As much as we’d like to believe we’ll always have our natural teeth filling out our smile, there are many reasons why this may not be the case. Whether due to an accident, age, or disease, you could be someone who loses a tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth one day. While this initially sounds intimidating, it’s actually quite common and easily fixable. In order to complete your beautiful smile, whether temporarily for indefinitely, we recommend dentures.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of artificial teeth, typically made from similarly colored resin. The scope of dentures ranges depending on the patient and the issue that they are correcting. Dentures can be a few adjoining fake teeth or an entire replacement for the top and/or bottom row of missing teeth. In each instance, dentures are custom-made to fit perfectly within a patient’s mouth, which changes over time, so dentures should be replaced every five years or so.
The Three Types of Dentures
Dentures come in three forms — temporary dentures, partial dentures, and complete dentures. Temporary dentures are typically for patients waiting for another procedure, such as a dental bridge or a dental implant. Often times, this is ideal for when a tooth is unexpectedly knocked out. Partial dentures are for when only several teeth are missing in a long-term situation. Complete dentures are for when the entire top and/or bottom row of teeth are missing.
Info to Know About Dentures
Although dentures need to be replaced about every five years or so, due to the wear of normal usage, it's best to proactively maintain your dentures. This includes brushing your gums, your tongue, and your palate each time before you put your dentures in. Additionally, you should keep your dentures in water or a soaking solution when you are not using them, and you should brush your dentures each day to remove any food deposits or plaque in order to prevent stains.
How We Can Help
A great smile can change. What’s important is that you feel good about your teeth inside and out. Our highly experienced team is able to repair or remake any smile, so that you always look your best.
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There are three main types of dentures: temporary, partial, and complete. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to consult with your dentist to determine which type is right for you. The main difference between complete and partial dentures is that complete dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch, while partial dentures only replace some of the teeth. Partial dentures are usually used when there are still some natural teeth remaining in the mouth. Temporary dentures, as their name suggests, are meant to be worn temporarily, typically while waiting for permanent dental implants.
The average cost of dentures is $1,000-$3,000. However, the cost of dentures depends on many factors, including the type of denture, the materials used, the number of teeth needed and the complexity of the dental work. In some cases, people may need to pay for more expensive custom dentures.
Many insurance plans do not cover the cost of dentures. Even with dental insurance, most people still have to pay a portion of the cost out-of-pocket. Some dental plans have a deductible that must be met before coverage kicks in. Most plans also have a maximum amount they will pay for dental work per year. If you need dentures and don't have dental insurance, there may be options for you and its best to speak to your specific oral health care provider about your situation.
Most dentures last about 5-7 years, but this varies depending on the type of denture, how well you take care of them, and your oral hygiene habits. It's important to keep your dentures clean and dry when you're not wearing them, and to brush them every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You may also need to use a denture adhesive or cleanser to help remove plaque and bacteria from the surfaces of your dentures. If you have any questions about taking care of your dentures, be sure to ask your dentist.
Whether or not your insurance policy covers dental implants will depend on the specifics of your plan. However, in general, dental implants are considered to be cosmetic procedures and are not typically covered by insurance. That being said, it’s always best to check with your insurer to see if they offer any coverage for dental implants. In some cases, they may cover a portion of the cost. If you're considering getting dental implants, be sure to consult with a reputable and experienced implant dentist. They will be able to help you understand the cost of the procedure and work with you to develop a payment plan that fits your budget.
Yes, it is possible to remove dental implants, although this is not a common procedure. Dental implants are usually considered to be a permanent solution for missing teeth, so removal is typically only performed in cases where the implant is causing problems or complications. The removal process begins with a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon to discuss your specific case and develop a treatment plan. In some cases, it may be possible to simply remove the implant without needing to do any further surgery. However, in other cases, it may be necessary to first remove the surrounding bone and tissue before the implant can be taken out.
If you are considering having your dental implants removed, make sure to speak with an experienced professional.