Today more than ever before those who require dental work have more options than ever before when it comes to replacing missing teeth. In days gone by, the only choice for those who have lost their teeth was to use dentures or a partial denture. Today the choices are vastly expanded providing dental patients with many opportunities to return to a more normal way of life. This includes having a beautiful smile and full oral functionality. One example of this is the advent of dental implants. First, let’s take a look at dentures and how they too can help dental patients restore functionality and a better outward visual appearance.
While somewhat of a personal question, our doctors will let you know the pros and cons of choosing one option over the other. It is important to remember that dental implants offer more latitude regarding tooth replacement. This is because implants are going to be far more stable and help to preserve bone and they are entirely more predictable. As an added benefit, they do not cover the pallet, so no sense of taste will be lost. Talk with your dental care provider to make the best possible choice when it comes to dental implants and dentures.
As a popular alternative to dentures, dental implants have become the new standard in today’s modern dentistry. While there are still instances and cases where dentures are preferred, dental implants are quickly becoming the option of choice for dental patients wishing to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are unique and highly desirable because of their predictability. For more than three decades they have proven to be an excellent way of improving oral functionality and outward visual appearance regarding a beautiful smile.
In most cases, a dental implant is comprised of a titanium fixture that resembles a post. This fixture is surgically placed into the jaw as a way to replace a few missing teeth or an entire set of teeth. There are many versions and types of implants in use today. A respected and experienced implant surgeon and the dentist can ensure that your work is done to the highest standards. Once implants heal they become directly bonded to the patient’s jawbone. In effect, they become an integral part of the jaw. Most importantly, this results in a reduction in bone loss in the area where the implant has been placed.
Implants are designed and intended to perform like anchors for everything from bridges to crowns and partial as well as full dentures. Providing a secure and stable platform for a wide variety of dental placements makes dental implants a valuable and important part of overall modern dentistry. The type of denture or tooth replacement required will usually determine how many dental implants are needed. For example, four lower implants would be required in most cases for a typical lower denture implant treatment. Often a snap system is used to connect implants to the inside of the denture. Once a successful dental implant and permanent or removable denture have been put into place, patients can enjoy normal eating, drinking, talking and routine oral hygiene.
Full dentures can be used to replace teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. Conversely, partial dentures can be used when just a few teeth are missing in either jaw. As a note, when the term complete dentures are used it is typically indicating the replacement of both the lower and upper teeth using something known as a full denture. What makes partial dentures unique is that they rely upon remaining healthy teeth for support and retention. In this case, remaining teeth must be stable to support a partial denture. This helps to ensure that no movement of the denture occurs.
A partial denture can either be permanent or removable. Removable dentures are simply taken out whenever cleaning or storage overnight is required. A partial denture will usually have some metal frame on the inside for structural support. In this type of setup, the false teeth portion of the denture will have hooks, metal clasps and other mechanisms designed to attach to the natural teeth providing much-needed support. In contrast, a complete set of dentures replaces all teeth. This type of arrangement relies upon suction when used on the upper jaw while a lower denture relies on a secure and tight fit. Those with full lower dentures can also use some degree of muscle control to increase stability.
In most denture setups, they cover the entire pallet or what is known as the roof of the mouth. They also typically cover all of the gums. One consideration in this regard is that some degree or taste sensation can be expected to be lost. Some estimates suggest that up to 75% of one’s ability to taste is lost when using a full denture. Other estimates report a much lower percentage. Dentures can be labor-intensive because they must be removed every night before going to sleep. Removal is also recommended for cleaning. Perhaps one of the biggest struggles with dentures as people age is in keeping them securely in place for eating, drinking, talking and functioning normally.
What is the cost of tooth replacement?
Cost of Removable Denture
A partial denture gets built with either a plastic or acrylic material molded over a metal framework. They offer the same removability that a dental flipper provides more stability. The cost of these dentures ranges from $2,000 to $4,000. The addition of attachments stabilizing the denture increases the cost.
Cost of Dental Bridge
A dental bridge consists of a series of crowns placed together and held in place by permanent teeth next to spaces in the patient’s mouth. Patients need healthy teeth to anchor the bridges. Each tooth in the bridge costs anywhere from $700 to $1,400.
Cost of Dental Implants
Dental Implants consist of metal posts implanted into the jaw to root replacement teeth. Implants are healthier for gums and surrounding teeth since the gums remain uncovered and there’s no need to alter permanent teeth. Patients need a fully-developed healthy jaw to support insertion of the implants. Each implant costs anywhere from $1,500 to $6,000.
A dental flipper provides a fast and cost-effective solution for filling in spaces left by missing teeth. Patients should consult their dentist on all options available and decide if this type of appliance would work for them.