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Have you lost some or all of your permanent teeth? This can make it difficult to do things that used to be simple, like eating and speaking. Drs. Packer may recommend dentures in Ellensburg, Washington, to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile.

How do dentures work?
Your dentures will be custom made to ensure ideal fit and functionality. Full dentures consist of a flesh-colored base (that fits over the gums) with replacement teeth attached. The lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to allow room for the tongue. The upper denture generally covers the roof of the mouth.

How long will it take me to get used to my dentures?
It is not unusual for dentures to feel a little awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks. The adjustment period may even last for a few months. You’ll have to practice a little to get used to eating and speaking with your new dentures. With time, though, you will adjust to your new dentures. Your cheeks and tongue will learn how to hold your dentures in place.

How should I care for my dentures?
Please remove and clean your dentures every day. Rinse your dentures in cool water. Then, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to remove food deposits and plaque. To keep your dentures from drying out or warping, place them in water or a denture cleaning solution overnight. It is important that you continue to brush your gums, any remaining teeth, and your tongue.

How long do dentures last?
Dentures will need to be remade, realigned, or rebased with time because of normal wear. In addition, as you age, your mouth will naturally change, causing dentures to loosen. Have your dentures checked by our dentists at least once a year.

We invite you to contact Creekside Dental Ellensburg at 509-933-4800 today to learn more about your new dentures and to schedule a checkup.