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Everything You Need To Know About Dentures

by Vincent Jennings

If your dentist has recommended that you should try dentures, then you might be apprehensive. After all, they are not portrayed very kindly in the media. However, there are quite a few benefits to dentures that aren't often talked about. Here is some basic information about dentures to get you started.

Types

There are two main types of dentures, full and partial. Full dentures are basically meant to imitate an entire set of teeth, whereas partial sets are used when you still have at least a few teeth remaining. Partial dentures mean that you never have to experience a missing tooth, because you can get dentures for as few or many teeth as you desire.

Cost

One of the main benefits of dentures is their cost relative to other options. Dental implants are a much more permanent solution, but they tend to cost several times as much as dentures. Insurance generally covers part of the cost of dentures, but they still can run upwards of $2000 for a mid-range set. Cheaper and more expensive sets are available as well, with the cheaper sets in the range of $600-$1000 per set. Premium dentures can cost over $4000 for a set, but they offer better comfort and longevity.

Appearance

There is almost no visual difference between a set of dentures in your mouth and a regular set of teeth. Your smile will also probably be fuller with dentures, since your missing teeth will be filled in.

Comfort

Dentures do take a bit of getting used to, but they can feel very natural after you have become sufficiently familiar with them. Eating and talking may feel strange at first, but you will acclimate. It can take several weeks for you to adjust to the dentures, but you won't even notice them after that period ends.

Maintenance

Dentures are usually worn during the day and taken out at night. This allows your gums and facial muscles to rest and the dentures to soak in a cleansing solution. You should clean your dentures nightly with denture cleaner in order to keep them pristine.

If your dentures break or you feel that your dentures fit poorly, then you should immediately consult your doctor. Even if you experience mild pain, you should make sure that your dentures are fitted properly.

Denture Adhesive

In order to create a more comfortable experience with dentures, your denturist might recommend denture adhesive. This adhesive increases the stability of the dentures, while also creating a more comfortable fit for you. 

Hopefully now you have a somewhat better idea about how dentures work and why they are a good choice.

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