a dentist that makes a completely pliable “soft” denture that does not have some type of hard surface. The reason being that a complete denture requires firmness so the appliance fits properly and supports normal chewing.

Another option for you would be to consider dental implants. Or a dental implant hybrid restoration would eliminate the irritating portion of the denture that goes over the roof of your mouth. This is because the dental implants would provide the support. Although dental implants are more expensive, they are a permanent solution that feel just like your natural teeth again. They improve your chewing efficiency and prevent bone loss caused by facial collapse, which is common with denture patients.

I hope this information was helpful.

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Are dental implants covered by health insurance?

I am 37 years old and am missing three upper teeth and have a bridge. I also have periodontal disease that is treated every six months for scaling / root planing. I am considering having all of my teeth on top replaced with a denture. I’ve had a partial dental plate but was unhappy with it. I had difficulty eating with it and it made me gag.

Do you know if this would be considered a medical condition that my health insurance would help pay for? Any chance you could provide an estimated cost for something like this?

Thank you.

– Elizabeth in Nevada

Elizabeth,

Many people that are prone to gagging and have difficulty with a plate, like many dentures have. When you are missing teeth, dental implants have many advantages over a removable partial denture or complete denture and that is one of them. There is no plate or extra hardware with dental implants.

Regarding your medical insurance question, I’m sorry to inform you that it will likely not cover anything for this procedure. Dental insurance may be an option to help with the costs. I understand where you are coming from in that many people feel that serious dental problems affect their overall physical health and feel that medical insurance therefore should kick in. But, most medical contracts actually exclude coverage for any dental problems. Think of it from a different perspective. One could then claim that from a small cavity that it is technically an infection, which may affect general health. Although, it is worth noting that many medical insurance providers will cover dental problems that are a result of an accident. For example, it you were in an automobile accident or you fell and knocked out a tooth while swimming.

Lastly, regarding your inquiry to provide a cost estimate. Dental implant cost varies by geographic location, as well as from one dentist to another. Therefore, we cannot provide an accurate estimate.

I hope this information was helpful.

This post was sponsored by Cleveland implant dentist Dr. Brad Hylan.

Can I have all my teeth taken out at once?

I HAVE 15 TEETH THAT NEED TO BE PULLED AND OTHER THINGS. CAN I HAVE ALL THE WORK DONE IN ONE DAY AND GET DENTURES?
– ELYSE IN CALIFORNIA

Elyse,

You can have your teeth all pulled in one day and have the dentures put in the same day. This is called “immediate dentures,” and it is done quite often.

However, you would need to have preparatory work done to have the dentures made before this one big appointment. If the dentures are done right, there would need to be a serious of impressions and measurements on your jaw, a bite registration, so that the dentures would fit properly to your jaw and would meet together properly. For good quality dentures, they need to be processed under heat and pressure, which means they should be made in a laboratory.

The way it usually works is that the impressions and bite registrations are all taken, and then models are made of your mouth. The dentist can then take these models and cut the teeth from them, making a reasonable approximation of how your jaws will look after the teeth are extracted. There are some approximations, but the periphery, which is the area of the denture that creates the seal, and key landmarks in your palate and other places on the bony ridge will all be accurately represented, so the denture will fit pretty well.

After the initial fitting of your denture, a healing period of several months is allowed, and then the dentures are relined to fit precisely.

There is no problem with extracting 15 teeth in one appointment.

If you are anxious about the appointment, you may want to consider having sedation. That way you will be relaxed and comfortable and probably won’t remember anything about the appointment.

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