Dentures can provide a positive solution to improving your oral health when you have missing teeth and a loss of proper oral function and health. At Echo Ridge Dental, we help figure out your denture needs, provide the dentures and educate you on denture care. We are with you during every part of the process. request an appointment
When Are Dentures Needed?
We often suggest dentures to our Wenatchee, WA patients when they have lost a full row of teeth or all of the teeth. This is when a full denture or a complete set of dentures is needed. Nonetheless, partial dentures are also an option when you lose a small number of teeth, while keeping stable teeth for the denture to attach to. We provide dentures that are designed to fit your unique mouth for proper function and comfort. People tend to quickly get used to the feel of dentures as if they were natural teeth.
When we fit you for dentures, we also provide aftercare to help you keep your dentures in good condition when you’re at home. This can include caring for your dentures and removing partial dentures to care for the natural teeth and gums. We also educate you on getting accustomed to your dentures and handling initial discomfort. Instead of coming to the dentist for a regular checkup and cleaning like you would if you had natural teeth, you now come for periodic denture cleaning that provides a deeper clean and color fix. If you have a mixture of partial dentures and regular teeth, we can take care of both during your visit.
We often suggest conventional dentures to provide durability. Nonetheless, this is not the only option available to you. For instance, you could instead choose dental implants to have permanent teeth you wouldn’t need to remove. We can perform a thorough exam and talk to you about your options to work together on determining the right solution.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures help your mouth have proper function when the loss of teeth is impairing your ability to talk and eat. While many people think dentures greatly limit what they can eat and drink, this solution significantly broadens your options compared to having missing teeth. Dentures improve oral health as there are now teeth in place to protect the gums from food particles that can turn into tooth decay and gum disease. And not only do dentures add function, they also improve the look of your smile and help you feel more confident.
At Echo Ridge Dental, we aim to offer this type of restorative dental care in as affordable a manner as possible to help you restore the look and function of your mouth. To get an assessment to see if dentures could improve your oral health, contact us at (509) 662-9685 to make an appointment.
1. What are dentures?
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They come in various types, including full dentures for complete tooth loss or partial dentures to replace a few missing teeth.
2. Who needs dentures?
Dentures are recommended for individuals who have lost some or all of their natural teeth due to decay, gum disease, injury, or other oral health issues. They restore the ability to chew, speak, and maintain facial structure.
3. What types of dentures are available?
There are primarily two types of dentures: full dentures, which replace an entire arch of teeth, and partial dentures, used when some natural teeth remain. Both types are custom-made to fit comfortably and function effectively.
4. How long do dentures last?
The lifespan of dentures varies depending on several factors, including the quality of materials used and proper maintenance. On average, dentures may last between 5 to 10 years with regular care and adjustments as needed.
5. What is the process of getting dentures?
The process involves multiple appointments. After an initial evaluation, impressions of your mouth are taken. A dental laboratory then creates custom-fit dentures based on these impressions, which are later fitted and adjusted by your dentist.
6. Do dentures require special care?
Yes, proper care is essential for maintaining dentures. Daily cleaning, including brushing with a soft brush and soaking in a denture cleaner, is crucial. Regular dental check-ups are also necessary to ensure proper fit and oral health.
7. Will dentures affect eating or speaking?
Adapting to dentures may take some time. Initially, there might be slight discomfort or difficulty while eating or speaking. However, with practice and adjustments, most patients adapt well to dentures and regain functionality.
8. Can dentures be repaired or adjusted?
Yes, dentures can be repaired or adjusted as needed. It’s essential to visit your dentist if you experience any discomfort, looseness, or damage to your dentures for timely adjustments or repairs.
9. Can dentures improve facial appearance?
Yes, dentures not only restore missing teeth but also provide support to facial muscles, enhancing facial appearance and restoring a natural smile.
10. How often should dentures be replaced?
Dentures may need replacement due to wear, changes in oral structure, or if they no longer fit properly. Your dentist will assess the condition of your dentures during regular check-ups and recommend replacements when necessary.