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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures Dentist in Lake Stevens

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

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Reasons for Dentures

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion

What Are the Different Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “ conventional” or “ immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

What Does Getting Dentures Involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Why Choose Dentures over Bridges or Implants?

First and foremost, dentures are a better fit if you’re missing a quarter or more of your teeth. While a bridge may be a good solution for two or three missing teeth in a single area, a denture can fit over a few teeth here and there while restoring your smile to a complete set of teeth.

Whether you need a partial denture or a full set of dentures, this solution can be much more affordable than the alternatives as well. Getting more than one dental implant is expensive and invasive. If you need to replace a larger number of teeth, getting fitted with a set of dentures can be a cost-effective, pain-free way to restore your smile.

How Do I Care for My Dentures?

Some dentures need to be taken out and soaked overnight. Your dentist will give you specific directions about how to care for your dentures. For example, you won’t brush dentures with normal toothpaste. Dentures come with special cleaning needs, as instructed by your dentist. The same goes for whitening. Dentures will not whiten like natural teeth, because they are made of plastic.

When and if you need denture repair, bring your dentures back to All Smiles Dentistry and our denture experts will complete the required repairs.

Are Dentures Comfortable?

After getting fitted with new dentures, they will take some time to get used to. During the first few weeks, you may have some gum soreness from having a set of dentures fitted over them. You may also have difficulty speaking normally. This doesn’t mean you should get rid of your dentures. Even well-fitting dentures take some time to get adjusted to.

In a few weeks, your gums should be adjusted to the presence of dentures and should begin to feel normal. You’ll be able to talk normally, and eventually, you may even stop noticing their presence at all.

Do Dentures Resemble Natural Teeth?

Modern dentures are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth, which allows patients to wear their dentures around with comfort and confidence.

Are Dentures Expensive? Are They Covered by Insurance?

Dentures can be moderately expensive, depending on the type of dentures that you require. The industry estimates range between $1,500 and $20,000. Some dental insurers cover a portion of these types of restorative dental services. Specialized Medicare plans do as well, although standard Medicare and Medicaid insurance do not.

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