If you have lost numerous teeth due to accident, injury, or through extensive tooth decay and removal, dentures might be the best option to restore functionality that will enable you to talk and eat without pain. The main benefit of dentures to dental implants is that they are less expensive and can be fitted without surgery to implant the anchors for the implants.
What types of dentures are there?
Dentures come in partials or complete sets. Partials can be used to fill in gaps between several teeth. Partials can also be a complete top or bottom set. Lastly, there are complete denture sets. These are used only if you no longer have any of your original teeth left.
Are there alternatives to dentures?
There are some alternatives. However, it depends on the condition of your teeth as a whole. For example, in some cases, bridgework can be used to fill in gaps between existing teeth and can be a more permanent solution to partial dentures. Additionally, dental implants are an alternative permanent solution to replacing your teeth.
When should I replace my dentures?
The American Dental Society recommends that you replace your existing dentures every 5 to 7 years. As dentures wear down much faster than your existing teeth. Additionally, removing teeth often leads to a shortening of your jawline, as such the dentures may fit less perfectly over time.
When do I need to have my dentures relined?
Assuming you do not need to have your dentures completely replaced, the ADS recommends that the dentures be relined every 5 to 10 years. Relining ensures that your dentures will fit comfortably in your mouth.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost for dentures varies on the quality and whether you are needing a partial or full set. A basic set of dentures can run between $600 to $1,500. A mid-range quality set may run between $1,500 to $3,000. And a premium set can run between $3500 to $15,000. Smile Zone Dental will present options upon a recommendation.