Cost of Dentures*
Denture costs will vary depending on where you live and your needs. Prosthodontists' prices are typically between $500 to $2,500 per upper or lower arch. Cosmetic Dentist fees are usually $300 to $1,200 per arch*. Much of the cost may be covered by your dental insurance.
Am I a candidate for Dentures?
Suitable candidates for dentures include:
- Those who have very few remaining teeth which may be in very bad condition
- Patients who have suffered bone loss in their mouths the extent of which means that they cannot have fixed prosthodontics fitted (i.e. dental implants)
- Patients who have severe periodontitis (advanced gum disease) which has caused the loss of many teeth
- Patients who have lost teeth and whose remaining teeth suffer from receding gums and decay.
Dentures are also known as removable prosthodontics and are used for the dental restoration or replacement of missing or broken teeth.
What are Dentures?
There are a number of professional denture procedures available. These include:
- Complete dentures – this type of prosthodontic device may be needed if the patient has lost all of their teeth due to trauma or poor oral hygiene
- Removable partial dentures - partial dentures that are easily removable which may be suitable for patients with only partial tooth loss. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth made of resin and metal to match the color of your natural teeth, attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, connected by metal framework. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture.
Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how long your removable denture should be worn and when it should be removed. At first you may need to wear your denture all the time. This will also help your prosthodontist to identify how well the denture fits. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, that spot becomes sore. Your dentist will make adjustments to ensure that the denture fits comfortably.
There are specific benefits to replacing all or some missing teeth with dentures. These include:
- Eating – when you first begin to wear your denture you should eat small pieces of soft food and avoid foods that are very sticky or hard. However, in time you will be able to eat a wider range of foods that you could not eat before
- Speaking – it can be difficult to speak clearly and be understood when you have no teeth or missing teeth. A denture can help, though at first you may find it difficult to pronounce certain words. Over time, you will get used to this and will be able to speak properly again.
- Appearance – having a full or partial denture will help you to regain your self-confidence if it has suffered through having missing teeth. You will be able to smile again with confidence.
Dentures need to be cared for well to prolong their life. Dentures must be cleaned carefully and thoroughly with a specially designed denture brush or a regular soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food particles and plaque. Hard bristled brushes can damage the denture, as can regular toothpastes. Use a denture cleaners specifically designed to gently clean dentures – there are many on the market. Also ensure that your remaining teeth are cleaned thoroughly every day, paying special attention to the teeth that fit under the denture's metal clasps. Your dentist or dental hygienist can demonstrate how to properly brush and clean between your teeth to avoid tooth decay and further loss of teeth.
How are Dentures done?
When a patient goes to their orthodontist for denture treatment, the orthodontist will thoroughly examine the teeth and jaw area, take x rays of the area and digital photos of the mouth, and will then take a mold, using a tray filled with dental putty or wax, of the patient’s existing teeth and/or gums. Several impressions may be needed depending on the individual case and the dentures needed.
The molds are then sent to the dental laboratory to create a bespoke and realistic-looking denture. The patient then returns to the detist to have the dentures fitted. Because patients need to wear their dentures every day, they need to be extremely well fitted to ensure the comfort of the patient, while performing its function well.
It can take some time for patients to adjust to wearing removable complete dentures, and some discomfort, caused by the rubbing of the dentures on the soft mouth tissue, may result in mouth sores. A simple adjustment by your dentist should resolve any problems such as these. Inserting and removing the denture will requires practice - follow all instructions given by your dentist and it will become second nature and you will have the confidence to smile again.It can take some time for patients to adjust to wearing removable complete dentures, and some discomfort, caused by the rubbing of the dentures on the soft mouth tissue, may result in mouth sores. A simple adjustment by your dentist should resolve any problems such as these. Inserting and removing the denture will requires practice - follow all instructions given by your dentist and it will become second nature and you will have the confidence to smile again.
Questions to Ask a Dental Surgeon about a Dentures procedure
Here is an essential check list of questions you may want to ask your perfectyourself.com dental professional:
- Am I a good candidate for dentures?
- Are my described expectations realistic?
- How long will the procedure take?
- What kind of anesthesia or pain relief is used?
- What is your experience in performing dentures?
- Can I see your qualifications?
- Ask to see any dentures before and after photographs of recent procedures
- What percentages of your dentures patients have had significant post-treatment complications?
- How much will my dentures procedure cost?
- Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
- Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
- Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
- Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
- Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)