What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are manufactured for patients who are fully edentulous (no teeth are present.) In many cases the dentist may ask the patient for a picture of their previous smile as a reference. The ultimate goal is to re-establish a proper relationship between upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible) jaws. In addition, the aesthetics and functionality of the oral region is restored. An appropriate tint of the acrylic is chosen to match the hue of the existing soft tissues, and the color of the teeth is selected with an approval from the patient.
Cost of Full Dentures
The cost of dentures greatly varies from dentist to dentist and their demographical location. However, because the process of fabricating dentures requires several visits, most dental offices offer affordable payment plans. The patient is allowed to pay a portion of the fee at the time of the each visit. The last payment is collected at the time of the denture delivery. The follow-up visits are typically free and may consist of minor adjustments as the patient becomes accustomed to wearing their new appliance.
Full Denture Procedures
The process begins with a full examination and an external X-ray (Panorex) to evaluate the patient’s facial bone structures including the Temporomandibulary Joint (TMJ) status as well as upper and lower ridges. The patient’s medical history is reviewed in detail and consists of analysis of any medical conditions and oral habits. The patient will be asked to execute the following movements:
• Move their tongue vertically and horizontally
• Move their lower jaw side to side
• Extend the lower jaw forward
• Open wide
• Lick their lips
A clinical exam is completed by palpating the soft tissues for any abnormalities. The evaluation is concluded with a set of preliminary impressions, and the treatment plan is created.