Dentures

Introduction: Dentures

Dentures, also known as false teeth, or dental prostheses are the primary topic in this section of our site. Here, you can learn how the procedure is performed, what dentures cost and the advantages and disadvantages of having them.

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin which at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are finely crafted, custom-fitted. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

Who is a candidate for dentures?

If you've lost, or are losing, all of your teeth a Complete Denture is something to discuss with your cosmetic dentist. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be your way to a great smile.

This procedure should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist as there are several personal and medical factors to take into consideration. You may instead be a candidate for dental bridges and dental implants as optional procedures.

Overview of dentures

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin which may at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures, complete and partial. Both Complete dentures and partial dentures are finely crafted and custom-fitted to the patient. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

How are dentures made?

It is somewhat common to require for some teeth to be extracted, and surgery in some cases is necessary to improve the bony ridges that stabilize your dentures.

The procedure begins with a wax bite impression of your mouth that will give your dentist exacting measurements. A try-on appointment will fine tunes colour, shape, and custom-fit.

After your final dentures are fabricated, they will be placed and informed of their required care.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

These replace all of your teeth, upper or lower. Their comfort depends on muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after healing of the tooth sockets following the removal (extraction) of all the teeth.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate Dentures are placed all at once, at the time of extraction and may require additional adjustments after the healing process. It can take around three months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.

Upper Dentures

Upper Dentures, tend to be a bit easier to adjust to. These are made of the same materials as a Complete Denture, but are designed to provide you with upper teeth only.

Overdentures

Overdentures are a type of conventional denture similar to Complete Dentures. Originally they were used when not all of the teeth were extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support. This type provides greater stabilization during chewing. More recently overdentures have been used in conjunction with dental implants to improve stability. They cost more and typically require more preparation dental appointments until the procedure is fully complete.

Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures correct the gaps in your smile when only some teeth are missing. Metal clasp attachments anchor the dentures around the crowns of your natural teeth. Partial overdentures may be used with dental implants or capped roots of teeth which provide hidden retention devices for added cosmesis without the use of visible clasps. Partial Dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. They can also help prevent loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.

How much do dentures cost?

Dental surgeons who specialise in dentures are called Prosthodontists and costs are typically between 300 to 1500 per upper or lower arch. This is a procedure for which you should definitely research your dental insurance coverage. Much of the cost is often covered.

Pros and Cons of a Dentures

Advantages:

Dentures definitely provide a great smile with a very natural appearance. They're made of very durable materials and last very long when properly taken care of. Typically dentures last from five to ten years. They also correct several problems, from speech to chewing, for many patients.

Disadvantages:

There's no doubt that dentures take a little getting used to. There is maintenance involved, and initial speech issues to overcome (these are temporary and last only a couple of days). Mouth irritation or sores may occur, but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed. It is common that your mouth changes over the life of your dentures, so even though they last long, they may need to be replaced to achieve a better fit before they are worn out.

Before & After Photos: Dentures

Before Dentures

After Dentures