Durham Dentures

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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 looking for the lowest cost smile replacement option or for whom dental implants are not an option, conventional dentures can provide an improved 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 inexpensive?

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

Our dentures start as low as $1,549. Book a free consultation today to get started on your new smile!

Advantages of Traditional Dentures

  • Enhanced confidence | Great looks and a brand new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures provide great looks and are easily customized for each patient.
  • Facial Support | Dentures help fill out areas of the face that have sunken after tooth loss.
  • Better nutrition | Improved chewing ability leads to better digestion and improved nutrition.
  • Budget-Friendly | Dentures are the most cost-effective way to replace a full arch (upper or lower) or a full mouth of teeth.
  • Higher quality of life | enjoy an improved quality of life with the ability to enjoy more of your favorite foods and smile and laugh with friends and family.

Advantages of Immediate Dentures

  • No need to go without teeth | Leave our clinic with 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 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 that are placed immediately after the natural teeth are removed. These dentures help control swelling and bleeding by acting like bandages over your extraction sites.

What process can I expect when getting immediate dentures?

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

  • Impressions will be taken before the procedure with your natural teeth still present. From these impressions, your dentures are fabricated.
  • Procedure – your teeth will be 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 these dentures?

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

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

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 sure you don't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How do dentures fit?

Denture fit mostly depends upon the anatomy of the one wearing them. Full upper dentures usually fit rather well, acting as a suction cup against the roof of your mouth. Full lower dentures tend to feel loose and have a tendency to "float" in your mouth since your cheeks and tongue are continually working to dislodge them. It is for this reason that we strongly encourage dental implants with bottom dentures.

How do I chew with the new dentures?

Cut your food into smaller 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 that normal?

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

My bottom denture is difficult to chew and speak with. Is this normal?

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 your doctor to see if you’re a candidate for lower dental implants. They can help tremendously with lower denture fit and function.

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

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

What are denture adjustments and how frequently are they needed?

New dentures can have certain spots that rub slightly and can cause sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will pinpoint 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?

Our office provides denture adjustments free of 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 your dentures.

How do I care for my dentures?

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

What should I use to clean the dentures?

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

Should I take my dentures out before bed?

Yes, we do recommend removing your dentures before sleeping 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, taking your dentures out will help you increase their functional life significantly.

Can 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, they will need to be replaced.

Can the dentures be damaged?

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

One of the most frequent 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 the dentures are 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 many cases, repairs are be completed the same day.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

While experiences will vary some, most patients should expect mild discomfort and possibly swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little soreness. All patients are prescribed medication for pain to help reduce any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

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

Can I be put under for the procedure?

We do not currently put patients to sleep, we do, however, provide both IV and oral conscious sedation. Click here to learn more about your options. The medication will provide relaxation and often makes it so you won't remember the procedure. For this, the doctor writes you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have a driver to and from for your 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 advantages can I expect from 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 | Improved 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 a complete mouth of teeth.
  • Improved quality of life

What are the differences in your denture levels?

Our dentures offer improved wear resistance, better stain resistance, and longer warranties as you go up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my dentures right away?

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

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

Again, this will take a little time, but with a little patience and practice, your tongue and mouth will adjust quickly. "S’s" will be the toughest to pronounce. Practicing words like "stupendous" and "Mississippi" can help you get accustomed 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 the mouth can get some amount of food under it. The convenient thing about dentures is how easy they are to clean. Simply take them out; clean the denture(s) and your gums; and place them back in.

How long should I take off work to recover after any extractions?

Generally 4-7 days is enough time to recover. That being said, as there is always a chance of bruising and swelling, and you’ll need to get used 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 your healing process. It fills in the spaces that are created as you heal helping your dentures to fit and feel better.

Am I too young for dentures?

No, this is not just a procedure for the elderly. It’s actually quite common for people in their 40s, 30s, and 20s to need to replace their teeth. Replacing bad teeth can be immensely beneficial to your long-term physical health, and having the ability 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 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 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 will I 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 the procedure. In addition, you'll most likely see increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this extra saliva mixes with a little blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If you experience heavy bleeding, please call the office.

A home remedy which still works really well to help clotting and stop bleeding is the use of tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, place it on the extraction site (or sites), and the bags will help you heal. Multiple tea bags can be used if needed. Replace the tea bags if they get saturated with blood. The process can be repeated as many times as needed.

My dentures make my gums sore, can this be improved?

There are multiple things which can lead to sore gums: high 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 slight adjustments
  • Denture movement | this can rub sores on the gums gradually. Securing the dentures with implants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign to the body. They can be a fantastic replacement for missing teeth, but they can still irritate your mouth after a long day. Consider planning time to remove your dentures and give your gums a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures rock?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

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

Dental implants often 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 multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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