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Your Complete Buyer’s Guide to Dentures

As we age, our bodies go through many changes and unfortunately, our teeth are not an exception. Many of us will experience tooth loss due to various reasons, such as poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or aging. 

But just because we lose some of our natural teeth doesn’t mean we have to settle for a less functional and aesthetically pleasing smile. This is where dentures come in – the perfect solution to restore your oral functionality and improve your confidence.

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Types of Dentures & Pricing

There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used in cases where all of the natural teeth have been lost, providing a full set of replacement teeth. 

On the other hand, partial dentures are utilized when some natural teeth still remain and require support from the artificial teeth to restore functionality and aesthetics. Both types can be further categorized into conventional and immediate dentures.

  • Conventional Dentures: After your natural teeth have been extracted and your gums have healed, custom-made dentures are created specifically to fit your mouth. This process involves multiple appointments with your dentist to ensure the dentures fit well and function properly.
  • Immediate Dentures: These are pre-made and can be placed immediately after tooth extraction. While they don’t require waiting for healing, they may need adjustments as the jawbone reshapes during the healing process.

The pricing of dentures depends on various factors such as materials used, type of dentures, and geographical location. On average, complete dentures can range from $500 to $5,000 per arch while partial dentures can cost between $700 to $1,800 per arch.

Benefits and Limitations of Dentures

Dentures offer numerous benefits for those who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. Here are some of the advantages:

  • Improved Oral Functionality: Dentures can help you eat, speak, and smile with confidence by restoring your ability to chew and speak properly.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: With advancements in denture technology, they now look more natural than ever before. You can choose from different shapes, sizes, and shades to match your natural teeth.
  • Affordable: Compared to other tooth replacement options, dentures are a more affordable option for many individuals. Additionally, some insurance plans cover a portion of the cost for dentures.
  • Non-invasive: Unlike dental implants, getting dentures does not require surgery or any invasive procedures. For those who may have certain health conditions that prevent them from undergoing surgery, dentures can be a great alternative.
  • Easy to maintain: Dentures can be easily removed, cleaned, and stored when not in use. With proper care, they can last for several years.
  •  Reversible: If you are not satisfied with the appearance or functionality of your dentures, they can be easily adjusted or replaced. This makes it a less permanent option compared to other tooth replacement options.

However, like any other dental treatment, dentures also have their limitations. Here are some of the potential drawbacks:

  • Adjustment period: It may take some time to get used to wearing dentures, especially if you are new to them. Initially, you may experience discomfort or soreness in your mouth, but with time, your mouth will adjust to the dentures.
  • Risk of slipping or moving: Since dentures are not securely anchored in your mouth like dental implants, there is a risk of them slipping or moving while eating, speaking, or laughing. This can be prevented by using denture adhesives and practicing proper care and maintenance.
  • Limited chewing ability: While modern dentures are designed to be more comfortable and natural-looking, they may not provide the same chewing ability as your natural teeth. This can limit your food choices and affect your diet. However, with proper fit and adjustments, you can improve the functionality of your dentures.

Considering these benefits and limitations, it is important to carefully weigh your options before purchasing dentures. Factors such as your oral health, budget, and lifestyle should be taken into account to ensure that you make an informed decision. 

Additionally, consulting with a trusted dentist who specializes in denture fittings can help you determine the best type of dentures for your specific needs.

Before making a decision, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • Oral health assessment: Your dentist will evaluate your existing dental conditions, gum health, and bone density to determine if you are a suitable candidate for dentures. If you have any underlying issues such as periodontal disease or jawbone loss, it may affect the fit and stability of your dentures.
  • Budget considerations: The cost of dentures can vary depending on the type, materials used, and dental office fees. It is important to research and compare prices from different sources. Additionally, some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost for dentures, so it is worth checking with your provider.
  • Lifestyle and preferences: Your eating habits, speech concerns, and desired aesthetics should also be taken into consideration. For example, if you enjoy hard or sticky foods, traditional dentures may not be the best option as they can become loose or dislodged. In this case, implant-supported dentures may provide a more stable solution.

Selecting Denture Materials and Features

When it comes to dentures, there are three main materials used in their fabrication: acrylic, porcelain, and metal. Each material has its own advantages and limitations.

  • Acrylic: This type of denture is the most commonly used and is known for its natural-looking appearance. It is also more budget-friendly compared to other options. However, acrylic dentures may not be as durable and may need to be replaced or relined more frequently.
  • Porcelain: Porcelain dentures are known for their strength and resistance to staining. They also provide a more natural-looking appearance. However, they tend to be more expensive and can be fragile if not handled carefully.
  • Metal: Metal dentures are the most durable option, making them great for those who have a strong bite or grind their teeth. They are also thinner and more lightweight compared to acrylic and porcelain dentures. However, some people may find them less visually appealing due to the metal clasps that hold them in place.

When selecting materials for your dentures, it is important to consider factors such as durability, comfort, ease of maintenance, and aesthetics. You should also discuss your preferences and concerns with your dentist to determine the best option for you.

