Dentures are prosthetic teeth that replace missing teeth. They are supported by the surrounding tissue of the oral cavity and are, typically, removable. There are many types of dentures available, and it’s important to choose the best type for your lifestyle.
You may need dentures if you’ve had an oral injury that resulted in the loss of your teeth or if you have trouble eating certain foods due to weak teeth. You may also need dentures if your real teeth are loose, shifting, gapped, damaged, or falling out due to:
If your gums are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding, it could be a sign of advanced gum disease, which accounts for tooth loss in many adults.
New dentures could enhance your remaining teeth and give you that new smile you want. People of all ages and with various needs use permanent and temporary dentures. That’s why there are many different types available.
Understanding your options will help you determine which dentures are best for you.
There are various types of dentures available. Here are some of your options:
There are both pros and cons to complete and partial dentures for wearers of both kinds.
You might choose complete dentures if any of the following apply to you:
However, you might opt for partial dentures if any of the following apply to you:
Partial dentures are typically less expensive than full dentures, so it’s up to you and your dentist to decide the best denture for you.
Beyond full or partial dentures, you also have a choice between removable and fixed dentures, which also both have their pros and cons.
Here are the pros to removable dentures:
That said, you may choose fixed dentures over removable dentures for these reasons:
Maybe traditional dentures aren’t for you.
Overdentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are a choice solution for many people. The advantages of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures include:
However, you might choose traditional dentures over implant-supported dentures if any of the following apply to you:
Talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss your options and determine the best dentures for your lifestyle and oral health needs.
Most full dental insurance policies cover up to 50 percent of the cost of dentures.
Below outlines the cost of dentures without insurance:
An implant-supported bridge is supported entirely by dental implants, instead of a metal framework or dental crowns. This type of bridge is typically used to restore back teeth, such as premolars and molars.
Implant bridges are ideal for patients who have at least three missing teeth (back molars) in a row.
Full mouth dental implants provide a permanent full-arch restoration using four implant placement points. These implants can replace failing or missing teeth, whether in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
Full mouth implants are expensive (up to $25,000 per jaw).
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