First impressions are important, and the first thing many people notice about us is our teeth. If your smile shows signs of tooth damage, if you’re missing teeth, or your teeth are not straight, it can affect those all-important first impressions as well as your self-esteem. But not only do our teeth naturally thin and degrade as we age, but there are many other factors that can affect the quality of our smiles, from injury to illness.
If you have lost multiple teeth or have widespread issues with the health of your teeth, you may be feeling like you won’t ever be able to have a beautiful smile again. But there is an option, and it’s more affordable than you might think. We’re talking about dentures.
The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry projects that approximately 37 ½ million people of all ages will wear full dentures by 2020. More and more folks with chronic dental issues are ending those problems forever with affordable, easy-to-wear dentures that give them perfectly straight white teeth and a renewed confidence in their smile.
It can be overwhelming to make the leap, because you will need to have any damaged teeth completely removed. If the majority of your teeth are in poor condition, your dentist may suggest that you have all of your teeth pulled.
There is some pain involved but the recovery time is relatively short. In fact, your dentist will want you to start wearing new dentures when your gums are still tender, so that they heal in a way that accommodates the dentures and allows them to seat firmly.
Before you choose dentures, it is important to understand that there is no going back after your teeth are pulled. Still, dentures are attractive, affordable, and easily replaced when necessary. Still need convincing? Here are more reasons to consider dentures to beautify your smile.
Low Up-front Cost
Basic dentures cost about $600-$1,000 for a full set. Mid-priced dentures are more like $1,000-$3,000 per set, while premium versions run around $4,000-$8,000 for a complete set. We recommend choosing the highest quality dentures that you can afford because they will look better and last longer than cheaper versions.
While it’s true that the price of dentures is not insignificant, remember that most dental insurance will cover about 50% of the cost. And when you look at the expense of dental implants – $30,000 to $90,000 for a full set – dentures make a lot of sense!
Much like glasses, dentures can be made very quickly based on a mold of your mouth. Certain facilities can get it done in mere hours, but most likely you’ll wait a couple of weeks to receive your permanent set. Depending on the number of teeth you had pulled, your dentist will probably give you temporary set of dentures first and then a permanent pair when the swelling in your mouth has gone down. In any case, there won’t be any significant amount of time in which you’ll be toothless.
You don’t have to go with whatever your regular dentist tells you about denture production. There are so many companies that make them that it’s really easy to shop around. You may want to start with internet research in order to cast the widest net, but chances are good that many local options are also available in your town.
People have used dentures for centuries, so the method has been well developed and honed over the years. Improvements have been made to the materials used to create dentures, but the underlying technique is the same.
New technology like dental implants is exciting, but there can be hiccups along the way as early adopters experience unforeseen issues. Rest assured that you will not be a guinea pig when it comes to your dentures.
Many Types & Styles are Available
As we’ve mentioned, you can choose either full or partial dentures depending on whether or not you retain any healthy teeth. Partial dentures may also be called a bridge, and fill in gaps in your smile with false teeth. Full dentures represent all of the top and/or bottom teeth.
There are also a few different ways that dentures may be seated in your mouth. Traditional dentures are simply molded to closely fit the patient’s gums and hold by light natural suction. However, over time our gums shrink and change, so some people then opt to use a gel adhesive to seat their dentures more firmly.
A newer form of denture uses implants to hold teeth in place. If you have a strong jaw and healthy gums, you dentist may want to implant 2-5 metal studs that your dentures will then attach to. These studs can be straight or ball-shaped, but ultimately secure dentures more firmly than traditional ones.
Your dentures can be maintained in much the same way as natural teeth, but with the benefit of being able to remove them from your mouth first! After meals, it’s easy to pull out your dentures to give them a quick rinse. At least once a day, brush them just as you would teeth. And to deep clean, soak your dentures overnight in water with an effervescent tablet.
With the variety and flexibility available in dentures today, now might be the time to consider getting your first set. You can shop around for the best deal and use dental insurance to pay even less out of pocket. It’s true that there are costs involved as well as a bit of discomfort as you adjust to your new dentures. But in the end, a new set of pearly white, straight, and healthy teeth is priceless!