Complete Dentures in Chattanooga, TN

Complete Dentures are used to help replace teeth in an arch that doesn't have teeth anymore.  Immediate Dentures are a form of Complete Dentures that are done when you still have teeth, but they need to be extracted. 

 

Proudly serving East Brainerd and Chattanooga, TN, and surrounding areas!  We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure, but please also feel free to read below to go into more detail.

Overview

Complete Dentures

Complete Dentures replace all teeth in an arch.

  • Can be done with implants
  • Replace all missing teeth in an arch at once.
  • Can be immediately placed if you need your teeth pulled.
  • Pick your own tooth shape and color
  • 5 adjustments are included
  • Natural looking tooth options.

The Process

Scaling and Root Planing is usually broken up into 2 appointments.  We also usually do the right side, or left side, so you have a side to chew on afterwards.  Plan on staying for about 2 hours each of the 2 sides, though we are usually done faster.  Many people are able to do this procedure with topical anesthetic, but we can also give stronger anesthetic.  We also offer nitrous to help you relax and also offer conscious sedation.

Typically this appointment is 1 or 2 weeks after the first appointment.  Just like previous side, plan on staying for about 2 hours, but we will likely be done in a similar amount of time as the first scaling and root planing appointment.  Recovery can be expected to be about the same as the other side.  We will also be doing a post-op on the previous side and might do a bit of additional clean up on the previous side.

4 to 6 weeks after the periodontal treatment is completed on the final side, we will do a re-evaluation appointment to see how well the teeth and gums are responding to the therapy.  We will determine if more surgery, additional scaling, antibiotics, or other treatments are required.  If you are responding well, you will likely be placed on periodontal maintenance in between your regular cleanings.

Approximately 3 months after the final side of Scaling and Root Planing was finished, you will be due for Periodontal Maintenance.  Full recovery from periodontal disease takes at least a year.  As such, at least 2 periodontal maintenance appointments are needed the first year, in between the regular cleanings.  The periodontal maintenance appointments are slightly more in depth that the regular cleaning and are meant to refine and finalize the periodontal surgery.  Often times minor areas that were obscured by inflamed gum are more visible, allowing much better refinement.  This is a wonderful sign as it will mean your gums are healing.

The final stage of the process will be to go back to just regular cleanings.  On average this takes 2 years, but it is not uncommon to be released at the 1 year mark.  That is usually very dependent on home factors.

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Pricing

INSURANCE

We are in Network with Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Metlife.  We do accept and file other insurances that are PPO based.  We are not in network with any HMO dental plans currently.  Please call or text us if you have any questions.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

We have a pay in full discount of 5%.

We also accept Care Credit, and Alphaeon Credit.

We also accept Cash, Check, and All Major Credit Cards.

 

Member Price List

Same Day Crown
$997

This is a custom, all porcelain crown.  This is Member Pricing and does not include additional procedures which may or may not be necessary.

3 Unit Bridge
$2,991

This is a custom 3 unit bridge.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include additional procedures which may or may not be necessary.

Build-Up
$247

This procedure is done to restore tooth structure lost to fracture or decay/cavities.  It is always associated with a crown or bridge.  Member Pricing listed.

Extraction and Bone Graft
$524-$744

Occasionally there is nothing that can be done to save a tooth.  We offer extraction and grafting to save the site for an implant or bridge.  This is Member Pricing for a range of extraction services, from simple extractions plus grafting, to surgical.  Grafting is done for all extractions.

Single Tooth Implant
$2,991

This includes placement of implant, implant abutment, and implant crown.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include extraction and graft if that is necessary.

3 Unit Implant Bridge
$6,979

This includes placement of 2 implants, 2 implant abutments, and a 3 unit implant bridge.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include extraction and graft if that is necessary.

