Dentures have been used for hundreds of years and for good reason. Not only do they help people restore their smile, but make basic tasks possible again. Fast forward to today and you’ve got dentures that are more functional and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. By getting a denture today, you can regain a natural-looking appearance and improve your diet all at an affordable price. Dr. Rana is more than happy to go over your options and help you decide which one is right for you! Contact the office today!
Dentures are dental prosthetics made from a combination of either acrylic or metal and porcelain. The gum-colored base is typically made from acrylic to create a more natural appearance. The teeth are made from porcelain because of how it looks and reflects light much like natural enamel. When replacing teeth, dentures can be used in both the upper and lower arch, making it easier to speak, eat and smile again. They can be held in place either through natural suction or through implants placed in the jaw.
Over the years, dentures have become more and more advanced not just in appearance, but versatility as well. Take a moment to consider your options below to help you determine which denture is best for you.
Partial dentures work to replace multiple teeth at a time, typically when a dental bridge is not enough. For example, they can replace multiple consecutive teeth on opposite sides of the mouth. Instead of being held in place through natural suction, this denture is built with metal hooks that wrap around other teeth.
Full or complete dentures work to replace an entire arch simultaneously. They typically use a gum-colored base while partial dentures use one made from metal.
Implant-retained dentures take tooth replacement another step further. These dentures are customized to fit on top of implants placed inside the jawbone. They are ideal for creating a more stable foundation, making basic tasks even easier than before.
Dentures are the most affordable option out there, so it’s easier to replace many teeth in this way. They are also the fastest option to replace, averaging about three to six weeks for fabrication. There’s no surgery needed to place full or partial dentures and they are generally the most popular tooth replacement option thanks to their accessibility.
While dentures don’t take long to make, they do require sufficient care and maintenance to last. To keep your denture in good condition, make sure to:
The cost of dentures largely varies depending on your needs. However, they are largely affordable compared to other tooth replacement options. They also hold a good value considering how many teeth you can replace. A complete set of full or partial dentures in Mesquite can cost anywhere from $300 to several thousand depending on the quality. Implant-supported dentures are typically $3,500 and more. Remember, you aren’t just doing your smile a favor by investing in dentures. You’re doing your oral health and remaining teeth a big favor as well.
Learning all about the different types of dentures, the benefits they come with, and the cost is an important first step in determining whether this tooth-replacement option is right for you. However, if you still have a few questions on your mind before committing to treatment, we want to help! To make the research process as seamless and stress-free as possible, we’ve responded to some of the most frequently asked questions below. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to speak directly with our team, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Thanks to the high-quality materials and custom fit, you will be able to eat normally. With that being said, it may take some time to adjust, especially if this is your first set of dentures. For that reason, we recommend starting slow with soft foods, like yogurt and soup. Once you’ve begun to master maneuvering them, you can work your way back up to your normal diet. Just make sure to avoid hard candy, tough meat, and gum, which all have the potential to compromise your prosthetic.
In theory, you can sleep with your dentures. However, both your gums and your prosthetic teeth need some time to rest, which is why we typically recommend taking them out at night. After you’ve completed your oral hygiene routine, but before you turn off the light and get into bed, place your dentures in a glass of water or dentist-recommended cleaner to soak overnight. Not only will this preserve their shape, but it will ensure they are fresh and ready to go the following morning.
Dentures are incredibly lifelike and extremely durable, but they aren’t meant to last a lifetime. Any damage they sustain, even if it is a small crack, shouldn’t be ignored. Instead, contact our team right away so we can have them repaired or replaced. Your dentures will also be inspected and adjusted at your six-month dental checkups and cleanings, which ensures we can keep an eye on their condition. Once they are no longer serving your smile or your bite properly, we will recommend having them replaced.
Since many patients are apprehensive about the pain surrounding their treatment, it’s not surprising that this is one of the most common questions. The answer is that it varies from patient to patient. For example, those who undergo an extraction beforehand will likely experience soreness, especially around the tooth that was removed. With that being said, many patients only experience minor irritation, which typically goes away within a couple of weeks.
Interested in learning more about dentures? Ready to schedule your initial consultation? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We would love to serve you and your smile!