Complete and partial dentures are prosthetic teeth used to replace missing teeth and give you better chewing abilities and a full smile. They look like natural teeth, and new advances in dentistry have made them comfortable to wear, so you can smile without hesitation.
Types of Dentures
- Full Dentures: Are custom-made for your mouth after all your teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed. They cover the entire upper or lower jaw in a single arch. They can be removable or be secured to your jaw by dental implants.
- Partial Dentures: This is a great option when you have teeth that can be saved – because they preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. The denture will fit around your natural teeth. You may also want to consider implants, which serve the same function (See our Implants page).
With our dentures, you’ll be able to choose from a range of tooth shapes, colors and translucencies. With some dentures you can also select:
- Gum shades – including custom options.
- Gum texture – ridges, carved bumps and vein-like details provide a natural gum line appearance.
- Ridging – details on the upper denture resemble the feel of the roof of your mouth. These help the tongue when speaking as well as the rotation of food around your palate when you eat.
We want your investment in dentures to serve you well. In the beginning, your dentist may want to see you often to make sure the dentures fit comfortably and don’t have irregular wear.
Dentures typically last less than 10 years. During that time you’ll likely need repairs or adjustments. Common items include:
- Reline – resurfacing of the side that’s in contact with the soft tissues of your mouth to maintain a secure fit.
- Rebase – the pink acrylic base that holds your teeth is completely replaced.
- Sore spot adjustment – your dentist can adjust the denture so that it doesn’t rub against your gums or soft tissues.
We can do these fine-tunings, minor adjustments and repairs in our office labs.
You should plan to replace your denture every 5-7 years. As you age, your mouth and jaws change shape – bones and gums naturally shrink and recede. This affects the denture’s fit – which can cause infections or sores. Your Sage Dental dentist will advise you when you need a replacement to avoid these complications.
Advances in dentistry have made many improvements in dentures. They are now much more natural looking and comfortable than they used to be, but they still may feel strange at first.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
At Sage Dental, we offer a variety of dentures to suit your budget and situation. Find a location near you and call us today for more information on pricing.
If you do not have dental insurance, learn more about our Sage Dental VIP Discount Program where you can save up to 40% off our standard fees on all general, specialty and even cosmetic dental care. We also offer a number of financing options to help make dentures accessible to all of our patients.