Individual Implant
$1,397

This includes placement of 1 implant only.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Implant Abutment
$597

This includes placement of 1 implant abutment only.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Implant Crown
$997

This includes placement of 1 implant crown only.  This is often done in 1 visit with our onsite lab.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

3-Unit Implant Bridge
$2,991

This includes placement of 1 3-Unit Implant Bridge only.  This is often done in 1 visit with our onsite lab.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Per Unit Implant Bridge
$997

This is per 1-unit of an Implant Bridge only, and is only listed for calculation purposes for patients.  Implant Bridges are often done in 1 visit with our onsite lab.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

4 Implant Retained Denture
$10,261

This includes placement of 4 implants, an implant overdenture, and the 4 male and female components that attach the dentures and implants.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

2 Implant Retained Denture(This is only available on the lower arch)
$5,479

This includes placement of 2 implants, an implant overdenture, and the 2 male and female components that attach the dentures and implants.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.  This is also available only for the lower arch.

Implant Retained Overdenture
$1,497

This only includes the implant overdenture and does not include the male and female components that will be necessary.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.

Male and Female Locator Attachments for Implant Retained Overdentures
$594

This includes only 1 male and female component that attach dentures and implants.  This is Member Pricing and does not include any additional procedures, which may or may not be necessary.  Individual components are $297

Periodic Oral Exam(At Hygiene Appointment for Returning Patients)
Free for Members*

This is the typical exam at your return hygiene appointment.  Free for Members.

Adult Dental Cleaning/Prophy
Free for Members*

This is a dental cleaning that most people know and have.  It is for people that have overall healthy teeth and is a cleaning procedure to prevent gum disease.  Free for members as described.

Child Dental Cleaning/Prophy
Free for Members*

This is a dental cleaning for children.  It is for children that have overall healthy teeth and is a cleaning procedure to prevent gum disease.  Free for members as described.

Comprehensive Dental Examination
Free for Members*

This procedure is for New Patients looking to become established at our office, or for current patients after 3-5 years.  Timing is based on health of the teeth and gums, with unhealthy conditions needing to be checked more frequently.  This is a comprehensive look at your teeth and gums, and is usually paired with a cleaning and full mouth series of x-rays.  Free for members as needed.

X-rays
$30(periapical)-$497(CBCT), typically free for Members

X-rays are a standard part of diagnosing dental disease, and checking to make sure structures are still healthy.  Members enjoy almost all diagnostic x-rays for free.

Fluoride Treatment
$36

Topical fluoride is a fluoride-containing drug that is used to prevent and treat . It's especially useful for children's 

Periodontal Maintenance
Free for Members with the Perio Maintenance Membership Plan*

Periodontal maintenance is for patients with periodontal disease. It may also be for those who had a periodontal procedure. This type of cleaning is deeper, targeting periodontal pockets. Gum maintenance removes tartar and plaque from the space between gums and teeth.  This is free for Members with the Perio Maintenance Membership Plan.

Scaling and Root Planing
$251/quadrant

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that involves removing and tartar from the teeth and smoothing the roots. It's used to treat , which is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria.  Local Anesthesia is sometimes required.  This is Member Pricing per quadrant(there are 4 quadrants in the mouth) and does not include other procedures.

1-Surface White Filling-Anterior/Front Tooth
$145

This is a white filling that is on one surface of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

2-Surface White Filling Anterior/Front Tooth
$176

This is a white filling that is on two surfaces of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

3-Surface White Filling Anterior/Front Tooth
$210

This is a white filling that is on three surfaces of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

4-Surface White Filling Anterior/Front Tooth
$264

This is a white filling that is on four surfaces of an anterior, or front tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

1-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$155

This is a white filling that is on one surface of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

2-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$197

This is a white filling that is on two surfaces of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

3-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$239

This is a white filling that is on three surfaces of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

4-Surface White Filling Posterior/Back Tooth
$291

This is a white filling that is on four surfaces of a posterior, or back tooth.  This is Member Pricing, and does not include other procedures.

Anterior Root Canals
$675

This procedure removes infected nerve tissue of an Anterior, or Front Tooth.  Bacteria is removed and a rubber like product is sealed in your root.  Teeth that have had a root canal need a filling, or, much more often, a crown.  Member Pricing is for the anterior root canal only.

