Partial & Full Dentures – Indianapolis, IN
Custom Crafted Prosthetics
Missing teeth diminish confidence, prevent patients smiling, and make people self-conscious about overall appearance. An incomplete smile compromises oral and overall health. But at Indianapolis Family Dentistry, we’re happy to offer two restorative solutions that reverse tooth loss. With a custom partial and full dentures in Indianapolis, IN, we get patients’ smiles and your lives back on track.
Why You Need to Replace Missing Teeth Right Away
There are many personal reasons why people will wish to replace their teeth, like boosting their self-esteem or just improving their smile aesthetically, but there are plenty of health-related reasons to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
- Increased risk of developing tooth decay: How can a missing tooth be a culprit to decay in the smile? When a tooth is lost, it doesn’t take much time before the surrounding teeth will start naturally shifting to try to fill the gap. Shifting teeth can make your smile crooked and create hard to clean areas in your mouth resulting in tooth decay or even gum disease.
- Jaw Problems: As mentioned above, when neighboring teeth shift out of their correction positions because of missing teeth, your bite alignment could become incorrect and cause discomfort, orthodontic issues, or even TMJ disorder.
- Premature Facial Aging: The jaw bone that keeps your face structured and youthful looking will begin to lose its strength and density with missing teeth. Teeth keep the jaw stimulated and strong, but when they go missing, the jaw will quickly diminish. This causes a premature aged appearance.
- Poor Nutrition: Your teeth serve an important role in the digestive system by breaking down food. With missing teeth, it will be more difficult to ingest the healthy, natural foods that contain vital nutrients that your body needs.
Discover Your Best Tooth Replacement Option
Ultimately, you should always rely on the professional opinion of your dentist to lead you in the best direction for your restorative dental care, but you can explore the most popular tooth replacement options we offer here in our dental office.
Full dentures include a complete upper and/or lower row of prosthetic teeth affixed to a gum-colored base. They mimic a natural smile and can return your ability to eat, laugh, and talk with confidence. Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner are skilled restorative dentists who will perform comprehensive assessments to customize the fit and function of dentures. They go the extra mile to make sure replacement teeth look, function, and feel fantastic. With full dentures, you can replace one or both arches of teeth for a completely new smile.
If you don’t require a full denture, the dentist may suggest a partial denture, commonly called a partial. This removable prosthetic fills gaps and prevents existing teeth from shifting out of place. A partial fits securely, looks natural, and functions like natural teeth. Essentially, a partial denture is a replacement prosthetic that fits like the perfect puzzle piece to complete your smile.
Implant Supported Dentures
In addition to offering removable partials and dentures, Dr. Farthing and Dr. Tepner also offer implant-supported solutions. For patients who have jawbones healthy enough to support multiple implants, implants provide even more stable results than traditional partial or full dentures. Dr. Farther or Dr. Tepner oversee treatment from start to finish, ensuring beautiful, lifelike results that last for years.
Overall, implant supported dentures are the most stable, long-lasting replacement option available, but there are a few prerequisites that your oral health must meet before moving forward with dental implants. Learn more from our informative dental team. We would be happy to explain the perfect candidates for implant supported dentures and how you can improve your oral health to meet the standard if you wish.
Call Indianapolis Family Dentistry today to schedule your dentures or partial consultation with Dr. Farthing or Dr. Tepner. Our conveniently located dental office provides personalized service and one-on-one care to residents of Beech Grove and beyond.
Understanding the Cost of Dentures
As with most types of dental work, the cost of dentures in Indianapolis will depend on the specifics of your oral health. During your consultation, Dr. Tepner or Dr. Farthing will go over your dental needs with you and discuss your options for rebuilding your smile with dentures. As we mentioned earlier on this page, dentures benefit your oral health in addition to their appearance, so they’re definitely an investment worth making.
Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures
The three major considerations that influence how much dentures cost are:
- Preparatory treatments before the denture can be worn (tooth extractions, gum disease therapy, etc.)
