FAQs about Dentures

A missing tooth not only impacts one’s smile but can result in oral health issues as well. For example, it can become the cause of gum disease, which, in turn, can lead to some serious health issues, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart diseases.

Fortunately, dentistry has advanced and now there are numerous options available when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. One of them is dentures. Read on to know some of the most common questions people have related to this treatment:

What are Dentures?

A denture is basically a false tooth that replaces the missing/lost tooth. It is a removable appliance that’s available in different types, with complete and partial dentures being the most popular.

What are partial and complete dentures?

Partial dentures, as the name suggests, are used when the patient has one or more teeth in their lower or upper jaw. On the contrary, complete dentures cover the entire arch. A dentist who specializes in dentures will analyze your condition and determine whether complete or partial dentures are suitable for you.

What are dentures made of?

In most cases, dentures are made up of plastic, particularly acrylic resin. However, porcelain dentures also happen to be quite popular. The former is a preferred option since it’s sturdier. On the other hand, the latter tends to last longer.

How much do dentures cost?

The cost depends on many factors, including their quality, composition, and the place you’re getting them from. Also, the cost of partial dentures is different compared to complete dentures. You should also know that an experienced specialist will most probably charge you more. On average, the cost lies somewhere between $800 to $1500 per arch. It is, however, recommended to enquire your selected dentist for dentures about the cost in advance.

How to clean them?

If you are getting dentures for the first time, it is important that you know how to clean them. Practicing denture care tips makes them last longer.

To clean your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush along with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to clean them. This will remove plaque, food, and other debris from them. Make sure you are soaking them overnight.

What are immediate dentures?

Immediate dentures are placed the same day when the natural teeth are removed. They can be complete or partial dentures. They are also known as temporary dentures.

How to whiten dentures?

There are certain home remedies for whitening dentures. However, bear in mind that the results may not meet your expectations since they are different as compared to our natural teeth; hence, they react differently to typical teeth whitening solutions.

What kind of dentist does this treatment?

Generally, it’s recommended to visit a prosthodontist if you want to get a denture. They also specialize in implants, crowns, and treating TMJ/TMD.

What are snap-in dentures?

It is another type of denture. Snap-in dentures work like posts. They are basically “snapped” into their designated spots with the help of posts. Thus, they stay in place as compared to traditional dentures that rest on the gum line.

There you have it! These are some of the most commonly asked questions about the treatment and their answers.

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