Tooth loss can occur for a number of reasons, from periodontal disease to tooth decay or injury. Complete dentures from Laurelwood Dental can replace your missing teeth and your smile. As your dedicated dental solution, we’ll fit you for dentures that do more than just improve functionality, they also look and feel great. Call today to talk to our dentists about dentures. We’re conveniently located in Northeast Portland right off the Banfield Expressway.
Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from an implant, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You’ll be able to eat and speak—things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.
There are various types of denture implants, including partial dentures and a complete set. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissue has healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted for temporary use as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
If you have a number of missing teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, our dentist may recommend a partial denture. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework. A partial denture corrects several problems. By filling in spaces, it stops neighboring teeth from shifting. When missing teeth aren’t replaced, it can set off a chain reaction that might result in cavities and periodontal disease. Partial dentures are helpful to balance your bite, which means better chewing and a healthier jaw joint. And, partials add support to the cheeks and lips. This support is necessary for clear speaking and proper facial appearance.Call today to set up a consultation to learn how dentures, also known as false teeth, can improve your oral health and appearance.
Getting used to dentures can take several weeks. It’s a brand new experience and the sensation can feel foreign. Many patients experience awkward speech patterns, the feeling of gagging, sore spots, and trouble chewing and eating. Remember, your dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth. They may feel uncomfortable at first, but you will get used to the fit over time. Dentures are designed to allow movement, proper teeth positioning, eating, and speech.
The short answer is no. There is a period of adjustment, though. You want to eat softer foods at first and make sure to eat small bites. Focus on using your back teeth for chewing. Using your front teeth for biting can cause denture shifting in these early stages. You may always have more difficulty with sticky or gummy foods. If you omit these, the rest of your diet should remain relatively unaffected.
The typical lifespan for dentures is between five and eight years. Having dentures refitted is beneficial, so don’t worry about wear. Gums can change. When you get a new set of dentures we will take a new imprint. This will provide a reliable fit and hold. Ill-fitting dentures are the most common reason for premature wear and breakage. We will make adjustments to your dentures over the first month of usage until the fit is correct.