The denture-making process begins with impressions of the mouth to serve as molds for the dental lab that creates the dentures. Today’s dentures feature durable, lightweight materials that look more like natural teeth and feel very comfortable while they’re being worn. Once the dentures are ready, the dentist will spend some time making minor adjustments to ensure they fit properly.
A complete denture replaces all the upper teeth or all the lower teeth, while a partial denture replaces one or just a few teeth.
Most patients adjust to their dentures within a week or so, and complete dentures tend to have a longer adjustment period compared to partial dentures. Reading out loud and eating a variety of foods during that first week of wear can speed up the adjustment period, and it’s also important to wear dentures as directed so your gums get used to the way they feel without becoming too sore.
Dentures can be cared for with regular brushing using a soft brush. Soaking in water with a denture cleaning tablet can help get rid of bacteria in hard-to-reach crevices, and dentures can also be rinsed in mouthwash for added freshness. Dentures should always be removed for sleeping and placed in a container of water to prevent them from drying out.
It’s not uncommon for a denture that once fit securely to begin to slip or cause sore spots on the gums or other soft tissues. As we get older, the jaw bone can begin to atrophy over time, allowing dentures to become looser. Sometimes an ill-fitting denture can be a sign of a more serious issue like an infection, growth, or cancer. Whenever an issue like frequent slippage or sore spots develop, it’s important to call the office to schedule an appointment so the dentures can be adjusted and an evaluation and checkup can be performed.
At Sunrise Dental of Bothell/Mill Creek, 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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