Dentures – Kent, WA

Complete Your Smile with Partials & Full Dentures

Smiling man with dentures

Now, advancements in dentistry allow us to preserve your natural teeth for longer than before. Despite these innovations, tooth loss remains a common problem. Whether due to decay, infection, or trauma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are among those who have an incomplete smile, your confidence and your quality of life were lost along with your teeth. You do not need to live with the complications. We have the solutions you need with partials and full dentures in Kent, WA.

Complete Your Smile

Man and woman with dentures smiling

Every tooth in your mouth has an important job to promote your oral health and functions. When even one is missing, your ability to chew many foods decreases. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies over time. Not to mention, you may have trouble speaking clearly.

There are also issues brewing beneath the surface. The open space causes your remaining natural teeth to lose support. Over time, they will shift, leading to an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss.

No matter if you are missing several teeth or an entire arch, we will restore your oral health with a solution that meets your needs.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Female dentures candidate in Kent

You want to improve the use and aesthetics of your incomplete smile by replacing your missing teeth with dentures, but are you a good candidate? The good news is that if you are missing several or all your natural teeth, you’re likely to be recommended for this type of treatment. A complete examination of your smile as well as your overall health and jawbone density will need to occur, though, to ensure that you do not require preliminary procedures before enjoying the benefits of a complete and functional smile.

Effects of Missing Teeth

Couple smiling with dentures

Multiple missing teeth or the absence of an entire arch does more than just cause problems with your ability to eat and speak. It can also lower your self-confidence and cause you to exhibit mental and emotional decline as well.

When you dislike the way you look, it will manifest in how you view yourself, how and when you surround yourself with others, and how you take care of your overall health and well-being.

Without proper treatment, missing teeth can begin to create problems throughout your body that only worsen over time (i.e., malnutrition, worn tooth enamel, etc.).

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

Full dentures

The qualifications for dentures are that you be in good overall health. You may be missing multiple consecutive or non-consecutive teeth along an arch, or you may be without any natural teeth. No matter the situation, our team will discuss your medical history and determine if you have any existing oral health problems that must first be addressed, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

Implant dentures

While full and partial dentures are one of the more popular go-to solutions for tooth loss, many patients find that alternative options are also available. It may be that you would rather not have a temporary prosthetic but instead a permanent one. Or you’re only missing one or two teeth and would prefer a dental bridge as opposed to a partial denture.

Here are a few options you can expect your dentist to suggest as viable alternatives to dentures:

  • Dental Bridges – A dental bridge replicates the look of a complete smile, and it allows you to eat the foods you love and speak with greater confidence. Using abutment teeth as anchors to hold it in place, the two dental crowns are made to fit over these teeth, while artificial pontics rest on top of the gums to effectively bridge the gap.
  • Dental Implants –Viewed as the gold standard of tooth replacement because of how they fuse with bone tissues and replace the roots of teeth, dental implants maintain a longer lifespan than traditional solutions like dentures or dental bridges. Capable of lasting 30+ years, they offer maximum support and can address all types of tooth loss.

Options for Tooth Replacement

Hand holding a full denture

We perform a comprehensive consultation to evaluate your tooth loss and your dental health. Based on your individual needs, we will recommend either partial or complete dentures.

 

Partial Dentures

Several teeth can be replaced with a partial denture. A gum-colored base is designed to hold prosthetics. They are made to match the color, size, and shape of your remaining teeth to blend in seamlessly. The base will have a metal framework that allows it to clasp onto your adjacent teeth to hold it in place.

This provides your teeth with the support they need to stay in place. You can chew and speak with confidence knowing your smile is complete.

 

Dentures

An entire arch in replaced with dentures. Although they have a bad reputation for looking fake, improvements to the materials used now make them look more natural. Impressions of your mouth are taken to create a custom-made arch to hold your prosthetic teeth. It will be held to your gum tissue using suction or an adhesive.

How Dentures Are Made

Dental professional holding upper and lower dentures

After you decide to move forward with dentures, you can look forward to regaining a complete and confident smile. You might wonder, though, about what happens in the meantime. How are dentures made? What role will you, your dentist, and a dental lab play in making sure that your prosthetic fits well and looks beautiful? Below, you will find an overview of the denture creation process. Hopefully, it will prove to be an interesting read!

What Are Dentures Made Of?

