How much do dentures cost?” and other FAQs

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Though we have many new tooth-replacement options, dentures are one of the most popular and oldest dental devices for replacing missing teeth. Without fail, one of a denture patient’s first questions is how much do dentures cost? Unless you’re asking the office manager and your treatment plan is set in stone, it may be difficult to get a straight answer. That’s because there’s much more that goes into pricing than just the prosthetic. The cost of dentures depends on the number of appointments you require, the dentist, the quality of materials, location, and whether you need a full or partial denture.

According to dentureliving.com, a traditional, full denture costs $1800 on average. Remember that number will vary from dentist to dentist and patient to patient. For patients with dental insurance, can expect to only pay part of that amount.

Ready to learn more? Check out these answers to the most frequently asked questions about dentures:

1.    Who is an ideal candidate for dentures?

When patients meet with their dentist for the first-time concerning dentures, he will check for a few qualities to ensure the patient is suitable for dentures. First, the dentist will observe the patient’s tooth loss and look to see if any other teeth need to be removed. Then, he will make sure the patient has enough jawbone and gum tissue to support the denture.

2.    What types of dentures are there?

There are four types of dentures:

  • Full dentures for patients who are missing all of their teeth on the top and/or bottom arch
  • Partial dentures if the patient is only missing some of their natural teeth
  • Implant-retained dentures that are permanently fixed to the top and/or bottom arch with dental implants
  • Immediate dentures that are used on the same day as a dental extraction procedure

3.    Are dentures difficult to care for?

We wouldn’t say dentures are difficult to care for, but they do require more work and time than natural teeth. To make sure dentures last as long as possible while still maintaining a natural appearance, follow these guidelines:

  • Brush daily. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush that is specifically designed for dentures and an ADA-approved denture cleaner, brush all surfaces of the denture and rinse. Do this once a day.
  • Rinse. Be sure to rinse the dentures with lukewarm water after each meal.
  • Handle with care. When cleaning or rinsing your dentures, stand over a soft surface or sink full of water in case you accidentally drop them.

Dentists will recommend more detailed instructions for each particular denture.

4.    How long do dentures last?

According to the American Dental Association, dentures typically last between 5 and 10 years. However, this varies from patient to patient. Of course, practicing good oral hygiene and taking proper care of the dentures can increase their lifespan.

Over time, the dentures may need to be relined, rebased, or replaced due to changes to the mouth and denture.

5.    Will dentures affect my eating habits?

Unfortunately, dietary changes seem to be one of the most difficult challenges for denture patients. While they can eat most foods, there are some foods that should be avoided or significantly limited, such as:

  • Sticky foods like peanut butter, caramel, and gummy candies
  • Hard foods like nuts, popcorn, apples, and corn on the cob
  • Foods with small particles like popcorn kernels, sesame seeds, and nuts
  • Tough meats like steak, pork chops, and ribs

Dentures in Atlanta, GA

If you’d like to learn more about how dentures can improve your smile, contact the office of Dr. Richard L. Rodgers today. Dr. Rodgers is passionate about helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile through compassionate dental care.

Call (404) 577-7871 today.

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