Dentures

Dentures in Mexico Thailand Costa Rica

Dentures are a convenient and cost-effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth. They improve the quality of life by restoring the aesthetics and function of your mouth.

In a bid to help you decide if dentures are the right option for you, we answered a few commonly asked questions below:

1. What are dentures?

  • Dentures are prosthetic dental devices made of artificial teeth. They are designed to replace missing teeth, cover gaps, and help you chew properly again.
  • Dentures can either be removable or fixed. They can also be divided into full or partial categories.
  • The type of denture you need depends on whether all the teeth in the entire gum line or just a few missing teeth need replacement.
  • Dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth, and visually matched to your natural teeth.

Full and Partial Dentures

2. Why wear dentures? What are their benefits?

Dentures are one of the most popular treatment options for missing teeth due to their wide range of benefits.

  • Restore Functionality: Dentures function just like your natural teeth. You will be able to bite, chew, and speak properly after receiving dentures.
  • Have No Dietary Restrictions: With a set of dentures, you can eat most of your favorite solid foods once more.
  • Improve Speech: With missing teeth, you might find it difficult to pronounce certain words correctly. Dentures will help you enunciate better and restore your usual manner of speaking.
  • Improve Appearance: Dentures help restore the aesthetics of your smile. They also keep the structure of the mouth sound by supporting the areas around the cheeks and lips.

3. What are the different types of dentures?

  • Conventional dentures can either be fixed or removable. Further, they can be full or partial. Acrylic is a standard material used for making dentures. Acrylic dentures have a pink plastic base.

Implant Supported Dentures

  • Another type is the implant overdentures. Implant-supported dentures can either be fixed or removable (snap-on).

Your dentist will determine which type of dentures described below is the best for you.

Comparing Different Denture Types

Dentures

Conventional Dentures

  • Types: Full and partial.
  • Procedure: Mold of mouth is taken after tooth extractions and healing process.
  • Require a 6-8 week waiting period while the dentures are made.
  • Advantages: Long-lasting replacement for teeth.
  • This fit is quite accurate.
  • Disadvantage: The bone underneath may deteriorate over time, changing the appearance of your smile.
Dentures

Immediate Dentures

  • Types: Full and partial.
  • Procedure: Mold of mouth is taken before teeth extraction.
  • Given immediately following tooth extractions.
  • Advantage: The patient’s appearance is maintained as there is no edentulous period.
  • Disadvantage: Fit is not as accurate.
Full and Partial Dentures

Overdentures

  • Types: Fixed and removable (snap-in).
  • Procedure: Implants are placed in the upper and/or lower jaw.
  • After a healing period of several months, the dentures are secured to your implants through attachments fixed into the denture.
  • Advantage: You don’t need to worry about these dentures slipping or falling out.
  • Disadvantage: Higher in cost.

4. What’s the difference between implants and dentures?

Gone are the days when dentures used to be the only option for people who experienced tooth loss.

Dental implants are fast becoming popular due to the stability and durability they provide.

Let us take a look at the main differences between the two dental solutions:

FIT AND SLIPPAGE

Dentures: Denture adhesive or paste is commonly used to keep the dentures in place. Without this adhesive, they can slip out of their proper place while speaking and eating, and this can result in considerable embarrassment.

Dental Implants: Since the implants are embedded into your jaw, there is no need for adhesives, which ensures no gum irritation. There is also no danger of these slipping or falling out.

JAWBONE HEALTH

Dentures: The bone underneath may deteriorate over time, changing the appearance of your smile. Dentures cause bone resorption.

Dental Implants: According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), implants are the only dental restorations that encourage bone growth and prevent bone loss.


Dentures: Simple prostheses which do not require any minimum amount of jawbone to be fitted.

Dental Implants: You need adequate, healthy bone to get implants. You will require a bone graft if you do not have enough bone left.
There are certain implant types, however, such as All-on-4 which do not require a bone graft.

DURABILITY

Dentures: The materials used to make replacement teeth are more fragile than natural teeth and can easily chip or crack.

This material wears down much quicker than natural teeth and needs to be replaced with a new set of dentures every 5 to 10 years. The investigation by Purcell et al., recorded that dentures last an average of around 8 years.

Dental Implants: With proper care, these can last a lifetime. The crown that goes on top may need replacing after 10 to 15 years through wear and tear. However, proper care can make even crowns last longer.

COST

Dentures: While the upfront costs are less, you will need to replace them every few years.

Dental Implants: These cost more upfront. However, if you consider the additional costs that come with dentures, including cleaning solutions, denture adhesives, and replacements, dental implants emerge to be a better financial solution in the long term.

4.   What is the cost of dentures?

The cost of dentures varies depending on the materials used and the type of dentures you opt for.

 Dentures Abroad Price List (Cost in USD)
Denture Type Mexico Thailand U.S.A Australia
Partial Dentures $350-480 $377-500 $300-5,000 $740-1,300
Full Dentures (Per Arch) $250-600 $438-500 $300-5,000 $1,000-1,750
Overdentures (Per Arch) $8,765-13,945 $5,319 $3,500-30,000 $17,500-20,000

As you can see, the prices of dentures in the U.S. and Australia are far higher than what you would have to pay in Thailand or Mexico.

While you can get a cheap quality denture at around $300 in the U.S., if you are looking for better quality and materials, the cost can go up as high as $5,000.

In a dental tourism destination like Mexico, you can get the best quality denture for just $500.

Learn more about our options for low-cost dentures in Los Algodones, Tijuana, Bangkok, and other dental tourism destinations in the world.

6.   How do I maintain my dentures for lasting results?

  • Since dentures are delicate, stand over a folded towel or basin of water while handling them.
  • Dentures may change shape if they get dry. When not in use, place the dentures in a cleanser soaking solution or plain water.Dentures Aftercare
  • Don’t use hot water as it can cause dentures to warp.
  • Brush your dentures daily to remove food deposits and plaque.
  • Brush your gums and tongue daily with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. Brushing stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
  • Get your mouth and dentures examined by a dentist every six months.

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3. What are the different types of dentures?

  • Conventional dentures can either be fixed or removable. Further, they can be full or partial. Acrylic is a standard material used for making dentures. Acrylic dentures have a pink plastic base.

Implant Supported Dentures

  • Another type is the implant overdentures. Implant-supported dentures can either be fixed or removable (snap-on).

Your dentist will determine which type of dentures described below is the best for you.