Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth and improve your quality of life. With practice, eating and speaking will be easier. You can smile freely without feeling embarrassed. Dentures can be made to look like your natural teeth. There may be only a small change in how you look. Full dentures may even give you a better smile. Dentures also support your cheeks and lips so that the face muscles do not sag and make you look older. You are the key to your new smile's success, and these four tips will help:
Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth whereas a conventional complete denture is made and placed in your mouth after the teeth are taken out and the tissues have healed. Healing may take several months. The framework of the complete denture, called the base, is normally made of plastic that closely matches the color of your palate (the roof of your mouth). When the base of the upper denture rests against the gums and palate, it makes a seal to hold the denture in place.
Before Complete Upper Denture
After Complete Upper Denture
Conventional dentures are dentures that are made and placed after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. Some patients may have the option of getting immediate dentures. For these, the denture is made before the teeth are removed. Once the denture has been made at the lab, the dentist removes the teeth at the next visit and the denture is placed right away. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to go without teeth during the healing time. Once healing is complete, the dentures may need to be adjusted.
An over-denture is a denture that fits over a small number of natural teeth or implants. These can be much more tolerable and desirable due to the functional appeal. They provide the individual with a more stable solution compared to the standard common denture. Many people may refer to this as an "all-on-four" case, in which, as it sounds, is an over-denture supported by four implants.
Like natural teeth, you must take good care of your dentures. Here are some tips to care for your dentures:
In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth is also vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Call your dentist immediately. Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day at Kneib Dentistry. Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so see your dentist right away. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself. They require professional repair and adjustment.
When is it time to get dentures?
You may want to consider getting dentures if:
How many appointments does it take to get dentures?
Some patients are able to get what the dental community refers to as same day dentures while others require multiple appointments. You may need an appointment for teeth extraction, an appointment for fitting, and a third appointment to get the dentures.
Talk to your dentist to make a denture plan and figure out what is required for you to get a new set of teeth.
What do I do if I'm having trouble with my dentures?
Call your dentist as soon as possible.
Denture problems can include soreness, discharge, or generalized pain and discomfort. A pair of well-fitting dentures should not cause any of these problems. If you are experiencing trouble associated with your dentures (new or older) it is important to contact your dentist immediately to make sure everything is alright and there are no underlying gum conditions that need to be treated.
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Can I get my dentures the same day as my teeth are pulled?
Yes, it is possible to get same-day dentures.
These dentures are sometimes called immediate dentures. Same-day dentures are for patients who need to have natural teeth removed and then artificial dentures inserted immediately. There is no healing time between the procedures
How much do dentures cost?
On average, dentures cost around $1,800 USD for a set of full, traditional dentures. The cost of dentures depends on a variety of factors. Some factors that may impact the cost of dentures are if you're getting both top and bottom dentures or a single set, or if your dentures require additional customization.
To receive a more specific cost estimate for your dentures, schedule an appointment with your dentist to talk about your needs and financial situation.