At some point in your life, it’s possible you’ll lose a tooth— or even a few of them. While having a tooth pulled is a relatively painless process, it does have significant consequences. Your teeth could shift, the number of chewing surfaces in your mouth decreases, and so on.
As a result, our dentist may decide to fit you with a set of partial or complete dentures. This could be for both practical and aesthetic reasons. In this post, we’ll have a look at how the best dentures available work.
What Types of Dentures Are There?
Partial dentures are used when there is more than just a tooth or two missing. They are a good alternative to dental bridges and tend to be the most affordable dentures. Partials are fitted onto your gums and fastened to your teeth, so they are more secure to make eating with dentures easier. They can also be removed for cleaning.
Full dentures take the place of your teeth. A full set is required when there has been serious damage to your natural teeth. This is more than just replacing one or two teeth – this is a full mouthful of teeth. They fit snugly over the gum and are kept in place either through suction or using an oral adhesive. They can be removed for cleaning.
Overdentures and Immediate Dentures
Overdentures and immediate dentures are very different from permanent models. Immediate dentures are put in place while your mouth is being prepared for the permanent set. These are short-term options used while the natural teeth are being extracted and the wounds healing.
Figure on wearing them for around six months. The advantage here is that they are easier to refit and can be adjusted as your mouth starts to heal. Once you are ready for the permanent set, they can be disposed of.
Overdentures are used in the case where standard dentures would be uncomfortable, or if you do still have some teeth. They’re placed over the tooth’s root or implants. They can be removed easily.
What Are Dentures Made Of?
In the past, you only had the choice of plastic or porcelain dentures. With advances in materials, newer models are made from resin. These are stronger and more hardwearing, but it should be noted that they require careful handling.
No man-made tooth is going to be as strong as the original. They can crack or chip if you drop them, so you need to care for them properly. They’ll also wear out faster than your normal teeth would so expect to have to get a replacement after five years.
Cost of Dentures
The cost of dentures is going to depend entirely on the type that you need. A full-mouth set of dentures will cost between $1 000 and $8 000 depending on the make. Partial sets start at $500. It’s best to come in for a consultation and find out what costs you might have to pay.
Wrapping it Up
Dentures can be helpful in restoring your mouth to full functionality. They can also do a lot to restore your confidence. You no longer have to worry about the gaps in your mouth or damaged teeth. Getting dentures is like rebooting your smile.