The global pandemic meant that more Americans than ever have been left without the money for adequate dental treatment. Put off by finance and often fear, these issues can cause long-term damage and health issues. But do you know how affordable dental treatment can actually be?
Most dental problems now have a lower-cost alternative, and for missing teeth, partial dentures are one option. Read on as we discuss why you should consider partial dentures.
1. Low-Cost Dental Solutions
Your needs will be unique, and this will decide the overall cost of your dental treatment. However, all customers will find that partial dentures are an extremely low-priced option. They are one of the most cost-effective dental solutions for replacing three or more missing teeth.
Prices vary depending on the type of partial dentures you want. For example, plastic ones will cost less than metals. The number of teeth you need replacing will also increase the overall price.
The placement of partial dentures in your mouth also impacts the cost. Add to this the possible cost of dental care before and after the creation of the partial dentures. As a very general guideline, upper partial dentures with a resin base may begin at around $1200 with a metal base and resin saddles on upper dentures starting at around $1685.
2. Non-Invasive Procedures
Partial solutions use a denture fitting. These are clasps or precision attachments. While they may sometimes be visible, it means you do not have to undergo any large, invasive operations.
Precision attachments will cost more than clasps. This is because they have a lot more labor in their manufacture and creation, with each one being a bespoke build by dentists. They attach to teeth that are already in place and even on dental implants.
Clasps are created from a circle of metal and will affix to the adjoining teeth. Certain areas of the mouth will mean that the metal is visible when you smile.
Partial denture options are extremely durable. However, they are not always the immediate option. This is to ensure they last and have solid foundations.
If damaged or decaying teeth have been taken out, it is not always effective to place partial dentures on top of them. Instead, a temporary option will take their place.
Once the gums have had around six months to heal, you will have another consultation. Your dentist can then create partial dentures that will be permanent.
4. Range of Material Denture Options
Your dental work can use two main substances that you can decide upon for your partial dentures. These are plastic resin or metal made from a mix of cobalt and chromium. Larger ones may even use titanium, though this has caused reactions in a very small number of patients in the past.
Plastic and polymer dentures have several advantages. As they have no metal, they give a look that is desired by more people. They are easy to make, repair and are extremely lightweight.
5. Easy Payment
Many people choose to pay in full or partially with dental insurance. Depending on the plan, your policy may include a flat rate or around 50% of the cost for restorative treatments. You can find the information under the “Explanation of Benefits” section in the documents they provided.
6. Easy Choices
When the dentist creates your partial dentures, they will take several factors into account. This can include the palate of your mouth, its shape, the teeth you still have in place, and the overall look that you desire. However, you will also have a few easy choices to decide upon.
The first consideration is your budget. Luckily, great partial dentures can be done for very little outlay. You can find out costs during a consultation with one of our specialists.
Another factor is the look that you desire. Partial dentures will need attaching, so you need to decide if you mind when people see a metal clip. If you want the best cosmetic look, then acrylic and precision attachments may be better but will cost more.
Lastly, do you have any allergies? Metal or acrylic allergies may dictate the type of partial dentures you can have.
7. Flexible Dentures
Other than metal and plastic, there is another option for flexible dentures. While they have thermoplastic clasps and no visible clips, they do have some disadvantages. Their thin nature means they break easily, and the only solution is to have bulkier, possibly less comfortable ones fitted.
Unlike other partial dentures, flexible ones do not insert directly into the mouth. Instead, they are heated using warm water. When flexible, they are inserted to help them mold to the gums better.
8. They Work on Both Sides of the Mouth
When replacing missing teeth, you can opt for full dentures instead. However, this is usually expensive. In addition, any remaining teeth may have to be removed, resulting in a possibly painful operation.
One option to replace a few missing teeth is a bridge. The problem with this is that it can only reside on one side of your mouth. They will also be a permanent solution to the problem and be glued into place.
With partial dentures, you can fill a gap of three or more missing teeth. This is a non-invasive, non-permanent solution that is cost-effective.
Finding a Partial Dentures Expert
Now you know the many benefits of partial dentures; you need an expert to consult with. They will advise you on if it is suitable for your needs. Crucially, they will help you work out a plan and budget.
If you are in Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks, Newbury Dental Group should be your first stop. We have a range of procedures for health and cosmetic needs. Click here to contact us and discuss your needs.