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About Dentures

Results and Testimonials

Explore Denture Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Dentures?

For people who are looking for the most affordable smile replacement option or for whom dental implants are not an option, traditional dentures can provide a better quality of life.

With our on-site lab, we can offer our patients the best prices and, in some cases, same day denture services.

How are our dentures so budget friendly?

At St. Louis Dentures and Implants, we have a denture lab on-site! This lets us eliminate the need for an outside denture lab and their higher prices. Other traditional dental offices often charge 2-4 times as much as our office. Not to mention these offices can take weeks or even months to get the new teeth when we can do it all in just one day. We also have more experience than most offices because we limit our services to dentures and dental implants.

Our dentures start as low as $1,549. Schedule a free consult now to get started on your new smile!

Advantages of Traditional Dentures

  • Improved confidence | Great looks and a completely new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures provide great looks and are easily customized for each individual.
  • Facial Support | Dentures help fill out areas of the face that may have sunken after tooth loss.
  • Better nutrition | Improved chewing ability leads to better digestion and improved nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most cost-effective method of replacing a full arch (upper or lower) or a full set of teeth.
  • Improve quality of life | enjoy an improved quality of life with the ability to eat more of the foods you love and laugh and smile with family and friends.

Advantages of Immediate Dentures

  • No need to go without teeth | Leave our office with new teeth the same day your natural teeth are removed.
  • Helps control swelling
  • Helps control bleeding
  • Helps you start getting used to dentures immediately | The alternative is going toothless while your extraction sites heal, and then having to learn to function with dentures once you’re healed.

Traditional/Immediate Dentures vs. Snap-In Implant Dentures

Life-Changing Results

Same-day smiles from actual patients

Denture Cost

Price does not include tooth extractions.

Traditional Dentures

$1,549

Single Denture

$3,098

Denture Set
Most life-like appearance
Exceptional wear and stain resistance
5 year warranty

Immediate Dentures

$1,749

Single Denture

$3,498

Denture Set
Most life-like appearance
Exceptional wear and stain resistance
5 year warranty

Frequently Asked Questions

What are immediate dentures?

As the name implies, immediate dentures are those which are placed immediately after the natural teeth are taken out. They help control swelling and bleeding; they act like bandages over the extraction sites.

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

The complete process often takes 6 months, but can take longer for some patients.

  • Impressions will be taken before your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the dentures are fabricated.
  • Procedure – your teeth are extracted and the new teeth are placed.
  • Series of soft liners (soft re-fittings) over 6 month healing period.
  • Final re-fit (processed hard reline) at end of 6 month healing period.

What is it like to get used to immediate dentures?

This experience will be different from patient to patient, but it does require patience and practice. Your mouth will be going through significant changes over the 6 month healing phase. Remember, this will get easier with time and we are here for you through the entire process.

My friend's dentures look so fake. Will mine look that way?

Absolutely not. A common fear patients have is that their dentures won't look natural and people will know they are dentures. Our talented lab team will make sure you won't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," simply beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How will dentures fit?

The fit of dentures mostly depends upon the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures tend to fit relatively well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full lower dentures tend to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in the mouth since your cheeks and tongue are constantly working to dislodge them. It's for this reason that we strongly recommend dental implants with bottom dentures.

How will I chew with these new dentures?

Cut your food into small pieces, chew small bites, and chew with food on both sides of your mouth to even out your bite.

I can’t taste as much with my dentures. Is that common?

Yes, the palate of the complete top denture covers the taste buds on the roof of the mouth reducing your taste sensitivity.

The bottom denture is difficult to function with. Is this common?

Yes, lower dentures are more difficult to function with than upper dentures. The tongue and cheeks moving push and pull on the bottom denture and dislodge it. Speak with the doctor to see if you’re a candidate for lower dental implants. They help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

This is common with immediate dentures. Your jaws and gums will shrink down after extractions. This leaves a gap between your dentures and gums. We place soft liners in your dentures to fill in this extra space. This should help your dentures fit and feel better as you heal.

What are denture adjustments and how often are they needed?

New dentures can have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will find the spot(s) on your denture that are irritating you, decrease the amount of pressure apply to the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is perfectly normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should be expected.

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

Our office provides denture adjustments free of charge for the first 6 months after receiving your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

  • Clean your dentures daily with antibacterial hand soap and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush
  • Store them in water when not in use

What do I use to clean my dentures?

