Patients choose to enter into dentures for a number of reasons - failing teeth, loose teeth, or many dental cavities. Patients who are going into dentures for the first time need Immediate Dentures. This is the term for when teeth are to be extracted and their first set of dentures placed immediately after the teeth are removed. This is a big decision and not one to be taken lightly. Dr. Damon and Dr. Kari Blankenship have 3 offices - Dallas Office in Richardson, Tx; Fort Worth, Tx - downtown fort worth; and Amarillo, TX - near the hospitals.
Who would or should consider Immediate dentures? Patients who have lost several teeth before, patients with generalized painful teeth, lots of dental decay, generalized missing teeth, and generalized loose teeth. If you have 1 or 2 teeth with a bad condition, we typically will not recommend immediate dentures, but some other option that replaces or addresses the localized problem. Immediate Dentures will span the entire arch, sometimes we may just do the upper immediate denture, or sometimes both (upper and lower) arches are needed.
Are Immediate Dentures common? - Yes
How many denture patients are there? – There are estimations that range from 45-60 Million people in the US that wear a denture.
We like to think we are the best denture office in Texas, while that may be up for debate, at least we strive for great results every day. Not every patient can drive to us in the metroplex or even in Texas, here are some pointers you need to consider PRIOR to having your teeth extracted and getting Immediate Dentures.
The top 3 things to look for in a dental office are the following:
- Is IV Sedation offered? This is very important; typically we are extracting 10-20 teeth in one setting. This is why all of our patients are IV Sedated for a denture surgery. Dr. Damon and staff want to create a worry free procedure, provide the highest level of care, and know that having a patient completely sedated for a denture surgery is the best way to go. Our patients wake up after surgery not knowing anything or any part of the procedure that had been completed. We take care of our patients just like you are family.
- Have you been given multiple treatment options? There is more then one way to rehabilitate patients. Some higher volume implant centers only see things one way - and that is permanently fixed. While this is a great option, not every patient can afford a $40,000-65,000 treatment plan fee. For patients at initial consultation, we will evaluate your condition, discuss your treatment goals, and offer options that can meet your desires. For example - a patient wanting Immediate Dentures only, we will not go into detail on All on Four options unless they want to be educated in that treatment. As for patients not wanting a denture and wanting permanent dental implants - we will focus on the fixed route versus discuss removable dentures. For patients who might not know what direction they want to go we will typically give them 4 treatment plans - 1. Dentures top and bottom, 2. Upper denture and a lower snap on implant denture, 3. Upper Permanent Implants with a lower snap on, and 4. Upper and Lower Permanent dental implants. Our goal is to give you a treatment solution that fits you versus talk patients into treatment.
- The office needs to do lots of dentures and provide soft liners every 5 weeks or so. Most regular dentists, do maybe 5 – 10 dentures a year. Dr. Damon and staff are doing about 25 dentures or more a month at each location. This is a result of our ability to treat patients well, provide excellent patient care, and have good results. There can be bumps along the way, and dentures can be difficult to adjust to, so you need a competent staff to help make the dentures fit well through the healing phase. Providing soft liners is key to the success along the way. There is gum and bone resorption for 4 months after surgery. As this occurs the dentures fit loose. When this happens we need to re adapt the denture base to the gums and we do this by placing a soft liner
- In House Lab- this is another important point as since dentures require more lab work. Typically 4 steps. Our offices have our own in-house lab so we can handle denture steps more quickly then other offices who have to send things out. When it comes to relines, we can provide those same day – in a matter or hours.
- Knowledgeable staff and Confident Doctors- Experience by the dental team is important, and experience in dentures is a must! There are some tricks of the trade that we know that other offices do not.
- Did you get offered denal implants? You should this is the best time to get the implants as long as the implant provider is great!
What are your other options outside of immediate dentures?
When considering tooth replacement options – we present all your options: Immediate Dentures, Snap on Dentures, All on Four Permanent Dentures, and a hybrid solution of an upper permanent and lower snap on denture.
Dental Implants should be in your consideration at the time of consult, because they can be placed at the time of surgery when the teeth are being pulled. Dental Implants offer patients HUGE advantages over conventional dentures. Implants offer patent’s the ability to retain their lower dentures or to permanently regain their teeth back with permanent dental implants. Having multiple treatment options allows patients to make the best decisions for them selves and then allows patients to only have 1 dental surgery, with a faster time to teeth.
How do patients pay for dental treatment and Cost for Dental implants?
The costs vary based on patients needs and their desires- are you wanting implants in both arches? Implants on the lower only? Permanent or Snap on? These are all things that affect the cost.
Patients typically utilize a combination of several payment options. We take cash / check and all credit cards. Outside from that, some patients have dental insurance which then lowers your out of pocket costs, and then we utilize 3 financing options: Lending Club, Care Credit, and Wells Fargo Health Advantage. You can apply in our office and our staff can walk you though it.
Wanting to get started? Want to visit our Dallas, TX Office Give us a call at (972) 808 – 6008 for the Dallas Office and (817) 336-2121 for the Fort Worth Office.
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