Types of Dentures Explained

Are you in the process of researching different types of dentures and tooth replacement to see which one is right for you or a family member?  We’ve compiled a little tip sheet to help you in your decision-making process.

What are dentures? 

Implant dentistry (aka dentures) is the ideal long-term solution for tooth loss. Dentures are removable appliances that can behave as either a full or partial set of teeth replacement appliances in one or more areas of your mouth.

Why would someone need dentures?

The three most common reason people may need dentures are:

  1. Decay:  if you’ve suffered from tooth decay for years, this may lead to your have led to teeth rotting and falling out.  Reasons for tooth decay can result from lack of goodhereditary or diet related, despite regular brushing and dental checkups.
  2. Gum Disease: if left untreated, gum disease can result in the loss of teeth, making dentures the best (and in some cases the only) option for restoring a smile.
  3. Injuries: a facial injury can result in multiple teeth falling out or becoming seriously damaged. Dentures can quickly and easily restore your smile if you’ve ever experienced a hit to your face that damaged your teeth.

What are the types of dentures: 

There are several different types of dentures based on your needs.

Full Dentures: Dentures for replacing a full set of teeth; these dentures include a flesh-colored acrylic base that covers the gums and the roof of the mouth, allowing an entire set of false teeth to sit firmly.

Partial Dentures:  When just a few teeth are missing, partial dentures fill the gap.

Custom dentures: Custom dentures are made of more expensive teeth which results in a more natural-looking smile.

Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures are typically placed on the same day that the teeth are removed/extracted.

Implant supported dentures: The denture provides a great amount of support for a solid foundation, which allows the denture to stay securely in place.

Snap-in dentures: Snap-in dentures are very stable and are used when a patient doesn’t have any teeth, but enough bone density to support an implant.

Overdentures: Titanium posts (implants) are inserted into the jaw where the bone will heal around them. An overdenture sits on top of the gums and is held in place with dental implants. It can be placed on the upper and/or the lower jaw, depending on the patient’s needs. The overdenture is also removable.

Upper dentures: Upper dentures are just that—-dentures for the upper teeth—-if you are missing teeth in the upper jaw.

Economy dentures:  Generic in nature, economy dentures are typically the cheapest form of dentures. They normally don’t fit securely or comfortably in the mouth and they look artificial.

If you have any additional questions, it’s best to speak to your dentist or be referred to a denturist, as they’re professionals in the field and would have the most accurate answers.

How much do dentures cost?

The cost of dentures can range depending on whether they are for the upper or lower arch, the quality, materials used, fees that the denturist charges (based on their level of expertise and the services they provide). If you or your spouse have insurance/benefits this may also cover some of the costs (depending on your plan coverage).

What payment plans are available?

Dentures or any type of dental implants are expensive (whether or not you have coverage). We offer financing for all of our procedures, making oral care affordable for you and your family. If you’re looking for payment options to make dentures more affordable, visit one of our locations to speak to one of our associates for the best options to suit your needs.

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