Full & Partial Dentures – Torrance, CA
Giving You a Full Smile
Dentures are a natural-looking option for replacing several or a whole row of missing teeth. They are prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base, and a full or partial denture can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence following tooth loss. Dr. Hamzehpour and Dr. Galvan provide beautiful, strong, and custom-made full and partial dentures in Torrance, CA.
When Dentures Are Needed
A denture is a crucial next step following the loss of multiple teeth. When you are missing just a few teeth, their replacement may not seem all that urgent -- but your smile needs all of the teeth to function properly. Even just one missing tooth can cause real problems, allowing the remaining teeth to drift out of place or increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. The painful jaw condition known as TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is also associated with untreated tooth loss. In short, do not put off seeking a replacement with dentures!
Benefits of Dentures
If you decide to move forward with dentures, you can expect an array of benefits, some of which include:
- Increased comfort because of their customized fit
- Natural in appearance, allowing you to feel more confident about the way you look
- Greater functionality that allows you to enjoy the foods you love without worrying about slippage or your denture falling out
- Clearer speech
- Avoid many of the side effects that can come with missing teeth and bone resorption (i.e. facial collapse, sagging)
Your Denture Options
Considered a versatile treatment option for individuals missing teeth, dentures are a tried and true solution that can give you a more complete, functional appearance. Whether you choose full, partial, or implant-retained dentures, our team will help you determine which one is right for you.
Full or complete dentures replace a full row of missing teeth in the top or bottom jaw. Typically made from an acrylic, gum-colored base and porcelain teeth, full dentures take on a natural appearance, making it less noticeable to others when wearing one. When not held in place by dental implants, a full denture is secured by your natural suction or with the help of a denture adhesive. Full dentures are removable for easy cleaning.
A partial denture fills the gaps in a smile when one or more natural teeth are still present in the gum line. When not supported by dental implants, a partial denture is also called a fixed bridge. This method uses the two teeth surrounding the gap as anchors. A dental crown is placed on each natural tooth, and the prosthetic teeth fill in the space between. A fixed bridge cannot be removed. It restores the smile’s function and prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.
Patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider an implant-retained denture. Implant dentistry provides unmatched stability for your tooth replacement, promoting better oral health, and restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence.
Dental implants enjoy a success rate of more than 95% for eligible patients, but not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Successful dental implant surgery and recovery requires a strong, sturdy jawbone. Bone augmentation procedures may be necessary to strengthen the jaw before implantation. A patient should also be in good oral and overall health before getting dental implants. Diseases that affect the immune system, like diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and advanced-stage cancers also affect the eligibility for dental implants.
Cost of Dentures
Because no two patients or smiles are the same, it will require a variety of factors to determine how much you can expect to spend on your new smile. Some of these include:
- The type of denture you will be required to wear (i.e. full, partial, implant-retained). If you want to avoid surgery, traditional dentures are often more affordable than those secured by implants.
- The materials used to create your custom-made denture. Many are created using an acrylic base and porcelain teeth, but it’s important that you discuss the options with your dentist, as some materials are more costly and durable than others.
- How much your dental insurance provider is willing to cover. Most plans do incorporate some form of coverage for dentures; however, if you prefer the implant-retained denture, you may need to inquire about additional payment methods in case your insurer does not cover implants.
No matter the cost of your treatment, our team at Blue Coast Dental Group will help you navigate your financial obligations. Apart from the insurance providers we are in-network with, we also work closely with CareCredit financing to provide patients with a way to break up the cost of treatment into more manageable monthly payments.
What Are the Stages of Receiving Dentures?
When it comes to receiving your finalized denture, you’ll need to remember that it takes time to ensure it is made correctly and comfortably. From the initial consultation with a member of our dental team to the impressions taken of your smile to the fabrication and final adjustments needed to make your restoration look and feel natural, each stage incurs a separate fee. Fortunately, our team is here to help you plan the cost of your treatment every step of the way.
