Partial and Complete Dentures
If you have several teeth that are missing or if your teeth aren’t in great condition, you may want to consider a partial or full set of dentures. Teeth are incredibly important to your overall health. When your teeth are missing or in bad condition, your health can take a hit. You may not have the support that your jaw needs. You may have difficulty with the digestive process. Or you may simply not feel as confident as you can. When taken care of, dentures can last for decades. Read on to discover whether or not they’re a good choice for you.
Styles of Dentures
Today, dentures come in a variety of styles and with many different options. Your dentist will talk to you about the styles and options available to you. First, though, he will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine your preferences and needs.
Your personal preferences, combined with the condition of your teeth, will determine whether or not you need full dentures. A set of full dentures replaces all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. Before you get your full set of dentures, your dentist will measure and take impressions of your gums and teeth. The teeth you have will be extracted and the implants will be installed. You’ll have a temporary denture at first. Once your gums have healed, your dentures will be installed and adjusted to be functional and comfortable.
Full dentures can either be removable or fixed. Removable dentures sit on top of the gums and have to be removed and cleaned each night. Fixed dentures are anchored to the implants.
If you have a majority of your teeth and they’re in good condition, you may only need partial dentures. You’ll be able to keep the teeth that are healthy while replacing the ones that are missing or unhealthy. Partial dentures are similar to a bridge, but the dentures are removable (a bridge is implanted permanently). Each night, you’ll have to remove the partial dentures to clean them.
You may have also heard the term “flexible partial dentures,” which refers to dentures that are made from flexible materials. These dentures bend when your mouth moves. The dentures as well as the clasps are the same color as your gums. Like regular partial dentures, flexible partial dentures have to be removed and cleaned each night.
Cost of Dentures
The cost of dentures vary based on how much work has to be done in preparation and whether you’re getting partial or full dentures. The materials that need to be used also go into the cost. Your dentist will discuss options and price points with you to meet your needs and your budget.
For more information about dentures and to determine the right choice for you, contact us today. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you during a consultation and answer any questions you may have.