Dentures are an alternative removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. Whether you have lost your teeth from gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, replacing your natural missing teeth will benefit your overall health and quality of life. Replacing missing teeth with dentures is the most economical method but typically will make it somewhat easier to do everyday things you’ve been missing out on! When you lose your teeth it eventually allows the facial muscles to sag which creates an older image. Replacing those missing teeth with dentures can improve your daily life and bring back some confidence! Let us help you restore the function of your teeth to gain that confidence you had. Learn more about the program here.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable teeth made to replace missing teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. Many people get dentures for several reasons but overall it is to help improve the quality of life. If you’re looking to replace your missing teeth with an affordable option, dentures may be an option for you!
Dentures Eligibility: Who Can Get Them
A good candidate for dentures are adults who have experienced significant tooth loss. You should still have a good amount of healthy gum tissue and jawbone. If only one or two teeth are missing then you may want to look into a dental bridge *link to dental bridge* instead. Don’t worry, we will connect you with a dentist who will determine the best replacement for you!
When You Should Get Dentures
There are several warning signs you can look for that will indicate that you may need dentures or another treatment to replace your missing teeth. Some of these warning signs can be:
- Severe toothaches
- Periodontal Disease
- Red and swollen gums
- Loose or moving teeth
- Difficulty chewing or digesting foods
If you’ve already lost a tooth or several teeth the need for dentures is now! The more time you wait then the healthy teeth can shift making them weaker so you want to fix the issue as soon as possible.
Where to Get Dental Implants
Cosmetic Dentistry Grants (CDG) will help you find a cosmetic dentist in your area that participates in the CDG program, allowing you to get financial assistance with a partial grant toward your dentures. We will help you throughout the entire process!
Benefits of Dentures
Tooth loss can be extremely hard on your confidence and everyday quality of life so you can imagine how getting dentures may improve your life! There are several benefits of getting dentures such as:
- Preserving Facial Structure: when you lose teeth you’re losing bone structure as well which will lead to a major change in the way your face looks. Dentures will help to hold up your facial shape that was lost.
- Daily Functions: losing your teeth can affect the way you go about your daily activities such as eating and speaking. Getting dentures can in some cases help restore the way you speak and allow you to eat some foods you weren’t able to without teeth, but not all.
- Improved Self-Confidence: the point of getting dentures is to replace those empty spaces in your mouth. Most likely if you’re missing teeth you haven’t been smiling as much as you used to. Dentures can help you regain some confidence.
Process of Getting Dentures
Your first step in getting dentures is contacting CDG to find you a dentist that works with the Cosmetic Grant Dentistry Program. We will find you a qualified participating dentist who will be able to help you throughout the entire dentures process.
- Dentist Visit: If eligible, you will meet with a CDG Qualified Dentist who will go over the entire process with you.
- Tooth Removal: Your dentist may suggest having certain teeth removed but don’t worry the dentist will make you feel comfortable and fully informed!
- Bite Moulds: Wax blocks will be used to check that your biting is comfortable and completely functional. During this step you may be asked to choose the shape or color of your new teeth, this part can be exciting to customize your future image!
- Wax Models: Your new set of teeth will be set in wax to get a better idea of how your dentures will look.
- Fitting: After one or several fittings when all is correct you will be sent home with your new dentures and be given care instructions.
How Much are Dentures?
The cost of dentures will vary greatly depending on the denture making process, the materials used in their production, and the dentist used. Dentures can range with a full set from several thousands of dollars and up. The price range depends on the quality of the dentures. Many dental insurances cover dentures depending on the type of dental plan you have. The Cosmetic Dentistry Grant (CDG) Program can provide funding which will cover partial payment of your new dentures!
How the Cosmetic Dentistry Grants Can Help You Get Dentures
A Cosmetic Dentistry Grant (CDG) is available for those looking to receive dentures. The CDG will cover the partial cost of dentures. Learn more about the CDG and if you’re eligible to get CDG Funding for dentures. Apply now!
Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures: complete and partial dentures.
Complete Dentures: will replace all of your teeth. They sit on top of the gums whereas dental implant supported dentures are typically anchored to the jawbone.
Partial Dentures: will replace some teeth while some natural teeth remain. There is a pink-colored base that is attached to a metal piece that holds the replacement teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures
What are the best dentures to get?
Ultimately Cosmetic Dentistry Grants will help you find the best dentists who will recommend which are the best dentures for your mouth and your budget. Custom dentures are traditionally used so they provide the best fit and comfort level. Custom dentures are more realistic in appearance, sturdiness, and durability and allow for shape and color customization.
Can you get dentures that look like real teeth?
Custom cosmetic dentures are high-end dentures that try to mimic the look of real teeth.
Can I sleep in dentures?
You can sleep in dentures but it’s recommended that they are removed before sleeping. You should remove dentures before sleeping so that your gums and bone have a period of time to relax from the pressure of the dentures. Dental Implants and implant supported dentures are another alternative to traditional dentures that will allow you to sleep without taking out your teeth replacements.
How long do I have to wait to get dentures after getting teeth pulled?
Typically a patient can get dentures within 6-12 weeks after getting teeth pulled. Sometimes temporary dentures can be placed earlier. Traditionally this allows time for the mouth to heal and allow your dentist to examine your healed mouth.
Are dentures worth it?
Dentures are a cost-effective way to restore your teeth than other dental solutions. Dentures are for those who want affordable teeth replacements and are welcome to the idea of them being removable.
Can you tell if someone has dentures?
Yes. Throughout the years’ many dentists have been trying to mimic the look of natural teeth. CDG works with qualified dentists that will guide you with your decision based on all factors.
Do dentures hurt?
When you’re first getting fitted for new dentures you may experience some irritation but hopefully your mouth will become accustomed to them over time. Overall, dentures do take a period of time to adjust to.
Can I get dentures after not having teeth for a long time?
When teeth are removed or lost the bone that held them in previously will shrink over time. It’s important to get dentures made properly to fit the mouth well. If you have been a long time without teeth then you most likely will need to have your dentist analyze your mouth to determine your oral health and bone support for dentures.
Can I wear dentures without adhesive?
Yes, it is possible to wear dentures without dentures. Dental adhesive can improve the stability and retention of the dentures but some people do not need adhesive to wear dentures comfortably.
What is the average age of people who get dentures?
The average age of people who get their first set of prosthetic teeth are between the age of 40 and 49 but replacing teeth is not restricted to any age. Whatever your age is, replacing missing teeth with dentures can be an option to regain some of the confidence and speech you used to have.