When you hear the word “denture,” what do you imagine? An old man with a saggy mouth and gummy smile? Your grandparents struggling to eat any foods that aren’t soft? An older person struggling to speak clearly with a slipping denture? Today, dentures are so much better than they used to be. There are better materials, designs, and placement methods that ensure you will be comfortable with the beautiful, natural looking results. Best of all, modern dentures are so flawless crafted, you may be the only one who knows you’re wearing them. Keep reading to find out more about tooth replacement with modern dentures.
1 – There are 2 Main Types of Dentures
If you still have some healthy teeth, you may not need a full denture. Instead, we can craft a partial denture to fill in the gaps between numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. Both partials and full dentures use a gum-colored base material to support replacement teeth. Partials are clipped into place with clasps attached to your remaining teeth. Full dentures are molded to fit against the gum line creating suction that holds the prosthetic firmly in place.
2 – Dental Implant Supported Dentures May be an Option
For many patients, dental implant-retained partial and full dentures offer a more stable, longer lasting tooth replacement solution. Dental implants are inserted into the gum line where they mimic tooth roots providing lasting support for dentures. Additionally, the supportive implant posts restore about 70% of chewing function, unlike removable dentures that only replace about 20%.
3 – The Cost of Dentures can Range from $300 to $30,000+
The costs associated with denture creation and placement can vary dramatically based on the type of denture, materials used, and whether or not you choose a dental implant supported prosthetic. A good dentist will discuss all of your options with you to ensure you find a tooth replacement prosthetic that fits your budget.
4 – Caring for Dentures Will Make Them Last Longer
Just like your natural teeth, good at-home hygiene and regular office visits will ensure your denture remains whole for longer. With proper care, a removable denture can last for seven to ten years before it needs to be replaced. Fixed dentures attached to dental implant posts will last even longer, and many patients are able to keep these implant-retained prosthetics for the rest of their lives.
Meet Dr. Stansbury
Your trusted Tyler dentist, Dennis E. Stansbury, DDS, is dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles for life. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or are fully edentulous (without teeth), the caring Stansbury Dental team is here to help. Give our friendly dental team a call to find out more about dentures or schedule a tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll review your current state of oral health and help you find the best treatment options to put the full, healthy smile back on your face.