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Dentures – Auburn, WA 

Get Your Smile Back!

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For centuries now, dentures have been the go-to way to replace missing teeth. They are both affordable and more reliable for those who have suffered from extensive tooth loss. Thanks to modern dental techniques and technology, you don’t need to worry about your replacement teeth looking fake. Your dentures will be customized just for you. This way your pearly whites will be natural-looking, fully functional, and beautiful! To learn more about dentures or to schedule a consultation with us, give us a call !

Why Choose Auburn Dental Smiles for Dentures?

  • High-Quality Materials
  • Financing Available
  • We Welcome Dental Insurance

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

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Dentures are an ideal option for people who have lost several, most of, or all of their teeth. If you find daily tasks challenging, like chewing your food, enunciating your words, and smiling with confidence, you could benefit from dentures. Depending on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located in the mouth, a customized treatment plan will be made just for you. If you currently have another oral health issue, like cavities or gum disease, these will need to be addressed ahead of time. We will always prioritize your dental health!

Types of Dentures

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There are a few different types of dentures to cater to a variety of needs. During your initial consultation with us, we will determine which of the following options is ideal for you.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are made up of several replacement teeth and a gum-colored base. This type of denture fits between the existing teeth like a puzzle piece to fill in the spaces. To remain in place, partial dentures are attached to the natural teeth with the help of clips of brackets.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are made to replace an entire arch of missing teeth – either on the top or the bottom. They remain in place because of the natural shape and suction of the mouth. If you need additional support, denture adhesive is also available to provide stability. Traditional full dentures are removable, so you can take them out to clean them and while you sleep. 

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures are supported by dental implants. The implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone. They keep your replacement teeth anchored in place, eliminating the need for any adhesive or clasps. Dental implants also help to stimulate the jawbone, preventing the progression of bone resorption caused by missing teeth. The additional stability you get for implants also allows for patients to regain up to 70% (or more!) of their natural bite force. Implant dentures are also made to last for many decades, so you don’t have to worry about repairs or replacements. 

The Benefits of Dentures

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You can benefit from dentures in a variety of different ways. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Allows for an expansive diet
  • Improved speaking ability
  • Prevents surrounding teeth from moving
  • Supports facial muscles
  • Natural appearance
  • Easy removal for cleaning
  • Increases confidence
  • Partially covered by most dental insurance plans

Dentures FAQs

How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?

From the time that impressions are taken of your upper and lower arches to when you leave our office with your new teeth, it can take a couple of weeks to months, depending on how successful your fittings are. We want to make sure they are a perfect fit for as long as possible, which means it could take one or two fitting appointments to get it just right.

The timeframe for receiving your custom dentures may be extended if you first have implants placed. It typically takes between three and six months for the implants to be securely embedded in the jawbone. At that point, getting dentures follows a similar process to traditional dentures, but they will be attached to the implants instead of using suction.

Does It Hurt to Get Dentures?

The process of getting dentures involves very little discomfort. If you must have teeth extracted before getting dentures, you may experience soreness and have a short recovery period after the procedure. Also, the first week of wearing your new prosthetic can be a challenge as you get used to how they feel in your mouth, but with patience and starting with soft foods, you should quickly adjust, and your dentures will soon feel natural and comfortable.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

Typical dentures must be relined about every two years or so and replaced about every five to seven years. This frequency is determined by how quickly your jawbone changes over time as well as how well you take care of your gums and your prosthetic. We will give you full instructions for maintenance to set you up for success. Implant dentures tend to last significantly longer—20 years or more—because they prevent the jawbone from deteriorating by replacing the root as well as the crown.

How Can You Tell When It’s Time to Have Your Dentures Relined or Replaced?

One of the surest ways to discern that your dentures must be relined or replaced is through how they feel. If they are uncomfortable or slip more easily than they used to, it’s time to talk to our team about them. At your regular checkup appointment at least every six months, we will ask about how they feel and look at how secure they are so that you never have to live with ill-fitting dentures for long.