Shallowford Smiles - Chattanooga

Dentures in Chattanooga

Whether you suffer from missing teeth, or your dentures are in need of repair, Shallowford Smiles offers both full and partial denture solutions to restore your dental health.
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“Are Dentures Right for Me?”

For older adults, missing teeth are more common than many realize. Around one quarter of people over the age of 65 suffer from missing teeth. While missing teeth are nothing to be ashamed of, it’s important to fill tooth gaps to prevent dental complications and restore mouth functionality.

At Shallowford Smiles, we offer both full dentures and partial dentures to replace your teeth regardless of how many are missing.

You may want to consider dentures if the following conditions apply to you:
  • You need to replace several or all of your teeth
  • You don’t smoke or use tobacco products
  • You have a healthy jawbone
  • You don’t suffer from dry mouth.
  • You’re committed to attending regular teeth cleanings

“Do Dentures Look and Feel Natural?

Our dentures are made to replicate the look and feel of natural teeth. During the manufacturing process, the size, shape, and color of your new false teeth will be adjusted to appear as natural as possible. Most people won’t even realize you’re wearing dentures. The material we use is also very resilient. Ideally, you can do everything with your dentures that you could do with your regular teeth without worrying about chipping or breaking your teeth.


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“How do I take care of my dentures?”

One of the best parts about dentures is that you can take care of them as you would your natural teeth. That includes brushing, flossing, and periodic dental checkups. Additionally, you’ll want to soak your dentures in a cleaning solution overnight while you sleep. With proper cleaning and care, dentures can last up to a decade.

Other tips for taking care of your dentures include:
  • Remove dentures overnight to let your mouth rest
  • Soak dentures in warm water
  • Use a good denture cleanser
  • Do not soak dentures with metal clasps in anything but warm water
  • When not wearing dentures, keep them in water so they don’t dry out and warp
  • NEVER soak dentures in hot water.
  • With dentures removed, clean and massage your gums
  • If you have partial dentures, brush your natural teeth as usual
  • Brush with a soft-bristled brush
  • Use non-abrasive cleaner

The Denture Process

Dental Exam

Before getting your dentures, your doctor will want to assess your dental condition by bringing your in for an initial exam. During the exam, your doctor will check your teeth and gums for signs of infection, decay, and any prior dental work that may interfere with the denture fitting. If they determine that your dental health is adequate, they’ll discuss the next steps in the denture process with you before moving onto the next step.

Making an Impression

If you require partial dentures, the doctor will take an impression of your remaining teeth. This impression will ensure that the false teeth match the size and shape of your natural teeth, so that people won’t be able to tell where your false teeth end and your natural teeth begin. Once completed, the impression will be sent off to a lab, where a team will use the mold to create your new dentures.

The Fitting

Once your dentures are complete, we will schedule another appointment with you to fit your dentures. During this appointment, your doctor will ensure that your dentures fit comfortably in your mouth without any slipping or other complications. If there are any issues, our specialist will adjust the dentures during your appointment.

The Cost of Dentures in Chattanooga

In Chattanooga, you can expect to pay approximately $900 – $3500+ for dentures. The cost of dentures varies widely depending on whether you get full or partial dentures as well as the type of support the dentures will use. Full-mouth dentures can cost anywhere from $1,800 to $3500 and up. The cost for a full set of implant-supported dentures averages around $30,000.

Factors we consider when determining the cost of dentures:
  • The type of denture you need
  • Dental extractions or other required preparations.
  • Whether or not x-rays are needed
  • Whether or not you get supportive implants

Remember, no one can give you an accurate estimate over the phone. Everyone’s dental condition is different. That’s why it’s necessary to come into our dental office in Chattanooga for a consultation to get an accurate estimate.

Financing Options:

Your mouth is one of the most important investments that you can make in yourself. Many of our patients find it easier to break up the investment in their mouth into monthly payments. As such we work with Care Credit and Alphaeon to help. There are options ranging from 0% interest for 6 months, up to 60-month terms.

 

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental bridges can be used to restore a gap caused by 1 to 3 missing teeth. Any number of missing teeth can be restored using dental implants. Dental implants typically have a higher initial investment cost and certain health requirements to qualify as a candidate for treatment.
With routine care and maintenance, your dentures should be good for 5 - 10 years. Aside from wear and tear on the dentures themselves, your mouth also changes over time and you may eventually decide it’s best to get fitted for a completely new set.
Yes, you can wear your dentures to bed but its recommended that you don’t. You should get into the habit of taking them out at night to soak so you can clean your mouth, gums and remaining natural teeth and then give your gums and jaw a chance to rest.
Your top dentures should suction to your gums. Your bottom dentures float above your gums but stay in place easily. Partial dentures should stay in line with natural teeth without moving very much. Implant-supported dentures snap in place and remain stable. If you’re questioning the fit of your denture, you are welcome to book an appointment so we can check your fit and make adjustments as needed.
After you’ve had some time to adjust to your dentures you should be able to eat almost anything. There are some foods that are hard on your dentures or that might cause rubbing or irritation. Foods that are hard or sticky like caramel, carrot sticks or a tough cut of meat or foods that contain little particles like popcorn or seeded crackers might present some challenge and should perhaps be enjoyed only as an occasional treat.

Stacey Ketry

I have severe dental anxiety. This visit almost made me forget I have dental anxiety at all. I have never been more impressed with a dentist or dental office assistant and staff in my entire life. I’m almost looking forward to the upcoming visit and I promise you this, I have NEVER before said that.

Phil Amick

This is by far the best dental office I have ever been to. I have never been a fan of the dentist, but they don't judge. They told me what was necessary, what I needed most, and let me choose what I could afford, first. Josie lights up the office with her kind, empathetic personality and Dr. Wilkinson is gentle and he speaks in terms everyone can understand. Everyone here is kind and professional and I wouldn't trade them for the world. I hope they know how amazing they are.

Charles Akin-Vorst

Great staff with the highest quality care in Chattanooga. The staff is always welcoming and happy to answer any and all questions. The only time I’ve had to wait in the waiting room was when I was early for my appointment and they were right in time. Even then, the waiting area is very comfortable with a TV, WiFi, complimentary coffee and drink station, and comfortable seating. I’ve had extensive periodontal work done there and the entire experience was top-notch. I wouldn’t recommend any other dental care facility in town over Dr. Brian.

Shallowford Smiles - Chattanooga

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