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Dentures and Dental Implants in Forest Grove

Tooth loss can have a devastating effect on a person’s life. It can prevent them from enjoying the foods they love to eat, can negatively affect their speech and pronunciation, and can leave their smile lacking both in strength and beauty. Fortunately, advancements in denture technology over the years have allowed them to better mimic the look and feel of real teeth while still offering superior durability and function.

Dentures Dentures Forest Grove are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Both are comprised of plastic teeth on a pink gum colored base that sits on the top of and covers the upper and/or lower jawbone.

Complete dentures are typically fabricated after the remaining natural teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed. An immediate or conventional denture may be fabricated before the natural teeth are extracted if the patient is a candidate for this option. This procedure is commonly referred to as “same day dentures.”

Partial dentures are typically fabricated when several natural teeth remain in the upper or lower arch of the mouth. The purpose of a partial denture is to fill in the space created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting.

Despite being made of durable materials, it is important to keep in mind that dentures will still need to be maintained and cleaned. Brushing twice daily, rinsing daily, and placing them in room temperature water or denture cleaner when not wearing them will help to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. It is also important to visit a dentist every 6 months for cleaning, polishing and relining of the dentures.

In addition, there are a number of things that can cause ill-fitting dentures such as a swollen or sore palate, pain when eating or chewing food, or the frequent slipping and falling out of the mouth. It is important to contact our office immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms because ignoring them can lead to more serious dental problems.

Dental Implants

If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants in Forest Grove may be the perfect solution for you. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the bone where the tooth is missing. The implant helps to stimulate the bone and prevent it from resorbing. This is important because if the bone surrounding the implant weakens, it can lead to failure of the implant and even bone loss in the jaw. To ensure that your implant lasts, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleaning, dental exams and X-rays.