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Full & Partial Dentures in Pasadena

Older female dental patient with beautiful smile

A complete smile is an essential element of long-term health. Missing teeth negatively impact your smile’s appearance and can decrease quality of life — and many patients are surprised to learn that people with missing teeth don’t live as long as those with a complete, healthy smile. To give you the strong, beautiful smile that you deserve after tooth loss, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Revel, and Dr. Lowry design and fit natural-looking dentures at Pasadena Family Dentistry.

What Are Dentures?

A denture is a replacement for missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Designed to look just like your natural smile, a denture is made out of ceramic or acrylic teeth set into a base with a metal frame covered in plastic that closely resembles your gum tissue.

Your Options in Dentures

You have three main options in dentures, and the one that is right for you depends on the extent of your tooth loss, your budget, and the state of your oral and overall health.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer a number of significant benefits:

Candidates for Dentures

The vast majority of individuals who have suffered significant tooth loss are candidates for dentures.

Adjusting to Life With Dentures

When you first receive your prosthesis, it might take you a few days to get used to it. Wear your denture as much as you can during this adjustment period so you can practice speaking and eating. You might want to stick to consuming soft foods for a time until you get the hang of chewing with your new teeth. Also note that you might produce extra saliva at first; you can cope with this by sipping plenty of water and sucking on sugar-free candy to encourage regular swallowing.

Of course, if you run into any significant problems or you have any questions about how to get used to your dentures, feel free to call us — we’re always happy to help!

Caring for Your Denture

When you receive your denture, we will talk you through maintenance steps to ensure you care for your new teeth properly. Non-implant dentures will need to be replaced every five to seven years to ensure they continue to fit well. Dentures that are retained by dental implants require fewer adjustments and relines.

Clean your denture at least daily, and make sure you brush and remaining teeth as well as your gums, tongue, and soft tissues with a soft-bristled toothbrush to reduce bacteria buildup and keep your smile healthy.

Do not expose your denture to hot water; doing so could cause it to warp and lose its fit. Notify your dentist as soon as possible if your denture breaks, becomes loose, or if you notice oral sores.

The Cost of Dentures

The cost of your dentures in Pasadena will depend on several factors, including the specific type of denture you are receiving and the material used to make the teeth. For example, a full set of dentures cost more than partials, implant-retained dentures cost more than non-implant dentures, and porcelain teeth comes with a higher price than acrylic. On average, dentures tend to cost at least a few hundred dollars (implant-retained dentures may cost thousands). When you come to our office for your denture consultation, we’ll crunch some numbers with you and work with your insurance company to help you fit your new smile into your budget.

Need High-Quality Tooth Replacement? Talk to Us Today!

If you are dealing with a loose or ill-fitting denture, or if you would like to benefit from the very best in tooth replacement, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your dentist in Pasadena. We’ll always take your unique needs into consideration to design a completely custom dental solution! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.