When you mention dentures, most people cringe. Implant technology has taken over dental articles and everywhere else to the point where some may think they have no other options. The reality is that modern dentures are still a viable choice. A lot depends on your pocketbook.
Types of Dentures
- Traditional complete full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Custom dentures
- Immediate dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
- Snap-in dentures
- Upper dentures
Best Type of Dentures
In terms of stability, snap-in dentures are the best. These dentures securely snap into place with the aid of anchors on existing teeth or dental implants. These dentures suit patients with the sufficient jawbone to support an implant.
Fixed versions of dentures, also known as permanent dentures, are held securely in place. This reliable security is credited to advancements in dental technology. Permanent, however, refers to dentures held in place by anchoring them to implants. Not all dentures can be anchored to implants; not all implants can support dentures. Only your dentist can tell whether it’s possible in your case.
If it can be done, permanent dentures are worth considering. You may have to wait a bit if implants are involved, but the consensus is that the wait is well worth it.
Conventional vs. Immediate Dentures
- Conventional dentures are fitted after the healing process has finished. The denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
- Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
While it sounds good not to be without teeth during healing, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore, a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with the conventional version is that they require more adjustments over time to fit properly.
- Dentures work for almost everyone
- Low maintenance
- Frequent replacements
- Multiple procedures
- Removing dentures
Cost of Dentures
A basic set of full dentures might cost anywhere from $600 – $1,500; midrange quality dentures might cost between $1,500 – $3,000, and a premium set could be as low as $3500 and as high as $15,000. For comparison, if you’re talking about a full mouth of replacement teeth, implants can cost around $50,000.
The Douglas Family Dentistry Experience
Douglas Family Dentistry understands that as great as implants are, other established technologies, like dentures, are right for some people. For some, well-fitting dentures are the answer. In terms of cost, savings can be a significant factor.
If you live in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or the surrounding communities, call us at 480-948-3680 or go to our website to schedule an appointment today and come talk to us about teeth replacement options.