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The Complete Guide to Choosing Dentures: Everything to Know

Do you know anybody who uses dentures, or maybe you even uses dentures yourself?

The number of edentulous (lacking teeth) people in the U.S. continues to fluctuate throughout the years despite improvements in medicine and technology. The most common method to treat this is, quite obviously, opting for dentures.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of what dentures really are and what to look for when choosing them.

If you’re interested in learning more about choosing dentures, here is a guide on everything you need to know. Keep reading to learn about the different types of dentures and if you should start talking to your dentist about getting them.

Types of Dentures

Dentures are a type of medical appliance that replaces lost teeth. They’re used either for practical (chewing, biting) purposes or for cosmetic purposes. Some people even use them for both.

The unique thing about dentures is that they are easily removable. Other types of teeth replacements, such as crowns or bridges, are nearly permanent and can cost quite a bit.

Not all dentures are made equally, however. There are a few types made with different denture materials.

Listed below are some of the few.

  • Full dentures: These are dentures designed to replace all the teeth on either the top or bottom row.
  • Implant retained dentures: These dentures are also a form of implants. They come with teeth replacements on top of them, fitting snug onto the gums.
  • Partial Dentures: Similar to full dentures. But they just replace a portion of the teeth.

There are also immediate dentures which act as short-term replacements before your other dentures come in.

Choosing Dentures Within Your Budget

This one kind of goes without saying but you should choose dentures that are within your budget. This doesn’t just mean going for the cheapest option.

You’ll need to find a few options that are not only good for your price range but also of high quality. You can’t risk your health and smile for just a few dollars saved! Talk with your dentist if you’re comparing denture costs based on your budget.

There may be ways to work with your insurance or even your dentist to get some of the financial costs covered.

Know What You Need

One person that has dentures will not have the same needs or desires as the next person who has dentures. Everyone’s case is different. That’s why it’s important for you to know what you need and want for your smile.

Consider this:

  • How badly do you need dentures?
  • Can you go without them?
  • How many teeth need to be replaced?
  • Do you have any allergies?

Taking all of these into consideration along with knowing the different types of dentures will help you make an informed decision. You can also contact your dentist to see if dentures are even right for you.

If you’re due for dentures but need more convincing, take a look at these dentures results!

Additional Advice

We hope this short guide helped you determine what to look for when choosing dentures. They’re an integral part of improving dental health if you need them. Be sure to take all of this into account and consult your dentist for more info!

If you would like more dental-related advice, we recommend you take a look at the health section of our blog.