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A glass of water with dentures from Nicholas Dose, DMD in Lake Oswego, ORHere at Nicholas Dose, DMD in Lake Oswego, OR we want all of our clients to have a great way to replace teeth that have had to be extracted or have otherwise been lost. We offer a wide variety of tooth replacement options that will help to restore your ability to eat and speak the way you did before tooth loss. Dentures have been a mainstay of tooth replacement for many decades now, but the dentures that we offer today are not the same as the ones that your grandparents had. Denture technology and creation have come a long way in the past few years.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a removable prosthetic device that restores the patient’s ability to eat and speak as they did before tooth loss. We create a custom-made dental prosthesis for your mouth, out of a special acrylic material that mimics the aesthetic of your real teeth. The result is a prosthetic dental device that looks and acts like your real teeth. Because dentures are a removable tooth replacement option, there are a few different solutions for keeping them properly adhered to your mouth throughout the day.

Complete Dentures

“Full dentures” or “complete dentures” describes a full tooth replacement option that is meant to replace every tooth in your mouth. The top portion of the denture covers the whole upper palate, whereas the bottom portion of the denture is U-shaped to provide room for your tongue. Both the top and the bottom portion of complete dentures are made with a portion of the acrylic mimicking the look of your gums.

Complete dentures are usually held in place with the help of a denture adhesive, which is applied to the denture in a paste form before you place the dentures in your mouth when you start your day.

Partial Dentures

“Partial dentures” describes a tooth replacement prosthetic that is meant to replace only a single tooth, or several missing teeth, instead of all the teeth in your mouth. Partial dentures are made of the same acrylic mixture that full dentures are and make use of wires and clasps to hold them in place. These wires and clasps are anchored to your existing teeth an hold the partial dentures in place reliably throughout the day.

Advantages of Dentures

Dentures do a great job of solving for some of the following issues:
•  Functionality. Dentures give you back the ability to eat and speak as you did with your natural teeth.
•  Versatility. There are many different kinds of dentures to fit various lifestyles and needs of our patients.
•  Aesthetics. Our dentures are made to look just like your real teeth, giving you back the confidence that you once had in your smile.
•  Health. Dentures work to restore your facial structure, which helps to restore a natural look to your face and decrease oral bone loss.
•  Cost. Dentures are one of the most cost-effective tooth replacement options available in dentistry today.

The most impressive advantage that dentures afford our patients is replacing natural teeth with a functional and aesthetically pleasing option. Restoring your ability to eat and speak as you did when you had teeth is a big deal. We know how hard it can be to have to deal with tooth loss. The loss of self-confidence that comes with losing teeth is real and can have a tremendously negative effect on your quality of life. Dentures will give you back the confidence in your smile that you once had.

Dentures help to alleviate the appearance of the “sunken face” that accompanies tooth loss.

Disadvantages of Dentures

Many of the issues that originally plagued dentures have been solved in the past several decades. The dentures that are available today are much different from those that your parents or grandparents had. Still, dentures do have some disadvantages when compared with other tooth replacement options, such as:
•  Cleaning. Dentures must be removed from your mouth to be cleaned. You must find some special supplies to keep your dentures in tip-top shape. A special denture toothbrush is critical because regular toothbrushes are too firm and can scratch your dentures.
•  Storage. Because you must remove your dentures to sleep, you have to find a place to store them. Dentures are made to be kept wet, and if you allow them to dry out, they can be damaged.
•  Comfort. While dentures are quite comfortable when they are first made, they can become warped over time if they aren’
•  t taken care of properly. Issues arise when dentures are left in the heat, such as on a car dash, or when they are left to dry out.
•  Hassle. Dentures must be held in place by a denture adhesive. Depending on the conditions of your mouth, this adhesive may need to be reapplied once during the day to ensure they stay put in your mouth.
•  Limitations. Dentures cannot help you to eat particularly hard or sticky foods because they are held in place with denture adhesive.

Dentures Care

It’s very important that you take good care of your dentures if you want them to last you a long time and maintain a comfortable fit. As mentioned above, you will need to purchase a special denture brush as regular toothbrushes can damage the acrylic. You do not need to use toothpaste while brushing dentures. Instead, you can just brush them with some water.

While you sleep, you can store your dentures in a glass of water, or denture soaking solution. If you find that your breath needs some freshening, opting for a denture soaking solution may be the right choice for you.

Alternatives to Dentures

Dental implants are a fantastic solution for those who have experienced tooth loss. Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone of your jaw and offer a sturdy platform upon which we can attach a permanent dental prosthesis. They can support single tooth replacement crowns, dental bridges, even full arches of teeth in a way that will give you back the freedom that you once had with your natural teeth.

Are you interested in getting dentures? Give us a call at (503) 765-7300 or book an appointment with us online today!
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