Dentures – New Bedford, MA

A Dependable Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

a dentist showing a patient their new dentures

Tooth loss can be a difficult barrier in life and lead to feelings of low self-confidence and even depression. It not only impacts how you view yourself, but also how you move through your day-to-day life, determining what you can and can’t eat, and even affecting your speech patterns. At Sound Dentistry, our board-certified prosthodontist is a specialist at hand-crafting beautiful dentures that resemble natural teeth in both their appearance and function. Call our office today to take a stand for your well-being by restoring your smile with dentures in New Bedford.

Why Choose Sound Dentistry for Dentures?

  • Experienced Board-Certified Prosthodontist
  • Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
  • A Passionate Dental Team with Integrity

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Dentures can help patients experiencing different types of tooth loss, making them more versatile than many people believe they are. Whether you’re missing several teeth across your arch or an entire row, these prosthetics can be designed in ways that accommodate your unique situation, providing you with maximum functionality. We recommend dentures for patients who are looking for not only a way to rebuild their grin, but also improve their quality of life and oral and physical health.

Types of Dentures

As mentioned above, there are different types of dentures designed to aid patients facing various tooth loss situations. At your initial consultation with our board-certified prosthodontist in New Bedford, we’ll walk you through all of your appropriate tooth replacement options, which could include any of the treatments below.  

Partial Dentures

partial dentures sitting on a mold of a mouth

Partial dentures are designed to fit between existing teeth like a puzzle piece to fill several gaps left across your arch. They’re made from several different materials, including a metal base, a gum-colored acrylic foundation, and acrylic, porcelain, or ceramic replacement teeth.

Full Dentures

full dentures sitting on a mold of a mouth

Full dentures utilize natural suction to stay securely atop the gumline and replace an entire row of missing teeth. Like partials, they feature a gum-colored acrylic base and ceramic, porcelain, or acrylic replacement teeth designed to match the shade of your existing dental enamel.

Implant Dentures

a digital illustration showing implant dentures

To improve your prosthetic’s function, strength, and stability, we can anchor it to your mouth with anywhere from four to eight dental implants. These are small, screw-like structures that resemble tooth roots and are placed beneath the gumline and inti the jawbone. When supported by implants, dentures don’t slip or shift.

The Benefits of Dentures

a man smiling and sitting at a table

With custom-crafted, beautiful new dentures in New Bedford, your quality of life will drastically improve due to all the benefits they offer. Some advantages of choosing this tried-and-true tooth replacement solution include:

  • Improved dental health
  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Versatile treatment
  • Easy maintenance
  • Fewer diet restrictions
  • Improved chewing ability
  • Ability to last seven years or longer

Understanding the Cost of Dentures 

money clenched in a set of dentures

One of the primary appeals of dentures is that they will be customized to perfectly fit your individual needs. While this adds a lot to the quality of the product that you’re getting, it can also make things a little bit difficult if you’re trying to determine what you’re going to pay for your prosthetic.

Of course, we’ll give you a complete estimate of what your dentures are going to cost when we meet you in person. However, if you want to know more about what you’re likely to pay for your prosthetic, here are some things you ought to know.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

dentures lying on a table

While it’s not necessarily possible to know what your dentures are going to cost without knowing more about you as an individual, there are a few factors that may affect their price that you ought to know. First of all, you may need some preliminary treatments before you get your actual prosthetic. Whether you need a tooth removed or gum disease therapy ought to be considered when thinking about what you'll ultimately have to pay.

Then you should factor in the construction of the dentures themselves, including what the base and pontics are made from. We’ll talk you through the options available to you and what you'll have to pay when we meet you in person.

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive? 

dental implant on a pile of money

As you can imagine, implant dentures tend to be more expensive than traditional prosthetics; the cost of the surgery and the necessary materials naturally inflate the price of the treatment overall. However, you get a lot for your money. Implant dentures are much stronger, more stable, and have greater durability compared to other options. They also tend to outlast other prosthetics, meaning that it’s arguable that you could save money on replacements in the long run.


Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

dental insurance form on a computer

Dentures are a tried-and-true method of replacing teeth that can make an incredible difference in how you’re going to be able to live your life. Dental insurance companies are well aware of what they can do and are therefore typically willing to pay for a portion of the treatment. Depending on the nature of your plan, you can often expect to have 50% of your treatment covered. Of course, this depends on the unique nature of your plan.


Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

money in piggy bank

Even if you don’t have insurance, there are a variety of options that can potentially make the care you receive from us more affordable. You might be interested in CareCredit, a firm that offers low-to-no-interest financing terms for patients who qualify. This can allow you to split up the cost of your dental care, making expensive treatments easier to pay for.

If you want to know more about financing or about anything you can do to make your dentures more affordable, come see us for a consultation. We’ll talk to you about your needs and what we can do to help you budget for your prosthetic.

Denture FAQs

Can I Sleep with My Dentures?

We strongly recommend that our patients take out their dentures each night before they go to bed. Wearing dentures, especially full dentures, can put a lot of pressure on your gums. If you don’t give your mouth a break you could develop more denture sores than usual or could cause your gum health to degrade.

It’s also common for people who don’t remove their dentures frequently to develop bacterial growth underneath their prosthetic. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to leave your dentures to soak in an antibacterial solution while you sleep.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

Most people have never had to think about how they talk, which is why people sometimes struggle to speak fluently when they first get their dentures. After you first get your prosthetic, you might find that you have a little bit of a lisp, or even that you struggle to keep your dentures in place while you speak.

That said, your dentures are designed to fit you perfectly. You might need to take a little bit of time to practice talking when you first get your prosthetic—make an effort to speak slowly and spend some time reading aloud until you’re used to your dentures. Once you’re used to it, you’ll be able to talk as well as you ever could.

What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?

Dentures can allow you to greatly expand your diet compared to what you could eat without teeth. However, there are still some foods you ought to avoid if you care about the integrity of your prosthetic:

  • Sticky foods, like peanut butter and gummy candies, can potentially pull off your dentures. This creates an opportunity for food particles to creep underneath your prosthetic.
  • Popcorn, nuts, and sesame seeds can be difficult to chew and may get stuck under your dentures.
  • Hard foods, like apples, carrots, and corn on the cob can potentially damage your dentures.
  • Tough meats (steak, porkchops, etc.) can be difficult to chew with your prosthetics, putting a lot of stress on your dentures and your gums.

Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?

People who have lost teeth often notice that their face begins to look a little bit older. This is because your teeth are used to support the muscles and skin on your face—without them, you’ll notice that your face will start to sag.

Well-fitting dentures remedy this issue, taking on the role your teeth used to have. This will give your face a more youthful appearance.