If you're thinking about getting dentures, you might be asking yourself some questions: "How will they fit? Will they look natural? Will anyone know I'm wearing fake teeth?" You might be concerned about practical matters such as the cost of dentures and whether affordable dentures are within your reach.
Although no one welcomes a partial or full set of replacement teeth, they help you chew, eat and speak normally and without pain. They also keep any existing teeth you have from drifting out of position, which prevents a range of dental problems. Most important, affordable dentures restore your smile and give you the confidence to show off your pearly whites without feeling self-conscious about missing teeth. With proper denture care, your replacement teeth will last for years.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing; partials are used when one or more natural teeth remain. The cost of dentures will in part be determined by which type you choose:
Complete Dentures -- These are either "conventional" or "immediate." Conventional dentures are made after any remaining teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually two to three months).
Immediate dentures are ready for wear the same day any remaining teeth are removed so you don't have to spend the healing period toothless. The drawback is that you'll need more adjustments, since your gums and bones shrink during this period.
Partial Dentures -- There are two types of partials, removable and fixed. A removable partial (or dental bridge) consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. Removable partials are connected by a metal framework that helps keep them in place.
Fixed partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth by placing a dental crown on each tooth surrounding the space and attaching replacement teeth to the crowns. This bridge is then cemented into place.