Dentures (Prosthodontics – Removable)

A removable replacement for missing teeth and gum tissue, dentures are designed to duplicate the look of natural teeth. There are three types of dentures—complete, partial and implant dentures. Talk with your dentist to find out which kind of denture may be right for you.

What Type of Denture Do I Need?

Complete Dentures

A complete denture is for replacing a full set of upper and/or lower teeth. There are two types–conventional and immediate.

Conventional Denture

A conventional denture is made about 8-12 weeks after teeth have been removed. Bones and gums shrink while your mouth heals, so your dentist will take more impressions, create wax models and do a “try-in” after healing is complete. Once your dentist is confident that you have achieved the perfect fit, your denture will be fabricated and inserted.

The upper denture includes a gum-colored acrylic base that covers the gums and the roof of the mouth, which allows the denture to fit firmly. A lower denture is horseshoe-shaped to snugly fit your lower jawbone. Your new teeth may be made of acrylic or porcelain.

Immediate Denture

An immediate denture is made before teeth are pulled and inserted as soon as the teeth are removed, acting as a “band-aid” for your mouth during the healing process. An immediate denture requires more adjustments to fit properly while your mouth heals, and although they can be relined to fit the reshaped jawbone, normally they are considered a temporary replacement until conventional dentures are inserted.

Partial Denture

A removable partial denture is comprised of replacement teeth that fill in the spaces created by missing teeth. Partials not only serve practical and cosmetic purposes; they also prevent natural teeth from shifting.

A partial denture can be attached to natural teeth in several ways. The most common method employs metal clasps that grip the natural teeth. Precision attachments, which are sometimes attached to crowns on natural teeth, are less noticeable and create a “bridge” of sorts.

Implant-Supported Denture

An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto posts placed in the jawbone, and can be either removable or fixed. There are two types–bar-retained and ball-retained dentures. Candidates for implant-supported dentures should have healthy gums and adequate bone structure, though bone can sometimes be augmented if needed.

How Much Will My Dentures Cost?

How much will my dentures cost?

The average fee for a complete maxillary (upper) denture is $1500. You can save up to $675 with your Dentalsave membership, and pay only $825. While insurance companies sometimes cover a small portion of the cost, many policies contain a missing tooth clause, which means that benefits are not payable to replace a tooth that was extracted prior to having dental coverage.

With a Dentalsave membership you don’t have to worry about whether treatment will be covered.

Discounts on dental fillings and other related procedures are included in all DentalSave memberships.

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