Dentures are essentially a frame or plate holding artificial teeth. There are two major forms of dentures currently available: partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are utilized to replace a few missing teeth while full dentures are meant to replace an entire smile. Dentures are meant to mimic the natural look of your teeth as closely as possible. They typically last approximately five years when cared for properly. The process of getting dentures typically requires two separate office visits. The first visit includes extracting the teeth needed to allow the dentures to be fitted properly. An imprint of your gums is taken and sent to a dental lap. Once your mouth has healed, and your custom dentures have been fabricated, you will see your doctor for your second visit to ensure proper fit and make any needed adjustments.
Immediate dentures are dentures made in office during the time of your first dental procedure visit. These are a temporary set of dentures that are meant for use immediately after natural tooth extraction. The reason these are better known as temporary and not permanent dentures is due to the fact that these dentures are made for the sole purpose of allowing you to have functioning teeth while your quality dentures are made in a dental lab. To minimize swelling of gums, your temporary denture should be used immediately after surgery. It is recommended you continuously wear your immediate dentures for three days without removing them. Be sure to follow all post-operative care instructions given by your dentist or oral surgeon.
Full dentures are designed to look as much like your natural teeth as possible. They can function just like your original teeth and are placed in your mouth after your original teeth have been removed and gum tissue has fully healed. With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, dentures can last you many years.
Transitional Partial Dentures
A temporary solution for a few missing teeth is a “space maintainer” you wear while recovering after a tooth extraction. Transitional partial dentures must be replaced or relined over time. They are a good option considering they are relatively inexpensive.
Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs)
Removable partial dentures replace missing teeth with the aid of remaining natural teeth as anchors. There are different types of RPDs, varying from a metal frame with metal clasps around the anchor teeth to a more cosmetic no-frame or metal clasps, which are commonly made from Vitallium.
A basic denture starts at about $800 to $1,000 for a full set of upper and lower teeth. These typically have limited warranties, do not last as long as more expensive models, tend to look artificial and may be adapted from a standard size instead of a customized fit. A mid-range denture typically costs $1,000 to $3,000 for a set. These offer a fairly personalized fit and usually come with a one- or two-year warranty. Premium dentures can cost $2,000 to $4,000 per plate or $4,000 to $8,000 or more for a set. Dentures in this price range are a personalized fit, use high-end materials to simulate the look of gums and teeth as closely as possible, last a long time, and are warranted against chipping and cracking for five to 10 years or longer. Often, the price includes several follow-up visits to fine-tune the fit.
Complete immediate dentures could range from $900 to $1200.
Removable partial dentures average around $900 to $2500.
Speak to your dentist or contact your insurance provider to be certain cost of dentures or partial dentures are covered.
If you have any questions about dentures in San Juan Capistrano, California, or if you want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mojgan Niktash, please contact Paradise Dental Practice today at 949-481-2121.