If you are in need of a tooth replacement, you have a few different false teeth options to choose from. This blog post will discuss the most popular false teeth options and what each one entails. We will also provide information on choosing the best option for your needs. So, if you are looking for a new smile, keep reading!
What are the Most Popular Types of Dentures?
There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures form an arch and are used to replace all of the missing teeth, while partial dentures only replace some of the missing teeth. Both types of false teeth options have their benefits and drawbacks that you must consider before deciding on either of them.
Apart from complete dentures and partial dentures, there are five other false teeth options to choose from: fixed dentures, removable dentures, implant-supported dentures, snap-in dentures, and upper or lower dentures.
Let’s dive in and look at what makes each option unique.
#1: Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are false teeth used to replace one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures are usually made of plastic or metal and are attached to your existing teeth with clasps (i.e., clips) to help keep the denture in place. Depending on the denture location in your mouth, some of the clips may show when you open your mouth.
Partial dentures are a type of removable denture, which means they can be taken out for cleaning. One of the benefits of partial dentures is that they do not require surgery, making them a less invasive option.
#2: Complete Removable Dentures
Complete dentures are false teeth that replace all of the missing teeth in an arch. They can be made of plastic, acrylic, or porcelain and sit on top of your gums.
Complete dentures are also removable, which means they need to be taken out for cleaning. One benefit of complete dentures is that they provide support for your cheeks and lips, which can help improve your appearance since missing teeth can make your face look hollow.
There are two types of complete dentures: conventional dentures and immediate dentures. A conventional denture can be placed after teeth removal and the patient’s gums have begun to heal. On the other hand, a conventional denture can only be placed in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after teeth removal.
#3: Fixed Dentures
Fixed dentures are multiple false teeth that are connected and cemented to your existing teeth. They are also known as dental bridges. Fixed dentures are not removable, so they do not need to be taken out for cleaning. This type of denture can only be installed and removed by a certified dentist.
One of the benefits of fixed dentures is that they are more stable than removable dentures. They are less likely to slip or move around in your mouth, making them a good option for people who have trouble stabilizing their false teeth. Moreover, fixed dentures are strong and durable. So, you can enjoy eating your favorite food–any type of food–without worrying about them coming loose!
#4: Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are false teeth that are supported by dental implants. Dental implants are small metal posts that are surgically placed into your jawbone. Once the implants have healed, they act as a support for false teeth.
Implant-supported dentures are a good option for people who want false teeth that are more stable and durable than removable dentures. Nonetheless, this option is more expensive as it requires surgery to place the implants in your jawbone. Additionally, they require more maintenance than other false teeth options as you must brush and floss around the implants to keep them clean.
What is the Optimal Dental Care for False Teeth?
The best way of taking care of false teeth is the same as taking care of natural teeth: brush and floss them daily! False teeth are just like natural teeth in that they need to be kept clean to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
The only difference between brushing natural teeth and fake teeth is that you cannot use toothpaste while brushing fake teeth since most toothpaste brands contain abrasives that are too strong for removable teeth. Dentures can become gradually damaged by these kinds of toothpaste, leaving scratches or small cracks.
Instead, it would be best to brush dentures with a toothbrush with soft bristles designed specifically for them. Such brushes can prevent scratches from occurring on the surface of the dentures.
Despite it being essential, brushing alone does not clean dentures. Maintaining long-term dentures requires cleaning them thoroughly every night after removal. Flossing after every meal will help out immensely if you can’t remove your dentures. Rinsing with mouthwash also helps keep your dentures clean. You can remove your dentures before using mouthwash or use mouthwash specially designed for dentures.
Additionally, food and plaque adhere to dentures in the same way they adhere to natural teeth. After eating and drinking, dentures and teeth can develop dental plaque, i.e., a sticky film of bacteria. It is essential to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
How Much Do False Dentures Cost?
The cost of false teeth depends on the material and type of denture. For example, acrylic dentures are cheaper than porcelain dentures, and complete dentures are more expensive than partial dentures. Dental implants are the most expensive option, while upper or lower dentures are the least expensive option. The cost also depends on whether you choose to have your false teeth made by a dentist or a dental technician.
Will False Teeth Feel Like Natural Teeth?
No, false teeth will not feel exactly like your natural teeth. Your dentures may give you a slight discomfort and may feel a little bulky at first; you’ll need some time to get used to them. It is also common for the gums to be sore for a few weeks after getting false teeth.
Still, false teeth have come a long way and now look and feel more natural than ever before. With advances in technology, false teeth are now made of materials similar to human tooth enamel. On top of that, false teeth can be customized to match your natural teeth’ color, shape, and size.
Is Denture Adhesive Necessary?
Denture adhesive is necessary if you want to avoid the embarrassment of having your false teeth fall out of your mouth. Denture adhesive helps keep false teeth in place. Moreover, it helps false teeth feel more comfortable and secure.
If you decide to use denture adhesive, be sure to use it only in small amounts. Too much adhesive can cause it to ooze or can cause your false teeth to become loose and fall out of your mouth.
Does Dental Insurance Cover False Teeth?
Most dental insurance plans do not cover false teeth. Yet, some dental insurance plans will cover a portion of the cost of false teeth. So, if you’re considering getting false teeth, check with your dental insurance provider to see if they offer any coverage.
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No matter which type of false teeth you choose, it is important to consult with a certified dentist to ensure that you get the best fit for your mouth. Our team of experts at Loudoun Orthodontics can help you achieve the smile you deserve. We can also determine which type of false teeth best suits you, your budget, and your lifestyle. So, wait no more and reach out to us via a phone call or visit our office in Lansdowne, VA, for a free consultation. We also invite you to keep up with our blog to get answers to many of the frequently asked questions about maintaining sparkling oral health!