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Sequim Dentist | WA |

DentureCare, Inc.

 Your Local Denture and Dental Clinic

In the Heart of Downtown Sequim

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(360) 681-7089





How Dentures Are Fitted

In many cases, dentures are fitted after a set of teeth are extracted and the tissues have healed. Many people need to have some form of surgery to remove teeth and correct any gum and teeth problems before the set of artificial teeth can be placed. Bone reshaping is a common technique used before the denture fitting, as the bony ridges inside the gums can help to hold the dentures in place. The procedure begins with an impression of the mouth, gums, and any remaining teeth and the creation of wax bite impression. The denture fitting involves selecting a color, size, and shape of the teeth needed to fit the patient's space correctly.The denturist will design the denture based on the measurements of the patient’s mouth. Dentures are designed to create a natural-looking smile and support a healthy jaw line. Most dentures last for over five years, and some up to ten years, and while there is maintenance involved, they offer an attractive option for people who have lost their teeth and are having speech problems, difficulty chewing or are experiencing pain in the jaw line because of increased tension in the jaw muscles. Dentures will eventually need to be replaced, and need to be checked for fit and wear periodically. 

Different Types of Dentures

 There are several different types of dentures available, and each one offers a wide range of benefits. The most common types of dentures include:

* Complete dentures – designed to replace all of the teeth in the upper and lower quadrants.

* Immediate dentures – made before the last of the teeth are extracted and typically placed immediately after extractions.

* Upper dentures – designed only for the upper arch (gums).

* Lower dentures - designed only for the lower arch (gums).

* Partial dentures – designed to correct only the gaps in the smile or replace missing teeth. These are often secured with clasps or rests.

* Over dentures – are similar in construction as complete dentures except that they use one or more natural teeth for securing the denture.



 Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
  • Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your denturist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your denturist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
Technology has made it possible for denturists to create custom fitting dentures that look and feel like real teeth. They are a practical solution for many adults that want to improve their quality of life, and in some cases, are covered by dental insurance plans. However, it takes a craftsman to personalize a denture which is functional and looks like natural teeth. Or, in some cases, better than the person's natural teeth.


Sequim dental office. DentureCare Inc. is a well-trained dental office providing excellent and caring dentistry.