Dentures are a low cost, easy to maintain option for restoring your mouth to its original state. They can be partial or complete, replacing all or some teeth as needed, work great when eating or drinking, and look natural. They make a more cost-effective alternative to permanent bridges and are typically covered by dental insurance.
Dentures are a very common form of dental implant that replaces missing teeth. They often look and feel like regular teeth, and can be used with everyday activities like eating and drinking. Dentures can either be partial or complete, meaning they can replace several missing teeth while keeping original ones (partial) or replace all of the teeth (complete). Not everyone is a candidate for the more natural looking, but costly bridge implants, and as such, many patients in Houston find that dentures are an easier, more cost effective solution.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your mouth, but there are some caveats with this method.
- Conventional dentures take about 8 to 12 weeks to prepare and they are started after all of the teeth have been removed and the gums have begun healing. This poses issues for some as they will be without teeth for about two or three months.
- Immediate dentures can be prepared ahead of the teeth removal and set before the gums start healing. The downside to immediate dentures is that they require a lot of adjustments to get a proper fit while the gums are healing, but they allow the patient to have a full set of teeth right away. They are often a temporary solution until conventional dentures are prepared.
Partial dentures are used when there is at least one tooth remaining in the upper or lower jaw. These dentures fill all the gaps left by missing teeth and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. Permanent bridges will fill a single gap by placing a porcelain tooth in between two capped teeth while partial dentures can fill several gaps at once and can be removed. Partial dentures are typically linked by a metal framework that sits around existing teeth and will comfortably remain in place even when eating or drinking.
Insurance will usually cover most or all of the cost of getting dentures, making having dental insurance very beneficial, especially for aging patients. As we get older, the gum line recedes and teeth become more susceptible to damage from plaque, decay, and cavities. In addition to covering dental implants, insurance can be invaluable for emergency situations.