In this blog post, we will go over the cost and different types of dentures. We will also explainonce your dentist sends you home with your new teeth.
The cost of dentures can vary greatly depending on whether you get partial or full dentures. The price will also depend on how much you are willing to spend for dentures that fit well and look natural. A basic denture will cost you approximately $500 per plate and $1,000 for a full set while premium dentures can cost anywhere between $4,000 and $8,000 per set. Be sure to check with your dental plan to see what your insurance company is willing to cover before picking out dentures.
Types of Dentures
Partial vs. Full Dentures
Full dentures are for those patients who have lost all their teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are designed to replace just a few teeth and are held in place by your existing teeth. If you don’t want to get dental implants or bridges, partial dentures can be an affordable solution.
Conventional vs. Immediate Dentures
Conventional dentures are made after your jaw and gums have healed after tooth extractions (approximately 6 to 8 weeks). Unfortunately, this means that you’ll have to be without teeth while you heal.
Unlike conventional dentures, you’ll be able to wear immediate dentures directly after having the rest of your teeth removed. This means that you won’t have any gaps in your smile after tooth extraction. If you are worried about being seen without teeth, you’ll want to consider immediate dentures. However, since bones and gums can shrink slightly during the healing process after tooth extraction, your dentures may need to be rebased or relined in order to fit comfortably.
Caring for Dentures
It is of outmost importance that you always keep your dentures in a glass of water or denture cleanser when not in your mouth. Just like natural teeth, dentures can crack when they dry out. To, make sure that they are never given the opportunity to dry out.
Although you may have no remaining natural teeth, don’t throw out your soft-bristled toothbrush. You’ll need to brush your gums and tongue beforeto remove food particles and plaque. Brushing will also help stimulate your gum tissue to keep it healthy.
Your dentures will also need to be cleaned before placing them in your mouth. Gently scrub your dentures with denture cleaner once a day to fight off any bacteria. Your dentist will also be able to professionally clean your dentures during your dental exam.
The Westerville denture dentists at Westerville Dental Associates are dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. If you would like to learn more about getting fitted for dentures or denture alternatives, give us a call at (614) 882-1135.