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Dentures and Partials in Puyallup, WA

Your Choice for Dentures in Tacoma Area

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.

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Types 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 dentist 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.

Denture Care

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 dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.

My grandpa had dentures and they looked like horse teeth. Will my dentures look like that, too?

Today, dentists like those at BellaSmiles Dentistry can craft realistic-looking dentures based on the size and shape of a patient’s face, their bone structure, and what their natural teeth may have looked like. If no one can tell that you have dentures, that means we’ve done our job right. Call our dental clinic in Puyallup, WA, to talk about your tooth replacement options.

Are immediate dentures hard to get used to?

That depends on you. At first, you will experience some discomfort and slight pain. This is perfectly normal. If the pain is severe or you continue to bleed at the site of the tooth extraction, then call BellaSmiles Dentistry immediately. If not, accept the fact there will be a “learning curve” regarding eating, talking, and smiling with your new appliance. Within a few weeks, your dentures or partials should feel like a part of you. If they don’t, call us and we’ll adjust them.

I love a thick, juicy steak. Will I have to give it up now that I have dentures or partials?

When you are getting accustomed to dentures or partials, you’ll have to modify your diet a bit to allow your gums to heal. Softer foods, like eggs, fish, tofu, cooked vegetables, and meats cut into smaller portions are good options to keep your protein intake up. Chew on both sides of your mouth to keep the pressure equal on your gums. After a while, you can start slowly re-integrating your favorite foods back on your menu, including steak! BellaSmiles Dentistry will brief you thoroughly on which foods you should and shouldn’t eat immediately following denture or partial surgery.

I hate my dentures. I’d rather just not wear them. Is that so wrong?

While BellaSmiles Dentistry is here to help you and not judge you, we must caution you that leaving your dentures out all the time will cause your jawbone to shrink, leaving you looking gaunt, old, and unhealthy. This will lead to self-consciousness and social isolation; no one wants to go out to lunch with someone who gums their food. Please, if your dentures or partials are causing you discomfort, call our dental clinic in Puyallup, WA, and give us a chance to make things right!

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