Full and Partial Dentures

A smile just isn't a smile if it's incomplete. Missing teeth cause a host of problems, from difficulty speaking and eating to low self-confidence to jawbone deterioration. Don't give up on your smile. Advances in dental materials and technology have made full and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever.

What is a Partial?

A partial denture, commonly referred to as simply a partial, consists of multiple teeth on a gum colored base. The teeth are not in a row, but rather spread across the base to fit like a puzzle with your existing teeth. A partial is normally secured with clips or brackets, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable.

What is a Denture?

A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and they require denture adhesive to hold them in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures and Partials

Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clips or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. In a brief surgery, an implant dentist can secure a few dental implant posts to hold your dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel safe and sound.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Dentures in Mankato are one of the most cost-effective forms of tooth replacement. Their price can vary depending on a number of factors, so our team will be sure to provide you with an estimate when you visit us for your consultation with Dr. Kalina. We will also make sure you are familiar with all of the provisions that may make your prosthetic as affordable as possible.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Some of the primary factors that influence the cost of dentures in Mankato include:

  • You might need extractions or other treatments before you can receive dentures. Each preliminary treatment has its own cost.
  • Dentures typically have an acrylic base and teeth that are made out of either porcelain or acrylic. The type and quality of materials used have a bearing on overall cost.
  • Type of denture. Full, partial, and implant dentures have different price points.

Be careful not to get drawn in by denture “bargains” that seem too good to be true. Such deals may provide poor quality prosthetics or have fine print that will drive up your total cost.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

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Yes, implant dentures cost more upfront than traditional full and partial dentures. That is because the implant denture process requires more time, effort, and materials than conventional forms of tooth replacement. However, many patients would agree that implant dentures are worth the price. Not only are they incredibly secure, but they also look natural, provide a strong bite, and tend to last much longer than their non-implant counterparts (which usually need to be replaced every 5 – 7 years). Our team will be happy to help you compare the pros, cons, and cost of all the types of dentures that you qualify for.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

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Most dental insurance plans class dentures as a “major procedure,” which means your policy might cover up to 50% of their cost, up to the amount of your annual maximum. Although our practice is not in-network with any insurance companies, we are still willing to accept payment from them. We will be happy to verify your coverage and file claims on your behalf. If you have questions about how we can help you maximize your benefits while you enjoy top-quality care, feel free to ask.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

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In addition to assisting you with insurance, we offer a few other provisions that may make it easier for you to afford your prosthetic:

  • Most patients qualify for low-interest financing from a third-party lender. We can help you through the application process.
  • Kalina Cares program. Our in-house savings plan is different from insurance in that it does not come with a deductible or waiting period. It can reduce the cost of most of the services we offer.

Would you like to learn more about dentures and their cost? Contact our team today to schedule a consultation or ask questions. As your denture dentist in Mankato, we look forward to assisting you!

Dentures FAQs

Are you thinking about replacing your missing teeth with a full or partial denture? If so, you have much to look forward to! Still, you might want to learn more about these restorative treatments before you schedule your consultation with Dr. Kalina. That is why we have compiled the following brief list of frequently asked questions, along with their answers. If you do not see the information you were hoping to find, please contact our team directly.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Over time, changes to the shape of your jawbone will cause your non-implant denture to lose its fit. Although Dr. Kalina can reline dentures to extend their use, they usually need to be replaced every 5 – 8 years or so. Because dental implants prevent changes to the jawbone, implant-retained dentures have a much longer life expectancy.

What Can I Eat with Dentures?

Non-implant dentures can enable you to eat most foods. However, you may need to take certain precautions. For example, you should cut tough food before you put it in your mouth, as opposed to tearing off a piece with your prosthetic teeth. You should also keep in mind that extremely sticky or chewy foods may destabilize a denture. Implant-retained dentures are sturdier and function more like natural teeth.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

Non-implant dentures are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement solutions available. Their price depends largely on the techniques and materials used to create them. Most dental insurance policies are willing to cover about half of the cost of dentures, up to the amount of a plan’s annual spending limit. Our team will be happy to help you figure out the financial aspects of your care so you can enjoy a renewed smile without stressing too much about the numbers.

Will People Be Able to Tell that I Have Dentures?

Dr. Kalina pays great attention to detail when he is designing dentures in Mankato. He will aim to make sure that the size, shape, and color of your new teeth all complement your natural facial characteristics. As long as your dentures fit well, it is highly unlikely that onlookers will notice that you have prosthetic teeth.

What Is Involved in Caring for Dentures?

You should clean your denture daily with a soft brush and mild cleaning solution (specifically, you should use products that are designed for use on dentures). Standing over a soft surface, such as a folded towel or sink full of water, can give your dentures a soft landing if you accidentally drop them. It is also important that you maintain a clean mouth, keep your dentures moist when you are not wearing them, and attend regular dental checkups.