Missing teeth is a common issue for adults. There are several reasons for missing teeth, but the results are the same- oral and overall health issues. Therefore, tooth replacement is critical.
One of the most affordable options offered at Precision Dental in New Port Richey, Florida is dentures. There are several types of dentures: partial or complete, and fixed or removable.
There are several reasons you might want to consider getting dentures, including:
There are several types of dentures, depending on your needs:
Complete dentures are designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth and are also referred to as full dentures. This type of denture is made of acrylic resin and is supported by your remaining gum and jawbone tissue. This type of denture is only recommended when other options are exhausted.
A fixed partial denture, or implant-supported bridge, is designed to replace several missing teeth in a row. Unlike traditional bridges, this type of bridge is supported by dental implants on each side of the gap. The bridge is fixed in place, which means it is not removable.
A removable partial denture is designed to replace several missing teeth and is easily removed and replaced at any time. This type of partial denture is recommended for patients who do not qualify for an implant-supported bridge.
Implant-supported dentures are designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth, supported by 2 or more dental implants. This type of denture can be removable or permanent.
Dentures are typically made from acrylic resin or porcelain. Acrylic dentures are stronger, cost less, and are lighter-weight than porcelain. However, porcelain typically lasts much longer and is more natural-looking than acrylic.
The cost of dentures depends on the type of denture, the material, and your dental insurance coverage. The good news is, most insurance providers will cover a portion of dentures. On average, the cost of dentures is:
Complete: $1,300 to $3,000 per arch
starts at $5,000
$650 to $2,500 per bridge
$1,500 to $4,000
According to the American Dental Associations, dentures last an average of 5 to 10 years, but with proper care can last 15 or more. There are several signs that you should consider replacing your dentures, including:
Jawbone has deteriorated and is no longer supporting the denture
Denture is broken or chipped
Gums are receding and no longer support the denture
You can extend the life of your dentures by taking proper care of them. This includes cleaning your dentures, soaking removable dentures, and visiting the dentist every 6 months for and exam and cleaning.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, schedule your consultation with the team at Precision Dental. We specialize in tooth replacement procedures, including dentures. We are conveniently located on Rancho del Rio Drive in New Port Richey, FL. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Dentures are the most affordable option for replacing multiple missing teeth. If you have questions about this tooth replacement option, please feel free to contact us. Below are some of the most common questions that we hear at Precision Dental in New Port Richey, FL.
If your dentures are removable, you should not sleep with them in. They need to be removed to allow your gums and jawbone time to rest.
On the other hand, if your dentures are permanently secured in place with dental implants, you can sleep in them without any problems. Dental implants make them look, feel, and function more like natural teeth.
Yes, you can eat with dentures. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons you would want dentures- to restore your ability to bite and chew.
Yes, dentures can change your appearance if you have been missing teeth for some time because it restores facial support.
If you have dentures, you should visit the dentist at least every 6 months.
If your dentures are permanently secured with dental implants, they require no special care considerations. Simply brush and floss as you would your natural teeth.
If your dentures are removable, you should carefully remove them, taking care not to drop them. Then, rinse them under cool water. Next, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove food debris and bacteria. If you use a denture adhesive, make sure to clean off the excess. Finally, place them in a container with water or a denture solution to keep them moist overnight. The next morning, rinse them thoroughly with cool water and put them back in.
When you remove your dentures, make sure that you clean your mouth thoroughly to remove any bacteria, plaque, and food debris, as well as any excess denture adhesive
There are a few alternatives to denture glue including adhesive strips, denture adhesive powder, and suction cups. If you would prefer a more permanent solution, you might want to talk to the dentist about implant-supported dentures.
Most patients would agree that implant-supported dentures are the most comfortable because they are secured in place with dental implants. They are not supported by the gums and don’t slip and slide around, so there’s no risk of pressure or friction sores on the gums.
On average, dentures last about 5 to 10 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, they may last 15 years or more. Implant-supported options may last even longer since they are not taken in and out every day.