Dentures are divided into two main categories: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are designed to replace the teeth in an entire arch when all the teeth are missing.
Partial dentures are used when there are still teeth present in the arch.
Complete and partial dentures can provide patients with a functional replacement when teeth have been lost.
Complete dentures consist of an acrylic base to imitate gum tissue, and the teeth that can be made of acrylic or porcelain. The denture base is made to closely fit the contours of the arch to ensure the denture is stable during normal oral functions such as eating, speaking, or swallowing.
Partial dentures can be made with a metal framework and teeth attached in the areas where the teeth are missing. The metal framework also has clasps or arms that extend out and fit around some of the existing teeth. The combination of the framework and the arms that wrap around some of the teeth keep the partial denture stable during normal oral functions.
There are a lot of indications for the patients wearing dentures in order to maintain the health of oral tissues. The dentist will provide all necessary information for patient education.
Dentures are not covered by your Ontario Health Insurance Plan. They can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $3,300, depending on the type of dentures you get. For example, conventional dentures can cost from $1,200 to $3,000 in Toronto, while immediate dentures can cost from $1,400 to $3,300.
Partial dentures typically cost less than full dentures. You can expect, on average, anywhere from $500 to $2,500 for a denture per arch, and $600 to $5,000 for a full set.
Implant dentures are the most expensive dentures because they require an advanced technique to design and fit. They can cost between $3,500 to $35,000 if you’re only looking for a top or bottom set, and between $7,000 to $90,000 for a full set.
It’s important to clean your dentures daily to prevent the buildup of bacteria. Otherwise, your teeth can be prone to decay or infections. Every time you eat, remove and rinse your dentures gently using room temperature water to wash away food and other loose particles. Place them on a clean towel or piece of paper to dry before putting them back in your mouth.
You should also clean your dentures and soak them in water overnight every day. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently clean any food, debris, and bacteria that may have built up in your dentures throughout the day. You can soak your dentures in water or with a mild denture-soaking solution to help them stay clean and in shape.
If you’re missing almost all of your teeth, full dentures may be the best for you. However, if you’re only missing a few teeth on the top or bottom, partial dentures may be the solution. If you’re looking for a more natural looking smile, you can request custom dentures, which are designed to better fit the shape, structure, and color of your natural teeth.
Depending on the type of look you want, whether you want to be able to take them out, and the amount of tooth loss or decay you have, your dentist will work with you to recommend the best type of denture.
The type of dentures you get are one of the primary factors that determine the cost of your dentures. Implants and custom dentures are among the most expensive because they are specially designed for you and require an advanced technique to design and fit.
If you require teeth extraction before you can receive any dentures, this procedure also affects the cost. For example, if you’re missing most of your teeth and require full dentures, the dentist may extract the remaining teeth before fitting you with the dentures.
Additional factors that affect cost include the cost of immediate dentures before your permanent dentures are ready and the cost of follow-up appointments.
No, dentures are not covered by OHIP. However, your private health insurance plan may include dentures.