Types of Dentures
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed at night or whenever needed. If all of the teeth on a single arch are missing, a full denture is used to replace them. When only some teeth are missing, but not all, a partial denture is used as a restoration. Dentures restore your smile as well as your ability to speak and eat.
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are fabricated only after all teeth in an upper or lower arch have been extracted and the gum tissue has completely healed. Once this has occurred, a dental laboratory can create custom-fitted dentures to our specifications with an acrylic base that sits over your gums to hold your prosthetic teeth in place. The process may take several weeks, as it is important to wait until the gums have fully healed from any tooth extractions before fitting the mouth for dentures.
That said, there are circumstances in which an appliance called immediate dentures can be used to replace the missing teeth on a temporary basis until the jaw has healed from the extractions. While immediate dentures may sound like an ideal option because they don’t require the wait of conventional complete dentures, they become loose very quickly and typically need to be relined in six months to a year.
Partial dentures may either be attached to a metal framework that is clipped onto the two teeth adjacent to the denture or attached to crowns. Partial dentures are different from bridges, however, because bridges are permanent and partial dentures are designed to be removed. Overdentures are also another possibility—they are used when more teeth are missing than appropriate for a partial denture, but not enough teeth are missing for a conventional full denture. This type of denture fits over the remaining teeth, which provides the overdenture with more stability than typical dental adhesives might since the teeth are anchored to the jaw.
For a more secure option that helps maintain bone density in the jaw, consider implant-supported dentures. Dental implants provide a stable base of support for full and partial dentures, and because implants are used to hold the dentures in place, adhesive pastes are not necessary. Implant-supported dentures allow you to bite, chew, speak, and smile more comfortably than traditional dentures.
No matter what type of dentures you choose, you can expect to have to replace them periodically. Because implant-supported dentures are anchored by dental implants, they do not need the frequent relining and adjustments than conventional dentures require. To care for your dentures, you will need to clean them with a soft-bristled brush as directed each night to remove plaque and food debris, and then place them overnight in a glass of water or denture cleaner to keep them from drying out. Your tongue and gums, too, will need to be cleaned twice a day with a soft-bristled brush or washcloth.
Dentures In Washington, DC
If you’re considering dentures and wondering which option is best for your needs, contact Blossom Dentistry today at 202-922-2900 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures depends on the type you need. You can expect to pay between $1000 and $3000 for traditional complete dentures, between $1000 and $2000 for complete immediate dentures, and between $1000 and $2000 for cast-metal partial dentures. These prices are for a single arch only, so should be doubled if two arches are needed. Dental insurance often covers at least part of the cost.
How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?
You need to wait six to eight weeks for the gums to heal before getting traditional dentures.
Do dentures fall out?
Over time, false teeth begin to fit poorly due to changes caused by bone and gum loss. As this happens, it can cause your dentures to slip while you talk. As a result, you’ll probably find yourself having to speak slowly or having to bite down to put your dentures back in place. A new denture or a denture reline can be done if this is becoming bothersome. That is why even though you may not have your natural teeth it is still important to routinely visit the office.
Do dentures change your face?
Dentures can positively change your facial structure and make you look younger by adding lip support and simulating a natural smile.
Do dentures ever feel normal?
For the first few weeks of wearing dentures, your mouth will feel a little strange. This is perfectly normal; your gums need to get used to the new addition. Then, dentures should not feel uncomfortable to wear.
Do dentures make you talk funny?
Well-fitting dentures rarely interfere with speech, but you might feel self-conscious at first as you get used to them. Dentures can cause speech issues if they need to be relined.
Can you kiss with dentures?
Of course you can!
Can you tell someone is wearing dentures?
With today’s advances in dental technology and specifically, dental implants and dentures, it can be difficult to tell if someone is wearing dentures.
Is it okay to sleep with your dentures in?
You can wear your dentures at night, but it is preferable that they be removed to prevent fungal or bacterial infection.