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Dentures - Culver City Dentist United Dental Care, CA

Statista states denture usage in the US is projected to increase from 40 million in 2020 to 43.46 million in 2022. That’s nearly the same number as California’s current population, around 39 million.
That means dentures are more common than you think!

So, dentures would be a perfect option if you’re suffering from tooth loss and looking for a budget-friendly restorative dental treatment. At Culver City Dentist United Dental Care, we’ll answer all your questions regarding your partial denture needs.


“Should I be ashamed of dentures?”

Our dentists get that question a lot from people. But our response is always the same:

No. There’s nothing to be ashamed of wearing dentures. The chances are out of ten people you know, two or three of them have false teeth or a dental appliance. Here are the things you need to learn about partial dentures.



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What are dentures?

Dentures are removable dental appliances that prosthodontists (or general dentists) recommend as replacements for lost or removed teeth. Having false teeth is a cheaper alternative to getting dental implants. Although they may appear less reliable and aesthetically pleasing than their pricier counterparts, dentures are still a reliable dental restoration option. On top of that, they look natural.

Dentures can cost anywhere from $300 to $8,000. The price depends on material quality, the number and location of teeth, and the type of denture you acquire.

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different types of dentures
Types of Dentures
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What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Losing teeth can affect not only your oral health but also your confidence. A study even found that tooth loss causes a significant impact on adolescents’ psychosocial behavior.

So, don’t let the stigma of wearing dentures keep you from regaining your smile and self-esteem.

Let our denture expert at Culver City Dentist United Dental Care do the work and give you those natural-looking teeth.

With your artificial teeth in place, you’ll get that instant morale boost. But not the only benefit of having dentures. It can also help you:

  • Reduce the risk of developing further dental problems such as gum disease
  • Keep your facial shape and muscle from sagging
  • Maintain your normal speech pattern and ability
  • Eat more comfortably
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What are the four types of dentures?

1. Complete dentures
It is a full set of replacement teeth that covers one arc of teeth connected to the upper jaw or the lower jaw. It can be conventional dentures made when the gums have begun to heal after tooth removal or immediate complete dentures made in advance so you can position and use them after they remove your teeth.

2. Partial denture (or removable partial denture)
One or more false teeth are molded together to replace several missing teeth. It receives support from underlying tissues and some of the patient’s remaining natural teeth. It is removable so that you can clean it with ease.

3. Fixed bridge (or fixed partial denture)
Fixed bridges or dental bridges are permanent restorations that can replace one or two missing teeth. Bridges are composed of two porcelain crowns holding pontics or artificial teeth. They can be made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.

4. Dental Implants
An implant-supported denture (implant) is a false tooth surgically anchored in your jawbone with a metal screw-like post serving as an alternative to a tooth root. Over time, the post will integrate with your bone and provide stable support for the artificial teeth.

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different types of dentures

Type of Denture Material Longevity Cost in Range
Complete Dentures Acrylic resin
Porcelain
Cast metal
Plastic
Polymers
5 to 10 years $300 to $8,000
Partial Dentures Acrylic resin
Porcelain
Cast metal
Plastic
Polymers
5 to 15 years $500 to $1,800
Fixed bridge Porcelain
Ceramics
Zirconium
Metals (e.g., gold)
5 to 7 years $500 to $4,500
Dental Implant Titanium
Zirconium
Porcelain
20 to 30 years $1,500 to $6,000
Note: The lifespan of your dentures still depends on how you use and take care of them.

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Here are some scenarios where we recommend a specific type of denture.

Complete denture
When you do not have any natural teeth in either the lower or upper jaws.

Partial denture
If you only lost a few of your natural teeth.

Fixed bridge
When the goal is to fill the gap caused by losing a tooth between two natural teeth.

Dental Implant
In circumstances where you only lose one or more teeth, and you do not want to have a removable type of denture. (It is also required that the patient have healthy gums and enough jawbone to hold the implant.)

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In determining what dentures best suit your need, we at the Culver City Dentist United Dental Care will examine your teeth and current oral health. Here’s how we conduct the process:

Step 1: Dental examination
We will carefully examine your mouth to see if there are any dental issues that may hinder the denture process or if any teeth need to be extracted. We may need to take dental X-rays, dental impressions, or other records that allow us to see your oral structures in greater detail. This part is important because it is where we determine the best type of denture for you.

Step 2: Making the dentures
To ensure that the denture will be properly fitted, our dentist will take a mold of your teeth and measurement that will be sent to our dental lab to build the denture to the same specification.

Step 3: Fitting the dentures
Generally, it takes six to eight weeks after tooth extraction for a denture to be placed. Once the denture is done, we will bring the patient in and see if the denture fits perfectly and if he can use it without pain or any issues. If necessary, we will do some adjustments during the appointment or in the following week or months if some issues arise.

Step 4: Adapting to dentures
Science nowadays makes it possible to produce a denture that is almost identical to your natural teeth. This allows you to adapt to your denture with ease. If you feel any pain while wearing your dentures, you can go back to our clinic to check what we can do to maximize their comfort.

Remember, though, that getting comfortable with your new dentures can take some time. Your gums and muscles will need to get used to the feel of the dentures. You may also need to use extra caution when eating and avoid gum or sticky foods until you become more comfortable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the information you're looking for? We've shared some of our most frequently asked questions to help you out!

Generally, you should wear your dentures for six to eight hours a day. Doing so will help your gums and jawbone adjust to your dentures.

Wearing dentures is not without its issues. Nonetheless, these problems are common and can be easily addressed by your dentist. These issues include:


• Irritation or soreness

• Problem with speaking or eating

• Slipping

After getting dentures, it usually takes 15 to 20 days before you can get the hang of eating solid food. We advise you to cut them into bite-sized pieces until chewing becomes more manageable and comfortable.

Choosing which is better depends on several factors, such as price, preference, and oral health. 

Dentures are more affordable than implants, although the latter can function better. Implants are not also prone to slipping or other issues related to having dentures. Don’t worry. Our dental experts at Culver City Dentist United Dental Care will help you figure out the best option for you.

Here are some tips to extend the life of your denture.

• Remove the food debris and rinse your denture with warm water.

• Avoid using chemicals that are too harsh for the dentures such as whitening toothpaste and bleach-containing products.

• Soak your dentures in warm or cold water. Avoid using hot water.

• Don’t sleep wearing your dentures.

• Get regular check-ups to ensure proper denture fit.

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If you’re looking for the best dental clinic to fulfill your need for dentures,
don’t hesitate to call us at (310) 390-6000.

Otherwise, book an immediate consultation. Our experts are happy to attend to assist and provide you expert advice.