Northwest Dental and Denture
General Dentists located in Everett, WA & Bellingham, WA
Over time, your dentures may not feel as comfortable as they once did. The Northwest Dental team understands how frustrating it is to wear poor-fitting dentures. That’s why they offer an array of denture repairs at their office in Everett, Washington. Denture repairs can help keep your dentures strong and comfortable. Call Northwest Dental or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Denture Repair Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic teeth connected to a gum-colored, acrylic base that look and function like your natural teeth. An excellent tooth replacement option if you lose some or all of your teeth, dentures allow you to eat, speak, and laugh comfortably.
Unfortunately, the fit of your dentures can change shape over time, leading to gum inflammation, tender gums, red gums, and even mouth sores. Without proper adjustment, your dentures can feel too painful to wear regularly.
Why don’t my dentures fit anymore?
Highly accurate impressions help your team design your dentures to fit your mouth exactly as it is. However, there are many reasons you may now have loose-fitting dentures:
The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures, bone resorption is when your gums begin to shrink. This happens because they no longer need to hold your natural teeth in place. That’s why it’s important to use your jaw as much as possible after you get dentures. Something as simple as chewing solid foods can help keep your jaw healthy and strong.
If you have teeth extracted and subsequent denture fittings, you can expect noticeable gum inflammation. Because of this, you should always schedule regular adjustment visits within the first few weeks after you are fitted for your dentures.
Wear and tear
Normal wear and tear can change or put stress on your dentures, causing them to chip or crack. Teeth grinding is especially harmful to your dentures, as repeated grinding motions can wear down your teeth.
Believe it or not, weight loss affects far more than your waist size. As you lose weight, the fat in your face can shrink, changing the shape of your face and jaw. This may make your dentures feel loose and uncomfortable.
How are dentures repaired?
Your dentures can be damaged in a number of ways, including:
- Cracked base
- Loose teeth
- Broken teeth
- Poor fit
Depending on your unique situation, the Northwest Dental team assesses the damage and performs either a simple repair or an impression repair.
If you have a simple repair for the teeth, gum line, or base of your dentures, the team may be able to use the same material from which the dentures were made. They may also be able to finish the denture repair in a single day.
However, a repair with impressions may take more than one visit. This happens if your provider determines they need new impressions to repair or replace your dentures.
A denture repair at Northwest Dental is quick, simple, and effective. To schedule an appointment with the team, call or book an appointment online.
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