There are many types of denture solutions. Those with missing teeth, for example, may be able to use partial dentures, while those with no teeth on top, bottom, or both need full dentures. It helps to understand the process behind getting dentures as well as the choices you’ll have. Full dentures are available in custom, premium, and economy types. Partial dentures are available in cast metal or acrylic. But those are just a few of the considerations when choosing. A dentist will help you find the right type of dentures to fit your budget.
You can elect to have temporary dentures if you’re getting all your teeth pulled. The dentist prepares by taking preliminary impressions so that he or she can have the dentures ready and put in place as soon as your teeth are removed. This allows you to eat and chew food following tooth removal. Without a temporary denture, you’ll need to wait for the gums to heal completely before getting permanent dentures. This healing process can take several months. As the mouth and gums heal, the temporary dentures will no longer fit properly. At that point, you’ll need permanent dentures.
Once the gums have completely healed from tooth removal, dentures can be created to fit your mouth. The dentist will take measurements and imprints to create a set that fit properly. Dentures are specially made for you and will be delivered to the dentist. Once complete, the dentist will fit the dentures to your mouth. This may require a couple of visits to get a perfect fit. They should fit snugly so that food particles won’t get under them, and also need to be able to stay in place when eating and biting down on food. Denture adhesive helps keep them in their proper place. Permanent dentures should fit properly and should not hurt. Over time, dentures will need to be adjusted or replaced as the mouth and gums change shape. The bone under the teeth will tend to dissolve over time when no teeth are in place.
Partial dentures are used when you still have some of your teeth. If possible, a partial denture can be anchored into place using your teeth. Implants can sometimes be used to anchor a partial denture. This allows you to get a couple of implants rather than needing a full mouth of them. Partials are usually more comfortable than full dentures and are therefore preferable. However, your own dental situation will dictate what type of dentures are necessary. An examination and consultation with your dentist will help to decide what is needed in your specific case.
Insurance should cover between 15-50 percent of your investment. A mid-range denture should cost between $500 to $1,500 per plate or up to $3,000 for a set, according to CostHelper, a website that tracks consumer prices. Premium dentures will cost up to $4,000 per plate and up to $8,000 for a set, according to the site. Partial dentures average around $700 to $1,800, while two to six dental implants range from as low as $3,500 up to over $30,000, according to the site. That’s why it’s important to see what is covered by your insurance ahead of time, because dentures can be costly.