Types of Dentures and Cost: A Complete Guide for 2023

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Dr. Byron C. Scott and the team at Springhill Dental Health Center are committed to providing comprehensive dental care to the citizens of Mobile, AL and the surrounding areas. We offer a variety of denture options designed to cater to the diverse needs of our patients.

Dentures are a popular, effective solution for individuals dealing with tooth loss. This solution restores functionality, as well as improves the appearance of the smile. In this article, we will explain the types of dentures and cost.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They serve as a prosthetic solution for individuals who have experienced tooth loss. Dentures play a crucial role in restoring the functionality of the mouth, improving the ability to chew and speak, and enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the smile.

Do You Need Dentures?

The decision to get dentures is typically based on a combination of factors, and it often involves the assessment and recommendation of a dentist or prosthodontist. Here are some common signs and indicators that may suggest you need dentures:

Severe Tooth Pain or Discomfort

Persistent toothaches or discomfort, especially if accompanied by gum pain or swelling, may indicate advanced dental issues. If the damage is extensive and cannot be effectively treated with other dental procedures, dentures might be considered.

Multiple Missing Teeth

If you have lost a significant number of teeth, dentures may be a suitable solution. Dentures can replace multiple missing teeth, either in a specific area (partial dentures) or for the entire upper or lower arch (complete dentures).

Difficulty Chewing and Speaking

Problems with chewing or speaking can arise when teeth are missing or severely damaged. Dentures can restore the ability to chew a variety of foods and improve speech, making communication more comfortable and effective.

Gum Health Issues

Gum disease (periodontal disease) can lead to the loss of teeth. If your gums are swollen, red, bleeding, or receding, it may be an indication of gum disease. In cases where the disease has progressed significantly, tooth extraction and dentures may be recommended.

Loose or Shifting Teeth

Loose or shifting teeth can be a sign of underlying dental problems. If the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the bone and ligaments, are compromised, dentures may be necessary to restore oral function.

Aesthetic Concerns

Missing teeth can affect the appearance of your smile and face. If you are dissatisfied with the way your smile looks due to tooth loss, dentures can provide a cosmetic improvement, enhancing your overall facial aesthetics.

Persistent Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, can be a sign of oral health issues, including advanced tooth decay or gum disease. If these issues are not effectively addressed, tooth loss may occur, leading to the consideration of dentures.

Limited Treatment Options

In some cases, the condition of the teeth and gums may be so compromised that other dental treatments, such as crowns, bridges, or dental implants, may not be viable options. Dentures could then become a more suitable and practical solution.

Types of Dentures

There are several different types of dentures that you need to be aware of if you are considering tooth replacement:

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are a full set of artificial teeth designed to replace all natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. These dentures are removable and rest on the gums, providing a natural appearance and functional bite. Complete dentures are typically recommended when a patient has lost all of their teeth due to factors such as decay, gum disease, or trauma.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are crafted to replace one or more missing teeth while preserving the remaining natural teeth. These dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to a metal or plastic framework, which is custom-fitted to the patient's mouth. Partial dentures offer both aesthetic and functional benefits, preventing the shifting of remaining teeth and maintaining proper oral alignment.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are pre-fabricated dentures that are inserted immediately after the removal of natural teeth. These dentures provide immediate tooth replacement, allowing patients to avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth during the healing period. While convenient, immediate dentures may require adjustments as the gums and jawbone heal and change shape.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures is a tooth replacement system in which the prosthesis is attached to dental implants. This type of denture offers superior retention, preventing slippage or discomfort associated with traditional dentures. Although implant-supported dentures may have a higher initial cost, many patients find the long-term benefits well worth the investment.

Denture Costs

The cost of dentures at Springhill Dental Health Center varies based on factors such as the type of denture, materials used, and additional services required. It's important for patients to understand the different cost components associated with obtaining dentures.

Complete Dentures

On average, complete dentures can range from $500 to $2,500 per arch. Factors such as the quality of materials, customization, and additional services, like adjustments and follow-up appointments, may contribute to the overall cost.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures generally have a lower cost than complete dentures, with prices ranging from $300 to $2,000. The cost is determined by factors such as the number of missing teeth, the materials used in the construction, and the intricacy of the design.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures may have a similar cost range as complete dentures, typically between $500 and $2,500 per arch. Additional expenses may be incurred for adjustments and follow-up appointments to ensure a proper fit as the mouth heals.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures represent a higher initial investment due to the surgical placement of dental implants. The cost for implant-supported dentures at Springhill Dental Health Center can range from $1,500 to $4,000 per implant, and a full set of implant-supported dentures may require multiple implants for optimal support.

Springhill Dental Center Can Resolve Your Tooth Loss Concerns

Springhill Dental Health Center in Mobile, AL, is dedicated to offering a diverse range of denture options tailored to individual patient needs. Whether it's complete dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures, or implant-supported dentures, the dental professionals at Springhill Dental Health Center prioritize delivering high-quality, personalized solutions.

Understanding the types of dentures and associated costs is crucial for patients seeking tooth replacement options. The team at Springhill Dental Health Center is committed to transparency in pricing and strives to work with patients to find the most suitable and cost-effective solutions for their oral health needs. With a focus on patient satisfaction and oral well-being, Springhill Dental Health Center continues to be a trusted resource for comprehensive dental care in Mobile, AL.

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My visit was incredible. I had my “All on Four” appliances cleaned, and it was a painless and thorough experience. Dr. Scott and all his staff are very friendly. During the cleaning, Mary was gentle and let me know everything she was doing and how it would feel. She gave me tips on how to clean my implants/appliances better and gave me a small brush to do the underside more effectively. Dr. Scott and Mary suggest cleanings take place every 3 months so I will be back in December.

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Meet Dr. Byron C. Scott

Dr. Byron Scott is a highly-trained and accomplished dentist. He attended The University of Alabama School of Dentistry and subsequently completed numerous Advanced Studies and Trainings. Dr. Scott is Board-Certified by The Academy of General Dentistry and has earned Mastership status (MAGD), an honor shared by only 1% of dentists. He has numerous memberships and associations, including Diplomate status with The American Board of Oral Implantology (D-ABOI) and The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (D-ICOI). Overall, Dr. Scott has dedicated his life and career to helping patients improve their oral health through expert dentistry. His goal is to help each patient keep their smile healthy, attractive, and comfortable for the duration of their lifetime.

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