Dentures – Hillsboro, OR
Bring Back Your Brilliant Smile
Do you find yourself struggling to eat your favorite foods because of tooth loss? Whether you’re diet has taken a hit or you simply aren’t as social as you’d like to be due to your smile, you don’t have to settle. Tooth loss affects millions of Americans every day, which is why dentures in Hillsboro are a fantastic solution for taking back your favorite activities and improving your quality of life. The Dentists at Orenco Station is happy to take your call and get you set up with a treatment plan for dentures, so don’t wait to get in touch with us today!
What Types of Dentures are Available?
Over the years, dentures have only gotten better-looking, more comfortable, and easier to use. Additionally, scientists and dentists have been exploring many ways in which dentures can be designed to ensure the best durability and longevity possible. While there are many brands and variations within the denture space, there are generally three options you’ll need to consider.
For example, partial dentures are designed to replace teeth on opposite sides of the mouth, much like how a puzzle piece fits into the last space of a puzzle. The partial denture also wraps around existing teeth using metal hooks to remain in place.
Alternatively, those who are missing all of their teeth (either in one or both arches) will benefit from a full denture. This version is made up of a gum-colored base housing a series of composite resin or porcelain teeth. To stay in place, the base relies on natural suction within the mouth. However, it’s normal to rely on adhesive during the first few weeks of use to help yourself get accommodated to the denture.
Finally, implant dentures offer a more long-term solution for your tooth loss because they attach to dental implants to remain stable. While they look like full dentures, they are more capable of staying secure when chewing food and speaking. This makes them more expensive, but a great long-term investment.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?
While dental bridges can replace teeth, a partial denture is a much better solution if you already have missing teeth throughout your mouth. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, a full denture or implant denture could easily satisfy your dental needs. Of course, if any remaining teeth need to be extracted because they are no longer salvageable, an extraction will need to be performed ahead of designing and placing your future denture.
The Many Benefits of Dentures
When you receive a fully personalized denture, you can expect:
- Major boosts to your self-esteem
- Improved appearance (not just for your smile, but overall as well)
- Improved speech, making it easier to socialize with friends and family
- The ability to significantly expand your diet compared to having few or no teeth
- Additional support for your facial muscles
- The ability to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place
Do you still have questions about what life will be like with dentures? While your denture dentist in Hillsboro is happy to address any of your concerns during your consultation, we understand that many people would rather do some of their own research beforehand. That’s why we’ve included the answers to some of the denture-related questions that our dentists get asked the most often.
Will dentures change the shape of my face?
Even after losing just one tooth, your facial structure will eventually change. Without the roots of your teeth stimulating your jawbone through biting and chewing, the bone deteriorates over time. This may lead to a sunken or wrinkled facial appearance that can age you prematurely.
One way to prevent this facial collapse is by investing in an implant denture. Because dental implants also bring back the roots of your teeth, they keep your jawbone strong – just like it was before you lost any teeth.
Can I get my dentures relined if they don’t fit properly?
As the shape of your face changes with time, you may find that your dentures in Hillsboro don’t fit as well as they once did. In that case, your dentures may need a reline – an adjustment of the denture’s base.
That said, do NOT attempt to reline your dentures on your own. Without professional guidance, it can be all too easy to irreparably damage them. Instead, call The Dentists at Orenco Station. We can determine the proper way to reline your dentures. If their fit has changed too drastically and it has been more than five years since you received them, it may be time for a replacement instead.
Is it hard to talk with dentures?
When you first receive your dentures, you’ll go through an adjustment period in which your facial muscles will get stronger in order to gain more control over your prosthetic. Many, many patients find talking and chewing difficult when they first put their dentures in their mouths. We recommend speeding up this adjustment process by reading a book out loud or singing in the shower. Although it may sound silly, it’s a very effective way to get used to the way your dentures feel!
If your dentures frequently slip out of place when you’re trying to talk, you can stabilize them by applying a small amount of denture adhesive. You could also bite down on them and swallow.
Can I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?
To keep your dentures looking great, brushing and rinsing them daily is essential. However, using a product that is not specifically designed to clean dentures (such as regular toothpaste) can actually be abrasive and can damage your prosthetic. As such, you’ll have to use a cleaning solution and a toothbrush specially made for maintaining dentures. Our practice can definitely help you if you need product recommendations!