Smile with Confidence Once Again
Tooth loss can make it difficult to enjoy life, but it doesn't have to. If you have lost several teeth or are missing an entire arch in the upper or lower jaw, a partial or complete denture can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. When handled by an expert team like us here at Mor Smiles, this tooth replacement option can look, and feel just like your natural teeth...or even better.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth affixed to a plastic base that is designed to look like healthy pink gum tissue. It is reserved for cases of more significant tooth loss in the upper or lower jaw. This tooth replacement is custom-made from natural-looking, biocompatible ceramic or acrylic materials to ensure that it looks beautiful while also supporting your oral and overall health.
Your Options for Dentures
You have several options when it comes to dentures. These include:
A partial denture fits in with your remaining natural teeth like a missing puzzle piece. It can be clipped to metal brackets or affixed to a base that goes over the roof of your tongue. Partial dentures prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
A full or complete denture is used when a full arch of teeth has been lost in the upper or lower jaw. This option is secured using natural suction, but the help of a denture adhesive may be required for additional stability -- especially in the case of a lower denture, which may be more difficult to secure.
Dental implants offer a wonderful method for securing a denture. Implant posts placed beneath the gum line can stabilize the prosthetic to prevent slippage and facilitate easy eating and speaking.
Benefits of Dentures
The benefits of dentures are numerous, and include the following:
- They restore the form and function of missing teeth
- Dentures are customizable to look, fit, and feel just like your natural teeth
- Traditional dentures offer a quick and affordable path to new teeth
- Dentures can help to preserve the remaining natural teeth
- Implant dentures promote oral and overall health
- Dentures are a smart investment in your smile
Caring for Your Denture
Denture maintenance requires routine cleaning and regular visits to your dentist. When you take excellent care of a traditional denture, you can expect it to last from 5 to 7 years before it will need to be replaced due to natural wear and tear. An implant denture will last longer. Make sure to clean the denture once daily, remove it to soak when you sleep, and brush and floss any remaining teeth and your tongue to keep them healthy for as long as possible.
The Cost of Dentures
There is no fixed price for dentures. The cost of yours will depend on a few factors, the most significant of which is usually how many teeth are being replaced. The type of denture you receive and the material it is made of will determine the final cost. To find out for sure what you can expect to pay for your denture, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Mor Smiles today!