Dentures – Eugene, OR

Feel Good About Your Smile Again

Are you missing most or all of your pearly whites? Tooth loss can have a devastating impact on your self-confidence and quality of life. Everything from eating and talking comfortably to enjoying your time with friends and family can be negatively affected by your missing teeth. At College Hill Dental, wee can help you feel good about your smile again with the help of partial or full dentures in Eugene! Come visit us today for your consultation and start your journey towards overcoming tooth loss.

Why Choose College Hill Dental For Dentures?

  • Welcoming & Comfortable Modern Dental Office
  • Your Happiness Is Our Top Priority
  • Multiple Options to Help Make Dentures Affordable

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

No matter the teeth you’ve lost, nearly anyone can get dentures. Qualifying for these prosthetics isn’t a tricky matter. That said, you should consult Dr. Paskalev before you decide anything. He’ll assess your mouth to see if dentures might work. Even if you don’t qualify for treatment, though, you needn’t worry. You could always become a good dentures candidate with preliminary dental work. Alternatively, you could explore our other restorative options. As for the other details, keep reading or call our office today!

Effects of Missing Teeth

Before you weigh denture candidacy, review tooth loss’s causes and effects. Doing so lets you see how prosthetic teeth help.

Ultimately, many things could cause you to lose teeth. Tooth decay might make your chomper fall out or need pulling. Alternatively, you may get gum disease – an infection that erodes the tissues holding your pearly whites. If you’re especially unlucky, an accident or injury could knock your teeth out.

Unlike its causes, though, tooth loss effects are narrow but harsh. For instance, lacking teeth makes everyday tasks – eating, speaking, smiling, etc. – harder. It also creates smile gaps that slowly erode your jawbone. (This erosion will lead to facial collapse if left unchecked.) Adding insult to injury, these same gaps may tilt your other teeth until they fall out.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

True, most people just need to lose teeth to qualify for dentures. These appliances don’t have harsh requirements. However, there are still a few things you should note.

Your mouth’s health is one such factor. After all, dentures won’t work if your gums and jaws are too weak. In that case, you’d lack the strength to secure your prosthetics. Still, you won’t get turned away due to sensitive or decayed teeth. Dentures could replace such offending chompers.

The number of lost teeth is crucial as well. Based on how many are missing, you’ll receive one of two possible dentures. First is the partial model, which only replaces a few teeth. The other option is a full denture that replaces all teeth along an arch.

Of course, your budget shouldn’t be left out either. The truth is that dentures are often the cheapest tooth replacements. Therefore, they’re the ideal choice for those with limited funds.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

If Dr. Paskalev decides you don’t qualify for dentures, you needn’t worry. There are several ways to restore your full grin. In particular, our practice has a few other tooth replacements. These are:

  • Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration. Normally, it’s made of two crowns fused to a pontic. Once cemented into a space between nearby teeth, only a dentist can properly remove it.
  • Dental Implants – Unlike dentures or bridges, dental implants are set in your jaw. Their titanium makeup lets them fuse with your jawbone and remain stable. Plus, they’re capped with dental crowns, blending with your other teeth. (All that said, implants can be pricey; their unique features often drive up their price.)

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Types of Dentures

Different types of dentures in Eugene lined up on a blue table

At College Hill Dental, we’re proud to offer numerous denture options to choose from. All of our dentures are crafted from high-quality materials that are biocompatible, durable, and natural-looking to ensure that you get the best results. Depending on your unique needs and preferences, we will recommend one of the following types of dentures.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture in Eugene on a white model jaw

A partial denture is a dental prosthetic designed to replace multiple missing teeth. Small, discreet metal clasps wrap around the existing tooth structure to hold the partial in place. The partial itself fits around and between your remaining teeth much like a puzzle piece. Partials are customized to match your teeth both in look and how your teeth come together in the bite.

Full Dentures

Set of full dentures in Eugene on a white background

A full denture is a full set of artificial teeth designed to replace all of the natural teeth on either the lower or upper arch. Patients seek a full denture when they no longer have any healthy teeth remaining. A denture can support your facial shape structure, allow you to chew foods, and help with your confidence. Dentures are a complete row of plastic teeth that are set in a pink plastic mold.

Implant Dentures

Digital illustrating showing an implant dentures in Eugene

With the help of dental implants, you can now enjoy a partial or full denture that is more lifelike than ever. These small titanium posts are positioned directly into the jawbone like the roots of natural teeth. This gives the denture they support unmatched stability, comfort, and functionality. What’s more, they can prevent jawbone deterioration and last a lifetime! During your consultation, we’ll help you determine if you’re a good candidate for implant dentures.