Premolar Root Canal
$771

This procedure removes infected nerve tissue of a Premolar Tooth.  Bacteria is removed and a rubber like product is sealed in your root, or roots.  Teeth that have had a root canal need a filling, or, much more often, a crown.  Member Pricing is for the premolar root canal only.

Molar Root Canal
$939

This procedure removes infected nerve tissue of a Molar, or Back Tooth.  Bacteria is removed and a rubber like product is sealed in your root.  Teeth that have had a root canal need a filling, or, much more often, a crown.  Member Pricing is for the molar root canal only.

Full Arch Implant Restoration(Sometimes known as All-On-4)
$18,997 per arch, or $36,994 for both arches

This includes, implants, multi-unit abutments, and final prosthetic.  Your teeth are made with MultiLayered Zirconium and colored to your choice of shade and look for teeth.

Complete Denture Laboratory Reline per arch
$475

Complete Dentures occasionally need to be relined to readapt your denture to your gums.  This requires us taking your denture after we do a wash impression with it, sending it to the lab, and delivering your relined denture in the afternoon.  This is a very straightforward procedure.

FAQ

This procedure is necessary when plaque and tartar build up under the gumline, leading to gum disease. Scaling and root planing helps to prevent the progression of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.  Periodontal disease can be a silent disease until the teeth start falling out, which is why it is important to come for your regular dental cleanings.  Bone and periodontal ligament damage tends to be permanent, and only managed moving forward, so it's important to stop the process and then manage it early.

Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar from above the gum line. Scaling and root planing is a more intensive cleaning that targets the area below the gum line, where more serious gum disease occurs.

Some discomfort may be experienced during scaling and root planing, but local anesthesia can be used to minimize pain. We also offer nitrous oxide and conscious sedation if you have dental anxiety or if the procedure is expected to be lengthy.

 

The procedure is typically broken up into 2 appointments for the actual Scaling and Root Planing, this is because most people prefer to only have one side worked on at a time. Each session typically lasts about an hour and a half, and there is an hour follow up appointment that is similar to a prophy and is intended as a re-evaluation and touch up about a month after the final side is treated.

After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity and swelling in your gums. These symptoms typically subside within a few days. Good oral hygiene and possibly a follow-up visit can help ensure a successful outcome.  Desensitizing toothpastes, such as Sensodyne, tend to help.

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once daily before bed. Your dentist may also recommend a special mouthwash to help control infection and promote healing.  This medication is known as Peridex, or Chlorohexidine.

Most dental insurance plans cover scaling and root planing as it is a necessary procedure for treating gum disease. However, coverage can vary, so it's best to check with your insurance provider.  We will do this for you as well when you provide us your insurance information, but we sometimes receive bad information, or plans change, so we do stress that our plans are estimates, very good, constantly updated estimates, but estimates nonetheless.

Risks are minimal but can include infection and temporary increased sensitivity. Following your dentist's post-procedure care instructions can help minimize these risks.

The frequency of scaling and root planing depends on the severity of your gum disease. Some patients may need the procedure only once, while others with chronic gum disease might require more frequent treatments.  Ideally we treat the diseases, and get you to a manageable point, and then maintain, but this is subject to multiple factors, of course.

While scaling and root planing can effectively manage gum disease, it does not completely cure it, especially in advanced cases. Ongoing maintenance and regular dental visits are crucial for long-term gum health.

Ignoring the need for scaling and root planing can lead to the progression of gum disease, potentially resulting in tooth loss, bone damage, and other serious oral health issues.  Bleeding gums and bad breath are two of the most common early side effects.

Scaling and root planing is safe for most patients. However, those with certain health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, should inform us, as these conditions can affect the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. We might have to reach out to your primary physician to see if there are any additional precautions we should take. 

Prevention includes regular dental cleanings, good oral hygiene practices at home, and a healthy diet. Avoiding smoking and managing health conditions like diabetes can also reduce the risk of gum disease.  Flossing once a day, or using a water flosser once a day is critical as well.

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