Dentures and partials are a wonderful restorative option for people who have experienced substantial tooth loss. Do you have questions about this method of tooth replacement? We’ve got answers right here. Keep reading for the denture FAQ!
Q: What are dentures?
A: Dentures are a set of removable prosthetic teeth. White crowns are affixed to a plastic base that is designed to look like your gum tissue. Dentures are made from natural-looking materials and restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Q: How do dentures work?
A: Dentures fill in the gaps left behind in your smile after tooth loss. A traditional complete denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It is held in place using natural suction, and a denture adhesive may provide additional help. A partial denture takes the place of several missing teeth located anywhere in the mouth. It fits in your jaw like a missing puzzle piece and is held in place using metal brackets affixed to the natural teeth.
Q: How much do dentures cost?
A: The cost of traditional dentures varies based on how many teeth you have lost and other factors unique to your smile. Traditional dentures that are not supported by dental implants usually offer the most affordable option in tooth replacement. Schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist to find out just how much you can expect yours to cost.
Q: How long do dentures last?
A: With proper care and maintenance, a traditional denture will last from 5 to 7 years before it requires a reline (refitting) or replacement. This is the case due to natural wear and tear and gradual changes that occur with the shape of your jaw bone after significant tooth loss. When you start to notice your denture feeling loose or uncomfortable, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Q: What are the benefits of dentures?
A: Dentures offer a number of benefits for patients who have suffered significant tooth loss, most significantly the ability to eat and speak with ease. When several healthy natural teeth still remain, a partial denture can prevent these from moving around and causing orthodontic issues. And in instances of complete tooth loss, dentures offer a quick replacement option so you don’t have to spend any extra time without teeth.
Q: What are implant-retained dentures?
A: Patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider an implant-retained denture. Dental implants provide significant stability for a partial or complete denture, because the prosthetic teeth are secured on sturdy implant posts within the gums rather than simply resting on your gum tissue. Talk to your implant dentist to find out whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants.
Q: Where can I learn more about dentures?
A: Talk to your dentist at Lakefront Dental about tooth replacement with dentures. If that is the best option for your smile, we look forward to getting started right away! Go ahead and contact us to schedule an appointment today.