replace missing or damaged teeth with a removable prosthetic
replace missing or damaged teeth with a removable prosthetic
What are Dentures?
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. The plethora of denture options include:
These dentures are best for patients who have lost all of their teeth
These dentures are best for patients who have some missing teeth and would prefer a removable component to the device.
These dentures, also known as bridges, are best for patients who are missing some of their teeth and would prefer a non-removable component.
These dentures are best for patients who want their teeth extracted and dentures installed the same day.
Implant Retained Dentures
These dentures are best for patients who need added retention due to substantial bone loss. Adding implants to the mix can help act as anchorage for the teeth in your mouth.
If you are interested in implant retained dentures, please follow the links below.
Implant Supported Overdentures
Fixed, Implant Retained Dentures
How Much do Dentures Cost?
Dentures are the more cost-effective method for replacing teeth, but they can still cost a hefty amount. Dentures are not fully covered by most insurance plans. On average, dentures cost over $1,800 in the United States.
|DENTURE COST USA|
|$1,800+||Average Cost USA|
|DENTURE COST LOS ALGODONES, MEXICO|
|$280-490||Sani Dental Group Alamo Clinic|
|$280-490||Sani Dental Group Platinum|
|DENTURE COST TIJUANA, MEXICO|
|$350-550||Nakeji Dental Group|
|DENTURE COST PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO|
|$280-490||Sani Dental Group Cancun Riviera|
|DENTURE COST SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA|
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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.
It is a rigid resin material and is a considerably more affordable denture material than porcelain which 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 slightly on the bulkier end.
A fan-favorite among the patients, 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?
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Try-In
This is the most critical step in the denture 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 the denture is made to your satisfaction, the try-in denture will be sent to the lab to create the final denture.
Your dentist will make sure that you are utterly pleased with your denture and that it looks and feels as natural as possible.
Step 5: 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, your dentures are ready to head home with you!
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 so your denture 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 dentures means that the dentist adds a specialized material to the inner plate of your dentures that hugs your gums.
A soft reline may be done if you frequently present with denture sores and helps cushion your gums from further damage.
A hard reline may be done if you are tolerating the dentures well but they appear to be loose or do not fit as well.
What is the Plan?
Choose a Dentist
Choosing your dentist is an important decision, but it does not have to be a difficult one. Dentists associated with Apollo Medical Travel are highly respected in the field and you can see all of their qualifications in their profiles.
Book an Appointment
You can book an appointment by contacting us by chat, the contact form below, or by calling us at +1 (888) 382-4929. You can also fill out an appointment form with a clinic through their profile.
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Some dentists can perform the whole procedure in a single day. Other offices will perform the procedure over 2-3 appointments over a period of days. Regardless of the timeline of your chosen procedure, once you have had an examination and X-rays performed your dentist will make an impression of your mouth and then you will receive a fitting and adjustments.
If you require extractions or other procedures you may opt to have a soft denture put in while your mouth heals (typically for 3 months) while your mouth and gums heal before you can be fitted for permanent dentures.
Immediately Following Procedure
Your dentist will provide recovery instructions and you will be prescribed pain medications to help manage swelling and discomfort. You will generally be advised to eat soft food for a period of time and commit to a healthy oral hygiene routine.
Dr. Nandita Rana
Dr. Rana is a practicing dentist with a knack for creating content and writing diverse, reliable and helpful articles for all to engage in.