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La Mesa Low Cost Dentures

Tooth loss and irreparable decay is a common problem in America today. It is estimated that up to 35 million Americans have removable dentures and that number is expected to grow. Unhealthy diets, poor oral hygiene, and heredity are the largest contributors to the growing demand for dentures. Removable dentures have evolved over the years as advances in technology have expanded the field of dentistry. Dentures have grown from a geriatric medical accessory to a cost effective tailor-made solution for those with irreversible tooth decay or missing teeth. Although the field of dentistry has made many advances over the last few decades, the demand for removable dentures is higher than ever. Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental have been providing compassionate care and affordable dentures for the people of the La Mesa area for more than 35 years. Collaborative Dental provides each La Mesa low cost dentures with tailored care and customization that fit well in order to closely imitate the look and feel of their real teeth — all without causing financial burden.

La Mesa Low Cost Dentures

What are dentures made of?

Just like anything else, there are several qualities of dentures available and some are better than others. Typically, dentures are made of porcelain, plastic, or any combination of the two. Dentures can also be a partial set, if only a few teeth are missing. It is not always necessary to get a full set. Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental strive to provide La Mesa low-cost dentures of the highest quality and customized to fit our patients’ individual needs.

Will dentures last forever?

No, but if they are cared for properly they can last for several years. The quality of the dentures you buy and the way you care for them will impact the length of time that they will last. Most dentures will typically last between five and seven years before they need adjusting or replacing. As you age, you will experience changes in your mouth and jawbones may deteriorate due to the absence of teeth. These changes and bone deterioration can also dictate the need for adjustment or replacement.

Will dentures make me look different?

Subtle changes may be apparent but they are usually positive. Sometimes new dentures can enhance the likeness of your face and jaw line. Since dentures are custom tailored to imitate your real teeth, there shouldn’t be much noticeable change. It is also important that your dentures fit properly. It is essential that you attend a fitting so the dentist can make any necessary adjustments before the final product is complete.

What if my dentures need adjustments or repairs?

Many times it is necessary to return to the dentist shortly after you get your dentures to have minor adjustments made. You may also experience some changes in your mouth over time that require adjustments for your dentures to fit more comfortably. It is vital that you never try to repair your dentures yourself with over the counter products. These products are not made for use on dentures and they can do significant damage to your dentures and your health. Many people don’t realize that dentures can be broken. It is not uncommon for people to break their dentures or do irreparable damage while trying to repair them.

What is involved with getting new dentures?

The process of getting dentures is usually a multi-step process. It requires a few trips to the dentist for impressions and fittings. You will, likely, need to consult with your dentist beforehand to pick your denture type and quality. The dentist will first have to take an impression of your teeth and gums. He will also have to measure your bite and then your dentist can help you select the perfect product type and color to fit your needs. After a short period of time, usually a couple of weeks, your dentist will call you in to try on your dentures. The first set is usually just a temporary product used to check the fit and allow the dentist to make any necessary adjustments. After this, the dentist will get the finished product and allow you to wear them home.

The entire process can take anywhere from two to four weeks to complete. However, please keep in mind that if teeth need to be extracted it may take a little longer because time must be allotted for the gums to heal. The staff at Collaborative Dental works to streamline the process for their La Mesa patients. They go out of their way to make the process as convenient as possible and make sure that their patients are happy with their new dentures.

Do I still need to brush?

Yes, you should continue to exercise good oral hygiene. It is recommended that you use a special denture brush or a soft bristle toothbrush so as not to scratch your new dentures. You should continue to brush your gums, your tongue, and your palate to remove plague and stimulate blood flow. It is also important that you use a cleanser recommended for dentures because other product can damage them.

Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental always make sure that patients understand the best way to care for their new dentures before they leave. Dentures are an important investment so Collaborative Dental wants their La Mesa patients to be happy with their new dentures and able to care for them for years to come.

Can I wear my dentures to bed?

You can, but it is not recommended. Dental care professionals recommend that you remove your dentures out night and let them soak in an appropriate denture cleanser. Removing your dentures at night allows your gums to rest and receive normal stimulation from the tongue and saliva.

How do I clean and store dentures overnight?

Maintaining a healthy mouth starts with properly cleaning and storing dentures. At night, use a denture brush and mouthwash, and then store dentures in a glass of denture cleaner or water for up to 8 hours.

Do you recommend full or partial dentures, dental implants, or fixed bridges?

Each case differs. However, if a patient is not limited by cost, dental implants tend to feel more comfortable despite the higher price. A fixed bridge may be more cost-effective for patients, but they are often harder to clean and may require removing small portions of your surrounding teeth. Both full and complete dentures are also convenient choices for anyone who would like to replace multiple missing teeth. Dentures are easy to use, clean, and store. A patient may need to adjust to the feeling of wearing dentures, but they are an affordable option for anyone missing more than two teeth.

