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Dentures: aka False Teeth, Removable Bridges, Cosmetic Dentistry & Dentures


What is it?


Dentures or false teeth are a hot topic for many people looking for an affordable option to replace the teeth they lost or once had. Dentures typically help replace missing teeth. You can get full or complete dentures or partial dentures. Most are custom made dentures that are fully fitted to provide you with the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Dentures can appear as natural as you like provided you receive them from a competent dentist, someone that is an expert at crafting highly artistic false teeth. Some of the benefits of owning dentures include:


  • Helping with chewing
  • Replacing the gap that exists when missing teeth
  • Strengthening the muscles that exist in the face
  • Controlling expressions
  • Providing a beautiful smile
  • Boosting self-confidence


The Operation


Dentures are removable. Crafted of an acrylic resin, some dentures do contain porcelain or metal to help provide them with additional support. You can buy complete dentures to replace a full set of teeth or partial dentures to replace a gap in the mouth where several teeth are missing. Many times patients request dentures to help provide them with a more natural smile.


Often to receive dentures patients have to have some of their teeth removed. Many cases it is so that bony ridges are better able to support the denture. Usually the procedure goes something like this:


  • First, you have to create a mold or impression of your mouth so the dentist can take exact measurements of your mouth size and shape.
  • Next your dentist will allow you to try on different pieces to fine-tune the denture and to match the exact color of the teeth to your own natural teeth.
  • Lastly your dentures are crafted in a laboratory and placed. Your dentist or assistant will review the care of them.


Alternatives to Surgery


Dentures are a great alternative to surgery. Many people prefer not to go under the dental knife or anesthesia to improve the structure of their teeth and their appearance. Dentures allow this to be possible for thousands of people each year. You can use dentures to replace the entire set of teeth or the upper or lower teeth.


Before the Operation


The dentist will review your medical history and take an impression of your teeth. He or she may also perform an extraction or two to ensure the denture will fit right, prior to taking a mold of your teeth.


After the Operation-In the Hospital


Receiving complete or partial dentures is a relatively simple process that will not require an inpatient hospital stay usually. There are many types of dentures a dentist may fit you for:


Complete dentures - these replace all the teeth, including the upper and lower teeth. They are more comfortable depending on how much muscle, gone, tongue and other orifice the wearer has.

Immediate dentures - these are dentures that replace all other teeth at once, and occur after healing. Bone and tissue take some time to heal, and all teeth are removed for these to work.

Upper dentures - these replace all of the teeth on the upper part of the mouth, and many feel these are easier to use.

Over dentures - these are dentures that support the teeth and can be placed over teeth, thus they are much less common than traditional dentures. They can however help with chewing, eating and other processes. Many times patients use these until they get complete dentures.

Partial dentures - some people only want dentures to improve their smiles, so they get partial dentures to achieve this goal.



After the Operation- At Home


Most people will require some time to heal if they have several teeth extracted to have their dentures made. If you receive a full set of dentures for the upper and lower teeth this can take a bit more time because the gums and tissue require time to heal. Your dentist may recommend a cover for a short time while your gums heal.


Possible Complications


As with any procedure there are always some risks. There is a small risk of infection with extraction, clotting or excessive bleeding. Talk to your doctor or dentist about the risks associated with extractions. They may also take a little time to become accustomed to, and during this process some people may find their mouth becomes irritated or sore, so they may have to wear their dentures slowly until they become more accustomed to them. Others find they chew less efficiently when wearing their dentures because they do not have the same power as natural teeth do.


General Advice


Dentures are a good choice for anyone interested in a possible solution for missing teeth or replacing several missing and broken teeth. A good dentist or prosthodontist, someone that specializes in this type of work, can help you decide whether a partial, complete denture or other type of denture will work best to suit your needs.


Dentures are not permanent fixtures. They do require routine hygiene. Many are natural, made of very lasting materials, routinely lasting up to 10 years. They can also aid with talking and chewing.


Estimated Costs for Dental Fillings


Most people find dentures cost anywhere from $300 up to $5000 for a complete set of dentures in the U.S.


Country Cost
USA $300-5000
Brazil $400-1500
Costa Rica $600-1100
South Africa $400-3000
Thailand $400-900

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