It is important to be aware of all of your options when you are considering dentures for the first time. While no one wants to have to wear dentures, by being aware of your options, you can help to ensure that you get the best fitting and best looking dentures that you can afford. Since budget is often a factor when deciding which kind of dentures to get, you may want to spend a little time looking over the prices for the various teeth replacement options. Just like anything else, it pays to compare prices among providers in order to get the best deal when getting dentures the first time. Following, we’ll examine some of the denture options patients have when it comes time to replace their natural teeth.
Patients who do not need to replace all of their teeth may consider partial dentures. Most dentists recommend that patients keep as many of their teeth as possible. Even if the majority of your teeth need to come out, there is no reason to remove healthy teeth. Patients who have even one healthy tooth remaining on each side of their mouth are potential candidates for partial dentures.
Partial dentures are used to replace as few as two teeth and they can also be used to replace most of your natural teeth. They can be fitted to anchor on to natural teeth, which provide stability to the partial. If you think you might be a candidate for partial dentures, talk to your dentist about the possibilities.
Traditional dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. Of course, some patients only need the upper or lower plate instead of the full set. Partial dentures can also be combined with traditional dentures so that you could have a partial denture to replace missing upper teeth while you could have a full lower denture at the same time.
Traditional dentures range in price from the economy set, which you’ll often see advertised for about $300 to the higher quality false teeth that can cost hundreds of dollars more. Like anything else, you get what you pay for, and the better the quality of the dentures, the more money you will pay. However, even if you need to start off with an economy set of dentures, you can always get a better set later on.
Cosmetic dentures are much more expensive than traditional dentures; however, they are made of the highest quality materials and they are customized for individual patients. In fact, the patient has a hand in designing cosmetic dentures. Patients can choose the color, size, and other features of cosmetic dentures. You will work closely with your dentist to choose several different aspects that go into the creation of dentures that will be customized according to your specifications.
While it will take time to adjust to wearing any kind of dentures, it is important that they fit comfortably and that you are able to eat and speak with confidence while wearing them. Work closely with your dentist to ensure that whichever option you choose will be a good fit for you.