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Dentures – Castle Rock, WA

Full Smiles, Reliable Prosthetics

Woman with dentures in Castle Rock

Missing multiple teeth or an entire arch can make daily tasks feel impossible. Eating and speaking are often difficult, and smiling is often out of the question for many. If you are tired of living with an incomplete smile and are ready to embrace a better quality of life, let Dr. L. Blaine Kennington recommend dentures in Castle Rock. Considered one of the most reliable methods of tooth replacement, dentures have been around for centuries. Effective in their ability to restore oral function and appearance, these prosthetics continue to offer patients a second chance at a healthy, beautiful smile. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about your eligibility for dentures.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Couple wearing dentures in Castle Rock

Those who are considered “good” candidates for dentures include individuals who possess enough jawbone to adequately support a full prosthetic. Also, the person must have good gum health, as inflammation and infection can negatively affect the fit and function of a denture. To determine if you are eligible for this type of tooth replacement, you will meet with Dr. Kennington for a full evaluation.

What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

Full set of dentures in Castle Rock

While discussing your eligibility, your dentist in Castle Rock will also explain the various types of dentures available:

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are great if you are only missing a few teeth from the upper or lower arch. Consisting of a gum-colored, acrylic base, artificial teeth are put into place along the prosthetic to fill in the gaps of your smile. It fits like a puzzle piece and is held into place with clasps or clips that connect to healthy existing teeth.

Full Dentures

If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, you have the option of receiving a full denture. These sit on top of the gums and require your natural suction to hold them in place. However, many patients apply a small amount of denture adhesive for added security. No matter if you need a top or bottom denture, or both, they are made from the same materials as a partial, which consists of a gum-colored acrylic base and artificial teeth (commonly made of porcelain).

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures are a great option if you prefer a more permanent solution to tooth loss. Requiring significant jawbone density, the titanium posts are surgically placed within the bone to create a solid foundation. Customized dentures are then attached to the implant posts to create a complete, fully functional, and longer-lasting smile (30 years or longer).

Benefits of Dentures

Older woman pleased with dentures in Castle Rock

Tooth loss may be treatable with other unique solutions, but choosing dentures will allow for greater benefits in the long run, such as:

  • Regaining oral function to eat and speak more easily
  • The chance to boost your confidence and feel good about your appearance
  • The opportunity to enjoy improved oral health because of increased jawbone stimulation (implant dentures)
  • Improved bite force and chewing power
  • Prosthetics that can last 30 years or longer (implant dentures)
  • A more youthful aesthetic because of how dentures fill out your facial features

Dentures FAQs

Dentist discussing dentures in Castle Rock

If you’re excited about the prospect of recapturing your smile with the help of dentures in Castle Rock, you’re not alone. Millions of people turn to these reliable and time-tested prosthetics to regain their confidence. With a new smile comes many questions, however, and Dr. Kennington wants to make sure you and all other patients inquiring about dentures have the answers. Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions you are invited to review. When finished, please feel free to contact our office should you have additional inquiries about your upcoming treatment.

Can I Sleep With My Dentures?

You are strongly advised against sleeping in your dentures simply because your mouth needs a chance to rest. When wearing your prosthetics throughout the day, it is easy for the gums and bone to become fatigued. At night, while soaking your dentures, your mouth will be given the chance to breathe and attain vital nutrients commonly lost throughout the day.

Also, as more bacteria build underneath your dentures, your risk for potential pneumonia increases.

Keeping your teeth clean as well as your mouth can help minimize complications and keep your dentures looking and feeling their best.

Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?

Your tongue is more than just a large muscle inside your mouth. It is used to push food through the oral cavity and help you speak. However, once you receive dentures, you may notice some difficulty in forming certain words and syllables. This is normal, so do not be alarmed. A slight lisp might develop but may only last a short while.

To minimize the changes caused by your dentures, you’ll need to practice speaking slowly and thoroughly pronouncing certain words. You can do this by reading aloud to yourself or others as well as watching yourself talk in front of the mirror. Over time, the problem will go away once your tongue becomes accustomed to the new prosthetics.

Can I Use Regular Toothpaste to Clean My Dentures?

During your appointment with your denture dentist in Castle Rock, he will recommend that you do not use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures. The reason for this is that normal toothpaste brands are highly abrasive and can scratch the materials used to create your prosthetics. This is why it is best if you find non-abrasive products.

Dr. Kennington will be happy to recommend several options you can use at home to keep your dentures clean and bacteria-free.

Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?

When suffering from tooth loss, it is common for many individuals to experience what is referred to as “facial sagging or collapse.” When the lips turn inward, the jowls sag, and the nose dips further downward, it can create an aesthetic that causes you to appear older than you really are. Fortunately, by choosing dentures, these promising prosthetics fill in these areas of your facial structure, allowing you to look younger and feel better about your appearance.