If you have ever had a tooth extracted or you lost all your teeth due to an accident or old age, you might be considering affordable dentures. False teeth replace your natural teeth, so they fit perfectly in the space that your natural teeth previously occupied.
The problem with false teeth is that they cost about $3,000 per arch when tailored for your mouth with porcelain or hard resin. But, you can find affordable dentures that will cost you significantly less. The good news is that these dentures will last for more than five years, and they will look precisely like your natural teeth.
In your hunt for affordable dentures, you might come across cheap versions that cost between $300 and $600. However, these are likely plastic teeth that will wear down quickly. These cheap artificial teeth might also need frequent relining and replacement every few years. As such, you need to search for affordable and not competitive artificial teeth. You can learn more when you schedule a denture consultation at Lovett Dental Webster.
What are Dentures Made of?
Porcelain and plastic have been the preferred denture materials. However, today, most artificial teeth consist of hard resin. Unlike natural teeth, artificial teeth are fragile and need constant care. If you drop them, the teeth might crack or chip. Again, the artificial teeth material wears down quickly, and you might need to replace them every five years. The supporting structure on artificial teeth, or the synthetic gum, comes from a resin same as the one that created the teeth.
Why Wear Affordable Dentures?
While the majority of people who wear artificial teeth do it to get their smile back, there are other reasons that you need artificial teeth. When you wear affordable false teeth, you can support the structure of your mouth by keeping the cheeks and the lips well supported. Better yet, with artificial teeth, you can eat foods that need chewing. If you have a tooth or teeth causing you pain, such as those with severe damage or rotted roots, you can replace them with artificial teeth.
Types of Affordable Dentures
There are two main types of artificial teeth: partial and full dentures. Partial dentures are ideal when only a few teeth in your mouth are missing, and the remaining natural teeth are not healthy to support dental bridges. Fitting artificial teeth to your natural gum line and then fastening to the nearby natural teeth ensures they do not fall out of place. The teeth are not permanent, so you can take them off for cleaning and while sleeping.
Full plates are artificial teeth that replace all your natural teeth. The dentist will fit the teeth on your top or bottom gum line and then use suction or an oral adhesive to keep them in place.
Besides partial and full artificial teeth, you can also get immediate or overdenture artificial teeth. Immediate artificial teeth replace a tooth immediately after extraction. You will have an immediate denture throughout the healing process. The dentist can easily refit a quick artificial tooth to accommodate changes experienced during the healing process. After the healing process, immediate dentures give way to permanent ones.
Over plates are ideal when you still have remaining natural teeth or when conventional artificial teeth feel uncomfortable for you. These false teeth will fit over your natural teeth’s roots or on dental implants.
If you need permanent artificial teeth, consider an implant-supported denture. Unlike other artificial teeth that feature a gum structure, these teeth feature an implant, a metal post, and a crown customized to look like your natural tooth.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
It is easy to care for artificial teeth seeing that you can remove them and clean them outside your mouth. Just like natural teeth, artificial teeth are susceptible to tartar, bacteria, and plague. While cleaning the dentures, do not forget your natural gums and any remaining natural teeth.
At Lovett Dental Webster, we can also provide the following services for you and your family:
- Teeth cleaning
- Dental implants
- Periodontics treatment
- Oral surgery
- Teeth whitening
- Root canal treatment