There are some instances in which people lose all (or most) of their teeth throughout their lives. There can be many causes for this, such as severe gum disease or decay. What is most important is that your normal chewing function can be restored.

Dentures are prosthetic appliances made to replace missing teeth. They are custom-made out of an acrylic material. Dentures (besides implant-fixed dentures) are removable and, like natural teeth, they must be brushed daily to remove plaque and food deposits.

Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Huguelet can help you find the best option for your missing teeth, whether that be with a full denture, partial denture, or an implant-fixed denture.

 

What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

There are full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-fixed dentures. A full denture replaces either your entire upper or lower set of teeth, whereas a partial denture only replaces a couple of teeth. A partial denture is held in place by already existing teeth. They are not a full set of upper or lower teeth. The third type of denture is an implant-fixed denture. See question below for description.

 

What Is an Implant/Fixed Denture?

This option is a denture held in place by narrow implants that have been placed in the jaw. The denture snaps onto the implants in your jaw, securing the denture in your mouth permanently. With these, you do not have to take them out each day.

 

What Are the Benefits of Implant-Fixed Dentures?

Benefits:

  • Stabilize dentures, so you can talk and chew more easily
  • Easier cleaning and checkups
  • Easier to talk because denture is in place
  • Allow for regular diet (can bite into an apple!)
  • Increased quality of life
  • Can last a lifetime!
  • Restore your facial tone and contour
  • Reduce facial wrinkling around the mouth

 

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

Dentures can restore your ability to eat, while improving your facial stature:

  • Chew more foods and eat healthier
  • Restore your facial tone and contour
  • Reduce facial wrinkling around the mouth

 

What Are the Difficulties With Dentures?

While there are several benefits to having dentures, here are a few of their challenging aspects:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty speaking clearly
  • Severe bone loss (jaw bone)
  • Wrinkling around the mouth

 

How to Decide If Dentures Are for You?

To decide whether dentures or implant-fixed dentures are right for you, we perform a thorough exam of your teeth and gums through X-Rays and assess what your specific need is. Dr. Brown or Dr. Huguelet will decide what is the best option for your situation.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

A denture can last a lifetime, however, a person needs to properly care for the denture by cleaning it. Maintaining good oral hygiene and coming in for cleaning visits to check on gum and tissue health is extremely important as well, making sure the denture fits your mouth well and checking on your bone loss.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of a Denture?

Everybody’s insurance plan is different, so there is not one answer for this question. The best thing to do is to call our office and our expert financial team members will be able to assist you, answer any questions, and find the best solution to meet your financial needs.