I need dentures! What’s involved?
You just found out that you’ll need dentures! Chances are that you have a lot of questions and concerns given you’ve probably heard the “the good, the bad, and the ugly” stories from friends and relatives who wear dentures. Where do you start?
Getting dentures can be an anxiety-ridden process, but it doesn’t have to be. The more information you gather, the better you’ll feel about your decision.
Find out your options
There are basically three types of denture solutions:
- Partial Dentures
- Implant Dentures
- Full Dentures
A variety of denture designs are available, ranging from types that rely on fit and bonding or the more stable category of fixed prosthodontics, such as Implant Dentures.
For patients who still have some teeth remaining, a Removable Partial Denture (RPD) is generally an option. This person usually desires to have replacement teeth for function, aesthetic reasons, or for both looks and function. And they can’t have a bridge, maybe due to lack of teeth needed to support a bridge or due to financial considerations, so a RPD is a solution for them. Patients with partial dentures can take them out and put them back in without professional help. This is in contrast to a “fixed” prosthesis, which should only be removed by a dental professional.
For patients who have significant bone loss or who want the added convenience and function of a stabilized prosthetic, an Implant Denture is the closest to real teeth you can get. Dental implants are small screws that are similar to the roots of teeth. They are placed into the jaw bones, and can be used to stabilize or support dentures. There are several ways implants can be used with dentures.
A Full Denture is a removable prosthetic device that resembles teeth and is used to replace missing teeth, when a patient is edentulous or lacking teeth. A Full Denture is supported by soft and hard tissues in your mouth, basically held in place by mouth muscles and the “fit” of the denture. Bite force is often an issue with conventional denture wearers. A lack of bite force, for example, often contributes to denture wearers having a more difficult time chewing foods, such as steak or corn on the cob. Comparatively, natural teeth are anchored in the bone and your bite force (molars) is approximately 200-plus pounds of bite force versus approximately 50 pounds of bite force with conventional dentures. This is why “fit” plays an important role for denture wearers.
What are important questions to ask when considering dentures?
- My age. I’m younger, so should I consider implants even though they cost more? What are the pros and cons of implants versus dentures for younger adults?
- What advantages are there to keeping as many of my natural teeth as possible?
- What will dentures feel like when in my mouth, especially when eating?
- Will the taste of food be affected?
- Will my face look different with dentures?
- Are there any food restrictions when wearing dentures?
- How much do dentures cost to put in and what are annual care costs?
- Do I need to wear my dentures each day?
- Do all dentures require adhesives?
- What kind of discomfort can I expect on the first appointment through getting my final denture?
- Which type of dentures are most stable and durable?
- Will my speech be affected by dentures?
- What is the latest technology in dentures? Will I be getting that from you?
Take advantage of our complimentary consultation to get answers to all your questions. You’ll feel better and more confident about your ultimate decision if you’re more informed. Call us today at (480) 275-6284 to set up your consultation, absolutely free and no obligation!