Although highly preventable, tooth loss affects millions of people across the world. Tooth loss harms their health, nutrition, speech, and self-esteem. People missing a tooth or teeth often stay home more often than they’d like due to embarrassment. Sadly, 69% of adults aged 39 -44 have lost at least one permanent tooth while 26% of adults 65 and older have lost all of their permanent teeth. Tooth loss in younger adults is more common today than ever before.
Fortunately, there are many tooth restoration options for people of all ages, and with all levels of tooth loss. Fixed bridges and dental implants are two popular tooth restoration options, but both are financially straining. People with extensive bone loss in the jaw may be ineligible for dental implants. Bridges costs also exasperate a budget very quickly.
Removable dentures are a time-tested, affordable option for tooth loss.
What are Removable Dentures?
Removable dentures are made of metal, nylon, or acrylic material. The material is completely safe for humans. Dentures can replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. The denture consists of a resin base that holds the artificial teeth in place. This base with teeth is then placed over the gums where it serves in place of the natural tooth or teeth.
Removable dentures average a five-year lifetime. Some dentures last a few years longer than the five-year period but don’t anticipate more. Proper denture care helps patients get the longest possible lifetime with them. Dentures look and feel like natural teeth, instantly improvising a person’s face shape and structure, speech, bite, and confidence.
Removable Dentures Process
The dentist creates custom-made dentures to replace missing teeth. This ensures that each patient receives a set of dentures that fits their mouth properly. Creating an impression of the mouth is the first step in the removal dentures creation process. The impression is made of the patient’s jaw ridges that once supported the natural teeth before tooth loss. The impression is used to construct a lifelike resin base that holds the false teeth.
The false tooth design is matched to the patient’s facial structure. The goal is to create dentures that resemble the patient’s natural teeth as closely as possible. After fitting the patient with the removable denture, the dentist makes adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit in the mouth. Proper balance and size balance the false tooth, helping the patient talk and eat comfortably.
Take Care of Removable Dentures
As the name suggests, removable dentures can and should be removed from the mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that denture wearers remove the prosthetic at night, soaking them in water or a denture cleaner. Removing the denture at night gives the mouth breathing time. Allowing dentures to soak overnight also keeps them clean. It removes food particles and other debris that can damage the dentures.
Proper care is paramount to a beautiful smile as a denture wearer. At the fitting, the dentist will help patients learn how to care for their dentures. Follow all of the dentist’s instructions to avoid problems with the dentures. Caring for removable dentures is fairly simple.
Patients can remove dentures any time they want to take them out of their mouth, whether the dentures are uncomfortable, they need to be cleaned, and for other purposes. The more you wear dentures, the easier it is to eat with them in the mouth, to clearly speak, and gain confidence. Denture adhesives hold ill-fitting dentures in place. Some patients prefer the confidence denture adhesives create when wearing false teeth.
Regular care ensures dentures provide many years of beautiful smiles. Keeping dentures clean and free of debris reduces mouth discomfort and improves the fit in the mouth. Cleaning and maintaining dentures also keep the mouth healthy. Visiting the dentist to reline and/or adjust the dentures periodically is important. As the gums shift, dentures fit improperly and require adjustments.
Removable Dentures Cost
Partial and complete dentures both start at around the same $300 price range. This price includes a basic set of dentures without the added comforts and style more expensive options provide. Some dentures cost well into the thousands of dollars, although they offer outstanding comfort and style. Many insurance plans cover a portion or all of the costs of removable dentures. A good set of dentures costs $5,000 or more.
Denture price varies according to factors such as the denture material, the dentist in Sunrise who completes the procedure, the number of teeth, and whether you need a top or bottom removable plate, or both.
Natural teeth are best, but when tooth loss occurs, restoration options help patients enjoy the next best thing. Removable dentures provide most patients with that tooth and smile alternative after tooth loss.