So, you're interested in getting dentures. Do you want immediate, conventional, partial, complete, removable or non-removable? There are a lot of options to consider when you're getting dentures, and these three questions can help guide you to make the right denture choice to meet all your needs.
Are Immediate Results Top Priority?
Of course you want immediate results. Nobody wants to wait, especially when they have missing teeth. Immediate dentures prevent you from spending a single moment without teeth because they can be placed as soon as the teeth are pulled. Unfortunately, because they are placed as soon as your teeth are pulled, they don't allow your jaw to heal, and part of this healing process is shrinkage. Without tooth roots to stimulate your jaw, your jaw shrinks, and the immediate dentures no longer fit.
If you want immediate results, it is better to consider getting immediate dentures as a temporary solution. Use them while your gum heals and your jaw shrinks. When the healing period is over, replace them with a set of conventional dentures. Unfortunately, this means paying for two sets of dentures. Immediate dentures cost between $1075 and $2150, while conventional dentures cost $875 to $1950 for an upper or lower. If you're looking to cut costs, getting conventional dentures and going toothless for a while is your best bet.
How Many Teeth Are Missing?
Whether one tooth is missing or all your teeth are missing, you can get dentures. If you have some healthy teeth, partial dentures are designed to only replace the teeth that are missing. Because partial dentures use less material, they tend to cost less than a full set. Plus, if you do end up having another tooth pulled, the new false tooth can often be added to the existing partial denture. On the downside, the partial denture could cause plaque buildup around or trauma to existing teeth. Always remove your partial denture at night to give your mouth a break, and keep existing teeth extremely clean.
If all of your teeth are missing, the choice is clear: complete dentures. However, even if you have some teeth left, complete dentures may be the right option. Consider the health of the existing teeth. If they are weakened because of major cracks or large fillings, they may not withstand the daily wear and tear of partial dentures. It may be easier and more cost effective to simply have those weak teeth removed and get a full set of dentures.
Can You Afford a Non-Removable Alternative?
Implant-supported dentures are a possible alternative to traditional dentures. These dentures use titanium rods to hold the dentures in place. As a result, they are not removable, and they don't slip, move or fall when you eat or speak. Because of their durability and strength, people with implant-supported dentures can usually treat the dentures the same way they treat normal teeth.
The real question, however, is whether you can afford non-removable dentures. On average, a full set costs about $34000. With proper care, you probably won't ever need to have them replaced, but with the low cost of traditional dentures, even if you have them replaced a few times, you'll probably still end up paying more for implant-supported dentures than for several sets of traditional dentures.
Dentures give you the smile you desire. Even with traditional dentures that slip and move at times, you'll have more functionality than you do with missing teeth. Don't wait another moment. If you have missing teeth and are ready to make serious changes, contact a denture clinic in your area today to schedule a consultation.