Dentures are a replacement for not having any teeth. We also may refer to them as a dental plate. They are typically the last resort for those that are at the end of their dental road. If you are considering a full denture you are likely already missing some teeth and probably have others that are not in great shape. We would always prefer to save teeth if possible for several reasons. One being that dentures are not a replacement for teeth they are a replacement for no teeth! That is a nice way of saying they are not as nice as keeping your own teeth if at all possible. They are also not as nice as an implant supported denture.
Looking for full dentures?
A full denture is a removable prosthesis for individuals with no remaining teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. If you have no remaining teeth or not enough remaining solid teeth for a partial then a full denture may be your best option. A full denture replaces all of your teeth that have been lost and all of the soft tissue and bone that gets resorbed when you lose teeth. A full denture is made from an acrylic base and has acrylic teeth.
Upper jaw full dentures are a fine way to replace missing teeth. Lower jaw full dentures, on the other hand, often have significant problems and people with lower ones typically have trouble adjusting to them without some type of extra support. We do not recommend a lower denture without some type of implants placed to help stabilize it. The standard of care for over a decade has been to place two implants on the lower jaw to help support it. Source
What do dentures cost in Wheaton, IL
Dentures cost around $2,000 per jaw. A little more for a lower jaw and a little more if you are getting an immediate denture. An immediate denture is one that we place in the same day that we remove the teeth. This is ideal for an esthetic standpoint but there is always some misfit that requires us to later reline the inside of the denture so the fit is better.
Maintenance costs of full dentures
Dentures need to be relined as you will continue to lose bone under the denture. If you have an immediate denture made you will need this within the first 6 months. Ideally you will have this done every 5 years but people rarely do. This usually costs around $300 or $400.
Dentures also break. The repair for for this will be in the range of a few hundred dollars. The teeth can break off and the cost to repair is also a few hundred dollars.
Denture teeth wear down. If the teeth wear down you can replace them, however it’s cheaper to make you a new denture.
Steps to receive your dentures
Visit number one – the treatment planning visit
- We discuss options, costs, and time that we need.
- We educate you about the options available from fixed to fixed/removable to removable.
- Finally, we take some impressions of your teeth or plan the removal of any remaining teeth.
Visit number two – which is anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks later
- The first fitting of your dentures that are still in wax and look nothing like real dentures yet.
Visit number three – which is around 2 weeks later
- A final fitting of your denture with the teeth all in place. This visit the teeth look like a denture but are still in wax.
Visit number four – which is around 2 weeks later
- You get your denture.
- In the next few days and weeks you will likely return 1-3 times for adjustments as you adjust to your denture and we make adjustments to it.
Basically, if all goes well you will have your dentures or partials 6 weeks from the date you schedule your next visit. In special circumstances we can rush the process, but there is a cost to that.