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Dentures are prosthetic teeth that replace missing teeth. They are supported by the tissues 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, missing, 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:
Full dentures are best for patients who are missing all of their natural teeth or who have had all of their natural teeth removed. Full dentures are usually placed only after the patient’s gum tissue has healed, which can take several months.
Immediate dentures are a type of denture that is placed immediately after a patient’s teeth have been removed. During the first few months of use, these dentures may require adjustments.
Immediate dentures usually need to be replaced with conventional complete dentures after healing is complete.
Also called an implant-supported denture, overdentures are held in place on top of your gums by dental implants. The dentist or oral surgeon will place the implants in a patient’s mouth first, giving them time to heal before placing false teeth on top of their implants.
Partial dentures replace some permanent teeth that are missing or have been removed.
These dentures consist of false teeth and an acrylic, gum-colored base. The base is attached to two or more clasps that hold the denture in place. They’re often considered a removable alternative to dental bridges.
Economy dentures are generic, non-customized dentures and the most affordable kind of dentures on the market. Dentists typically do not recommend economy dentures because they can harm your mouth and lead to poor oral hygiene.
Valplast dentures are made from thermoplastic nylon resin. These partial dentures are lightweight, and flexible. They feature tooth or gum colored clasps that surround the natural teeth.
All-On-4 implant dentures are ideal for patients who have bone loss and need a complete set of dentures.
They replace all of your missing teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws using four dental implants per jaw. You cannot take the denture out by yourself, but your dentist can remove it. This procedure costs $50,000 to $90,000 for both the upper and lower jaws.
There are both pros and cons to complete and partial dentures for wearers of both kinds.
Your dentist may help you choose complete dentures if any of the following apply to you:
However, your dentist may suggest you 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 dental insurance policies cover at least part of the cost of dentures.
Below outlines the cost of dentures without insurance:
An implant-supported bridge is supported entirely by dental implants.
Implant bridges are ideal for patients who have at least three missing teeth in a row. Implant bridges can be used to replace front and/or back teeth.
All on four implant supported dentures provide a permanent full-arch restoration using four implants per jaw. These implants can replace failing or missing teeth, whether in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
Full mouth dental implants can cost up to $25,000 per jaw.