Dentistry is all about smiles, and having a confident, healthy, beautiful smile is important even for people who have lost their natural teeth. We have provided personalized denture services that have met the needs and comfort levels of many people.
What are dentures?
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Complete dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth in one arch have been removed. Immediate complete dentures are placed the same day that the teeth are removed. They require frequent adjustments and temporary relines until the final denture is fabricated several months later.
- Partial dentures replace one or more teeth in one arch. They have a framework made of plastic, metal or a newer hybrid material. They have clasps that hold onto remaining natural teeth for retention.
How do I know if dentures are the right choice for me?
The decision to transition to a denture is a difficult one. At Puyallup Valley Dental Care, we have helped many people go through the process. It begins with understanding your options based on your tooth, gum and bone status, then making the decision based on your desires, expectations and budget. We will coordinate all the steps involved.
Caring for your dentures
Dentures, just like natural teeth, require daily maintenance to stay clean and fresh. Keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Removable teeth get plaque and tartar build-up just like natural teeth, so it's important that you brush your dentures every day. Use a soft-bristled on all surfaces of the denture,
- Use a gentle cleanser to clean your dentures. Many toothpastes, household cleaners, and mouthwashes can be too hard on your dentures, so it is recommended that you use a mild hand or dish soap to get your dentures clean. Be sure to check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval to choose products that are safe for your dentures, or ask your dentist about which products may be best for you.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask your dentist which solution is best for you.
- You can also use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.
- If denture breaks, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We repair dentures - don’t attempt to do it yourself – it may make our repair more difficult.
- Schedule regular dental checkups as recommended for your personal care, to make sure that your smile stays healthy for many years to come.