How much do dentures cost?

Patients who have lost teeth due to disease or accident can have their smile restored with a denture. Modern poulsbo dentures are very natural looking and are more comfortable than dentures used to be! If you need a dental prosthesis, a denture might be a good option for you. Discuss your options with your dentist to determine the best treatment for you.

There are a few different types of dentures available to patients who are missing teeth and as with most dental restorations, the cost is greatly determined by the extent of work that needs to be done. Without restoring missing teeth, healthy teeth can begin to shift as they try to fill the empty space. When healthy teeth begin to move around, it can lead to jawbone deterioration and loose teeth.

Temporary Dentures

After your appointment with your oral surgeon to have any extractions completed, you will have a temporary denture placed while you heal to protect the extraction site from any food particles and bacteria. As you heal and the swelling goes down, the temporary denture will become loose but your new, permanent denture will fit properly.

The cost of a temporary denture varies from case to case and is greatly determined by the number of teeth being replaced. Even though there is an additional fee for the interim denture, they are beneficial to the healing process and will help you become accustomed to having a dental prosthesis in your mouth so that when you receive your permanent denture, you will have an easier time adapting to new speech patterns and eating habits.

Receiving a Final Denture

In order to fabricate your beautiful new denture, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth once you are fully healed and the swelling is completely gone. Your dentist will use this impression to create a model of your mouth to send to the dental lab; they will also work with you to determine what shade the porcelain teeth and the acrylic base need to be.

The model your dentist sends helps the lab technician fabricate your denture to fit your mouth exactly. Using an acrylic material, the technician will make the base of your denture, tinted to match your gums, that will hold the porcelain teeth. The process is the same for partial dentures and full dentures except partial dentures have a clasp on them to hold them in place.

When your dentist gets your denture back from the lab, they will have you come to the office for a fitting. If your denture only needs minor adjustments, your dentist may be able to do them for you in the office at this visit. If you need a larger adjustment, the denture may have to go back to the lab for refinement. You want the denture to fit properly so be patient and speak up if anything bothers you. Keep in mind that it will take some time to get used to your new teeth but you will be eating and speaking freely in no time!

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