Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. These are artificially made devices, usually made of acrylic, and are custom made to your mouth. Today’s dentures are made to be more natural-looking and comfortable to wear. They are a more affordable alternative solution to dental implants and are divided into 2 types, i.e. complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all the natural teeth are missing. They can be further divided into 2 types, i.e. conventional and immediate dentures.
Conventional dentures are made for replacement after 8 to 12 weeks after teeth have been removed. On the other hand, immediate dentures are made in advance and are ready for replacement as soon as the teeth have been removed. One downside of this type is that they require more adjustments later on as during the healing period, bones and gum shrink over time.
Partial dentures are used when there is at least one natural tooth remains either in the upper or lower jaw. The device usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink-colored base, which is connected to a metal wire that helps hold the dentures in the mouth. The device works by replacing the teeth on either side of the space with the help of crowns.
Difficulties In Wearing Dentures
There are some difficulties that you need to adapt when wearing dentures for the first few times. Some of them are:
- Difficulty in eating and chewing
- May affect pronunciation of certain words
- Irritation in wearing
- Mouth can easily get dried
- May sometime bleeds
How Much Do Dentures Cost In Bangkok?
On average, dentures cost vary from $1000 to $1500 depends on how many artificial teeth you need and the material used. For instance, complete dentures are more expensive than partial dentures, chromium-based dentures are more expensive that acrylic-based.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to wear dentures all the time?
This depends on your dentist’s instruction. Generally, on the first few days, you may be instructed to wear it all the time, even when you’re asleep, in order to quickly identify the area of adjustment. Then after that, you may wear it only during the day, and remove it at night.
2. How long do dentures last?
Over a period of time, your dentures will need to be aligned, remade or rebased base on several factors such as the change in mouth and jaw structure, erosion of the base, etc. We recommend you visit your dentist annually for a checkup.
3. What do my new dentures feel like?
It’s completely normal to feel a bit odd and uncomfortable when wearing your dentures for the first few times until you learn how to adjust your cheeks or place your tongue. You might even feel soreness, irritation, or saliva flow when you first start wearing.