Dentures have been the oldest way to replace missing teeth in the upper and lower arches. They are typically fabricated from acrylic with plastic or porcelain teeth. They can replace all your missing teeth whether you are missing only one tooth or all your teeth. Some people who have been wearing dentures for a long time are very comfortable wearing their dentures and I have been told that it’s like a part of their body. However, if you have never had dentures before, they can be difficult to get used to and they don’t feel like your natural teeth.
Dentures are typically attached to the remaining teeth in you mouth with wire or clear clasps. If you are missing all of your teeth, the dentures can be attached to dental implants or they can simply rest on your gums.
Dentures can improve your chewing ability and also give you a more beautiful smile by replacing missing teeth. Also, they are very economical and can typically be done in a few visits.
The disadvantages of dentures are that they can cause you to “gag” and they can be very uncomfortable at first. They can move around when you eat and can cause loss of taste. Most of the problems I have encountered with dentures are with the lower denture in someone with no remaining teeth. Typically the lower denture is much more uncomfortable and moves around more than the upper denture. I have found that by anchoring the lower denture to dental implants, my patients have been able to chew better and don’t have to worry about the denture coming out of their mouth while talking.
Many people who have dentures take them out to eat and only wear them for the looks. If you are one of those people, you should look into alternative ways of replacing your missing teeth.
The cost for an upper or lower denture at our office ranges between $800 to $1100 if there is no insurance coverage.
If you have any questions or you want to come in for a consultation, please call us at 213-385-9710.