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Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures and Implants

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Welcome to Jax Dental Implants and Dentures in Jacksonville, FL! We understand that dental health plays a crucial role in your health and quality of life, and we’re here to address some common questions about dentures and implants. Our team of dentists has compiled an informative Q&A session to help you make informed decisions about your smile’s future.

1.What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances used to replace missing teeth and replicate the adjacent gum tissues. Some people call them “plates.” Dentures come in two main categories: complete dentures, which replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaw, and partial dentures, which replace only a few missing teeth while preserving the remaining natural teeth. There are also varieties of full dentures, such as implant-supported overdentures and permanent hybrid implant dentures.

2.Are Dentures Comfortable to Wear?

Modern dentures are designed with your comfort in mind. At Jax Dental Implants and Dentures, we take precise measurements and use high-quality materials to ensure a secure fit and feel. Initially, some people may experience mild discomfort or soreness as they get accustomed to wearing a new pair of dentures. However, this typically gets better over time and with a little bit of practice, kind of like breaking in a new pair of shoes.

3.What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, acting like an artificial tooth root. They consist of a titanium post, providing a sturdy foundation for us to attach dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.

4.How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They also slow bone loss, which is a common side-effect of tooth loss, helping reinforce any surrounding teeth. Routine dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are essential to making sure your implants last as long as possible.

5.Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

In general, most healthy adults with healthy bone density can consider dental implants. But our Jacksonville dentists will need to examine your mouth first to check your gum health, bone anatomy, and review your medical history. At that point we can determine if dental implants are the right option for you.

6.How Long Does the Dental Implant Procedure Take?

The length of the dental implant process can vary depending on the person and which type of treatment they need. After the initial implant installation, we’ll need to allow a few months for the bone around them to integrate and fuse with the implant(s) surfaces. Once this is complete, we can attach the permanent restoration—like a bridge, crown, or even a denture—onto your implants.

7.Are Dental Implants Noticeable?

Dental implants are designed to function like real tooth roots, with the entire body of the prosthesis resting below your gum tissues. The crown or denture attached to the implant is customized to match the color and shape of your neighboring teeth.

8.How Do I Care for Dentures?

Proper daily care and maintenance is key to getting your dentures to last as long as possible. It’s important to clean your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner. Avoid using hot water, as it can warp the material. At night, store your dentures in a denture solution and then brush them clean the next morning before wearing them again.

9.Can I Sleep with My Dentures In?

No. Sleeping without dentures allows for better tissue circulation and promotes improved bone health. Sleeping in your denture can accelerate changes in your bone shape and lead to infections, such as thrush.

10.How Much Do Dentures and Implants Cost?

The cost of dentures and implants will vary depending on the type of denture and any adjunctive services the patient needs (such as bone grafting or dental extractions.) At Jax Dental Implants and Dentures, we offer personalized consultations to assess your dental health and provide comprehensive cost estimates. We also work with our patients to explore financial options and insurance coverage to make dental care more accessible.

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A beautiful smile begins with great dental care, and our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your oral health goals. We look forward to welcoming you to our state-of-the-art dental practice and providing you with exceptional dentistry. If you have more questions or are considering dentures or dental implants in Jacksonville, schedule your next consultation at Jax Dental Implants and Dentures today!