Dentures are a time-tested way to replace missing teeth, restoring functionality and helping you feel more confident about the way you look. At First Impressions Dental Care in Renton, Washington, Dr. Rick Sodergren and Dr. Deborah Gur-Arie create comfortable, natural-looking dentures for men and women, using innovative materials and techniques for the best fit and the best results. Just one missing tooth can have a serious impact on your oral health -- it can even lead to more tooth loss. Schedule an appointment today to find out how dentures can help you stay healthier and feel more confident.
A full denture replaces all of the teeth on the upper or bottom arch (all your upper teeth or all your lower teeth), while a partial denture replaces just a few of your teeth. Partial dentures are often used in place of a bridge in areas of the mouth where a bridge can’t be used.
Most people get used to their dentures within one to two weeks of regular, normal wear. Generally, it takes less time to adjust to partial dentures than full dentures. If you’ve worn dentures before, your adjustment period will also be shorter. For first-time denture wearers or for those who are moving from a partial to a full denture, you can “speed up” the adjustment process by practicing reading out loud and eating a variety of foods before leaving the house. Both these activities will help you get used to the way your dentures feel when speaking and chewing so you feel more comfortable and more confident. It is important to wear your dentures for the recommended amount of time each day.
Today’s dentures are made of lightweight materials using state-of-the-art design technology to ensure the best possible fit. If your dentures are slipping and causing sore spots, you should call the office right away to schedule an appointment so they can be readjusted. Sore spots can eventually become infected, so be sure to call the office right away.
Dentures should be brushed regularly, just like your own teeth, and they should be stored in water when you’re not wearing them to prevent them from drying out. You can also rinse them in mouthwash to freshen them. Don’t forget to carefully brush your gums as well to keep them healthy and prevent bad breath.
Yes. Even if you no longer have natural teeth, you need to see the dentist regularly to have your gums and the rest of your mouth evaluated for oral cancer and other issues. Plus, because your jaw bone will become thinner following tooth loss, it’s also important to come in to have your dentures readjusted so they continue to fit snugly and comfortably over time.