Find costs, candidates and risks of dentures

By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011


Dentures are a cosmetic dental procedure to treat missing teeth. Missing teeth can result from genetics, poor oral hygiene or accidental trauma. Regardless of the need for dentures, people no longer have to suffer from holes in their smiles. Dentures are usually applied by prosthodontists who specialize in restorative dentistry.

A Good Candidate For Dentures

Good candidates for dentures should have healthy gums in order to support the artificial material. Good candidates also need to be prepared to take proper care of their dentures by cleaning the dentures themselves and their mouths daily. 

Denture Procedure

The denture procedure involves several trips to the prosthodontist. The prosthodontist needs to make several molds of the mouth in order to fabricate the dentures. He or she will meticulously examine the teeth, gums and jaw structure in order to create the dentures. Obtaining the dentures depends on the type of denture needed. Once the final dentures are made, the prosthodontist will provide specific instructions on wearing and cleaning them. 

Types of Dentures

The two main types of dentures are partial dentures and complete dentures. Dentures correct for endentulous states (conditions of missing teeth). Partial dentures are suitable for patients with partially endentulous conditions whereas complete dentures replace teeth in patients missing all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. 

What are Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic materials used in cosmetic dentistry to treat edentulous conditions (states of missing teeth). Edentulous conditions should not be left untreated because they can increase risks of gum disease or tooth decay.

Same Day Dentures

Same day dentures, also known as temporary dentures, are available to patients who will use dentures following tooth extraction. Dentists will pre-measure your mouth and use the dimensions taken to create a set of dentures approximately the size and shape you will require after the tooth extraction dental surgery. When the teeth have been extracted dental surgeons place the dentures individually into the gum, preventing any time spent without teeth waiting for the manufacturing of the new dentures.

Risks and Side Effects of Dentures

It takes time to get used to the feeling of dentures. Most patients experience difficulty chewing immediately after receiving dentures and others struggle pronouncing certain words. These difficulties subside with practice and as the mouth adjusts to the new material.

Cost of Dentures

The cost of dentures depends mostly on the type of dentures one receives. Complete dentures are usually more expensive than partial dentures. In addition, the individual prosthodontist’s fee can range significantly based on his or her previous experience.

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