Dental Prosthesis - Costs and Cleaning Methods



Correct cleaning practises of dental prostheses can greatly reduce costs.

Can the dentist clean the prosthesis?

Nowadays, fixed artificial teeth can be made at any time thanks to dental implants. However, implanted teeth cannot always be inserted right away because they are expensive. So what’s one do while saving up? First of all, don’t despair; a well-made full prosthesis should work just fine. Everybody is familiar with the famous water glass on grandma’s nightstand, but this is not the proper way to clean a prosthesis!

Improperly cleaning a prosthesis can lead to infections in the mouth and can be costly in the end. A prosthesis should be worn for 23 hours and cleaned for one hour. This means that after each meal, you should rinse both your mouth and the prosthesis with clear water. In the evening, clean the prosthesis thoroughly with soap. Do not use any scouring agents such toothpaste. The surface of the prosthesis should remain smooth, because rough surfaces promote bacteria colonization. Leaving the prosthesis in a cleaning bath over night can also roughen up the surface.

The palate and tongue should be cleaned in the evening with a washcloth. In normal circumstances, your tongue rubs along the palate, basically rubbing down the old mucous membrane, but the plastic palate prevents this from happening. If you are not able to adequately clean the prosthesis with soap and a brush, visit your dentist; he can polish the prosthesis up!

How can oral hygiene be improved with little effort?

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Oral Hygiene is Important

Having your teeth professionally cleaned every three months lowers the occurrence of dental calculus and significantly improves dental hygiene in the elderly! In the end, regular, professional cleanings are more economical! Having the dental prosthesis cleaned and checked regularly reduces the health costs in the long run.

Thanks to good oral hygiene provided by your dentist and you, you will be spared of prosthesis failures, aphthae and/or blisters in the mouth. Thus, you can prevent expensive treatments and pain. The more artificial teeth you have, the more complicated care gets. However, dental care is often neglected as people get older. This situation is compounded by lifestyle changes: Elderly people eat more sweets and soft foods and at the same time, they visit the dentist with less regularity.

Relatives and care workers in nursing homes are often uninformed about the special requirements for oral hygiene in the elderly. In a research study involving 102 senior citizens from eight nursing homes in the Rems-Murr-District (Germany), all of whom were still mentally and physically fit, the effectiveness of preventive measures was studied.

The seniors were divided into three treatment groups and one control group. At the beginning of the three-months-long study, all treatment groups received a professional prostheses and teeth cleaning. The participants were provided with information about oral hygiene, received free care products, and were subsequently motivated again.

One treatment group did not receive any additional motivation, the second treatment group was treated by a dentist in the course of the study and the third treatment group was cared for by care workers who had been trained. The study showes that having the teeth cleaned every three months lowers the medical costs!

Dental Crown Costs

Dental Crown Costs

Pressure points

Do not be scared if the dental prosthesis pinches and pins a bit in the first few days. The mucous membrane must first get used to the prosthesis. The oral mucosa will get used to the prosthesis in the same way that the sole of the foot gets used to hot sand at the beach. Eat soft foods and read a book aloud – this helps the musculature “grasp” the prosthesis faster.

If you have pressure points while wearing your prosthesis, visit your dentist immediately; he will check to see whether they are static or dynamic pressure points. In case of dynamic pressure points, a new prosthesis should be made.

The costs of a dental prosthesis

Dental prostheses costs are composed of the following factors (in descending order):

  1. The type of the provision (bone-supported/mucous membrane-supported; fixed/removable; etc.)
  2. The efforts expended in the preparation of the prosthesis (one dentist takes more impressions and intermediate steps; another one, less; etc.)
  3. Who and where the prosthesis is made (as a rule, a well-known professor in an exclusive neighborhood charges more than a country doctor and provides the same quality)
  4. The dentistry materials used On item

Think about what would be a good solution for you

  • On item 1: If you are older than 70, then you don’t necessarily need a fixed version; you can eat and bite just as well with a bone-supported, removable version for less money. Depending on the remaining natural teeth, a removable version supported by the mucous membrane with clasps and clasp crowns instead of a removable version supported by the mucous membrane with clasp crowns/bar solutions might do the trick. If you are a heavy smoker, then a bridge might be preferable to an implant. A good dentist can clarify these questions for you and will not automatically recommend the most expensive solution to you.
  • On item 2: Extensive effort does not always equal high quality. A healthy balance is the way to go. If you feel like the doctor knows what he’s doing, then you’re probably in good hands. If mistakes are made again and again or if corrections have to be made frequently, then get a second opinion.
  • On item 3: Compare several proposals. Have the doctor himself explain the differences. Do the explanations make sense to you? If you have the feeling that the doctor is contradicting himself, then listen to your intuition – it’s never wrong!
  • On item 4: It does not have to be a precious metal (such as gold) – they only strain the bank account. Besides, even a gold ceramic crown is only made of a gold alloy and not pure gold. Well tolerated bio-alloys are just as good. Everything on the market is bio-compatible. In industrialized countries, all materials are subjected to rigorous test procedures before they are approved for human beings.

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