Replace One Or More Missing Teeth
Dentures in Wilmington
Dentures are a quick and cost-effective way to replace one or more missing teeth. At Thrive Family Dental in Wilmington, Dr. Friberg offers both partial dentures and full-arch dentures to meet the needs of every patient suffering from tooth loss. Whether you’re missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you can trust us to deliver comfortable, convenient care.
RealFit 3D Dentures
This revolutionary, FDA-approved denture uses Carbon 3D printing and digital design to create a more accurate, durable and natural-looking oral prosthetic. With the most advanced technology to date, we can create a denture with a superior fit and feel to give you a final product that you'll be proud to show off.
Full Arch & Partial Dentures
Full arch dentures are used to restore your smile if you are missing your upper, lower, or both arches of teeth. In most cases, full dentures are only recommended for patients who have already lost most or all of their teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or oral trauma. This is because any remaining healthy teeth must be extracted to make room for full dentures. If you’re missing a small number of teeth, partial dentures may be the right restorative option for you. Partial dentures attach to your surrounding healthy teeth using plastic or wire, and hold a false tooth in place.
The Process: Full Dentures
The full arch denture process typically begins with the removal of any remaining teeth to make room for your custom restoration. After any remaining teeth are extracted, you’ll wear temporary dentures until your gums heal. At your next appointment, Dr. Friberg will take impressions of your mouth and gums, and work with you to determine the shape, size, and color of your custom denture. Then, he will work with a trusted outside lab to create your restoration. When your dentures arrive at our office, you’ll come in for a fitting to make sure that they are exactly what you want. Any necessary adjustments will be made, and you’ll leave our office with a brand new smile!
The Process: Partial Dentures
Partial dentures typically require just two appointments at Thrive Family Dental. During your first visit, Dr. Friberg will take dental impressions and work with a third party lab to create your denture framework. Once your partial denture has been crafted, you’ll try it on at our office located at 8115 Market Street, Suite 204, Wilmington, NC 28411 and check it for perfect fit. Minor adjustments can be made if necessary, and once it looks and feels exactly how you want it, you’ll leave our office with a fresh, complete smile!
What Can I Expect As A First-Time Denture Wearer?
This depends on what kind of dentures you get. It’s easier to adjust to partial dentures than it is to adjust to full dentures, since they clip onto your healthy teeth and are less likely to shift when you eat and speak.
However, both full and partial dentures may cause you to produce more saliva for a while after you get them. This is because your mouth has not adjusted to the dentures, and is still seeing them as “foreign objects.” This will go away after a few weeks.
You may also sound a bit different when you talk. It will take time for you to adjust your speech after you get dentures, since they’ll be different from your natural teeth. Along with excessive salivation, this may cause you to sound “slushy” or slur your words when you speak. As you get used to your dentures, though, this issue will go away.
Getting dentures will also require you to make some changes to how you eat. This is less true of partial dentures, since you can probably continue to eat normally if you’re just missing a few teeth.
But if you have full dentures, you may need to avoid certain foods, and it’s best to cut your food up into small pieces before you eat it to make it easier to chew. It will take time to “re-learn” how to chew properly with full dentures.
The main reason for this is that your dentures don’t have nerves, so it’s harder to understand how much force you should chew with, and to “feel” food in your mouth. Because of this, it’s best to start out with soft foods and work toward tougher and harder foods over time so that you can get used to how full dentures feel.
How Much Will My Dentures Cost?
This depends on your oral health, how many teeth need to be extracted before your denture fitting (if any), whether or not you get full or partial dentures, and a variety of other factors. Every patient is different, so there’s no way to predict the cost of dentures without a consultation at Thrive Family Dental.
However, dentures are almost always covered by insurance, and we always do our best to keep costs reasonable at our office, which ensures our patients in Wilmington and Porters Neck can get the care they need to restore their smiles. If you’re interested, just get in touch to schedule an appointment and get an estimate for the cost of your treatment.
Do You Also Perform Extractions?
Yes. At Thrive Family Dental, Dr. Ben Friberg also provides tooth extractions to provide patients with all-in-one care in Wilmington and Porters Neck. If you have damaged teeth that can’t be saved and you’re interested in partial dentures, you will need to have these teeth pulled before you can have your partial dentures fitted and built.
Or, if you opt for full-mouth dentures, you will need to have all of your remaining teeth extracted. Dr. Friberg will pull all of these teeth and provide you with a set of temporary dentures to protect your gums, ensure you heal quickly, and allow you to chew and bite while you recover and prepare for your permanent full-mouth dentures.