Considering dentures? Here’s what you should know.

November 3, 2022

If you’re living with prolonged tooth loss, then you may be considering family dentistry solutions (like dentures) to complete your smile. But, if you’re new to dental restorations, then you may have some questions about dentures and their related processes.

Luckily, the team at Seacliff Dental is here to help. With numerous preventive, cosmetic, and restorative options, we can help you get the head-turning smile that you want (and deserve!). Getting started with our team is easy–just call our Huntington Beach, CA, dental office at (714) 848-4247 or book appointments here.

In this blog post, Dr. Jason Cellars and our knowledgeable team answer some of your questions about dentures. From types to costs, we candidly tell you all of the information you need to know.

Man holding a denture for tooth lossWhat are the different types of dentures, and which is best for me?

There are several types of dentures, including:

  • Complete or full: These are traditional appliances that replace entire arches of missing teeth.

  • Fixed partials: Also called implant-supported bridges, these devices use dental implants to replace many missing teeth in a row.

  • Removable partials: These appliances are similar to fixed partials, but patients can remove or replace them at any time.

  • Overdentures: Also called implant-retained or implant-supported dentures, these devices use dental implants to keep a set of complete dentures securely in the mouth.

  • Immediate: Patients can use these restorations immediately after tooth extractions before they receive their long-term dentures.

  • All-on-4: These dentures use four, strategically embedded implants to keep full restorations in place.

  • Economy: Also called generic dentures, these appliances come ready-made, but they are not ideal for long-lasting comfort or function.

Which type of denture is right for me?

The right type of denture largely depends on:

  • The extent of the patient’s tooth loss

  • The patient’s lifestyle

  • The patient’s budget

For example, a patient with three missing teeth in a row may be an ideal candidate for a partial denture. Alternatively, patients with total tooth loss may require complete restorations. And, depending on the patient’s lifestyle and budget, device permanence may be a deciding factor.

Choosing between partial, full, removable, and permanent dentures can be daunting, but you don’t have to make the decision alone. Our team can help you choose the right device for you at an in-depth consultation.

How much does it cost for dentures?

The cost of dentures is highly variable depending on:

  • The type of denture used  

  • Dentist location  

  • Auxiliary procedures (e.g. dental bone grafting and dental implant surgery)

  • Insurance coverage

Nevertheless, data suggest that patients can expect the following costs for the following types of dentures in 2022:

  • Complete: $1,300 to $3,000 per appliance 

  • Immediate: $1,500 to $3,200 per appliance

  • Partial removable: $650 to $2,500 per appliance

  • Implant-supported: $1,500 to $4,000 per appliance

  • All-on-4: $1,500 to $4,000 per appliance.

Can you sleep with dentures in?

The type of denture patients decide to use dictates whether or not they can sleep in them. For example, patients with permanent, implant-supported appliances can wear them 24/7, even while sleeping. Patients with removable devices, however, should remove and clean their dentures nightly. Otherwise, constant wear may cause irritation that leads to infection.

Schedule a Dentures Consultation in Huntington Beach

Have more questions about your restorative options? No problem! Schedule a consultation at Seacliff Dental today to learn more! Simply call our dental office in Huntington Beach at (714) 848-4247 or send us a message online to get started.

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