How can I choose dentures that comfortably fit?

I would recommend custom-designing your dentures because they will fit more comfortably and look like your natural teeth. Custom dentures can still have an adjustment period, but many patients feel these dentures fit and look better. Dentures should never cause pain or feel too loose. Many patients experience issues with their lower dentures and may benefit from dental implants to stabilize the denture.

What types of food can I eat when wearing dentures?

Eating with dentures may involve an adjustment period, but selecting the right foods can make this process easier. Chewing can feel awkward, so it is best to eat soft foods and avoid anything that is hard, crunchy, or sticky from damaging your dentures. It is also helpful to cut up foods into small pieces to make eating more comfortable.

When would a dentist deem dentures a necessity for a medical condition?

A dentist may treat a traumatic injury, disease, or dental emergency with dentures if a patient’s injury or condition is severe enough to consider dentures as “medically necessary.” This can often occur when most of the upper and lower teeth are missing.

What type of insurance does Collaborative Dental accept?

Collaborative Dental accepts several different types of insurance for your convenience. If you don’t see your insurance company listed here, please call the office and we will gladly attempt to verify coverage for you.

In Network

  • Aetna PPO & Aetna Discount Plan
  • Assurant PPO – In Network
  • Blue Cross Dental Blue: 100/200/300
  • Cigna PPO
  • Delta Dental (Premiere Provider)

  • Delta Federal

  • Delta TriCare

  • MetLife PPO

  • MetLife TriCare Dental Program

  • United Concordia PPO

  • United Concordia (Active Duty) – ADDP

  • Delta Dental PPO (Effective in 2 months)

  • GEHA Connection Dental Network – Includes Connection Dental, Dominion PPO, Principal Mutual Life PPO, United Healthcare Dental PPO, Lincoln Dental Connect, and Guardian PPO

Affordable Dentures from a Gentle Dentist

Whether you think you may need dentures or you already have them and you are having some issues, the experienced team at Collaborative Dental can help. With a highly skilled and compassionate dentist, our staff has been providing gentle denture care for people in the La Mesa area for more than 35 years. Our patients are part of our family and the last thing we want them to worry about is their smile. Tooth loss can prevent you from leading a healthy and happy life. Our goal is to help you overcome this and other dental obstacles. Our dental care options are many and comprehensive, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, dental crowns, dental bridges, root canal surgery, cosmetic dentistry like teeth whitening, along with clear braces, dental implants and more. We take great pride in providing a full range of dental services for reasonable fees that won’t leave your bank account drained. If you think removable dentures may be the best option for you, come and join the family at Collaborative Dental in La Mesa. You can call our office at (619) 464-4346 to schedule a visit or set up an appointment with the dentist online with our easy appointment request form. Affordable dentures don’t have to be a scary or painful experience; at Collaborative Dental, they aren’t.

Patient Stories

Love Charlie! He’s a very caring dentist and really wants to make sure you’re comfortable. He explains everything he’s doing every step of the way and asks you how you’re doing frequently.
Kaylee H.
I usually (REALLY) hate going to the dentist, but I really liked Dr. Fung. It was a way different experience than my old dentist, who had a big office with many dentists, hygienists, and many patients going in and out. His office is very small, which makes it feel more comfortable, and allows for better personal care. The hygienist and Dr. Fung were both very good, gentle, and sensitive to the my needs. I definitely trust Dr. Fung to do great work (I have to get some fillings), and I felt like he really cared about me and wanted to figure out the best thing for me. I definitely recommend him and I’m very happy to have found him!!
Karen H.
I had an athletic injury that broke my front tooth and was terrified that it would never look normal. I had already been seeing Dr. Fung (since I was a kid) and knew I could trust him to fix it. He talked me through the entire process, as I was very nervous. I couldn’t believe the results. It was flawless. It has been several years since my tooth broke, and no one has EVER guessed that my front tooth is fake. I am forever grateful for Dr. Fung’s attention to detail, perfectionism, and for giving me my smile back.
Nicole
Best dentist I have ever had! He and his staff are very caring and you can tell he actually cares about his patients. But most importantly he never tried to convince me I needed a procedure I didn’t. Normally I find dentists are like used car salesmen, but not Dr Fung. When I asked him about teeth whitening he explained what would happen, any risks, the cost and then let me make the decision without further pressure.
Melissa H.
We brought the whole gang of 4 kids to see Dr. Fung last Saturday morning. It was our oldest 2 kids (4 & 3 years old) first trip to the dentist. I thought it would be a total gong show but the crew at Dr. Fung’s office were total professionals. Zero meltdowns and what was most impressive was how thoughtful they were. They knew we had 4 kids coming so they stocked up on toys for the kids. Definitely not their first rodeo and this Dad was happy to have someone who gets it. Thank you so much!!
Warren Duthie
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