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At the Cain Dentures Centers, we appreciate that you have an overwhelming number of choices for your denture care. Licensed denturist Robert Cain and his friendly staff remain determined to showing their patients that at our offices, the patients’ needs always come first.

We also understand that our patients may have many questions about what getting dentures can entail. That’s why we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about the denture process. With that in mind, here’s a brief overview about what it means to get dentures.

Dentures 101

As you probably already know, dentures are a removable apparatus patients use to replace missing teeth in order to restore their smile. Regardless of whether a patient’s tooth loss is the result of an injury, gum disease, or tooth decay, dentures have the ability to repair a smile so you can feel better about your appearance and health. A quality, well-fitted set of dentures make it for easier for patients to eat and speak than if they remained without teeth.

Additionally, when an individual loses all of his or her teeth, the facial muscles can begin to sag, which makes a person appear older. Dentures also help to fill out an individuals face and profile. At the Cain Dentures Centers, we fabricate dentures that appear to resemble your natural teeth, so your appearance doesn’t significantly change.

Types of Dentures

There are generally three types of dentures:

  • Conventional. A fully removable denture, conventional dentures are made and placed in a patient’s mouth only after any remaining teeth have been removed, and the gum tissue has fully healed. This process can take several months.
  • Immediate. Another removable type of denture, immediate dentures are placed in a patient’s mouth on the same day as all remaining teeth have been removed. Mr. Cain will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit to the Cain Denture Center, and have your dentures prepared following tooth extraction by your dentist. Immediate dentures are used so patients aren’t without teeth during the healing process.
  • Overdenture. Occasionally some of a patient’s teeth can be saved in order to preserve the jawbone and provide stability and support to your dentures. Overdentures fit over the few teeth you may have remaining after a dentist has prepared them.

Adjusting to Your Dentures

It’s not uncommon for patients to take a few weeks before they become accustomed to their new dentures. Initially your dentures may feel a little loose until the muscles in your cheeks and tongue learn to hold them into place. You may also experience some irritation or soreness, and notice that the amount of saliva you produce increases. As your mouth becomes more accustomed to how the dentures feel, you should begin to experience fewer of these types of problems until they eventually all go away. It’s important that you schedule follow up appointments with the experts at the Cain Denture Centers so your new set of dentures can be adjusted and checked. If problems continue to persist, please don’t hesitate in contacting us to discuss your concerns.

Keep in mind that even if you wear dentures, you still need to continue practicing good dental hygiene habits. Make sure you continue to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth every morning with a soft bristled brush prior to inserting your dentures, and every evening after removing them for the night. Brushing helps to stimulate circulation in your gum tissue, while also helping to reduce plaque. If you are looking for the best dentures portland Oregon has, please contact our office today.