If you are planning to move forward with implant-retained dentures, the process requires additional time because of the potential pre-implant dental work you might need. If you require a bone graft, tooth extraction, or periodontal therapy, you can expect these procedures to incur additional time and money toward the overall cost of treatment.
Are Dentures Worth the Investment?
Without a doubt, dentures are well worth the investment. Dentures offer patients like yourself a chance to embrace a more vibrant and functional smile. No matter if you need a full denture, partial, or implant-retained denture, you can expect to enjoy a better quality of life with your new restoration. Apart from your improved aesthetics and boosted confidence, you’ll be able to perform some of the most basic tasks each day (i.e., eating, chewing, speaking) and no longer worry about missing out on your favorite foods or family gatherings.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?
Most dental insurance companies offer coverage for prosthetics like dentures. Often viewed as a major restorative service, they may pay up to 50% of the total cost of treatment, but this is largely determined by whether you’ve met your deductible and how much of your annual maximum remains.
Once our team has compiled the various factors to create a formal estimate for your treatment, we will help make affordable dentures a reality by filing any paperwork and claims on your behalf. Should you be required to pay any remaining balance after filing with your insurance company, you can take advantage of flexible financing through CareCredit. This third-party financier offers low-to-no interest payment plans to help your stay well within your budget.
It is important to know that if you choose to move forward with implant-retained dentures, there is a good chance your insurance company will not cover the cost of treatment. Because these are still viewed by many insurers as a “need” and not a “medical necessity,” you may be expected to seek alternative ways to pay for your treatment. Whether it is through CareCredit, credit card, or cash, we can help you get the care you need.
Dentures – FAQs
Are you ready to restore your full, healthy, beautiful smile? Our team at Blue Coast Dental are the professionals to trust with dentures. If you’d like a bit more information before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hamzehpour and Dr. Galvan, feel free to keep reading for the answers to the most frequently asked questions we get from patients. However, if you have a specific question on your mind, don’t hesitate to contact our office so our knowledgeable staff can help!
Do I Brush Dentures Like Regular Teeth?
Yes and no. Cleaning dentures is similar in that they should be brushed after each meal to remove food particles, plaque, and debris. However, there are a few additional steps you need to take to keep them in pristine condition. First, you should use a denture-friendly toothpaste and toothbrush since traditional ones are too abrasive. Next, soak your dentures at night to keep them clean and prevent their shape from warping. Lastly, take special care to remove leftover adhesive, which can cling to the dentures even after they’ve been removed.
Will Dentures Change How I Speak?
Whether you have full, partial, or implant-retained dentures, it may take some time for your tongue to adjust and begin properly enunciating words again. Fortunately, you can expedite the process by reading a book or magazine out loud. Many patients find it is also helpful to repeat troublesome words over and over to adjust to the learning curve. If difficulty speaking is a result of movement, contact our office so we can have them adjusted.
Do I Still Need Checkups If I Don’t Have Any Natural Teeth?
Yes! Even if you are missing an entire arch of teeth, your mouth is continuing to change, which is why routine visits are so important. At your six-month appointment, our team will conduct an exam to ensure your oral health is in good condition, take X-rays (if needed), and adjust your dentures for minimal movement. Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity for our team to answer any questions or concerns you have about caring for them properly.
Will My Dentures Need Adjusting?
Although dentures are a modern, life-like solution to tooth loss, they are currently unable to prevent your jawbone from deteriorating. Therefore, your dentures may become loose over time, resulting in movement while you eat, chew, or laugh. Attempting to fix them on your own can lead to significant damage and potentially harm your teeth and gums, which is why you should always call our office first. At your appointment, we can adjust them accordingly so you can enjoy your life without worrying about your dentures!
Let’s Get Started Today!
No one should live with tooth loss, and your dentist in Torrance at Blue Coast Dental Group can replace your teeth with a beautiful full or partial denture. Contact our dental office to get started today!