Is It Time for Full Dentures?
Chances are if the answer to this question is yes, you already know it. If your dental health has gotten to the point that you need full dentures, even simple tasks are a challenge.
People get to the point of requiring full dentures for two main reasons:
- Periodontal disease: Also called gingivitis, this condition results in bone loss in the jaw so extensive that teeth are very loose and can’t be saved.
- Extensive dental cavities: With this condition, the teeth are so badly decayed that extraction is required.
Work With A Prosthodontist
Even if your teeth are so bad that eating jello is tough, you can’t just jump into getting full dentures. It’s not the type of product you get at Wal-Mart.
The first step is to work with a prosthodontist, who is a dentist that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation, comfort, appearance, and maintenance of the oral function in patients with missing or deficient teeth.
In other words, a prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in fitting people with dentures (or anything that needs to be replaced in your mouth). It’s vital to work with this type of specialist because they have advanced training restoring and replacing teeth. If you just work with a general dentist, you won’t get the same expert advice and fitting as you get from a trained prosthodontist.
At White Smiles Dentistry, we have a licensed prosthodontist on staff so you can get all your denture-related consultations and procedures completed in one place.
Types of Dentures
Partial or full dentures work like real teeth, but of course they are customized, removable replacements. Types of dentures you can consider include:
- Conventional – These dentures are fitted and placed after tooth extraction. Your jaw must heal before dentures are fitted. It’s a long process (taking months) but when the work is done you’ll have an excellent fitting pair of dentures.
- Immediate – These dentures are fitted right after your teeth are extracted. They are temporary. Once your jaw heals you’ll need your dentures re-fitted.
- Over (Partial) – Partial dentures are made to replace your missing teeth when some of them can be saved. We use your natural teeth as anchors for partial dentures.
- Complete – Full dentures that replace all of your teeth.
How Much Should I Spend On Full Dentures?
Your dentures become your functional teeth. Think about that a little and you’ll realize how important fit, comfort, and quality are.
As we said, dentures are not the type of product you go price shopping for at Wal-Mart. We strongly advise that you don’t price shop for dentures, especially if you need full dentures.
You may find dentures advertised for just a hundred dollars. Don’t be tempted by these products. They’re poorly made and won’t fit well. The price you pay with discomfort, sores – and even embarrassing moments when your dentures fall out – is just not worth it.
Are Full Dentures Right For Me?
The best way to answer that question is to schedule a visit at our Albertville, MN dental office. We’ll provide answers based on your personal circumstances.
If your oral health is at the point where you basically need your teeth replaced, we’ll take you through options with both dentures and dental implants. What you choose will depend on not only your oral health but also your expectations regarding tooth replacement.
Full, high-quality dentures – properly fitted by a prosthodontist – are an excellent option for many patients. Today’s full dentures are attractive, functional, and durable.
Contact our Albertville MN dental office today and schedule a visit. We’ll have you smiling again – with a smile you’ll be proud to show off.