Millions of Americans are missing all of their teeth, but advanced dentistry offers simple teeth replacement with a complete set of dentures.
Full dentures help restore the function and aesthetics that occur when teeth are missing.
Whether you are missing teeth for health reasons or because of gum disease or tooth decay, a full denture can help improve your quality of life.
There are two types of full dentures available, including:
Premium dentures are the highest quality removable denture because they are custom created to fit accurately and comfortably. They are designed and milled using advanced dental technology like computer-aided engineering that scans and produces well-made prosthetics.
A premium denture is more natural fitting and looking than any other type of denture because the acrylic is customized with various types of pigmentation and the artificial teeth are more aesthetic.
A premium denture can drastically improve your dental health. Since a premium denture fits better, it requires fewer patient visits than other types of dentures. This feature is overly satisfying to the patient and dentist to reduce chair time and improve efficiency.
Economy dentures are an affordable option for people who are looking for a quick, cost-effective replacement for teeth. They are generic and are not always the best fit or comfortable. They may require several patient visits for relines and adjustments to achieve a comfortable fit.
These dentures are often not the greatest option because, with so many patient appointments, it requires time and finances away from the original low cost.
There are several benefits of getting a full denture. A full set of dentures can restore someone’s confidence and ability to eat comfortably.
Some of the most common advantages of wearing a denture are listed below:
Like any treatment, there are always some downsides. While a denture is a great option for many people, it also can cause problems over time.
The most common disadvantages to consider when choosing a denture include:
Dentures will help restore your appearance. When teeth go missing, it causes a sunken-in appearance or aged look. A denture can help support the facial muscles, including the lips and cheeks, by supporting your jawbone.
However, a denture cannot completely replace the volume lost by tooth loss and bone resorption. Some people will report a slight change in appearance, but with a well-made denture, most are happy with a relatively youthful look.
It is essential to ensure your denture is not made too big to not cause your cheeks or lips to look too poofy.
A denture may temporarily change the way you eat and speak. It will improve an edentulous smile, but it may take time to get accustomed.
Initially, eating with a new denture and replacement teeth may feel awkward. You need time to adjust to eating with your denture, as it can change the way you chew and taste.
Many denture wearers report it is more difficult to sense tasting warmer foods and drinks because of the acrylic base against the palate. You will become comfortable over time and know what foods you feel safe eating.
It is beneficial to chew in small bites on both sides of your mouth. Begin with softer foods, and once you feel more confident, you can try chewing crunchy or harder foods.
Speaking may be difficult with new dentures because it is essentially a foreign object in your mouth. Just like braces, it takes time to get used to.
Remember to use denture adhesive, so your denture remains in place. Take time by practicing speaking with your denture to get the correct sounds, and it will soon become second nature.
A denture can take several weeks to fabricate depending on the dental laboratory. It traditionally takes numerous visits to get the fit of a denture before it is processed.
Sometimes people need remaining teeth extracted, and an immediate denture is used until your gums heal, and you can get a permanent denture.
If you had teeth recently extracted, you could expect 6 to 8 weeks before you are fully healed.
Removable dentures are personalized and can replace a few teeth or an entire set. Both have several benefits for patients because they are cost-effective and restores function and aesthetics to missing teeth.
A partial denture is an option when a patient still has a few stable, natural teeth. There is a pink acrylic base attached to a metal framework with artificial teeth. A removable partial is convenient as it can be removed to clean the appliance and brush your natural teeth easily.
The main downside is if they become dislodged or if you don’t have stable adjacent teeth for the partial denture to clamp on to.
A complete denture replaces all of a patient’s missing teeth. They sit on the gum ridge and occasionally need a reline to fit securely. A complete denture helps restore a person’s ability to eat, laugh, and smile.
Traditional dentures are a great solution to restore vertical dimension to a person’s appearance and help maintain their muscles and soft tissue of the face. Should I Get Full Dentures or Dental Implants?
There is no comparison that dental implants are the greatest solution for missing teeth. They offer a permanent, stable dental prosthetic that closely mimics natural teeth.
However, many people may not be eligible for dental implants because of bone loss, health conditions, or finances. The average cost of a full arch implant-supported denture is significantly more expensive than a removable full set of dentures.
If you are missing one or both arches, it may be best to get a full denture as a stepping stone to dental implants. Some people prefer a full denture to get used to a new prosthetic before investing in implants.
Dentures can range in cost depending on the materials and type of denture chosen. An economy denture will be much cheaper than a premium denture because of lower quality made materials.
A low-cost denture can cost $300 to $500 for one arch or approximately up to $1000 for a complete set. Higher quality made dentures have an average cost of $2,000 to $4,000 per denture or about $4,000 to $8,000 for a full denture set.
Many insurance plans will cover a portion of dentures. The patient pays the remaining balance. Insurance plans will vary. Therefore, it is essential to discuss any out-of-pocket costs before treatment.
Typically, patients with dental insurance can expect to pay between $250 to $2000 per denture or $500 to $4000 for a complete set.
A well-maintained denture can last up to 10 years. It is important to keep your dentures clean to maintain their appearance. Remember, maintaining your denture also helps improve your oral health.
Other ways to improve the longevity of your dentures include:
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