Replace missing or damaged teeth with a removable prosthetic

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Updated 28 November 2021

Dentures are prosthetic appliances that are designed to replace the missing teeth and their surrounding tissues, such as the gums. When you lose all your teeth, your facial muscles begin to sag due to under-stimulation, making you look much older than you actually are. This removable dental device not only helps you embrace a youthful smile but also helps you combat toothlessness and its associated ill-effects.

Dentures feel much like your natural teeth and give you a renewed ability to perform regular oral functions. With dentures, you can talk, smile, and chew with ease – all of the subtle things we take for granted!

What Kind of Dentures Should I Get?

There is no ‘one size fits all’ denture design. Your dentist can get your denture customized to fit your oral behavior and needs.

Your options include:

Complete (full)

Complete dentures replace a full arch of teeth with a removable prosthetic. These are best for patients who have lost all of their teeth.

Partial Removable

Partial removable dentures replace one or more missing teeth on an arch with a prosthetic. 

Partial Fixed

These dentures, also known as bridges, are best for patients who are missing some of their teeth and would prefer a non-removable solution. 

Immediate (Same-Day)

These dentures are meant for patients who want their teeth extracted and their dentures installed in the same day. 

Implant Retained

Implant retained dentures are best for patients who need added retention due to substantial bone loss. Adding implants can help act as anchorage for the prosthetic in your mouth. 

How Much do Dentures Cost?

Dentures are the more cost-effective method for replacing teeth, but they can still cost a hefty amount and are not covered by many insurance plans. On average, they cost over $1,800 in the United States.

$1,800+ Average Cost USA
$280-490 Sani Dental Group Alamo Clinic
$280-490 Sani Dental Group Platinum
$685-4,500 Dental Brush
$280-550 Evidentall
$350-550 Nakeji Dental Group
$280-490 Sani Dental Group Cancun Riviera
$350 OG Center

What are the Different Types of Materials Used for Dentures?

Dentures are diverse not only in their design but also in the materials used for said design and function.

Acrylic Resin

Acrylic is a rigid resin material and is more affordable than porcelain. This is why it is one of the highest on-demand materials for dentures. It is pink for the base and gums of the dentures and tooth-colored for the replacement artificial teeth. It is often held in the mouth by metal clasps. With proper care, they can last a long time, however, they can be bulky.


Porcelain is known for its strength and durability. The ceramic material emulates the translucent features of glass and gives the teeth a more natural appearance than do resins. A wide selection of tooth shades is available for porcelain replacements, making the new set of teeth discrete and natural-looking.

Metal Partial Dentures

These dentures employ a metal base typically made from an alloy containing cobalt and chrome. Like an acrylic partial, the material used for the gums is a pink acrylic, and replacement teeth are enamel-colored resin. They are normally smaller than plastic dentures and are more tolerable to the patient.

What is the Procedure to Get Fitted for Dentures?

Dental Evaluation

Prior to the procedure, your dentist will evaluate your gums and supporting bone structure to identify the appropriate treatment plan.

In some cases, oral surgery may be necessary in order to satisfy bony deficiencies or to correct bony ridges that can interfere with the stability of the denture.

In cases where teeth need to be extracted, an immediate denture is typically placed to enable proper healing of the extraction sites and also to serve as an aesthetic anchor for natural teeth.

Taking an Impression

Your dentist will take an impression of your gums. An impression is a negative imprint of your teeth and tissues, perfectly resembling the oral structures. If you have had extractions done recently, your dentist will wait until your gums have healed before taking the impressions. Impressions taking is achieved with special dental materials like alginate that mimic the oral tissues with precision.

Laboratory Process

Wax rims are placed in your mouth to help establish a proper bite and orientation of the teeth. You can now select the size, shape, and shade of the teeth for your denture. Once your dentist has recorded the necessary requirements, they will send the measurements to a dental lab for fabrication.


This is the most critical step in the process. The dental lab will send a mockup of the denture to make sure you are happy with the color, look, fit, and overall feel of the denture. If any changes are needed, additional appointments may be necessary. Once you are satisfied, the try-in denture will be sent to the lab to create the final prosthetic.

Your dentist will make sure that you are utterly pleased with your prosthetic and that it looks and feels as natural as possible.

Fitting of the Denture

Your final fitting is here! The denture is seated and your fit and bite are checked. Once all the attributes check out, you’re all done!

What is a Denture Reline?

The moment you get those dentures, you are all set for life! Right? Well, not necessarily. Your teeth keep your jawbones stimulated. When you lose your teeth, the holes that they create are known as extraction sockets. As your bone begins to heal, they change shape and your prosthetic starts to lose its stability.

As soon as your dentures begin to feel loose in your mouth, you should think of getting it relined. Relining means that the dentist adds a specialized material to the inner plate that hugs your gums.

Soft Reline

A soft reline may be done if you frequently present with sores. A soft reline helps cushion your gums from further damage.

Hard Reline

A hard reline may be done if you are tolerating the dentures well but they appear to be loose or they don’t fit.

Additional Resources


Howell, Maria Lopez. “Dentures.” Mouth Healthy TM, American Dental Association,

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be used as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you have surrounding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it as a result of anything you read on this Site. 

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