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Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment Options: Dentures

For the past twenty years, an ever growing number of people have been turning to cosmetic dentistry. In this regard, there are many options available to people when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in this day and age. Even before the past two decades, one of the more commonly used treatment options that is used when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is the use of dentures. This article provides you some basic information about when dentures are best used, the procedures that are involved in placing dentures and the costs associated with dentures.

Of course, if you want specific information about dentures and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, you will want to consult with your dentist.

Dentures: When They are Best Used

Dentures actually have been used for generations. (Indeed, the first U.S. President -- George Washington -- sported dentures. (In point of fact, the legend that the General wore wooden dentures is mythical … George Washington wore composite dentures that were made up of a number of different materials -- including a bit of wood -- but predominately other materials.)

Dentures are best used when a person desires a fairly economical and efficient method of dealing with the aftermath of the removal of a mouthful of teeth. Even in this day and age when dental care has vastly improved, there are people who end up having to have their teeth removed. Despite advances in dental care, teeth simply are not designed to last forever. As people live longer, they are (in some instances) living beyond the “life expectancy” of their teeth.

Dentures are a good choice for older patients. An older patient likely will not want to subject his or her self to the long, involved and expensive process of dental implants by a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry.

Procedures to Place Dentures

The first step in placing dentures involves the removal of teeth. This is done normally because teeth are damaged or have dead roots and simply are no longer viable.

The next step in the process of placing dentures is the fitting process by a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry, particularly in dentures. The fitting process is extremely important. Ill fitting dentures are painful and cause health problems for a patient.

After the fitting process is complete, the dentures themselves are fashioned and created. In this regard, there are now outfits in operation that maintain that they can provide same day service on dentures. However, in most instances, a truly qualified dentist that specialized in cosmetic dentistry will tell you that it takes upwards to a week for dentures to be fashioned and created in a dental laboratory.

Finally, the last step in the process of placing dentures is the initial placement of the dentures in a patient’s mouth by the dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry. Minor adjustments to ensure a proper fit will be undertaken at this juncture.

Costs for Dentures

There is a significant variation in the prices and costs associated with dentures. There are some providers that maintain that they market and sell dentures for as cheap as $95. (Chances are there will be some proverbial “hidden charged” in such a case. And, additionally, one would want to question the quality of dentures that are selling for such a cheap price.)

As with so many products associated with cosmetic dentistry, the costs of dentures can go from fairly reasonably priced products in the several hundred dollar range upwards to dentures that costs a few thousand dollars. The composition of the materials that makeup the dentures will be the primary factor in driving up the costs associated with dentures in this day and age.

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