Ask your Los Angeles dentist about denture options

Dentures provide patients with missing teeth a solution to help restore their smiles.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports adults age 20 to 64 have an average of about 25 remaining teeth. Almost 4 percent of adults 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth, making them candidates for denture fittings.

For those seeking treatment, Angie’s List provides consumer feedback and listings for highly rated Los Angeles denture specialists.

Dentures come in a variety of configurations, depending on the needs of the wearer. For instance, some dentures are temporary until a permanent tooth replacement can be made. Interim immediate dentures can be complete or partial, and are inserted as soon as the natural teeth are removed and are used until healing is complete.

Some need full dentures to cover the loss of all their teeth due to gum disease, trauma or developmental problem. Other patients need partials. Some partials are fixed dentures – like bridges and crowns – that can be removed only by a dental professional.

Angie’s List member Jeff Tharp visited highly rated Dr. Sanjay Doshi of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., to help him with his dental treatment. Doshi adhered two new bridges after removing two of Tharp’s upper teeth.

“Once I agreed with a treatment plan that fit my budget including my insurance coverage, Dr. Doshi provided to begin treatment right away,” Tharp says.

Though the highest quality dentures still are made of porcelain, the majority of dentures are manufactured using durable plastic. However, whatever they are made of, a particular denture can’t be used indefinitely because of continual changes in the tissues in the mouth. The life of dentures is considered to be five to seven years.

Though patients might avoid a dental consultation fearing cost, many dental offices offer free consultations and payment plans.

The final cost to the patient also depends on the amount paid by insurance or through discount programs. Many dental offices allow patients to make direct payment arrangements or refer patients to third party loan providers.

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