Dentures

About

A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and surrounding tissue. In the past dentures usually fit poorly. They were bulky and often painful. Today’s technology has brought remarkable improvement. Innovations in dentistry combined with modern light-weight materials mean current dentures are not only comfortable they closely resemble natural teeth.

Dentures come in two forms: complete and partial. Partial dentures fill in the spaces made by missing teeth and prevent existing ones from shifting. Complete dentures are used when the patient has no teeth.

Cost

Dentures range between $500 and $2,500 per upper or lower arch. This is just an estimate, as every person’s mouth is unique. Your dentist is the best source of information about your particular situation.

Right for you?

Millions of people lack some or all of their teeth. Resulting problems aren’t limited to poor appearance. Missing teeth make it difficult to chew food or even to speak. Muscles lose elasticity and the face begins to sag. The simple smile—a primary way to engage with others--may become impossible. No one should suffer this way today.

 

If you’re missing teeth for any reason, find a dentist near you on this site. The doctor will evaluate you for dentures or implants. Many patients say they wish they’d taken this step earlier. They couldn’t believe they waited so long and relish their newfound confidence and comfort.

 

Existing dentures

 

Did you know dentures should be replaced every three years? The gums and ridges of your mouth change over time. Dentures, on the other hand, stay the same. For that reason wearing the same dentures over the course of years—particularly ill-fitting ones—can cause ridges to shrink. Unfortunately, some of these changes in the mouth and gums will be irreversible, making it that much more difficult to create dentures that fit well in the future. That’s why it’s important to have an ongoing relationship with a doctor who can ensure your dentures are properly adjusted—and keeping you healthy.

 

Acquiring dentures—what to expect

 

The process of getting dentures generally takes place over a few weeks. At the beginning your mouth is studied and measured through means of molds or impressions, in order to ensure pinpoint accuracy. At the next visits shape and color will be carefully assessed.  Finally your dentist precisely adjusts and places the completed denture. The doctor will take time to ensure the dentures look natural and feel comfortable.

 

You may experience temporary soreness, increased saliva flow, and difficulty swallowing or speaking. These sensations will subside as your muscles and tissues rapidly acclimate to the new dentures.

 

Care and cleaning

 

The upkeep and maintenance of dentures is simple. But it’s important to

clean them every single day. Soft tooth brushes should be used, and warm water, not

hot, to prevent warping. Economical electrosonic denture baths and specialty cleaning

products are also helpful.

 

Dentures should be cared for over a partially filled sink or soft towel; this minimizes

damage in the event they are accidentally dropped.

 

Dentures should be removed each night or during the day for at least a few hours. 

Studies have linked failure to do this with increased rates of oral cancer, greater

bacterial count and damage to the tissue and ridges.