- The type of acrylic used to create the gum-colored base of the denture
- The material of the replacement teeth, usually porcelain or acrylic
Your denture dentist in Indianapolis will go over all of these factors during your consultation and provide you with a trustworthy cost estimate.
Keep in mind that just because a denture has a lower price does not necessarily mean it’s better. Very cheap dentures tend to fall apart easily or not look as natural. Quality is important when it comes to your smile!
Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?
Yes, implant dentures cost more than traditional dentures, but for good reason. Because this denture is secured onto dental implants that are fused with the jawbone, it is a more reliable, durable, and lifelike solution. More chewing power will be restored, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without worrying about your teeth slipping out of place.
While a traditional denture typically has to be replaced every five to seven years, an implant denture can last significantly longer. Many patients find that an implant denture is a more cost-effective solution in the long term.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Generally speaking, yes – many dental insurance providers offer partial coverage for dentures. Most of them view dentures as a major restorative procedure, so they’re likely to cover about 50% of the cost. However, every insurance policy is different. Our team is happy to evaluate your plan and confirm how much coverage you’re eligible for before treatment begins. We’re even in-network with many of the most popular dental insurance providers!
Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable
Besides dental insurance, we have other ways of helping you fit dentures in Indianapolis into your budget, such as low-interest financing through CareCredit. This company has helped countless Americans break up the cost of their dental care into manageable monthly payments.
If you’re looking to save on more than just dentures, you may be interested in our Indianapolis Family Dentistry Membership Plan. For a small monthly or yearly fee, you gain access to FREE preventive care as well as a 15% to 20% discount on all other services, including dentures. Plus, there are no deductibles, annual maximums, or waiting periods to worry about.
Whether you’re missing just a few pearly whites or a whole mouthful, dentures in Indianapolis are a great way to enjoy having a complete smile again. That being said, we understand that replacing your lost teeth is a major decision. We want you to be well-informed before committing to denture treatment. For this reason, we’ve answered some questions about dentures that we frequently get asked below. Of course, feel free to reach out to us if you have additional questions!
What Is the Average Age for Dentures?
Tooth loss isn’t necessarily inevitable as a person ages, but it definitely becomes more common amongst our older patients. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, adults between the ages of 40 and 64 are twice as likely to be missing at least one tooth than adults who are 39 and younger (66 percent compared to 33 percent). The American Dental Association also found that almost 57% of people ages 65 to 74 wear a denture of some kind.
Although the need for replacement teeth generally increases with age, people of all ages can potentially qualify for dentures.
Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?
When you first receive your denture, it’s normal for your gums to feel sore or irritated as your mouth gets used to the new appliance. The length of the adjustment process varies from person to person. It usually lasts for several weeks, but for some patients, it takes a few months. If you previously wore a denture and have recently switched to a new one, it may take even longer for your mouth to grow accustomed to the new prosthetic.
Can You Still Eat Steak with Dentures?
Steak and other tough meats can be difficult to chew with dentures, but it’s still possible if you take the following precautions:
- Choose tenderloin and other beef cuts that don’t have as many muscle fibers or connective tissues; these are the parts that make steak hard to chew with dentures.
- Before eating, make sure that the meat is thoroughly tenderized.
- Cut the meat into smaller pieces that are easier to chew.
- Ensure that your dentures fit correctly. If you’re still adjusting, a bit of denture adhesive can stabilize them and make eating easier.
Can I Have My Dentures Relined If They Don’t Fit Properly?
Over time, dentures will lose their fit due to natural changes in your gums and underlying jawbone. They’re also subject to normal wear and tear over the years. If your prosthetic doesn’t fit as well as it used to, your denture dentist in Indianapolis may recommend a reline. This procedure involves adjusting the base of the denture that rests on the gums. Depending on the extent of the changes necessary, we can either reline your denture in-office or we may need to send it to a separate lab. In either case, a reline can help your denture fit more comfortably for years to come.