Complete tooth loss, or edentulism, on one or both dental ridges can be disastrous for your oral and overall health. Dentures can help you avert the disaster by completely replacing the upper and/or lower dental ridges of teeth. Dentures come in a variety of options, from removable to fixed, and from partial to complete. Dentures are custom-designed to fit the current size, shape, and contour of your dental ridges. For the most beneficial and longest-lasting results, your dentist and prosthodontist might recommend supporting your denture or dentures on a series of dental implants.
A complete denture consists of an entire row of lifelike replacement teeth that are situated on a gum-colored base and is designed to follow the natural curve of your dental ridge. If you still retain healthy, viable teeth, then your dentist can custom-design a partial denture that fits around and helps support your remaining teeth. Like a complete denture, a partial can follow your entire dental ridge, but may also include additional support using comfortable, conspicuous clasps.
Like most modern dental prosthetics, partial and complete dentures can often be supported by a series of dental implant posts that mimic your lost roots. Each implant post is carefully placed to absorb a maximum amount of bite pressure, then used to support your denture in the same way roots support and stabilize healthy teeth. Implant-supported dentures also help stop the jawbone erosion that can result from the loss of several or all of your natural dental roots.
What is the cost of a denture?
The average cost for a single complete denture ranges from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the dentist, and they are typically covered only at 50% plus the deductible by dental insurance. But with a dentist in Doctors Network, the cost is only $500.