Dentures

We offer multiple options for full and partial dentures.

About Dentures

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Dentures

Results and Testimonials

Explore Denture Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are Dentures?

For people 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 in-house lab, we are able to offer our patients the best prices and, sometimes, same day denture services.

How can we make our dentures so budget friendly?

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

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

Advantages of Conventional Dentures

  • Improved confidence | Fantastic looks and a brand 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 which may have sunken after tooth loss.
  • Improved nutrition | Enhanced chewing ability can lead to better digestion and improved nutrition.
  • Affordability | Dentures are the most budget-friendly method of replacing a full arch (upper or lower) or a full mouth of teeth.
  • Higher quality of life | enjoy a higher quality of life by being able to enjoy more of your favorite foods and smile and laugh with family and friends.

Benefits of Immediate Dentures

  • No need to go without teeth | Leave our office with replacement teeth the same day your old 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, and then 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

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

What is the process of getting immediate dentures?

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

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

This experience is different for each patient, but it does require patience and practice. Your mouth will be going through quite a lot of changes over the 6 month healing period. Remember, it does 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 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 talented lab team will make sure you won't end up with "horse teeth" or "chiclets," just beautiful, natural-looking teeth. No one will know.

How do dentures fit?

The fit of dentures mostly depends upon the anatomy of the person wearing them. Full upper dentures often fit relatively well, acting like 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 lower dentures.

How do I chew with the new dentures?

Cut your food up into smaller 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 these dentures. Is this common?

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

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

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

My dentures feel like they’re getting loose?

This is normal with immediate dentures. Your gums and jaws will shrink down after extractions. This leaves space between the dentures and gums. We place soft liners in 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 often will I need them?

New dentures can have certain spots that rub slightly and create sore spots. During a denture adjustment, we will target the spot(s) on your denture that are bothering you, decrease the amount of pressure they put on the gums, and smooth them thoroughly. This is completely normal with all new dentures and one or more adjustments should 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 time, there is a small fee to adjust your dentures.

How do I take care of my dentures?

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

What should I use to clean my dentures?

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

Should I take my dentures out before bed?

Yes, we do recommend taking your dentures out when you sleep 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 commonly grind your teeth, taking your dentures out will help you increase their usable life significantly.

Can I boil my dentures to clean them?

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

Can the dentures get damaged?

Yes, your dentures are made from acrylic teeth and an acrylic base. While these materials are quite strong, they can become damaged. Be careful to not drop them, especially onto hard surfaces like 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. Pets and animals love to chew on dentures and can often damage them beyond repair quite fast. Be extra careful to put them up where your pet can’t reach them.

If the dentures get damaged, can they be repaired?

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

Can I expect pain after the procedure?

Though experiences will vary, you should expect some discomfort and some swelling afterwards. Many patients return the next day for their follow-up appointment reporting very little pain. All patients are prescribed pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort.

Why am I salivating (drooling) so much?

Excess saliva is completely normal when you first have an implant placed in your mouth. Your mouth senses it as a foreign object and is working to “flush” it out. This increased salivation should decrease within 2-3 days.

Can I be put to sleep for the procedure?

Our office does not currently put patients to sleep, however, we do provide both oral & IV conscious sedatives. Click here to learn more about the options. This medication will provide relaxation and typically makes it so you don’t even remember your procedure. For this, we write you a prescription, and you can fill it at your local pharmacy. NOTE: You MUST have someone driving you both ways 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?

  • Improved confidence | Great looks with your new smile.
  • Looks | Dentures offer 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 improved wear resistance, enhanced stain resistance, and longer warranties as you move up in levels.

Will I know how to eat with my dentures immediately?

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 your new teeth. Practice and patience are the keys to improving with your new dentures as quickly as you can.

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

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

Can food get beneath my dentures(s)?

Yes, any prosthetic in the 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 the denture(s) and your gums; and place them back in.

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

Of all the complete teeth replacement options, All-On-4 tends to have the shortest time required before returning to work. Generally 4-7 days is sufficient. That being said, since there is always a chance of swelling and bruising, and you’ll need to get used to speaking and eating with your new teeth, the longer you can take off, the better.

What are soft liners?

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.

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 even 20s to need their teeth replaced. Replacing bad teeth can be quite beneficial to your long-term health, and having the ability to laugh, converse, and smile 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 part that covers roof of your mouth) removed from the denture?

Most of the palate of the denture needs to remain. Removing this also removes a lot 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 can I expect to bleed after the procedure?

Significant bleeding will have stopped before you leave the clinic, however, expect to have some slight bleeding (oozing) for 1-3 days after the procedure. In addition, you will most likely notice increased salivation when we first place your temporary teeth. When this extra saliva mixes with a small amount of blood, it can look like more blood than it is. If heavy bleeding continues, please call the office.

An old home remedy which still works quite well to encourage clotting and stop bleeding is to use tea bags. Get a regular tea bag, get it damp, squeeze out the extra 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 become saturated with blood. This process can be repeated as many times as needed.

My dentures are making my gums sore, what can I do for this?

There are many reasons which can cause sore gums: higher pressure spots, movement of your denture(s), and just plain old 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 your gums over time. Securing your dentures with dental implantsimplants can greatly reduce this problem.
  • Wearing dentures | dentures are foreign objects in your body. They can be a wonderful 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 gum tissue a chance to "rest."

Will my dentures wobble?

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

Denture adhesive may also be beneficial for some patients.

I don't like having something covering the roof of my mouth. What are my options?

Dental implants often provide the security 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 by natural suction for the upper or denture adhesive. Not everyone will have natural suction with their top denture for multiple reasons (palatal torus, flat palate, bone loss, etc.)

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