Dentures and Partial Dentures in La Jolla, CA

If you need to replace missing teeth, dentures in La Jolla, CA is a fast, affordable option worth considering. Harmony Dental Group offers a variety of denture designs to fit your lifestyle, cosmetic goals, and budget.

Dentures don’t just replace all of your missing teeth at one time. They also provide added reinforcement under your soft tissues, such as your lips and cheeks, to promote a more youthful profile after experiencing tooth loss. At Harmony Dental Group, we curate each custom denture to best reflect the personality and physical characteristics of our individual patients. That way, you can get on with life, enjoy a balanced diet, and feel great about the way you look.

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What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable artificial teeth and gums created by your dentist to replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. They will be custom designed to fit and look as natural as possible in your mouth.

Types of Dentures We Offer

Depending on how many missing teeth you have, you may choose from different types of denture designs. Some replace all of your teeth at once, while others fit in around the healthy teeth you still have. And in some cases, you can even wear dentures that snap on top of dental implants.

Full dentures - Plates

Full Dentures (“Plates”)

Conventional dentures are traditional prosthetics that replace all of your teeth in your upper or lower arch at one time. Sometimes called “plates,” these appliances rest directly on top of your gum tissue and replace your entire row of missing teeth. Upper dentures also have a shape that creates suction against the root of your mouth for added support. Denture candidates are already missing all of their teeth or need to have their remaining teeth removed, typically due to advanced decay or periodontal disease.

Partial dentures

Partial Dentures

Partials are a smaller type of denture that clips into place around your existing, healthy teeth. Wearing a partial prevents the need to remove healthy teeth and replaces all of the missing ones with a single appliance. Partials work well for individuals who may not qualify for dental bridges or implants

Implant supported dentures - Overdentures

Implant-Supported Dentures/Overdentures

Implant-stabilized dentures look like traditional dentures, except they have special locators underneath them that snap onto corresponding dental implants. In most cases, anywhere from 2-4 dental implants are needed. Overdentures are easy to clean and care for, and there’s no need for messy adhesives or pastes. They work well for people with bone loss or jaw shrinkage, as the implants provide added support to reinforce the denture throughout the day. Implant-supported dentures tend to be more comfortable and easier to eat with.

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If you are interested in a customizable natural-looking tooth replacement option, then call us today to learn more about dentures and partial dentures.

Adjusting to Your New Denture

If you’ve ever had to “break in” a new pair of leather boots, getting used to dentures is a similar process. The longer you wear them, the more comfortable they’ll begin to feel in your mouth. In the beginning, you’ll probably want to practice speaking in front of a mirror or taking smaller bites of food. After a few weeks, you should feel fairly confident in your denture.

Benefits of Dentures

Even with other types of tooth replacement treatments in La Jolla, dentures remain to be one of the most popular options available. Why? Because of how quickly they can be curated to the patient and their affordability. No matter how many missing teeth you have, dentures can enhance your quality of life and confidence, even if you’re on a tight budget.

Procedure Overview

The procedure for getting dentures is relatively simple but may take multiple appointments. First, your dentist in La Jolla takes a mold or scan of your gums and any remaining teeth. We will make a model of your mouth from this mold to create a denture that fits every small ridge and contour of your jawbone and gums. Your dentist will invite you back to try on your dentures and ensure they fit comfortably and securely. If the fit is good, you can start wearing your new dentures. If not, your dentist will make adjustments until they fit perfectly.

How to Care for Your New Dentures

Daily denture maintenance and home care can help you get the most out of your new appliance. The better you care for your dentures, the longer they’ll last. Here are some important guidelines to follow:

  • Never sleep in your denture. Remove it each night.
  • Soak your dentures in an approved denture solution as directed by our La Jolla dentist.
  • Every morning and evening, brush your dentures with a soft denture brush or toothbrush and lukewarm tap water.
  • Never use hot water to clean your denture, as high temperatures could cause warping in the acrylic.
  • Do not use bleach, abrasive pastes, or baking soda, as these can damage or scratch your denture and cause them to harbor bacteria.
  • Hold your denture over a towel when cleaning it. That way, if you accidentally drop it, it’s less likely to break.
  • Bring your denture with you to your regularly scheduled six-month checkups to have it evaluated.

If your denture rubs or feels uncomfortable, contact our La Jolla dentist. Occasional adjustments or denture relines are sometimes needed as your jaw shape is likely to change over time.

At Harmony Dental Group, we offer beautiful, natural, and custom well-fitted dentures to replace your missing teeth and improve your health and appearance.

Cost of Dentures

The affordable price of dentures makes them an excellent choice to replace missing teeth (especially when you’re working with a tight budget.) Most insurance plans will also cover at least a portion of the denture cost. Depending on the type of denture you choose and the materials used, average denture prices tend to vary between $300 to $1800 per appliance. Implant-supported dentures do cost more than traditional “plates,” as implant installation is also required.

Affordable La Jolla Dentures

Harmony Dental Group provides clear-cut pricing on dentures and all dental services, eliminating the guesswork for our patients. When you visit our La Jolla, CA dentist, we’ll create a custom treatment plan that outlines your denture procedures, any necessary adjunctive services, and your estimated insurance benefits. We also offer affordable pricing on all denture treatments. Call us today to reserve your no-obligation denture consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does it feel like to get a new denture?

If it’s your first time wearing a denture, it may feel a bit bulky at first (after all, there’s a layer of acrylic over your gum tissues.) By wearing your denture all day, every day, most people adjust to their new prosthesis within a few weeks.

Which dentures are best?

If it’s your first time wearing a denture, it may feel a bit bulky at first (after all, there’s a layer of acrylic over your gum tissues.) By wearing your denture all day, every day, most people adjust to their new prosthesis within a few weeks.

Can I sleep with my dentures in my mouth?

No. Wearing dentures when you sleep can lead to accelerated bone loss (causing ill-fitting dentures,) sore spots, infections, and reduce the lifespan of your appliance.

Definition of common dentures terminology

Denture Base: The part of the denture that holds the artificial teeth and fits over the gums.

Overdenture: An overdenture is a removable prosthesis that covers and rests on one or more natural teeth or dental implants.

Partial Dentures: A partial denture is a removable artificial replacement tooth that restores one or a few missing teeth in a person’s mouth.

Arch: Term used to refer to an upper or lower denture.

The Harmony Dental Group Experience

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Helpful links: WebMD (Dentures) | ADA (Glossary of Dental Terms)