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Dentures consist of two main parts:

  • The base of dentures is typically constructed of a gum-colored acrylic, which is aesthetically pleasing and tends to be comfortable against the gum tissues. With partial dentures, the acrylic base has small acrylic or metal clips that help it to attach to nearby teeth. In some cases, nylon or resin is used in place of acrylic to create a denture base.
  • The teeth of dentures are usually made of acrylic or porcelain. Acrylic is softer, so it is the material of choice for patients who still have some of their natural teeth. Porcelain is often the best option for full-mouth tooth replacement.

The Denture Creation Process

Dental lab technician working on dentures

The denture creation process involves several steps:

  • After any necessary extractions are completed, our team takes detailed impressions of your gums. We use digital technology so you will not have to deal with the mess and discomfort of old-fashioned manual impressions.
  • We send your impressions and important design notes to a dental lab, which will create a wax version of your gumline and place artificial teeth in it.
  • The wax version of your denture gets sent to our practice, and you return to our office for a fitting. Thereafter, we continue to coordinate with the lab to make sure your prosthetic meets our high quality standards. After your dentures are made, they get trimmed and polished to perfection.
  • When your denture is ready, you return for a final fitting. If any minor adjustments are necessary, we take care of them. Otherwise, you can go off and begin to adapt to your beautiful new smile.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

Senior dental patient holding mirror, admiring his dentures

When you first receive your new dentures, they might feel strange or even uncomfortable in your mouth. Do not worry. An adjustment period is necessary. You may need to practice in order to speak clearly and eat easily. Most patients find that within a matter of months, their dentures feel like a natural extension of their body. If you have persistent problems with adapting to life as a denture-wearer, give us a call. We might need to fine-tune your prosthetic so it fits a bit better.

Treat Your Tooth Loss Today!

Full set of dentures

You can stop the challenges of missing teeth with dentures or partials. We will create a customized smile to restore your self-esteem and your quality of life. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation.

Understanding the Cost of Dentures

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Nothing should stand in your way of replacing your missing teeth, not even your financial situation. We strive to keep the cost of dentures in Kent within everyone’s budget. Although every treatment plan is unique, we offer the cost-effective options you need to restore your beautiful smile without depleting your bank account. Don’t worry, we’ll explain exactly how much you’ll have to pay during your denture consultation to feel 100% confident about your investment.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Dentures

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Every mouth is unique, just like your fingerprints. A one-size-fits-all prosthetic would be uncomfortable and look unnatural, which is why your denture dentist in Kent takes the time to create a personalized strategy to restore your smile. While every plan differs, you can expect your estimate to include each step in your treatment, such as:

  • Preparatory Treatments: Some patients need a little prep-work before getting their new teeth, like tooth extractions or periodontal therapy.
  • Type of Denture: You have several options to treat significant tooth loss. The method you choose will affect the price.
  • Materials: You’ll find many discounted materials, but you’ll get what you pay for. Instead of the price tag, focus on quality to ensure you are satisfied with your new smile.

 

Are Implant Dentures More Expensive?

Group discussing dental implant dentures

Many patients are choosing dental implants to support their denture because it creates a nearly perfect replica of real teeth. An implant denture costs more initially, but it’s the most affordable solution long-term. Unlike traditional prosthetics, dental implants can last for 30 years or longer with the proper maintenance. You’ll never have to pay for replacements. Since an implant denture recreates the roots of your teeth, it preserves your jawbone to improve your oral health. You’ll avoid the fees of common treatments needed to correct issues caused by missing teeth. Dental implants will preserve your smile while cutting your oral health expenses.

 

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dentures?

Couple with dentures smiling

Many dental insurances offer coverage for dentures in Kent. You can use your dental insurance to offset the cost of certain steps in your treatment, like the consultation, tooth extractions, or restorations. We know dental insurance is confusing, but you don’t have to navigate your policy alone. A member of our team will file the required forms to maximize your annual benefits to lower the amount you’ll pay.

 

Other Options for Making Dentures Affordable

Smiling couple with dentures

Besides using your dental insurance, we offer multiple methods to cover any out-of-pocket fees, such as:

  • Traditional Payments: We accept all forms of traditional payments, including cash, checks, and credit cards.
  • Patient Specials: We routinely offer new patient specials for many services, including dental implants. Ask us about any current specials to save money on your new smile.
  • Third-Party Financing: You can pay for dentures using monthly installments through a third-party financing company, like CareCredit.

We are transparent about our fees and services, so you won’t be surprised by any unexpected bills. If you have questions about your payment options, or you’re ready to schedule your denture consultation, contact our dental office today.

