Dentures begin with impressions of the teeth that serve as models for the partial or complete denture. The impressions are sent to a lab where special techniques and state-of-the-art, lightweight, durable materials are used to create the dentures. The denture itself will feature a gum-colored base designed to snugly grip the contours of the natural gums for greater security. Teeth can be shaped and tinted so they look completely natural. Once the dentures are ready, they’ll be carefully fitted and adjusted so they feel comfortable and rest securely on the gums.
A complete denture replaces all the teeth on the upper or lower arch while a partial denture replaces one or several teeth.
Most patients find they’re comfortable with their dentures within a week or two of receiving them. Generally speaking, it’s easier to adjust to a partial denture than to a complete denture, and patients who have had partial dentures will adjust more quickly to a complete denture. To make the adjustment process easier, patients can try reading out loud and eating a variety of foods so they get used to the way the dentures feel and “work.” It’s also important to wear the dentures as directed, to clean them properly, and to call the office if they’re very uncomfortable or cause sore spots.
Dentures that slip can be very embarrassing, and they can also cause painful sore spots that can eventually lead to infection. If a denture begins to slip, it’s important to schedule an appointment right away to have them adjusted.
Yes. Seeing the dentist on a routine basis, even if you have no natural teeth, is very important for making sure the gums and other tissue remain healthy, as well as to have regular adjustments that enable the dentures to continue to fit well as you get older.
At Sunrise Dental of Lynnwood, we are dedicated to our patients' dental health. We accept most PPO insurances to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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