Demystifying Dentures: A Quick Guide to Dental Restoration With Affordable Dentures
Dentures are simply removable prosthodontic appliances crafted and placed by a prosthodontist like Dr. Reza Khazaie, to treat tooth loss.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are the go-to solution for the vast majority of patients for treating partial or complete tooth loss or edentulism. 90 percent of all patients with complete edentulism use dentures to not only improve their looks, but to also easily and effectively restore many critical activities such as eating, speaking, and even smiling.
Dentures: Affordable, Accessible, and Aesthetic
Dentures dominate the cosmetic dentistry market for tooth loss as a result of three crucial advantages: they are affordable, accessible, and they are highly aesthetic.
How Much Do Dentures Cost
Compared to conventional individual implants which can cost patients as much as $2,500 to $4,500 per tooth or $140,000+ for a full-mouth replacement procedure, a complete set of dentures with 32 teeth can cost as little as $1,500 up to $4,000 per denture (upper and lower plates).
While conventional individual implants have significant advantages, the cost differential can be staggering. Not only do dentures cost significantly less than alternative solutions to edentulism, they are also less invasive, require a short or no recovery period, and unlike implants, aren’t dependent on the quality and quantity of existing underlying bone structures. Patients who have been toothless for a period of time, lack adequate underlying jaw bone depth, or simply can’t or are unwilling to put up with invasive surgery and subsequent recovery periods will find dentures to be a far more accessible solution.
Dentures can also do wonders for a person’s looks. Dazzling, natural-looking dentures crafted and carefully fitted by a prosthodontist can produce stunningly beautiful results. Well-made and appropriately fitted dentures help fill-in a person's facial features giving a patient suffering from tooth loss a fuller, more youthful visage. Beautiful prosthodontic appliances with straight teeth and perfect proportions allow patients to smile, laugh, and speak confidently as well eat, chew, and bite with ease. In your personal set of dentures is a perfect marriage of form and function that address both the aesthetic and practical concerns of a person suffering from tooth loss.
4 Types of Affordable Dentures
Like any prosthodontic solution or appliance, there are different types of affordable dentures suited for different patients and a variety of needs.
Traditional dentures are typically divided into three broad categories: complete, partial, and implant-supported dentures.
The latter, which includes All-On-Four Dental Implants, relies on strategically placed dental implants for support and behave very differently from traditional removable dentures. To best determine which type of denture is right for you, consult with Dr. Reza Khazaie of Willow Pass Dental Care, known as the leading dentists in Concord, CA. Dr. Khazaie can best address your dental concerns and make the right recommendations for you.
Conventional Complete (Permanent) Denture
A Conventional Complete (Permanent) Denture is a final set of removable dentures that is only emplaced after all broken, rotten, or otherwise unsalvageable teeth have been removed and the gums have been given an adequate amount of time to heal and “settle.” This healing process typically takes 8 to 12 weeks.
Immediate Complete Denture
Immediate Complete Dentures, on the other hand, are fabricated before the extraction of errant teeth and the preparation of the gums and can be placed immediately which is why they are referred to as "same day dentures." While this eliminates the waiting period for a complete set of dentures, they are typically seen as a temporary solution since subsequent fittings will be required to determine the best, final fit.
Partial Dentures are employed in cases where a patient has teeth remaining that are salvageable. Partial dentures fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Typically, the salvaged original teeth adjacent to the area of edentulism receive preparatory work to receive and provide structural support for the partial denture prosthesis. These removable partial dentures, sometimes confused with fixed bridges, not only fill in areas of missing teeth, but they also ensure the remaining teeth do not migrate over time.
Implant-supported Denture or Permanent Dentures (i.e. All-on-Four Dental Implants)
Implant-Supported Dentures or sometimes referred to as permanent dentures are not considered traditional removable dentures in that they require a skilled prosthodontist like Dr. Khazaie, to remove and replace. Similar to a denture; however, the artificial teeth and gums are fabricated as a single monolithic component.
However, instead of being supported on the gums or periodontal layer, implant-supported dentures are attached to strategically embedded implants. While more expensive and more invasive than traditional dentures, implant-supported solutions provide some of the benefits of dental implants without the higher costs.
While dentures are an affordable, accessible, and aesthetic solution to toothlessness, they aren’t totally without their drawbacks. Prospective denture recipients should be aware of these five removable denture limitations:
5 Things to Be Aware of
When It Comes to Dentures
- Loose, ill-fitting dentures can irritate gums and even fall out. This can cause social anxiety as well as general discomfort.
- Most dentures do not prevent bone loss. Except for implant-supported denture solutions, which rely on embedded implants to stimulate bone retention, most dentures do not provide adequate jawbone stimulation resulting in gradual atrophy of underlying bone structures.
- Removable dentures require some additional maintenance. Removable dentures must be taken out for cleaning and left to soak overnight. They may also suffer damage, such as chipping and cracking when handled roughly or exposed to hard foods.
- Traditional dentures need to be replaced every 4 or 5 years. While replacing is typically no trouble at all (you simply toss your old ones and place your new ones in your mouth), it will be added costs. The reason dentures must be replaced is a result of a gradual reduction in a person's underlying bone depth and density. Without teeth roots to stimulate and transfer bite forces into the bone beneath, atrophy inevitably occurs.
- Dentures require a period of acclimation. Typically, patients who receive dentures for the first time have to get used to the way they move and feel in their mouths. This may affect the way they eat and speak. However, after a few weeks of use most patients are able to resume daily activities at a high level. It is common for very minor irritation and an increase in saliva production to occur in the initial days and weeks, though these “growing pains” typically subside rather quickly.
It should be noted that many of the drawbacks mentioned above can be easily avoided with the use of quality dental materials and proper fitting. Remember, the best way to ensure your dental procedure is done right is to procure the services of a highly trained prosthodontist like Dr. Reza Khazaie who is widely respected in the dental community and has years of experience and a lengthy track record of happy patients.
Affordable Dentures Near Me
Considering dentures? Look no further than Dr. Reza Khazaie of Willow Pass Dental Care in Concord, CA. We provide a broad range of affordable dentures, including other tooth replacement procedures in a friendly and professional environment you can call home.
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