Traditional & Implant-Support Dentures in Los Angeles, CA
Full dentures replace all missing teeth on the upper or lower arch, and partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth on one arch. Dr. Latner often designs esthetic, custom-fitted dentures to help patients reclaim their quality of life through total oral function and beauty.
Full dentures are secured with adhesive or natural suction, while partials rely on clasps connected to adjacent teeth for stability. In some cases, particularly with lower dentures, slippage or looseness becomes a problem. Dr. Latner may recommend mini-dental implants or traditional dental implants to hold a denture securely in place.
When appropriate, Dr. Latner suggests traditional dental implants for denture retention. Various styles of denture-retaining implants are available, such as the four-post solution or the bar-clip solution. Dr. Latner will review your options and help you determine which is best for your unique case.
Mini Dental Implants
If sufficient bone tissue is present, Dr. Latner can insert small posts into the sockets left by a few missing teeth. These posts are called mini dental implants, and they secure a denture, which snaps into place. Mini implants do not require true dental surgery. They are designed to be inserted in Dr. Latner's office during a simple and quick procedure. Your bone tissue will fuse to the mini dental implants to form a solid foundation for your denture or partial.
Our patients love implant-retained dentures because they eliminate the need for special cleaning routines, and they can last a lifetime. If you choose implant-retained dentures or partials, you will not need adhesives, suction, or clasps.
Benefits of Dentures
- Varied Diet: There are plenty of foods that you simply wouldn’t be able to eat without teeth, but fortunately dentures will let you continue to enjoy many of them.
- Improved Speech: The support of false teeth can help you speak more clearly.
- Enhanced Appearance: Obviously, a full set of teeth makes for a much better smile that you can be proud to show off. Also, full dentures can give your facial muscles the support they might lack after tooth loss.
- Custom-Made: To make sure they’re as comfortable and functional as possible, each set of dentures is uniquely designed to fit in your mouth.
- Removable: Traditional full and partial dentures can be taken out of the mouth for thorough cleanings.
- Long-Lasting: Dentures can typically last for about ten years, and they can be adjusted and repaired during this time to extend their lifespan as much as possible.
Did you know that there are dentures that can be used to only replace specific teeth? Partial dentures are designed to be used by patients with plenty of healthy teeth that nevertheless need to fill in the gaps in certain sections of their mouths. Like full dentures, partial dentures consist of false teeth and a base that sits directly on the gums; however, they’re supported and held in place by metal clasps that have been attached to healthy dental structures. They can sometimes be retained by implants, although this assumes that there’s currently plenty of bone tissue in your jawbone.
If you imagine a complete arch of artificial teeth whenever you hear the words “dentures”, you are specifically thinking about full dentures. The base of full dentures is colored so that it resembles the gum tissue, and the teeth are typically made out of porcelain or another material that closely resembles natural enamel. When the base is placed on the gums, it forms a natural seal that holds it in place, providing enough stability for you to chew and speak. If, for any reason, your dentures begin to slip, you can use a special kind of adhesive to help stabilize them. (Of course, this won’t be an issue at all if you receive dental implants.)
Cost of Dentures
How much will you end up paying for dentures? This is naturally a very important question, but unfortunately there’s no one correct answer. Full dentures are likely to have a different price than partial dentures; for the latter, the exact cost can vary quite a bit depending on your specific tooth loss. And if you decide to get dental implants, there will be several more factors that affect the cost, including the question of whether bone grafts or another kind of preparatory procedure will be necessary.
Once the final price has been determined, we’ll work with you to consider your financial situation so that you can plan the path towards paying for your new teeth. This might mean using dental insurance (which normally at least partially covers dentures), or we could help you apply for third party financing.