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Dentures are essentially a frame or plate holding artificial teeth. There are two major forms of dentures currently available: Partial and Full dentures. Partial dentures are utilized to replace a few amount of missing teeth, while full dentures are meant to replace an entire smile. Dentures are meant to mimic the natural look of your teeth as closely as possible. They typically last approximately 5 years when cared for properly. The process of getting dentures typically requires two separate office visits. The first visit includes extracting the teeth needed to allow the dentures to be fitted properly. An imprint of your gums is taken and sent to a dental lap. Once your mouth has healed, and your custom dentures have been fabricated, you will see your doctor for your second visit to ensure proper fit and make and needed adjustments.
Immediate Dentures are dentures made in-office during the time of your first dental procedure visit. These are a temporary set of dentures that are meant for use immediately after natural tooth extraction. The reason these are better known as temporary and not permanent dentures is due to the fact that these dentures are made for the sole purpose of allowing you to have functioning teeth while your quality dentures are made in a dental lab. To minimize swelling of gums, your temporary denture should be used immediately after surgery. It is recommended you continuously wear your immediate dentures for 3 days without removing them. Be sure to follow all post-operative care instruction given by your dentist or oral surgeon.
Full dentures are designed to look as much like your natural teeth as possible. They can function just like your original teeth and are placed in your mouth after your original teeth have been removed and gum tissue has fully healed. With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, dentures can last you many years..
Transitional Partial Dentures:
A temporary solution for a few missing teeth or as a "space maintainer' while recover after having a tooth extraction. Transitional partial dentures must be replaced or relined over time. They are a good option considering they are relatively inexpensive.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs):
Removabl partial dentures replace the teeth are missing with the aid of remaining natural teeth as anchors. There are different types of RPDs varying from a metal frame with metal clasps around the anchor teeth to a more cosmetic no frame or metal clasps which are commonly made from Vitallium.
Recovery: What To Expect
After receiving an immediate denture, you may notice after several months, your dentures may no longer fit you well. This is due to tissue shrinkage and bone loss after daily wear and tear.
When you reach this point, you have two choices:
1. You can choose to have your immediate dentures relined. Relining your dentures means material is added under the denture base to better conform to the new contours of your alveolar ridge.
2. You can convert to a set of conventional full dentures, which will last longer and fit better. With proper care, dentures offer function, aesthetics and an economical solution to the problem of tooth loss.
Dentures offer full function, beautiful aesthetics, and an economical solution to tooth loss. With proper care, dentures can last you years to come!
A basic denture starts at about $800-$1,000 for a full set of upper and lower teeth. These typically have limited warranties, don't last as long as more expensive models, tend to look artificial and may be adapted from a standard size instead of a customized fit. A mid-range denture typically costs $1,000-$3,000 for a set. These offer a fairly personalized fit and usually come with a 1- or 2-year warranty. Premium dentures can cost $2,000-$4,000 per plate, or $4,000-$8,000 or more for a set. Dentures in this price range are a personalized fit, use high-end materials to simulate the look of gums and teeth as closely as possible, last a long time and are warranted against chipping and cracking for 5-10 years or longer. Often the price includes several follow-up visits to fine-tune the fit.
Complete immediate Dentures could range from $ 900- $1200.
Removable partial dentures average around $900-$2500.