Dentures: Cost, Types, and Care

Denture Cost, Type, and Care

Missing teeth can cause you to feel embarrassed and insecure about your smile. Thankfully, dentures can give you back your beautiful smile and also help with other things like eating and speaking. If you’re missing any or all of your teeth, dentures may be the best option for you.

What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

When it comes to dentures, we have a lot more options in today’s age than your parents might have. As your restorative dentist in Troy , Kelly Giera DDS wants you to know what’s available for you so that you can have a comfortable and good looking smile.

Full Dentures: For those who have lost all of their teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, full dentures are the best choice. You’ll get a full set of brand new teeth! 

Partial Dentures: If you’ve only lost a few teeth and don’t want to get dental implants or dental bridges, ask your cosmetic dentist about partial dentures. Instead of being mounted to implant structures or resting on your jaw, partial dentures are held in place by your existing teeth and are also still removable. 

Conventional Dentures: Conventional dentures are the most affordable type of dentures. If you have only a few remaining teeth, they will have to be removed though.

Once the tissues have healed, you’ll be able to start wearing the conventional dentures. Generally, with conventional dentures, the lower denture is not locked in place by dental implants, although implants are an option. 

Immediate Dentures: Just as the name implies, immediate dentures can be worn immediately after removing the rest of your natural teeth. Because this process is faster than most, immediate dentures are usually more expensive. If you’re concerned about being seen without teeth though, this premium dentures option might want to be something to consider.

The process will take more time during the procedure, of course, but you shouldn’t have to return for as many follow up appointments. 

What’s the Cost of Dentures?

Depending on the producer and denture type, everyone’s denture cost will vary. Some things to factor in are if you need teeth removed, implants placed, and if you’re having both the top and bottom of your mouth replaced. Your dental insurance type will also alter the cost, but this serves as a general breakdown: 

Standard Dentures: The average price is $500 per plate (top or bottom) and $1000 for a full set. Although you’ll be saving money by choosing this option, you’ll be getting a lower quality denture that may appear unnatural. 

Mid-Range Dentures: These typically cost anywhere from $1000-$3000 for a full set. Slight variations do come in when you’re considering things like a resin or flexible base. 

Premium Dentures: If you want the highest quality option, we offer premium dentures that are priced between $4000-$8000 per set. Although premium dentures are the most expensive, you’ll be getting the best dentures possible. Premium dentures also ensure the most comfort and convenience, often including some form of implants. 

Taking care if your dentures

How to Care for Your Dentures

Proper denture care is crucial to maintaining good oral hygiene. After eating, make sure to rinse your dentures well to get rid of any food particles that may be stuck on them. Yes, this does mean brushing your dentures! 

When your dentures are removed, you’ll also want to make sure the inside of your mouth is also thoroughly cleaned. 

You’ll want to give your dentures a good scrub with a denture cleaner at least once per day to fight off any bacterial growth. Soaking your dentures overnight is another good way to prevent any bacteria buildup. Dentures are meant to be like teeth, and just like teeth plaque buildup and tartar still need to be warded off. 

Although cleaning your dentures on your own is helpful, it’s also important to schedule checkups with your dentist to ensure your dentures get professionally cleaned. This will help retain the longevity of your investment! 

Are You Ready for Dentures? 

Whether you’re missing a few teeth or missing all your teeth, you may be ready to consider getting dentures. As your Troy, MI cosmetic dentist, Kelly Giera DDS and her team are ready to help figure out the best choice for you. To learn more, feel free to request an appointment with Kelly Giera DDS or call our office directly at (248) 528-2270.