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Dentures


3D rendering of partial dentures being placed on a lower jaw with missing back teethComplete or partial dentures can be the answer to a patient’s tooth loss. They are supported by both the hard and soft tissues within the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, while overdentures are secured permanently in the oral cavity.

There are various reasons a patient suffers from tooth loss. A patient could have suffered an injury to their mouth. They could also have suffered from gum disease or widespread decay. No matter the cause, dentures can easily restore the full functionality of the oral cavity, when in place. Complete dentures replace the entire upper or lower jaw, while a partial denture merely covers a small space left, after losing just a few teeth.

Those patients dealing with tooth loss, and who are looking for an artificial tooth solution, should come to Barnes Dental to find out more about dentures.

How Many Types of Denture Are There?


There are two different types of dentures. The first is an immediate denture, while the second is called conventional dentures. They are both placed in the oral cavity, once the oral cavity is properly prepared. Dentures are typically placed following tooth loss.

Conventional dentures are the first type of denture and take a bit longer to get. Patients may have to wait anywhere from two to three months before getting their dentures. This is because it is important to allow the oral cavity to heal following tooth extraction. The recovery time is based on how healthy the oral cavity is.

With immediate dentures, there is not a two to three-month waiting period. As the name suggests, immediate dentures are placed directly after tooth extraction. While there is no waiting time, patients may have to come back for follow-up appointments to have the dentures adjusted as the oral cavity shifts and changes while healing.

Do I Need Dentures?


Those patients who are dealing with the effects of periodontal disease would likely benefit from dentures. With extensive tooth loss, a patient’s appearance can be greatly altered. This is due to the loss of supportive tissues behind the cheeks. The lips and cheeks will sag inward. When dentures are placed, the supportive structure is returned and their appearance will return to normal.

How Often Do I Need to Replace Them?


The suggested guideline, from the American Dental Association, is to replace dentures every five to seven years. This is because, over time, dentures can be worn down. However, if properly cared for, dentures can last considerably longer than the suggested five to seven years. They should be checked for wear by a dental professional when patients come in for their examinations and cleanings.

Those patients with questions regarding complete and partial dentures should come to our Barnes Dental office. We can also be reached by phone at (971) 441-5520.

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Portland, OR 97225-6119
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