In addition to materials, there are also various features that can be added to dentures for improved functionality and aesthetics. Two common options are implant-supported dentures and flexible partial dentures.

  • Implant-supported dentures: These types of dentures involve surgically placing dental implants in the jawbone to provide a secure base for the denture. This can greatly improve stability and comfort while wearing dentures, as well as prevent bone loss in the jaw.
  • Flexible partial dentures: Unlike traditional rigid dentures, flexible partial dentures are made from a softer material that bends with your mouth’s movements. This makes them more comfortable and less likely to cause irritation or sore spots. They also blend in with the natural color of your gums for a more natural-looking appearance.

Denture Fitting Process 

When it comes to getting dentures, the fitting process is crucial in ensuring a comfortable fit and proper function. This typically involves several steps:

  1. Accurate impressions: The first step in creating dentures is taking accurate impressions of your mouth using dental putty or a digital scanner. These impressions are used to create a custom mold of your gums and any remaining teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory for the dentures to be made.
  1. Try-in: Once the dentures have been fabricated, you will go in for a try-in appointment where you can see how they look and feel in your mouth. It’s important to communicate any discomfort or adjustments needed at this stage, as it will be more difficult to make changes once the dentures are finalized.
  1. Final fitting: After any necessary adjustments have been made, your final dentures will be ready for you to wear. Your dentist will ensure they fit comfortably and teach you how to properly care for them.

Adjustments and Relines 

It’s important to remember that dentures are not a one-time solution, but rather an ongoing process. As your mouth changes over time, so will the fit of your dentures. This is due to natural bone loss in the jaw and changes in gum tissue. As a result, you may need adjustments or relines to keep your dentures fitting comfortably.

  • Adjustments: If your dentures begin to feel loose or cause discomfort, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist for adjustments. This may involve adding a new layer of material to the base of the denture or reshaping certain areas for a better fit.
  • Relines: In addition to adjustments, you may also need periodic relines for your dentures. This involves adding new material to the underside of the denture base to improve the fit and stability. Relines are typically needed every few years, but this can vary depending on an individual’s mouth structure and changes over time.

Potential Challenges During Adaptation 

It’s normal to experience some challenges when adapting to dentures, especially during the first few weeks. Here are some common issues that may arise and tips for overcoming them:

  • Speech difficulties: It may be difficult to speak clearly at first as your mouth adjusts to the new dentures. Practice speaking slowly and enunciating your words, and you will gradually become more comfortable.
  • Eating challenges: Chewing with dentures may also take some time to get used to. Start by eating soft foods and taking small bites, gradually working your way up to a more varied diet. Also, try to chew on both sides of your mouth evenly to prevent the dentures from slipping.
  • Discomfort and sore spots: It’s normal for your gums to feel sore or have some discomfort as they adjust to the dentures. If you experience any sore spots, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them adjusted.
  • Excess saliva: Your mouth may produce more saliva than usual as it adjusts to the dentures. This will subside over time, but you can also try sucking on a sugar-free candy or chewing gum to help adjust your salivary glands.
  • Nausea: Some people may experience nausea when first wearing dentures. This is typically temporary and will subside as you get used to wearing them. If the nausea persists, consult with your dentist.
  • Psychological adjustment: It’s common for people to feel self-conscious or embarrassed when wearing dentures for the first time. Remember that it takes time to adjust, and that many people wear dentures without anyone noticing. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who can help boost your confidence.
  • Maintenance and care: Proper maintenance and care of your dentures will also play a significant role in their comfort. Be sure to clean them daily and handle them with care to prevent any damage or discomfort.

Aside from potential challenges, there are also some tips for improving the overall fit and comfort of your dentures over time:

  • Regular dental check-ups: It’s essential to visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures are fitting properly and to address any potential issues before they become major problems.
  • Adhesives: Denture adhesives can provide extra security and stability, especially for lower dentures. However, it’s important not to rely on adhesives alone and still practice proper oral hygiene. Consult with your dentist before using any adhesives.
  • Eating soft foods: When first adjusting to dentures, it’s recommended to stick to softer foods that are easier to chew. This will help prevent any discomfort or difficulty while eating.
  • Patience and perseverance: It takes time for your mouth to adjust to dentures, so be patient and don’t get discouraged if you experience some discomfort or challenges at first. With proper care and adjustments, dentures can feel comfortable and natural in your mouth.

 If you’re considering dentures or currently struggling with discomfort from your current dentures, don’t hesitate to contact Aesthetic General Dentistry of Frisco for expert guidance and assistance. 

Our team of experienced dentists can help you select the best materials and features for your dentures, as well as provide tips for maintaining a comfortable fit over time. So don’t let fear or discomfort hold you back, schedule an appointment today and get one step closer to a confident smile with dentures. 

Remember, your oral health is important for overall well-being, and we’re here to help you maintain it. Let us be your partner in achieving a beautiful and healthy smile!  

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