Dentures Aftercare

Model smile with partial denture

Dentures can completely transform your smile! However, even if you are missing all of your teeth, you shouldn’t abstain from attending regular dental visits. During these appointments, your dentist continues to monitor any existing teeth you have and your gum tissue. They will also keep an out for any abnormalities that could indicate oral cancer. When you wear dentures, it is very difficult to notice these changes on your own. Early detection from your dentist is key to making a full recovery.

Removeable Dentures

Remove After Eating

Woman holding dentures

After each of your meals, you should remove and rinse off your dentures. This helps to prevent the buildup of food debris and plaque. When rinsing your dentures, you shouldn’t use hot water. This can

Clean Your Restoration

Man brushing his dentures

When it’s time to clean your dentures, you should remove them from your mouth. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of unscented hand soap, mild dish soap, or denture cleanser, gently brush your dentures. You shouldn’t use regular toothpaste because it is too abrasive. If you aren’t going to be wearing your dentures again right away, put them in a container of water or denture-cleansing solution so they don’t dry out and lose their shape. Remember to always thoroughly rinse your dentures before placing them back into your mouth.

Keep Your Dentures Safe

Dentures soaking in a glass of water

When you clean your dentures, you may want to place a towel beneath them just in case they slip out of your hands. This will reduce the probability of them becoming damaged. When you aren’t wearing your dentures, be sure to keep them in a place that is inaccessible to pets and small children.

Remove When You Sleep

Man sleeping on his side

It is best to take your dentures out before you go to sleep. Wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft-tissue irritation. Sleeping with dentures has also been associated with a higher risk of pneumonia as well as higher levels of gum and tongue plaque. Overnight, keep your dentists in a denture-soaking solution. If you let your dentures dry out, they can lose their shape.

Notice Changes

Man getting dentures at the dentist

You should always be on the lookout for changes so you can address them with your dentist. This includes mouth sores, gum irritation, and signs of infection. If your dentures become damaged, you shouldn’t attempt to repair them on your own. You could accidentally damage them further. Instead, give us a call so we can help.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

Man brushing his teeth

Caring for all-on-4 dental implants works a little bit differently. You should brush your dentures twice a day using a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Floss your replacement teeth once a day. You can find floss threaders to help you floss beneath your denture. You may want to consider investing in a water flosser to keep your restoration and implants clean. Another great step is to rinse your mouth with antibacterial mouthwash daily. This way, your smile will be extra fresh.

Denture Frequently Asked Questions

Getting dentures is a life-changing experience. To make sure it’s a positive one, we encourage all of our patients to voice their questions and concerns up front so that they can set realistic expectations for what will happen after they get their new teeth and prepare accordingly. The FAQs below cover several topics that a lot of our patients bring up when getting dentures for the first time. Is there anything else you’d like to know about dentures in Kent? Call Complete Dental Care today.

Do I Need to Have All My Teeth Pulled to Get Dentures?

Extracting a tooth is always a last resort. We only recommend it if there’s some reason why it’s necessary. For example, some teeth are too extensively decayed, severely infected, or badly broken to be fixed. If we find that all of your remaining teeth are significantly damaged (which is often the case for advanced gum disease), then it may simply be more practical to replace them all with dentures instead of repairing them individually with dental crowns. You’ll be given a list of options to consider before we recommend extractions for dentures.

Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?

When you have teeth extracted before getting dentures, there will be some soreness for a few days after the procedure. It will improve in a short amount of time, and you can take a prescribed pain medication to help. As for the dentures themselves, discomfort tends to be very minor and usually occurs in the form of irritation that will eventually fade once your mouth fully adjusts to the new appliance. The discomfort may last for months in some cases, and it can last longer than usual if you’re switching to a new set of dentures. You should call us immediately if pain occurs and doesn’t fade over time, as it could mean there was a problem with the denture’s design or that you’ve developed a more serious oral health issue.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

Speaking with dentures is not exactly like speaking with your natural teeth. Your tongue is going to have to relearn how to move properly to pronounce certain words. As such, you might have a lisp at first. This will go away once your mouth learns the proper changes. The adjustment process will go faster if you practice speaking with your new teeth. Reading out loud is often a helpful exercise that gives you the chance to repeat difficult-to-pronounce words. If your dentures are shifting while you speak, you can stabilize them with a denture adhesive during the adjustment process.

Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?

Dentures do need to be cleaned regularly like natural teeth, but toothpaste is not the right tool for the job. It’s abrasive, meaning it can scratch the surface of the dentures, and over time this can lead to serious damage. Use specialized denture cleaning solution, hand soap, or a mild dishwashing liquid solution instead. When brushing your dentures, make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles so that it doesn’t have an adverse effect on the surface of the false teeth.