Dentures Whittier CA

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Dentures in Whittier

If you’ve lost multiple teeth – or all of your teeth – you might be a good candidate for dentures. Restoring missing teeth with dentures can help improve your appearance, boost your self-esteem and confidence, and make it easier to eat.

What Type of Dentures Are the Best Option?

Candidates for full dentures have two options:

  • Traditional dentures
  • Implant-supported dentures

Both types of dentures can provide you with a beautiful smile. Implant dentures help prevent jawbone recession. However, for some people (those with limited incomes or severe bone loss), implants may not be an option.

Dr. Omid is happy to discuss your options and the pros and cons of each.

Partial Denture vs. Dental Bridge

If you’re missing just a few teeth, we can restore them with a dental bridge or partial denture.

A partial denture has plastic teeth attached to a plastic/resin or metal base. It is removable, which makes cleaning much easier.

A dental bridge is a fixed appliance. The “fake” tooth/teeth are adjoined by crowns that fit onto the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth. Bridges can feel more secure, but they may be harder for some people to clean.

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FAQs: Top Questions Asked by Patients About Dentures in Whittier

These are some of the most commonly asked questions we hear from patients.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Even the best-made, highest costing dentures won’t last forever. Typically, dentures need to be replaced every seven to ten years.

What Are Dentures Made of?

Complete dentures are made from a variety of materials including:

  • Resin
  • Acrylic
  • Porcelain
  • Nylon

If you have a partial denture, the framework can be made with these materials alone or with metal to add to the structure, stability, and strength of the partial denture.

Are Dentures or Denture Procedures Painful?

Some patients experience discomfort during extractions and some soreness afterward. Procedures for dentures – impressions and fittings – are not painful. Once you receive your dentures, it’s not uncommon to experience some soft tissue or jaw joint discomfort as your mouth adjusts to your new appliance. This typically only lasts a few weeks.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

The total cost of your dentures depends on the type of dentures you get. It is also dependent on your dental provider as different dentists charge different fees for their work (based on their education, expertise, whether they’re located in a rural area or a city, and their lab fees).

Typically, lower-cost options average about $500 per denture ($500 for the upper; $500 for the lower). In some cases, higher-end dentures can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.

Does Insurance Cover Dentures?

Yes, most dental insurance plans cover at least 50% of the cost of dentures. Some cover even more. To find out what your plan covers, contact your dental insurance provider directly. They can help you to understand exactly what they’re willing to cover (some companies have limitations and don’t cover dentures in all cases).

How Can I Pay for Dentures?

If you have dental insurance, you can pay your portion of the fee all at once or work out a payment plan with our practice.

If you don’t have dental insurance, you may be eligible for third-party financing. Again, our team will work with you to create manageable payment options.

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How Do I Care for My Dentures?

Like your natural teeth, proper hygiene and maintenance appointments can help your dentures function longer.

You should visit your dentist at least annually for an examination. Dr. Omid will want to evaluate the fit of your dentures and check the health of your soft tissues, jawbone, and jaw joints. If you have implant-supported dentures, you’ll also need to come in for professional dental cleanings. Our hygienist will clean any plaque or tartar buildup on the on the implants, which can be hard to remove on your own.

What can you do at home to care for and extend the life of your dentures?

  • Handle your dentures carefully to avoid dropping and cracking or breaking them
  • Using a soft denture brush, brush your dentures every day as you would your own teeth
  • Use special denture cleaner or mild dishwashing liquid to cleanse the dentures
  • Avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes as these can damage the dentures
  • Avoid abrasive toothpaste
  • When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them moist (kept in water, a cleaning solution, or wrapped in a wet cloth or paper towel) to avoid drying them out and making them brittle
  • Avoid putting your dentures in hot water as this can melt/distort the denture material

Even Fully Edentulous Patients Can Get the Smile of Their Dreams

Just because you’re missing some or all of your teeth doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful smile. With the latest materials, techniques, and technology, your dental team can make a beautiful set of dentures that look natural. When you get your custom-made dentures, you’ll feel confident, secure, and ready to show off your gorgeous smile!

Are you ready to update your dentures? Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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