Dentures have a bad rap, but can be a great solution for people who are losing or have lost their teeth but can’t afford expensive implants.

There are several types of dentures suitable for different situations. Fortunately, these chattering teeth are not one of the options!

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of dentures:

Pros: Esthetically, dentures can give the confidence to overcome embarrassememt when smiling. In addition, although not as good as natural teeth or implant retained teeth, they restore an ability to chew and enjoy food. Natural looking and durable, they can typically last 5-10 years if properly taken care of.

Cons: Dentures may take a little getting used to, including learning to speak with them and initial sores in the mouth. Since the mouth changes shape over time with aging, weight loss or gain, dentures can loosen so adjustments and relines are often necessary. One of the biggest complaints is a loss of taste since the roof of the mouth is covered. Good news is, you won’t burn the roof of your mouth on hot pizza anymore!

Types of Dentures:

  • Complete Dentures
    These replace all of your teeth on one or both dental arches. Upper dentures tend to be easier to adjust to. Lower dentures have the tendency to move a bit and are more difficult to get accustomed to.
  • Immediate Dentures
    These are placed immediately after the teeth are removed and may require additional adjustments or relines after the healing process. The good news is that you never have to go without teeth.
  • Over Dentures
    These are similar to complete dentures except a few tooth roots or implants form a secure foundation to support the restoration.
  • Partial Dentures
    These are designed to correct gaps in your smile when only a few of your teeth are missing. They use either an acrylic or chrome framework and clasps to anchor the denture to your natural teeth.

The good news is that most of these procedures are often partially covered by your dental insurance. So if you are missing teeth, see a dentist today and ask which option is best for you. You’ll be showing off your brand new smile in no time.