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We offer multiple options for full and partial dentures.

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About Dentures

Results and Testimonials

Explore Denture Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Dentures?

For those who are seeking the lowest cost teeth replacement option or for whom dental implants are not an option, conventional dentures offer an improved quality of life.

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

How can we make our dentures so inexpensive?

At Tacoma Dentures and Implants, we have a denture lab in-house! This lets us eliminate the need for an outside denture lab and their marked up prices. Other competing dental practices will charge 2-4 times as much as we do. Not to mention these offices can take weeks or even months to get the dentures when we can do it all in as little as one day. We also have more experience than other offices because we limit our services to dentures and implants.

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

Advantages of Conventional Dentures

  • Enhanced confidence | Fantastic looks and a new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer incredible looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • Facial Support | Dentures help to fill back out areas of the face which may have sunken following tooth loss.
  • Better nutrition | Enhanced chewing ability leads to improved digestion and better nutrition.
  • Budget-Friendly | Dentures are the most affordable 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 enjoy more of the foods you love and smile and laugh with friends and family.

Advantages of Immediate Dentures

  • You won’t need to go without teeth | Leave our clinic with completely new teeth the same day your old teeth are removed.
  • Helps control swelling
  • Helps control bleeding
  • Helps you start getting used to dentures immediately | The alternative is getting used to being toothless while your extraction sites heal, then still having to learn to function with dentures once you’ve recovered.

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 that are placed immediately after your natural teeth are taken out. These dentures help control swelling and bleeding by acting like bandages over the extraction sites.

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

The complete process typically takes 6 months, but may take longer for some patients.

  • Impressions will be taken before your procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your dentures are fabricated.
  • Procedure – your teeth are extracted and your 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 getting used to immediate dentures?

This experience is different for each 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 will be here for you through the entire process.

Some dentures look so fake. Will mine look that way?

Absolutely not. One of the common fears patients have is that their dentures won't look natural and people will know they're dentures. Our highly skilled lab team will make certain you don't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," simply beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How do dentures fit?

Denture fit mostly depends on the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures tend to fit rather well, acting like a suction cup against the roof of the mouth. Full bottom dentures tend to feel loose and have an inclination to "float" in your mouth since your tongue and cheeks are constantly working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend dental implants with lower dentures.

How do I chew with my 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 this normal?

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

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

This is normal with immediate dentures. Your gums and jaws will shrink down after extractions. This leaves space between the gums and dentures. 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 will have certain spots that rub slightly and create sore spots. During the denture adjustment, we will target 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 completely normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should be expected.

Will I be charged for denture adjustments?

We provide denture adjustments at no charge for the first 6 months after delivery of your final teeth or permanent hard reline. After this time, there is a small fee to adjust your 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 wearing them

What should I use to clean the dentures?

  • Either antibacterial hand soap or denture cleaner 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 remove my dentures when I sleep?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures before sleeping and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to "relax" and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you naturally grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

No! Do not boil the dentures to clean them. The heat can warp your dentures. If this happens, you will have to replace them.

Can my dentures get damaged?

Yes, the dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. While these materials are quite strong, they can become damaged. Be careful not to drop them, especially onto hard surfaces such as porcelain sinks, tile floors, 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 enjoy chewing on dentures and can often damage them irreparably very quickly. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary some, you should expect mild soreness and some swelling after your procedure. Many patients return the following day for their follow-up examination reporting very little soreness. You will be prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is perfectly 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. The increased salivation should decrease within a few days.

Can I be put under for my procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. This medication will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver both ways for your 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 and a 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 ability 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 offer better wear resistance, enhanced stain resistance, and longer warranties as you go up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my new teeth right away?

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

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

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

Can food get beneath 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 it is to clean them. Just remove them; clean your gums and the denture(s); and put them back in.

How much time should I take off work for recovery after any extractions?

Usually 4-7 days is enough time to recover. That being said, since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to become accustomed to speaking and eating with your dentures, the longer you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

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

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not only for senior citizens. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, even 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your overall health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be 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 which covers roof of the mouth) removed from my denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Removing this also removes a great deal 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 stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after your procedure. Additionally, you will most likely have increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this increased saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like a lot of blood. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

An old home remedy that still works quite well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a standard tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags 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 make my gums sore, can this be improved?

There are multiple reasons that can lead to sore gums: high pressure spots, movement of the denture(s), and just plain old wearing of the dentures.

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and typically just require simple adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums over time. Securing the dentures with implants can greatly reduce this issue.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a wonderful substitution for missing teeth, but they can still aggravate your mouth after a long day. Consider scheduling time to remove your dentures and give your gums a chance to "rest."

 

Will my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive can also be useful for some patients.

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

Dental implants often provide the stability you need. Click here for more info.

Can I remove immediate dentures?

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

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