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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 patients who are seeking the most affordable teeth replacement option or who are not candidates for dental implants, traditional dentures can provide an improved quality of life.

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

How can we make our dentures so affordable?

At Santa Barbara Dentures and Implants, we have a denture lab right in our office! This lets us eliminate the need to use an outside denture lab and their higher prices. Many competing dental offices often charge 2-4 times as much as we do. Not to mention these offices often take weeks or even months to get your dentures when we can do it all in as little as one day. We also have more experience than other practices because we limit our services to only dentures and implants.

Our dentures begin as low as $2,000. Book a free consult today to get started on your new smile!

Benefits of Conventional Dentures

  • Improved confidence | Great looks and a completely new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures provide incredible looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • Facial Support | Dentures help fill out areas of the face that may have sunken following tooth loss.
  • Better nutrition | Enhanced chewing ability can lead to better digestion and improved nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace 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 your favorite foods and smile and laugh with friends and family.

Benefits of Immediate Dentures

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

$2,000

Single Denture

$4,000

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

Immediate Dentures

$2,000

Single Denture

$4,000

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 the natural teeth are removed. These dentures help control swelling and bleeding by acting like bandages over the extraction sites.

What process should I expect when getting immediate dentures?

This process often takes 6 months, but may take longer for some patients.

  • Impressions are taken before the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, the dentures are made.
  • 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?

The experience is different for each patient, but it does require practice and patience. Your mouth will be going through quite a lot of changes over the 6 month healing period. Remember, this will get easier with time and we will be here for you through the entire process.

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

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

How do dentures fit?

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

How do I chew with these new dentures?

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

I can’t taste as much with these dentures. Is this normal?

Yes, the palate of the complete 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. Your 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 implants. These help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re becoming loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how frequently will I need them?

New dentures often have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will find the spot(s) on your denture that are bothering 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 can be expected.

Is there a charge 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 period, there is a small fee to adjust the dentures.

How do I care for 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 do 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 when you sleep and also whenever possible throughout the day. This gives your gums time to “rest” and get natural, cleansing saliva flow to them. Also, if you commonly grind your teeth, removing your dentures will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Should I boil the dentures to clean them?

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

Can my dentures be damaged?

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

One of the most frequent ways dentures can be damaged beyond repair is when a dog (or sometimes cat) gets ahold of them. Pets and animals love to chew on dentures and can often damage them beyond repair quite fast. Be extra careful to put your dentures up where your pet can’t get to them.

If my dentures get damaged, are they repairable?

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

Can I expect pain after this procedure?

Though experiences will vary some, most patients can expect mild soreness and possible swelling after your procedure. Many patients come in the next day for their follow-up exam reporting minimal soreness. You will be prescribed pain medication to help alleviate 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 a foreign object and is working 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 use general anesthesia, we do, however, offer both oral & IV conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about the options. The medicine will help relax you and typically makes it so you don’t even remember the procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you to and from for this procedure, because of 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 patient.
  • 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 improved 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 between denture levels?

Our dentures provide 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 immediately?

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

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

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

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

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

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

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

What is a soft liner?

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

I feel like I’m too young for dentures?

No, this is not only for seniors. It’s actually very common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be extremely beneficial to your overall physical health, and being able to smile, laugh, and converse confidently with teeth you can be of can benefit your psychological 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 the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to stay. Cutting this out removes a great deal of stability and almost 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 will I bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will stop before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for a few days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice 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 you experience heavy bleeding, please call our office.

A home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and reduce bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the extra water, place it on the 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 make my gums sore, what can I do for this?

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

  • High pressure spots | these are normal with new dentures and often only require simple adjustments
  • Movement of the denture(s) | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Stabilizing your dentures with implants significantly reduces this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to your body. They are a fantastic substitution for missing teeth, but they can still irritate the body after a long day. Consider scheduling time to remove your dentures and give your gums a chance to "rest."

Can my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

I don't like having the roof of my mouth covered. What options do I have?

Dental implants can offer 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 by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not all patients will have natural suction with their top denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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