A denture is a replacement for missing teeth. A denture is a set of removable teeth, unlike a dental implant and dental bridge, that are permanently fixed and cannot be removed. A denture is also called false teeth and removable dental prosthesis.
A denture is worn daily and removed before sleep. A denture is cleaned and kept in water when not worn.
There are 2 types of denture: Partial denture, and Complete denture
When natural teeth are present in the mouth to hold a denture, then the denture is called a partial denture. The existing teeth hold the
denture in its position in mouth. A dental implant is a better alternative to a partial denture because it permanently fills the gap left after a tooth extraction.
When no natural teeth are present in the mouth to hold a denture, then the denture for whole mouth is called a complete denture. Therefore,
dental implants are inserted in both jaws to hold a complete denture in the mouth because there are no natural teeth to give support to the denture.
There are 2 types material used to make dentures: Hard acrylic denture, and Flexible elastic denture.
An acrylic denture is harder than a flexible denture and stays more firm in the mouth. It is used in complete denture, and fixed
denture on dental implants. A hard acrylic denture is used over dental implants because it stays firm in the mouth over dental implants.
A flexible denture is made from soft plastic and bends more than a hard acrylic denture. It is used only in partial denture and complete denture
without dental implants. It cannot be used over dental implants because it can lose the hold of dental implants because of its softness.
A dental implant with a fixed tooth (tooth crown) is a better alternative to a removable denture. In this, a dental implant is first inserted in the jaw. It is inserted in the empty space left in the jaw after a tooth extraction. A tooth crown is not yet placed in this surgery because the bone needs time to heal
completely. After a few months, a tooth crown is permanently fixed on the dental implant. A dental implant is stronger than a denture and has a very long life of 15+ years. However, it costs more than a denture.
Total cost of a denture in USA = $ 90 X total number of teeth
Total cost of a denture outside of USA = $ 15 X total number of teeth
Example, for a complete denture of 28 teeth, the cost will be:
Cost in USA
$ 90 X 28
Cost outside of USA
$ 15 X 28
$ 90 X 28
: $ 2520
$ 15 X 28
: $ 420
A denture is very expensive in USA, but you can save a lot of money by traveling to an affordable location outside of USA for 4-5 days for the treatment.
For example, at our clinic, the cost of a denture is $ 420 which is 6 times lower than the average