Dentures: Everything you need to know

February 16, 2022

If you happen to be missing most of the teeth or all of them on an upper or lower arch, you may want to consider replacing those missing teeth with dentures. There are of course, other more expensive options, but if those are out of reach for you financially, dentures are a good solution. They will immediately provide a much fuller look to your face, and give you better functionality when eating. Many people choose dentures just so they don't have to be self-conscious about a number of missing teeth, or a complete set of missing teeth on top or bottom.

At Smoke Rise Dental in Stone Mountain, GA, we have experts on staff who can ensure that your new set of dentures fit comfortably in your mouth, and deliver maximum functionality. Contact us right away for an initial consultation if you're missing several teeth, and wish to have them replaced with high-quality dentures. We make a point of providing the best customer service in the entire region, so we hope you'll contact us before going anywhere else. It may end up being one of the best decisions you make as an adult.


Who can benefit from dentures?

Anyone who is missing several teeth from their mouth or an entire upper or lower arch of teeth, can benefit by having dentures installed. It will improve your smile and restore the functionality you had with your original teeth, and that will boost your self-confidence. Your facial features will be improved, and there won't be any further oral issues that might develop. At Smoke Rise Dental, we can install a set of dentures that are custom-made, and that will protect all your remaining original teeth. These dentures will improve the way you talk and you'll find that they're very easy to clean and take care of. On top of all that, having dentures installed may be the single most cost-effective solution for any missing teeth you have.


Who is a good candidate for dentures?

A good candidate for dentures would be someone who is missing all the teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or someone who has several teeth missing from either of those two areas. If you have reviewed your options and decided that dental implants and other solutions are just not affordable for your current circumstances, dentures are a very viable option which is still open to you. You'll receive most of the benefits that are achievable through other solutions, and you won't have to pay as much for having custom-made dentures prepared for you.


Types of dentures 

At Smoke Rise Dental, we offer several types of dentures for you to choose from. There are quite a few different dentures available, primarily because there are different sets of circumstances which are required by patients in need of dentures. The types of dentures that most people think of are complete dentures, and these replace all the teeth which were originally in place in your mouth.

That means every single tooth that was in place on your upper or lower jaw will be completely removed and replaced by artificial teeth. Nowadays these are generally made of acrylic and they are customized to fit the contours of your jaw. Of course, it will be necessary for your gums to heal after your teeth get extracted, and this will generally take somewhere between two and three months. A complete set of dentures can be held in place with an adhesive, and this will be very comfortable while eating and speaking.

Upper dentures are usually held in place on the upper jaw with a maxillary plate made of acrylic, and these will generally be custom-fitted to the roof of your mouth. This supports a plastic acrylic base, which serves as the gum where your false teeth will be fitted. Lower dentures are also attached to a plastic plate supported by the gums, and they will also be held in place by an adhesive. In actual practice, the gums and the jaw will usually be altered in shape as time goes by, which means you'll have to revisit your dentist every few years to make sure you still have a good fit. If it turns out that modifications are required, these can be performed by a dental technician, or it may be necessary to have an entirely new set of lower dentures prepared.

Partial dentures may be used when you still have some natural teeth left in place on your upper or lower jaw. These dentures are made of a plastic bridge held in place by metal clasps. They can fit comfortably over your existing teeth, and you can obtain partial dentures for either upper or lower tooth replacements.

Immediate dentures can be prepared even before your teeth get extracted, so they can actually be worn as your gums are healing. When you choose immediate dentures, you'll be able to use your entire mouth until your permanent dentures have been prepared and are available. Fixed dentures require the usage of dental implants, and they can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of upper or lower teeth. The big difference with fixed dentures is that implants anchor the dentures in place, so there is no slippage or movement possible.


Removable vs. Fixed dentures 

We can offer both removable and fixed dentures at Smoke Rise Dental in Stone Mountain, GA, and the type you choose will depend on your finances and your priorities. Removable Dentures are the ones most people think about when considering complete replacement of teeth. These are prosthetic teeth placed in a gum-colored mold, and they fit right over the top of your original gums. Each day that you install a removable denture, you would have to use a denture adhesive to keep them in place. While denture adhesive is reliable for the most part, it is possible for movement and slippage to occur in your mouth, and that could cause you some embarrassment.

You might also have to avoid foods that are really hard or chewy because you're worried about your dentures coming loose. At the end of each day, you would have to take out your removable dentures so they can be cleaned. Overnight you can place them in a glass of water containing a denture cleansing solution, and to give your gums a rest from the friction of having them in place all day.

Fixed dentures are a full arch of artificial teeth attached to artificial gum tissue which sits on top of your natural gums. The big difference with fixed dentures is that they are attached to implants that anchor them solidly in your mouth. Titanium implants are actually inserted into your jawbone and over a period of some months, they will actually fuse with and become part of the jawbone. That allows a dentist to attach a fixed denture to the implant, and once they're in place, there will be no slippage or movement of your dentures whatsoever. They're also very strong and durable, so you won't have to worry about any mishaps, and they can be cleaned in the same way that you would brush your normal teeth.


Cost of removable dentures 

If you would have to pay the entire cost of dentures without any insurance coverage, an inexpensive set of dentures might cost somewhere between $1,000 and $1,800. Keep in mind that your total cost will be more than this if it's necessary to extract some teeth beforehand, or if follow-up appointments are needed for adjustments. There is also a mid-range pricing schedule, as well as a high-quality pricing schedule for dentures and this upper end of the spectrum includes dentures that might cost somewhere between $2,000 and $4,000, which means that all together you would pay between $4,000 and $8,000 for a complete set.


What is denture stabilization? 

Denture stabilization is a process which makes dentures much better anchored in your mouth, and virtually eliminates any possibility of slipping or unwanted movement. This means you won't have any mishaps when eating or speaking, because your dentures are solidly anchored in place. Dental implants are used to secure the dentures in place, and these consist of titanium metal posts which get inserted into the jawbone. Once they've been in place for several months, they will actually fuse with the jawbone and become part of it. This is a very healthy and safe way to replace missing teeth, and in terms of functionality, it's the absolute best way of securing dentures in place in your mouth.

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