  • Either denture cleaner or antibacterial hand soap and either a denture brush or a very soft bristled tooth brush. Scrub them at least once a day
  • Soak them in a denture cleanser (optional)
  • Ultrasonic cleaner

Should I take my dentures out when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures when you sleep and also whenever you can throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you're a teeth grinder, removing your dentures will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil your dentures to clean them. The heat can warp your dentures. If this happens, they will need to be replaced.

Can my dentures be damaged?

Yes, the dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. Although these materials are very strong, they can be damaged. Be careful to not drop your dentures, especially onto hard surfaces like quartz countertops, ceramic tiles, etc.

One of the most common ways dentures are damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Animals and pets love to chew on dentures and have been known to damage them beyond repair very quickly. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures are damaged, can they be repaired?

Yes, in most cases they can. One of the great features of acrylic dentures is the affordability and ease of repairing them compared to other materials. And in most cases, repairs can be finished the same day.

Is there pain after this procedure?

Though your experience may vary some, most patients can expect some soreness and slight swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up examination reporting very little discomfort. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

This is completely normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your body senses it as foreign material and is trying to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should subside within a few days.

Can I be put to sleep for my procedure?

Our office does not currently use general anesthesia, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. The medication will help to relax you and typically makes it so you don’t remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can pick it up at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways for this procedure, due to the sedation medication. You MUST NOT operate a motor vehicle or any machinery after taking your medication.

What are full dentures?

Full dentures are dentures that replace all of your natural teeth in either the upper arch, lower arch, or both.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are dentures that replace some of your missing teeth in an arch. They typically attach to the surrounding, natural teeth for stability and support.

What are the advantages of dentures?

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks with your new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures provide great looks and are easily customized for each individual.
  • Facial support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face that have sunken in following tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | Better chewing leads to better digestion and better nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace a full arch (upper or lower) or an entire mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences in your denture levels?

Our dentures provide better wear resistance, better stain resistance, and longer warranties as you move up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my dentures immediately?

Just like you would need practice in order to get used to functioning with a prosthetic leg, it will require some practice and patience to become used to your new teeth. Patience and practice are the keys to improving with your new dentures as fast as you can.

Will I automatically know how to speak with my prosthetic teeth right away?

Again, this will take some time, but with a little practice and patience, your mouth and tongue will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the trickiest to pronounce. Practicing words like "sarcastic" and "stupendous" will help you get accustomed to your prosthetic teeth. In some cases, patients may experience a slight lisp long-term with dentures.

Can food get under my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in your mouth will get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy they are to clean. Simply remove them; clean your gums and the denture(s); and put them back in.

How long should I take off work for recovery after my extractions?

Typically 4-7 days is enough time for recovery. That being said, since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you will need to get used to speaking and eating with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What is a soft liner?

A soft liner is a cushion that is placed inside your denture throughout your healing process. It fills in the spaces that are created as you heal helping your dentures to feel and fit better.

Am I too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be very beneficial to your long-term health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you’re proud of can benefit your emotional health.

What items should I have ready for after my procedure?

  • ice packs
  • wash cloths you don’t mind throwing away
  • comfortable clothes you don’t mind throwing away
  • soft foods such as:
  • soups
  • yogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • eggs
  • mashed potatoes (gravy optional)

Can I have the palate (middle portion that covers roof of your mouth) removed from my denture?

The majority of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Cutting this out removes a lot of security and nearly all of your natural suction. A portion of the palate may be removed for patients who have denture implants.

What are tori? Do they need to be removed?

Tori are bony knots that develop in the mouth of many patients. They are not harmful, however, they can prevent your denture(s) from fitting comfortably, so your doctor will often recommend having them removed.

How long can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Substantial bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, you can expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. Additionally, you'll most likely see increased salivation when we first put your temporary teeth in. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

A home remedy that still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the extra water, place it on your extraction site (or sites), and the tea will help you clot. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as you need.

My dentures are making my gums sore, can this be improved?

There are multiple reasons which can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of your denture(s), and just ordinary wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically just require slight adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Securing the dentures with dental implants significantly reduces this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a fantastic substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate the body after a long day. Consider scheduling time to take your dentures out and give your gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

Yes, it is possible. Dental implants often give the stability that is missing with dentures alone. Click here for more info.

Denture adhesive may also be useful for some patients.

I can’t stand having something covering the roof of my mouth. What options do I have?

Dental implants can provide the stability you want. Click here for more info.

Are immediate dentures removable?

Yes, these can be removed. They come in and out of the mouth and are kept secure either through natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not everyone will have natural suction with their upper denture for a number of reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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