Dentures – Costs and Benefits
A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth to replace the natural teeth. Dentures also provide support for the cheeks and lips. The cost of dentures varies with the initial condition of your teeth and gums, as well as the number of teeth to be replaced.
Conventional dentures (also known as ‘false teeth’) that sit on top of the gums can create a variety of problems. Since they are kept in place by a pliable adhesive, they are prone to shift or come loose. Food can work its way between the gums and denture, creating discomfort and even sharp pain. Conventional dental appliances are also a nuisance to keep clean. In contrast, modern dentures are firmly attached to the jawbone — eliminating all of these issues.
Using our state-of-the-art CEREC system, we can design and install most dentures in one day! For safety reasons, we do not do whole mouth implants in a single appointment. But in most cases, we can create and fit dental implants, bridges or replacement dentures the same day.
Call Walden Dental today to learn more about the benefits, options and cost of dentures.
Austin Office (512) 337-8560 or Cedar Park Office (512) 337-8562
Which Type of Denture is Best?
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in different ways.
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
- Modern implant retained dentures are artificial teeth attached to dental implants installed in the jawbone.
- An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
- A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue. Many denture patients benefit from the added stability and hold of a lower denture in place with the aid of dental implants.
The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination of both. The denture foundation can be fabricated for the purpose of attaching implant retained dentures to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.
Over a normal course of time, dentures will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Dental implants help to preserve your jawbone to aid in oral health and denture stability. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
Call today to discuss your needs and options, or make an appointment.
Cedar Park Office (512) 337-8562 or Austin Office (512) 337-8560