If you have a missing tooth or teeth due to gum disease, cavities, or other issue, chances are you’d like to replace them. Afterall, having a gap where a tooth was can have an impact on your bite, how well you can chew, how you speak, and even smile. As you may know, there are a couple of options available to you, and your dentist can help you choose which one will work best with your situation.
It’s still a good idea to research your options, and if cost is something that concerns you, you might want to learn a little more about what you can expect to pay for dentures. For this post, we’re going to discuss:
When it comes time to replace your missing teeth, you’ve probably come across two kinds of options: either dentures or dental implants. But what exactly are the differences between the two? We’re glad you asked!
Dentures are designed to be a replacement for your natural teeth that you can put in your mouth and take out. They look just like your natural teeth, and allow you to eat and chew food normally again. Dentures can also give you back your smile! Dentures are designed to sit on top of your jaw and gum line, creating a natural appearance. Depending on your particular needs, you can choose to get full or partial dentures.
Dentures can take a little time to get used to, since the muscles of your mouth and your tongue need to learn how to hold them in properly. In addition, you’ll need to learn how to apply the adhesive that they require properly. However, once you get used to them, you may forget they’re even there! Most people cannot tell when others are wearing dentures either.
Each set of dentures are custom made to fit your mouth specifically, however over time, they may need to be adjusted. This is because as we age, our mouth may change as well. Dentures have a specific care routine that is a little different than your natural teeth. Each night you’ll need to take them out and place them in a soaking solution or water. In addition, you’ll still need to brush them daily to remove food and any plaque build up.
Dental implants on the other hand are not put in your mouth each morning and removed at night. With this type of replacement, you’ll have titanium screw-like implants put into the bone of your jaw. The implants are then allowed to heal and fuse with your bone, making them very stable. Abutments and crowns are eventually attached, filling in one missing tooth, a few, or many.
Another dental implant option available are implant supported dentures, or snap on dentures. Should you need to replace your entire bottom or upper jaw, your dentist might suggest this type of dental implant.
With dental implants you can chew, speak, and smile with confidence again. You can care for dental implants just like your natural teeth—they are considered a permanent solution, and implants prevent future bone loss.
So now that you know the difference between dentures and dental implants, did you know that there are also implant supported dentures? This is an alternative to traditional dentures we discussed above that require you to use an adhesive to ensure the dentures do not slip too much in your mouth. Denture implants do not require an adhesive and bring the stability of dental implants to your dentures.
With this type of procedure, your dentist will determine how many implants are required to support your full or partial dentures and anchor them into your jaw. Then, your dentures will be snapped into place using the secure implants.
Doing this type of procedure gives you the stability of dental implants, without the need for any glue or adhesives. Your dentures will now be attached to your implants, allowing you to eat the foods you love and smile with confidence. It’s important to note that you will need to ensure you keep your denture implants clean, and visit your dentist for check ups.
If you’re interested in getting dentures to replace your missing teeth, one of the first questions you might have is how much of an investment is this? What you will pay out of pocket for your dentures depends on:
It’s important to note that dentures and dental implants are an investment you’re making in your health. Everyone’s situation is different, so in order to get an accurate estimate, you’ll need to schedule a time to speak to your Aspen Dental dentist. They can discuss which options are best for you and your specific needs.
If you have dental insurance, make sure you review your policy to see if they will cover some of the cost of dentures or denture implants.
The first step to replacing missing teeth is to schedule a time to speak with your dentist. You can discuss the options for dentures, as well as get a better estimate of what it will cost you. Prices can vary from region to region, and the level of work that you need done will also have an impact on the final price you pay. Because everyone’s needs are different, there’s no one set price for dentures!
The first step to getting your bite, chewing ability, and smile back is to replace your missing teeth, and dentures can help you do just that! No matter which option you decide to get, you’re making an investment in your health and improving your quality of life.
*General industry pricing only. See your local Aspen Dental for specific pricing.