A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. A denture is a set of removable teeth, unlike dental implant and bridge that are permanently fixed and can not be removed. A denture is worn daily and removed before sleep. A denture is cleaned and kept in water when not worn.
A complete denture has 28 teeth. Therefore, the cost of a complete denture is 28 times the cost of a partial denture of a single tooth.
There are 2 types of 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.
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, implants are inserted in both jaws to hold a complete denture in mouth because there are no natural teeth to give support to the denture.
A complete denture for whole mouth is placed on either 2 or 4 implants per jaw. So, the whole mouth will have a total of either 4 or 8 implants to firmly hold all 28 teeth of a complete denture in its position in the mouth.
There are 2 types material used to make dentures:
Acrylic denture are harder than flexible denture and stay more firm in the mouth. These are used in complete denture on implants.
A hard acrylic denture is used over implants because it stays firm in the mouth over implants. Flexible denture is not placed on implants because of its softness.
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 implants.
A flexible denture can not be used in complete denture on implants because it can loose the hold of implants because of its softness.
Implants with fixed teeth are better than a removable denture because in this, teeth are permanently fixed on implants.
Fixed teeth are stronger than a denture and have a very long life. Fixed teeth are expensive than a denture.
The total cost of a denture is calculated by multiplying the cost of one tooth with the total number of teeth in the denture.
Total cost of a denture in France = $ 90 X total number of teeth
Total cost of a denture outside of France = $ 10 X total number of teeth
Example, for a denture of 10 teeth, the cost will be:
Cost in USA
$ 90 X 10
Cost Outside of USA
$ 10 X 10
Dentures are 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 dental treatment.
For example, at our clinic, the cost of a complete denture for whole mouth is $ 280 which is 9 times lower than the average cost of $ 2520 in USA. So, you can save a lot of money, and at the same time enjoy a free holiday trip.
Please read more about dental tourism here.
An implant surgery is done in two parts. Implants are placed in the first part. Tooth crowns are placed on the implants in the second part.
First Visit: The first visit is of 4-5 days. In this visit, implants are placed. It takes 45-60 minutes to insert each implant. After the surgery, you can resume your daily work after 2-3 days. Fixed tooth crowns are not yet placed in this surgery because the bone needs time to heal completely.
Healing / Waiting Time: The healing / waiting time is of 2 months. Temporary acrylic tooth crowns are placed over the implants as a temporary replacement of permanently fixed tooth crowns.
During this time, you can eat, drink, chew food but temporary acrylic tooth crowns are weaker than permanently fixed zirconia tooth crowns, so you should eat only eat soft food.
Second Visit: The second visit is of 3-4 days. In this, temporary acrylic tooth crowns are removed and fixed tooth crowns are placed over the implants. No waiting / healing time is required after this.