What are dentures?If you’re considering consulting dentures dentists, you must have several questions about dentures. A denture is a removable set of artificial teeth used to replace your missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. A denture is essentially a collection of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored or pink base. You have to attach the denture to your mouth to provide the external impression of a complete set of teeth. Depending on your specific needs, you can get full dentures or partial dentures.
What are the types of dentures?
Full DenturesFull dentures are “conventional” or “immediate” dentures used to replace all the missing teeth in one or both arches. Most patients receive full dentures after all of their teeth are removed. Conventional dentures are attached 8 to 12 weeks after all of your teeth are removed, and immediate dentures are prepared in advance so you receive them immediately after teeth removal. Immediate dentures, however, aren’t designed according to your specific dental anatomy post-extraction, so they should only be considered temporary.
Partial DenturesPartial dentures are used to replace multiple teeth on one or both arches of your mouth. If you still have some healthy teeth in your mouth, you can get partial dentures to slide into the empty spaces. The prosthetic teeth are connected to a gum-colored base that’s attached to your mouth via metal frameworks. Partial dentures fill the spaces left by missing teeth and prevent the surrounding teeth from moving out of place. The dentist can adjust the shade of the partial dentures to match your existing teeth to minimize their visibility.
What are implant-supported dentures?Traditional dentures are removable, i.e., you can remove them occasionally, and most patients have to remove them before sleeping. They also involve special maintenance using cleaning tools. Furthermore, since traditional dentures aren’t fastened strongly into your jaws, they often slip or slide out of place, which can cause social embarrassment. Traditional dentures can’t replace the functionality or appearance of missing teeth — you can’t even eat all food items because they can’t withstand complete bite force. Furthermore, they don’t provide additional support to the underlying jaws, so you may eventually experience jawbone resorption, which leads to lower face sagging. Implant-supported dentures are the ideal alternatives for those who want the convenience of dentures with the strength of implants. A dental implant is a titanium post that’s drilled underneath the jawbone of the missing tooth, serving as a replacement for the missing tooth’s root structure. Your jawbone heals around the implant, making it a firmly attached part of your dental anatomy. If you’re missing all your teeth, the dentist can attach 4 to 6 strategic implants on each arch, and these implants can support your dentures. Once the denture is attached to the implant, it becomes completely stable and firm, so there’s no risk of it coming loose. As such, implant-supported dentures restore the appearance and functionality of natural teeth.
What are the prices of affordable dentures?Traditional dentures are generally more affordable than implant-supported dentures. However, the specific cost of your denture depends on numerous factors, including the type of dentures, the materials, the number of missing teeth, and other factors. Please consult your dentures dentists for an evaluation and quote for your dentures.
My dentures fit great, but the teeth are worn out. Can we just replace the teeth?If your denture works perfectly, the dentist can potentially restore or replace the missing teeth. However, each individual is unique, and your denture’s restoration will depend on its specific condition. Please contact your dentist to determine if your dentures need to be replaced entirely or only the individual teeth.
When do I need to replace my old dentures?The following are signs that you need to replace your old dentures:
- Your dentures are loose or slipping out of place often.
- You can’t speak or chew easily because of the dentures.
- Your dentures are irritating your mouth or soft tissues.
- Your dentures are visibly damaged, discolored, or broken.
- You’ve had the dentures for 10+ years.