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How long should dentures last?

Question from reader: I read that dentures should last 10 to 15 years. Is this true? The American Dental Association recommends replacing your dentures every 5 to 7 years. One consistent observation I have made with patients who have worn their dentures 10 years plus, is the over-closure of the bite. (Nose & chin are […]

Why your jaw protrudes with old dentures

Question from reader: I have been wearing my current dentures 10 years. Why does my lower jaw protrude? As your back teeth wear down, your lower jaw has tendency to come forward. This is a sure sign it’s time for new dentures. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your dentures every 5 to 7 years. […]

Loose lower dentures cause sore spots

Loose lower dentures and sore spots Question from reader: My lower denture is loose, food gets under it and I often have sore spots. What can be done for me? Having 2 lower implants placed in the lower jaw is becoming the standard of care and the choice of treatment for thousands of patients. There […]

Dentures and Bone Loss – How it affects your smile

How wearing dentures and bone loss affects your smile Question from reader: After I lost my natural teeth and got dentures, my lips have all but disappeared. Why? The longer you wear dentures and the more bone loss you have, the more care and attention must be paid to the cosmetic aspects of your new […]

Dentures and Dental Implants work together? by Portland Dentures

Question from reader: I am 46 years old. I wear an upper and lower denture. I have very little ridge left on the lower. The dentist I saw one year ago for dentures said he didn’t believe in implants. Do you have any suggestions? It is very unfortunate that you were discouraged in seeking a […]

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Options for long time denture wearers – by Portland Dentures

Question from a reader: I’ve worn dentures for over 30 years now, and there’s very little ridge left on my lower jaw. What are my options? There are several options to remedy your situation. We have special back teeth designed to stabilize the lower denture. This eliminates most tipping and rocking that can cause great […]

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Porcelain vs. Acrylic vs. Plastic dentures – Portland Dentures

Porcelain Dentures or Acrylic Dentures Porcelain is harder than acrylic enamel and is not for everyone. There is a “Sound” with porcelain that some people don’t like. If you’ve only worn porcelain (in the case of a full upper and lower) you will probably not be happy changing to acrylic. Porcelain is far more destructive […]

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Why are black stains forming around the teeth in my dentures? None of the cleaners I’ve tried can remove these stains. What can I do?

Stain Removal on Dentures The formation of stains is usually the result of poor processing. Great care must be taken in making dentures to insure a tight seal around each tooth. If this step is not done properly, a space is left between the tooth and the denture base. Over time, stains can form in […]

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I need to have all my teeth extracted. What can I expect with my first set of dentures?

What to expect with your first set of dentures This calls for an “immediate denture.” An advantage is you’ll immediately have a new set of dentures that can help reduce swelling during the healing period after your natural teeth are extracted. Prior to your tooth extraction, we take impressions of your teeth and surrounding tissue, […]

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Why do all dentures seem to look alike?

Why Do Cheap Dentures All Look The Same? A common complaint of denture wearers is the dreaded “denture look.” Mass production has brought us artificial teeth of uniform size, shape and color; dull, lifeless teeth placed in a picket fence arrangement. Many denture wearers are self-conscious with this neutered look (neither masculine or feminine) and […]