What are dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They’re made from an acrylic resin, sometimes a resin which incorporates either porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are many types of dentures, but all dentures are either complete or partial. All types are custom-made specifically for your mouth.

Who is a candidate for dentures?

If you’ve lost, or are losing, your teeth dentures are an option. If you’ve only lost some teeth, and your remaining teeth are healthy, partial dentures may be your way to a great smile. Only a qualified cosmetic dentist can tell you if dentures are for you. There are several personal and medical factors to take into consideration when deciding what route to take regarding missing teeth. Sometimes dental bridges or dental implants are better alternative. Your cosmetic dentist will help you determine which procedure — or combination of procedures — is best for your specific condition.

What are the different types of dentures?

  • Complete Dentures – These are dentures which replace all of your teeth, both upper and lower. Their comfort depends upon a patient’s muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Complete dentures may require the pulling of teeth.
  • Partial Dentures – Partial dentures are designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial dentures can also help prevent decay or gum disease in your other teeth.
  • Immediate Dentures – Immediate dentures are dentures which are placed all at once. Once placed, they may require additional adjustments. Note, it may take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.
  • Upper Dentures – Upper dentures are dentures just like complete dentures, only for strictly your upper teeth. They tend to be a bit easier to adjust to.
  • Over Dentures – Over dentures are similar to complete dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted. Over dentures use one, or more, of your natural teeth for support. This provides greater stabilization during chewing. Over dentures cost more then other dentures, and typically require more preparatory dental appointments.

What sort of maintenance is involved?

Dentures do take some getting used to. There are initial, temporary speech issues to overcome. Mouth irritation or sores may occur, but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed. Your mouth may change over the life of your dentures, so there will be times when your dentures will probably need to be changed as well.

How much do dentures cost?

Costs vary $500 to $2,500 per upper or lower arch. This is a procedure for which you should definitely research your dental insurance coverage, as much of the cost is often covered. You can also consult with your dentist for financing options. Depending on your needs, your cosmetic dentist can find the right fit for both you mouth and your wallet.

Dr. Mark Darnell knows how to listen to your needs. He can assess what dental option is best for your smile and will find a solution that fits your lifestyle. Call or email us today to set up an initial consultation.

Cosmetic dentistry — it truly is something worth smiling about!