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What Are Cosmetic Dentures?

What Are Cosmetic Dentures?

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Posted: Jun 10, 2021

Cosmetic dentures are dentures that are made specifically for you. These dentures are made with consideration for natural tooth shape, color, and materials used so you can look your best with dentures. We’re not talking about just the perfect fit while wearing them but having dentures made to fit your face shape, color, and more. Read on to learn all about cosmetic dentures.

What's the Difference Between Cosmetic Dentures and Regular Dentures?

Before deciding on which denture is right for you, you may want to decide whether to get conventional or cosmetic dentures, but what’s the difference between them? Well, there are three ways cosmetic and conventional dentures differ:

  1. Tooth shape. Both types of dentures ensure each tooth fits comfortably, but cosmetic dentures are made with the shape and placement of your natural teeth in mind so that your smile suits your face perfectly. Tooth shape doesn’t just help with your smile though, as when your reduced jawbone shrinks after tooth extraction, it can cause your features to wrinkle and deepen folds, so the tooth position in cosmetic dentures can help restore your facial anatomy.

  2. Color and surface texture. Cosmetic dentures place importance on the aesthetics of the dentures, so special care is taken to make them look natural and attractive, especially in the color and texture of the materials used to make them as close as possible to your natural teeth. Also, as mentioned before, taking into account reduced jawbones and other issues, cosmetic dentures differ by adding more base material, which is colored to match your skin tone.

  3. Materials used. Traditional dentures use various materials like porcelain, acrylic, and metal. On the other hand, cosmetic dentures exclusively use acrylic resin or nanohybrid composites to give them a natural-looking appearance and extra resistance against cracking, chipping, wear, and tear.

Types of Cosmetic Dentures

Just like the many types of dentures, you can also get a wide range of cosmetic dentures from full and partial cosmetic dentures to those supported by implants.

Full Cosmetic Dentures

You can get cosmetic dentures as full dentures, which cover either the top half of the mouth, the bottom half, or both halves of the mouth. With full dentures you can speak and eat with confidence, but as cosmetic dentures, this full set of dentures will not only look as natural looking as possible but will also be set up to support your facial features.

Partial Cosmetic Dentures

Partial cosmetic dentures fill in the gaps left by one or more missing teeth, much like regular partial dentures, however this type of partial is free from wires and clips that hold it in place. Partials, on the whole, are removable or can even be secured with dental implants.

Implant-Supported Dentures

This type of cosmetic denture is attached to dental implants with small titanium screws, and function as the root of the tooth. Implant-supported dentures are the most stable type, as four implants can support a full arch.

Advantages of Cosmetic Dentures

We know that dentures help you eat, speak, and smile, but what about cosmetic dentures? Let’s have a look at the benefits of cosmetic dentures to see if they are right for you.

  • They look great. The clue is in the name, “cosmetic,” so cosmetic dentures are made with aesthetics in mind. They are made with high-quality materials that look like natural teeth. The materials used also resist stains and are less likely to distort and resist wear.

  • They preserve bone mass. You can preserve the jawbone and prevent bone loss by using implant-supported cosmetic dentures. The stimulation from the implant screws in the jaw can help maintain the bone mass.

  • They can maintain your facial features. Once you’ve had your teeth removed, the jawbone will shrink and will affect your facial features, making you look older. If you use a cosmetic denture, the base and the teeth are planned to fit your mouth and features, so not only will your smile be enhanced, but it can also help support your features.

How Much Do Custom Dentures Cost?

Custom dentures will cost more than regular dentures, and on average, the cost of cosmetic dentures will range from $1000 to $15,000 per arch, depending on the quality of the materials used.

If you feel that cosmetic dentures are the right thing for you, then you may want to look into getting them at:

  • Cosmetic dentists. These are dentists who are members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Some may be specialized in cosmetic dentures, so ask a cosmetic dental clinic if the service is offered.

  • Dental clinics specialized in cosmetic dentures. Some dental clinics may offer cosmetic dentures, so ask any dental clinics near you if this is a possibility.

  • A prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist in implants and dentures, as well as restorative treatments, and are the most qualified professional when it comes to dentures and implants.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Dentures

Can I customize my dentures?

Yes. One of the downsides of traditional dentures is they look too “perfect,” which can make them look unnatural. Customizing your dentures to have your teeth match existing natural teeth or have them colored to natural teeth can make them look more realistic. Sometimes, you can pick cosmetic or customizable dentures that match the color of your natural gums. You can even have minor natural imperfections added to the teeth, as some cosmetic dentures have every tooth hand-placed.

What are aesthetic dentures?

Aesthetic or cosmetic dentures are designed to make sure the fit and look are perfect for your face shape, mouth, the color of the teeth and gums, and more. They are customized and made to look the best for you and to make your smile look beautiful!

Can dentures be made to look like your own teeth?

Cosmetic dentures are made with customization in mind, so each tooth looks as real as possible in shape and color. A cosmetic dentist or prosthodontist will try to make your teeth look as real as possible.