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Dentures - Complete & Partials



Rendering of removable partial dentureA denture is one of the most common tooth replacement devices for people who are missing several teeth or are completely edentulous. At Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry, we offer you complete dentures if you are missing all your teeth and partial dentures if you still have some remaining teeth.

Complete Dentures


Complete dentures come in two types: immediate and complete.

Immediate or same-day dentures are made in advance before your teeth are extracted. Once they are made, you will be called to Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry, and your teeth will be removed. The immediate dentures are then placed into your mouth and help to curb the bleeding and swelling. However, they should only be used as a temporary measure to your conventional dentures.

Conventional dentures are fabricated eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and your gums and bone have had the chance to heal. This means they provide a far superior fit and comfort than same-day dentures.

Partial Dentures


Partial dentures are used when you have several missing teeth but also some healthy natural teeth in your mouth. These dentures come with a metal framework that anchors the device in place in the mouth. Unlike bridges that are fixed and irremovable, partial dentures can be removed.

What to Expect After Getting Complete or Partial Dentures


•  Your new dentures, whether they are complete or partial, may feel bulky and loose in your mouth during the first few weeks. This is normal, and you will eventually become used to having the device in your mouth. You may also experience excess saliva or a dry mouth in the initial days of wearing dentures, but these conditions will resolve themselves as well, as your mouth adjusts to the intrusion.
•  You may have to practice to insert and place the dentures back into your mouth. Your dentures should go in easily. Never try to force your dentures into place as that can break or warp their shape.
•  In the initial days, pay attention to your mouth and let us know if you experience any soreness in any one spot. If you do, it may be your dentures need some further adjustments.
•  In the first few weeks, eating with your dentures may be an uncomfortable experience. You may have to start eating pureed or soft food before you are comfortable enough to eat your regular food. However, you will always need to be cautious while eating hard or sticky food as it can break or dislodge your dentures. Also, you shouldn’t use toothpicks on your dentures as that can scratch their surface.
•  After getting your dentures, you may have some difficulty in pronouncing your words. However, with some practice and speaking difficult words loudly, you will soon become accustomed to speaking properly when wearing dentures.
•  During the first few days, Dr. Kevin Kay will advise you to wear your dentures all the time. This is done to quickly identify areas in the dentures that need to be adjusted. Once the appropriate adjustments are made, you can take out your dentures when you go to sleep at night.

If you are missing teeth and require dentures, call us at (425) 738-8476, and we will schedule an appointment for you.