Although dentures have been around for a long time, this is a common question. Many people in the Woodbridge, ON area seek more information about dentures “near me.” Dr. Vageesh Sabharwal and his team share this helpful information.
Types of dentures and cost
Dentures are (typically) removable prosthetics that hold artificial teeth. They can be used to replace congenitally missing teeth, or those lost to trauma, gum disease, or extraction. Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoration of appearance, function (chewing and speaking), and to keep remaining teeth from shifting out of position. While modern dentistry offers several tooth replacement options, dentures remain a suitable solution for many patients.
- Partial – A partial denture contains one artificial tooth, or multiple teeth in an arch. A partial is removable. This makes it easy to keep clean, but not as stable as a fixed dental bridge. A partial denture relies on existing natural teeth for stability. Over time, it can cause wear to those teeth, resulting in future dental work. With diligent care, you can expect a partial denture to last for years.
- Full, complete, or conventional – This is a full arch of teeth, either upper or lower . . . or both. A full denture is sometimes called “floating” because it is held in place only by fit and natural suction. An upper full denture covers the palate. This takes a little getting used to, since it impacts temperature sensation and taste.
- Immediate – An immediate denture is a full arch prosthetic. It is designed and fabricated in advance, then inserted immediately after teeth are extracted. You don’t have to go without teeth, and the denture protects gums as they heal. When the bony ridge and gums are fully healed, the denture is relined to adjust fit. Sometimes an immediate denture is an interim step, replaced after the mouth has recovered.
- Implant-supported – This is a permanent solution for tooth loss. Four or more dental implants are placed into the jawbone of an arch. They have abutments that fit into attachment points on a specially-designed denture. An implant-supported prosthetic may be removable (snaps into place), or fixed – removed only by your dentist for cleaning. This is the most secure denture option, restoring ability to eat normally and smile and speak with confidence. It won’t wobble or shift, which reduces chance of mouth sores. In addition, the upper denture is lighter and does not cover the palate.
Economy dentures consist of an acrylic resin base that looks like gum tissue, containing plastic teeth. This is the lowest-cost option, but still quite beneficial for many patients. In some cases, a full denture is reinforced with a chrome-cobalt alloy or stainless-steel metal support to reduce risk of fracture. This adds to the overall cost.
Premium custom cosmetic dentures contain individually-made porcelain teeth. They look very natural and are strong and durable. However, they are costlier, and heavier.
Dentures can also be fabricated from flexible nylon resin base materials, at a cost between economy and premium. While this type is more comfortable for some patients, it can be difficult to repair.
Partial dentures usually have a metal frame for retention and strength, with resin teeth. Stainless steel clasps fit around existing teeth, stabilizing the unit.
There are factors, other than quality and customization, that may impact denture expense:
- Whether extractions or other dental work is needed prior to fitting a denture.
- Number of office visits required.
- X-rays, imaging, and other diagnostics and planning.
It is important to discuss cost openly with your dentist, finding out clearly in advance if you will receive a “package deal” with all necessary services included, or if portions of the treatment are billed in addition to the actual denture.
If deemed medically-necessary, health or dental insurance may pay at least a portion of the cost of extractions and dentures. Most dental offices are happy to assist in obtaining an estimate from your insurance provider.
Living with dentures
While dentures cannot develop tooth decay, daily cleaning and regular professional checkups are still necessary to preserve oral health. Over time, the shape of your mouth changes, too. The dentist checks fit and can suggest adjustments to improve comfort.
Would you like to learn more about your options in dentures? Call Sabharwal Dental Group’s head office in Woodbridge, ON at (905)-893-3368 to schedule a consultation.