Dentures 4 U
Christian Iturriaga, DPD
Denturist located in Kennewick, WA
If you have one or more missing teeth, it may be time to consider dentures. At Dentures 4 U in Kennewick, Washington, the team offers a wide range of comfortable, attractive denture options for patients of all ages and walks of life. Don’t wait any longer to get your smile back. Schedule your appointment over the phone today.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth that Christian designs to replace your missing teeth. They allow you to bite, chew, and talk as normal as possible. They also keep your facial muscles from sagging and aging you where your teeth are missing.
How do dentures work?
Dentures are removable so you can easily clean and care for them. Dentures feature a gum-colored base, usually made from a rigid acrylic resin, a flexible polymer, or metal plates.
This base covers your palate and features either attachments for implants, attachments that allow them to attach to existing teeth, or an adhesive lining.
Dentures don’t feel exactly like natural teeth, but Christian can design dentures that are strong, durable, secure, and more comfortable than older models. Over time, you’ll get used to the feeling of dentures.
What are denture teeth made of?
Dentures have been around for centuries. At one point, dentists made false teeth out of anything from cow teeth to lead. Today, denturists take a much different approach. Most often, Dentures 4 U makes denture teeth from porcelain or acrylic resins.
Porcelain is a glass-like ceramic. Porcelain teeth are easy to color match with your natural teeth, and their texture feels similar to natural teeth. Because you can heat porcelain to such a high temperature, porcelain teeth tend to be much stronger and harder than resin teeth.
One disadvantage of porcelain dentures is the fact that, if you drop them, they can break easily. In addition, they can wear down natural teeth. For this reason, porcelain is best for full denture sets.
Denture teeth made from acrylic resin have become very popular over the last several years for a number of reasons. First, they’re easier to form and customize than porcelain teeth. Second, they adhere to denture bases better. They’re also inexpensive and lightweight.
The main disadvantage of resin denture teeth is that they wear down more quickly than porcelain teeth. Often, you have to replace them every five to eight years.
How are dentures made?
Dentures are made by taking molds of your mouth (impressions). You have to bite down into wax so Christian can see how your jaws come together, a process known as “bite registration.”
You get a “wax try-in,” where you get a custom wax mold of your dentures to try in your mouth and see how they look. Christian at Dentures 4 U makes any changes at this time and continues to make adjustments until you’re happy with how you look. The team doesn’t finish your dentures until you’re fully satisfied.
Once your dentures are complete, Christian fits the finished dentures into your mouth. They can make any essential denture adjustments you may need, which is common with new dentures.
If you have one or more missing teeth, you don’t have to accept your suffering. Instead, investigate your diverse options with dentures. To get started, schedule an appointment at Dentures 4 U over the phone today.