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Dentures - The Facts, Types and Costs

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Tooth loss may result from periodontal disease/gum disease, tooth decay, or traumatic injury. It is very important to replace missing teeth. The ill effects of not doing so can be a shift in remaining teeth, an inability to bite and chew properly, as well as a sagging facial appearance, which makes one appear older than they are. Dentures are a way of replacing missing teeth.

Dentures come in many shapes and sizes. Types of dentures include full dentures, partial dentures, over dentures, immediate dentures, precision partial dentures, and implant retained dentures.

Complete dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth. Dentures may also be used for people who have lost several teeth. In this case, the appliance is called a partial denture or an overdenture. Dentures can be created to chew against natural teeth, fixed bridges, implant supported crowns or bridges, or almost any other type of dental prosthesis.

Complete dentures can range in price from $300 to $8,000. The cost of dentures varies depending on whether the denture is full or partial, and whether the denture is implant retained or resting on natural soft tissue. Also, the difference in cost is related to the fabrication time, cost of dental materials, and the experience of the dentist. An experienced dentist may take 15 hours and five to six appointments to complete the process of making complete dentures. The cost range does not include fees associated with possible oral surgery or tooth extraction. Depending on the type of dental insurance you have, insurance companies may offer a 15 percent reimbursement or 50 percent absorption of the total procedure costs.

Many times, warranties are offered on dentures. Some warranties may be for one to two years, while others may run up to 10 years.

The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth, and can improve a smile or facial appearance. Dental materials are selected by the patient and the dentist.

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I went to my dad's house to visit him a few days ago. He didn't have his dentures in which is very abnormal for him. He explained to me that he thought he might have broken them somehow because they weren't fitting like they should. I offered to help him get them repaired so he could wear them again.

August 12, 2014 - 8:59am
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