The Benefits of Dentures

Laughing couple outside with dentures in Eugene

Traditional removable dentures have long been a reliable way for countless patients to enjoy a full smile once again. When you choose to replace your missing teeth with this prosthetic, you can enjoy benefits like:

  • Seamlessly lifelike results that are crafted to look just like your natural smile
  • Restored ability to chew comfortably and speak clearly
  • Better oral health and reduced risk of dental shifting and bite misalignment
  • A quick and cost-effective means of replacing many missing teeth
  • A renewed sense of confidence in your smile and appearance

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

Close up of dentist holding dentures in Eugene

The amount you pay for dentures can vary depending on your specific needs. Rest assured that we will only move forward with the process once we’ve made sure that you’re fully aware of what the final price will look like. Our team will be glad to answer any questions you might have about the cost of dentures, and we can outline your financial options to make paying for your new teeth as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Dentures

We’ll need to answer the following questions to figure out how much your dentures will cost:

  • Are any preperations (such as tooth extraction) needed before you can receive dentures?
  • What kind of material will be used to make the gum-colored base?
  • What will your replacement teeth be made of?

Remember that when it comes to dentures (and other kinds of dental work), the less expensive option isn’t always the better one. Cheaper dentures tend to be made out of lower-quality materials that break more easily. Higher-quality dentures that last longer are often worth the extra cost.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

An implant denture is supported by four or more dental implant posts in your jaw. Dental implant surgery naturally carries costs of its own, so implant dentures tend to be more expensive than traditional dentures. However, investing in dental implants can pay off significantly in the long run. Not only will you have a more lifelike smile that will let you eat whatever you want, but you can expect the implant posts to last for decades with proper maintenance.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

Dentures are normally covered under dental insurance, though it’s important to remember that every plan is different. Since dentures are considered a major procedure, you can usually expect coverage to be around 50%.

You should call your dental insurance plan to confirm your benefits before you start the process of getting dentures. If you feel like you don’t fully understand your insurance coverage, we can review your plan with you. Furthermore, our team will file any necessary claims on your behalf and take the needed steps to ensure that you get the benefits you’ve earned.

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

If you don’t have any dental insurance coverage, we can still work with you to make paying for your dentures easier. At our office, you can take advantage of the following options:

  • In-House Membership Plan: With our membership plan, you can enjoy discounts on various important services in exchange for an annual fee. Unlike dental insurance, our membership plan doesn’t have any deductibles that need to be met before your benefits kick in.
  • CareCredit Financing: We are proud to work with CareCredit, which is a third-party financing company that gives you the option of paying for your dental care in smaller monthly installments. CareCredit plans come with little to no interest, making it that much easier to get the treatment you need without breaking the bank.

Denture FAQs

Model of dentures in Eugene

Our team here at College Hill Dental understands the toll that tooth loss can take on your physical and mental wellbeing! We want to be as helpful and supportive as possible as we guide you through the process of rebuilding your smile. We’ve gathered a few of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about dentures so that you can put any potential doubts to rest and feel confident about committing to restoring your smile and confidence. Of course, if you have any specific questions regarding dentures, feel free to give us a call for additional assistance. 

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

You’ll likely experience some mild soreness for a few days after receiving dentures, but this isn’t something you should be fearful of. This discomfort can also easily be managed by taking your recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain medication as instructed. That said, once you receive dentures, it’s normal to go through an adjustment period (usually a few weeks) during which your gums might feel irritated.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

It might take you a little while to become accustomed to speaking while wearing your dentures. For the first few weeks, you might talk with a lisp or stutter, or muffle your words. However, you can speed up this adjustment process by practicing reading out loud and conversing with loved ones who’ll support and encourage your efforts. Also, applying a small amount of adhesive can help to stabilize your dentures and make your speech a bit clearer.

Can I Sleep While Wearing My Dentures?

We advise against sleeping while wearing your dentures. Even though you can technically sleep while wearing dentures, we recommend taking them out before going to bed in order to give your gum tissue and jawbone a chance to recuperate after supporting them throughout the day. Removing your dentures before bedtime also gives you the perfect opportunity to soak them in a glass of denture cleaning solution or room-temperature water—if your dentures dry out, their shape might become warped! Lastly, taking your dentures out at night also encourages healthy blood flow in your gums, which is vital for their wellness.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

There are primarily three different types of dentures: partial dentures, full dentures, and implant dentures—and each have different requirements. Partials are preferable for those who still have most of their teeth but need a few replaced. Full dentures are recommended if you’ve lost all of your teeth or don’t have enough natural teeth left that are worth salvaging. And implant dentures rely on dental implants to support the new prosthetics; however, it means you’ll need to have sufficient jawbone density for supporting them.