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Dentures & Partials – Bellingham, WA

Quick, Affordable Tooth Replacements to Smile About

Different types of dentures in Bellingham

You may notice that the more teeth you’re missing, the more the cost of replacing them with dental implants or bridges climbs. At Moreno & Young Dental, we offer quick, affordable tooth replacements to smile about! Partial and full dentures in Bellingham are a classic way to restore a complete set of pearly whites and improve your quality of life. Our professional, friendly dental team will make sure you have a wonderful experience as your Bellingham dentist helps you choose the tooth replacement option that’s right for your unique needs!

Types of Dentures

Smiling couple with dentures in Bellingham

Did you know that there are several types of dentures? Each one is crafted from high quality materials for lifelike and long-lasting results. Any denture represents a very new way of life, and a great deal of thought and preparation should go into your decision about which type of dentures you’d like.

Partials

Closeup of partial dentures in Bellingham

If you’re missing several consecutive teeth, we can create a custom partial denture to fit into the open space like a puzzle piece. This replacement option is designed to fit precisely around and between your remaining teeth, using a few small metal clasps wrapped around your natural tooth structure to hold it in place.

Full Dentures

Closeup of full dentures in Bellingham

Classic full dentures can replace an entire arch of missing teeth all at once. Custom-made ceramic teeth are set into a gum-colored acrylic base to mimic a complete set of beautiful pearly whites. The close fit of the base ensures that the denture sits comfortably and securely on your gums with natural suction.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Diagram of implant-retained dentures in Bellingham

If you’re interested in having dentures made, or you already have them, you may also want to consider dental implants, which can be used for either permanent or removable dentures. We’ll use small titanium posts that have been placed into your jawbone to anchor your beautiful new teeth in place.

Hybrid Dentures

Closeup of patient with dentures in Bellingham

One area in which Dr. Moreno and Dr. Young are very excited is in hybrid denture therapies. This technology allows a union between the benefits of dental implants and the economics of dentures.  Please ask us if you might be a candidate for a hybrid denture.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Smiling woman with dentures in Bellingham

Dentures are not for everyone, and your case will need to be reviewed by either Dr. Moreno or Dr. Young before a final recommendation can be made. During your initial consultation, we’ll carefully inspect your oral health, go over your medical history, and discuss your smile goals to ensure that dentures are a good choice for you.

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

When you choose to quickly regain your smile with dentures or partials, you can enjoy benefits like:

Ready to get back to enjoying your complete, confident, and functional smile? Call us today to see if dentures or partials are right for you!

Dentures FAQs

At Moreno Dental, we want you to feel confident in your decision to choose dentures in Bellingham. We are prepared to provide you with the most transparent and honest information regarding your upcoming treatment as well as what you can expect moving forward and living your best life with new and improved dentures. But we also understand you probably have many questions, which is why you will find a list below that answers many of the most common inquiries we’ve received from our patients. Should you not see your question listed below, please feel free to contact our office and schedule an appointment.

What is the average age for dentures?

Tooth loss does not have to be a reality, but it is a more common occurrence among older patients. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, it is believed that an estimated 66% of adults between 40-64 are missing at least one tooth. This is compared to the 33% of individuals ages 20-39. To understand just how many people currently wear a full or partial denture, the American Dental Association (ADA) discovered after taking census that roughly 57% of people ages 65-74 wear a denture of some kind. Although movies, cartoons, and television shows depict more older adults wearing dentures, the truth is that people of all ages can be candidates for dentures.

Will it hurt to get dentures?

The answer to this question depends. If you need a tooth removed before receiving dentures, you will likely experience some soreness and discomfort; however, this should only last a few days. Once you are fitted with your new denture, you may feel some minor irritation because your jaw, bone, and gums will need to adjust to your new fixture. Not to mention, your tongue will need to learn to maneuver with your new denture in place. While this irritation can vary from person to person, it typically can take a few months before your denture feels more “normal.”

If you are switching to a new set of dentures, you may actually find that the adjustment phase takes longer than before, but should you notice that the discomfort is not dissipating as quickly as your denture dentist in Bellingham said it would, make sure to call the office. It may be that your dentures do not fit properly or there may be an underlying issue that needs to be resolved.

Is it hard to talk with dentures?

Yes, in the beginning, it can be difficult to talk while wearing your dentures. The reason is that it is a foreign object in your mouth, and your tongue and other facial features must adjust. How long it will take can vary from person to person, but the more your practice speaking, the quicker the adjustment phase will be. If you notice a lisp, you’ll want to practice reading aloud to yourself and saying difficult words repeatedly. You may also want to speak slowly at first as well as bite down and swallow before starting to talk. The reason is that your denture can slip if you’re not used to talking while wearing dentures. You can also use a small bit of dental adhesive to keep your dentures firmly in place during the adjustment period.

Can I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?

No, it is best to avoid using traditional toothpaste on your dentures. While you are expected to clean and rinse your dentures daily, you will need to use a mild dishwashing liquid or hand soap. You can also opt for a specialized denture cleaner. Toothpaste can be abrasive and result in scratches to your artificial teeth. Also, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your dentures. Making sure they are cleaned after every meal will help to keep food particles, bad bacteria, and odors from developing and forming on your prosthetic.

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