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Dentures – Flower Mound, TX

A Convenient Way to Completely Restore Your Smile

Life without teeth can be difficult. This is especially true if there are multiple gaps throughout your mouth or if an entire arch is gone. Fortunately, an entire grin can be restored with one simple prosthetic. Dr. Song offers both partial dentures and full dentures that patients in Flower Mound can use to eat all their favorite foods again and greet people with a smile during important events. Give Bridlewood Dental of Flower Mound a call today to learn more about the process of getting a full set of dazzling new teeth!

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Why Choose Bridlewood Dental of Flower Mound for Dentures?

What are Dentures?

Full and partial denture options

A denture is a special kind of prosthetic meant to replace multiple teeth. The gum-colored base is typically made from acrylic while the teeth themselves will be composed of resin or porcelain; these latter materials can be shaded to very closely match natural tooth enamel. Traditional dentures can be removed, although in some cases they might be permanently fixed in place by dental implants. If you do have a removable denture, it’s recommended that you take it out before bed so that you can give your gums a chance to recover from the stress that was put on them throughout the day.

Most people have likely heard of full dentures, which can replace a full arch of teeth. However, you could also get partial dentures if only a few teeth are missing. Furthermore, depending on how healthy your jaw is, you could give your new teeth additional stability with implants.

Partial Dentures

Partial denture with metal frame

When you still have plenty of healthy teeth in your mouth, full dentures aren’t typically appropriate. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are much more versatile. Depending on their design, they can be used to replace a single tooth, or they might fill in multiple gaps in a single row. The base will include a special framework that attaches to your natural teeth via clasps or similar devices; this is how they’ll stay in place whenever you laugh or bite down on something.

By themselves, partial dentures can’t stop the jawbone from breaking down, which means your mouth might change shape over time. As a result, your partial dentures will eventually need to be adjusted so that they continue to fit perfectly inside your mouth. After several years of use. you may eventually need a new prosthetic entirely. Fortunately, the fitting process is straightforward and painless, and the end results are beautiful.

Full Dentures

Hand holding a full denture

Of course, full dentures remain a reliable option for replacing an entire arch. You don’t have to wait until every single tooth has fallen out on its own; instead, your dentist might recommend having extractions performed as needed.

The base of full dentures will have a different shape depending on whether it’s meant for the upper jaw or the lower jaw. Dentures for the upper jaw will cover the roof of your mouth, but a prosthetic for lower jaw is instead horseshoe shaped so that it doesn’t get in the way of the tongue. In either case, unlike partial dentures, full dentures don’t rely on any kind of attachment to stay in place; they are instead held against the gums by natural suction. However, while you’re getting used to biting and chewing with full dentures, it might help to give them some extra stability by applying a special adhesive.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Model implant retained denture

Partial dentures and full dentures can both rest on dental implants that have been surgically inserted into your jaw. Implants are unique as they interface with the jawbone itself, providing it with stimulation that normally would need to be provided by natural teeth. Said stimulation signals to the rest of the body that jaw is still in use, preventing resorption of the bone. In other words, implants don’t just act as roots for a dental prosthetic; they also help you maintain a stronger, healthier jaw over the long term as well.

Unfortunately, implants aren’t an option for every patient. You need to have a certain level of bone density in your jaw, and you can’t be suffering from gum disease or another oral health issue that could lead to implant failure. Fortunately, these issues can all be addressed with appropriate preparatory procedures such as bone grafting or a periodontal treatment.

The Benefits of Dentures

Woman showing her healthy smile with dentures

If you’re missing any teeth, you know the situation is a hard one. Tooth loss makes everyday tasks like eating, speaking, and smiling difficult. Still, you can trust dentures as a life-changing tooth replacement option. They could (and would) restore your full grin and boost your quality of life. If you’d like the details, we at Bridlewood Dental will happily tell you more. Read on then, to learn some of the major benefits of dentures.

Psychological Benefits

A mature woman admiring her dentures in a hand mirror

As you might know, being without teeth is often hard to accept. The resulting smile changes can make you self-conscious and insecure. From there, you might struggle to socialize and have feelings of sadness. Some patients even develop major depression.


Thankfully, dentures can help you avoid these outcomes. The prosthetics restore your smile and thus raise your confidence levels. With this change in attitude, you’d feel calmer in social settings and more at ease with your looks, speech, chewing ability, etc.


Clearer Enunciation

An older man looking straight into the camera

Sadly, speaking well is tricky when you lack a full smile. Your tongue needs a full set of teeth to form words properly. Consequently, missing even a few pearly whites can result in speech problems. 


That said, dentures would let you enunciate clearly again. Since they act as substitute teeth, your tongue can use them to form words. You would, however, need time to adjust first. It takes practice to speak with dentures naturally.


Improves Nutrition

A cheerful senior couple eating a salad together

Of course, missing teeth also make meals challenging. A mouth needs all its chompers to chew tough foods. That being the case, tooth loss usually results in a restricted diet. Those who suffer from it will only eat softer foods, a habit that can trigger malnutrition or indigestion.


Fortunately, dentures can remedy this situation as well. Their artificial teeth are fairly durable, so they chew food almost as well as natural ones. This trait means they’ll widen your dietary choices, improving your nutritional health.


Preserves Oral Health

An older man with dentures seeing a dentist

When you’re missing teeth, it isn’t just your mouth’s appearance that suffers; its health declines as well.


