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Full and Partial Dentures in Pittsburgh

By Our Dentist Dr. Dan Rairigh

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Dentures are used to replace missing teeth for patients with no remaining teeth (complete dentures) or used to replace several missing teeth (partial dentures). Dentures will improve your smile and facial appearance.

What are Dentures?

Often patients take their teeth for granted. They don’t realize the difficulties with speech, eating, and social interactions that may arise after teeth have been extracted.

Ideally, patients should do all they can to keep their natural teeth because when a patient is left without teeth, they have very few options. The first is to remain edentulous (no teeth), while another is to have full dental implants placed. You can also have a denture made or a combination of the denture and implants.

The most affordable option to replace missing teeth is dentures.

What are the Benefits of Dentures in Pittsburgh?

  • The patient is able to chew.
  • Speech is better when teeth are present to help with certain sounds (“s,” “f,” etc).
  • Improved confidence in social interactions.
  • The denture can be designed to “fill” facial features and reduce sunken skin.
  • Your smile is improved.

What are the Disadvantages of Dentures in Pittsburgh?

  • They can feel very bulky.
  • Patients often have insecurity with “artificial” teeth.
  • There can be difficulty chewing and speaking without denture movement.
  • Bone loss will occur that is irreversible.

Alternative Options to Dentures

  • Traditional dentures – This option is the most economical but does have some issues with staying in place.
  • Suction cup lining
  • Mini dental implant stabilization
  • Standard implant stabilization –We will use 2-4 large diameter implants.
  • Full implant loaded crowns – This option is permanent and non-reversible.

Why Would Someone Need to Get Dentures?

  • Over time, a patient’s teeth have gradually been extracted due to injury or advanced decay.
  • The majority of remaining teeth are broken and not restorable; alternatively, finances are limited.
  • Severe, untreated periodontal disease has rendered the teeth unviable.

More Questions about Dentures?

Contact us today by calling 412-854-2310 and find out more about services provided by Dr. Dan Rairigh’s office in the Pittsburgh area.

Denture FAQs

Dental assistant cleaning dentures.

If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss in one or both arches, dentures are a great option to rebuild a beautiful smile. Although they have been used for generations to replace missing teeth, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to them. Don’t worry, we’ll explain more about the treatment during your initial consultation. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us about dentures to help you make the best decision for your smile.

Do dentures look and feel natural?

Let’s face it, dentures have a bad reputation for looking and feeling fake. This might have been true in the past, but they have undergone many improvements over the years. As a result, they are more realistic than ever, so you can smile confidently and enjoy many of your favorite foods. It’s important to have realistic expectations when receiving your new dentures. Although they will allow you to smile, speak, and chew with ease, they have limitations. If you’re interested in a close replica of your real teeth, ask us about securing your denture with dental implants.

Do I need to take my dentures out at night?

Upon receiving your dentures, we’ll recommend you wear them as much as possible to help your mouth adjust to them quicker. After a few days, it’s best to take your dentures out at night, which is important for several reasons. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, your gums and oral tissues need a chance to rest. Not to mention, soaking your denture at night kills harmful bacteria that can damage your new teeth or lead to unpleasant odors. Whenever your denture isn’t in your mouth, make sure it is kept moist to prevent it from warping.

How much do dentures cost?

There isn’t a set fee for dentures because their price is determined by your individual treatment plan, like the materials used and if you need to replace both arches. We’ll provide you with a custom estimate during your initial consultation and discuss your payment options. We’ll help you find the solutions you need to rebuild your smile without breaking the bank.

Can I use my dental insurance?

Every policy differs, but most plans offer some coverage for dentures. After paying your premiums and reaching your deductible, you can use your policy to help offset the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. A member of our team will work on your behalf to file the necessary claim forms to maximize your benefits. We will explain how your policy is being used and if you owe a remaining balance.

How long do dentures last?

Modern dentures are made of durable material to last for longer than ever. On average, they need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years. You can promote how long they last by caring for them each day and visiting your dentist regularly for maintenance. If you want a more permanent solution, ask us about adding dental implants to your treatment plan.