Fundamentally, the gaps left by tooth loss are harmful. They normally serve as breeding grounds for nasty oral bacteria, raising your risk of gum disease and similar problems. Left untreated, they also tilt surrounding teeth until the latter fall out.


Naturally, dentures would prevent such issues by “filling in” the smile gaps. In doing so, they’d keep bad bacteria from multiplying too much. Better yet, closing the spaces would keep your other teeth from tilting or falling.


Expands Opportunities

An older businessman using a digital tablet among colleagues

If you socialize at all, you know that a nice smile is vital to good first impressions. A full grin of gleaming teeth can make a conversation much smoother and more enjoyable. So, it’s only natural that beautiful teeth expand your social and career opportunities. When others feel better around you, they’re likelier to treat you well.


As it happens, dentures can provide you with pretty pearly whites. They’d then enhance your connections with friends, family, co-workers, and more. Should you be especially lucky, the restorations might help you get a promotion or a raise at work!

Dentures Aftercare

Hand holding glass of water with dentures

Dentures can completely transform the appearance and function of your smile! However, even if you don’t have any remaining natural teeth, this doesn’t mean that you should stop going to the dentist regularly. You should still attend routine checkups for a variety of different reasons. Your dentist will continue to monitor your existing teeth and gum tissue. They will also be on the lookout for any abnormalities that could indicate oral cancer. When you have dentures, it’s very difficult to notice these signs on your own. Early detection from your dentist is key to making a full recovery!

Remove After Eating

Dentures soaking in a glass of water

After you eat, you should take out and rinse your dentures. This helps to prevent the buildup of food debris and plaque. When rinsing your dentures, make sure the water isn’t too hot. Heat can warp the denture material and cause it to permanently not fit properly.

Clean Your Restoration

Man brushing his denture

When cleaning your dentures, you should take them out of your mouth. Add a small amount of unscented hand soap, mild dish soap, or denture cleanser to gently brush your dentures. You shouldn’t use regular toothpaste, as this is too abrasive for the materials that dentures are made of. If you aren’t going to be wearing your dentures again right away, place them in a container of water or denture-cleansing solution so they don’t dry out and lose their shape. You should always thoroughly rinse your dentures before putting them back into your mouth.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

Woman holding a denture

When cleaning your dentures, you may want to place a towel beneath you just in case you accidentally drop them. This will reduce the probability of your dentures becoming damaged. You should also keep your dentures out of the reach of small children and pets.

Remove When You Sleep

Denture soaking in solution

You should take your dentures out at night before you go to sleep. Wearing dentures restricts the circulation to your gums, leading to soft-tissue irritation. Sleeping with dentures has also been associated with a higher risk of pneumonia as well as higher levels of tongue and gum plaque. Overnight, keep your dentures in a denture-soaking solution.

Notice Changes

Man getting dentures at the dentist

You should always be on the lookout for changes so you can address them with your dentist. This includes mouth sores, gum irritation, and other signs of infection. If your dentures become damaged in any way, you shouldn’t attempt to repair them on your own. You could accidentally damage them further, so give us a call instead!

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

Dental instruments on stack of $100 bills

Your financial situation should never stand in the way of replacing your missing teeth. Many things affect the cost of dentures, but Bridlewood Dental of Flower Mound strives to keep a complete, beautiful smile within everyone's budget. You'll benefit from a high-quality prosthetic that looks great and fits comfortably without spending your life's savings.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

Full denture and various partial dentures on white background

There's no one-size-fits-all denture because every mouth is as unique as fingerprints. Therefore, there's no flat fee for a new set of teeth. Instead, many factors affect the amount you'll pay. Although every treatment plan differs, you can expect your estimate to include:

  • Consultation: Your dentist will examine your mouth and review diagnostic images to create your personalized treatment plan to treat your tooth loss.
  • Preliminary Procedures: It's not unusual to require a little prep work before getting dentures, like tooth extractions or gum disease therapy.
  • Materials: Discounted materials can cost less, but they can be of low quality, which can affect aesthetics, comfort, and durability. Your dentist will help you choose the best materials to get the most from your investment.
  • Number of Arches: Treating both arches will increase the cost of your new smile.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

Dental implant on stack of $100 bills

Implant dentures cost more upfront than traditional prosthetics, but they are the most affordable overall. Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or more with the correct care, like brushing and flossing. You’ll never have to budget for replacements, unlike a fixed bridge that needs to be replaced every 5-15 years. Implant dentures also stop bone loss caused by missing teeth, which a regular bridge can’t offer. A dental implant recreates the entire tooth structure, including the root. This will preserve your facial structure and improve your oral health to avoid costly treatments down the road.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

You can use your dental insurance to cover specific steps of your treatment, like your consultation or any prep work. Your benefits may also cover 50% of the cost of dentures after meeting your annual deductible. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your coverage to lower the amount you will pay out-of-pocket.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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Besides using your dental insurance, our office offers many financial solutions to keep dentures affordable, like:

  • Traditional Payments: Our office accepts all traditional payment methods, including cash, personal checks, and credit cards.
  • CareCredit: You can benefit from little or no interest in financing based on your credit approval. You can make monthly payments to keep your dentures within your budget.

If you have any questions about the cost of dentures or your payment options, contact our office today.

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