Dentures Specialist

PDX Smile Design

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Portland, OR

Full or partial dentures can help restore chewing, speech, and digestion for those suffering from lost teeth. At PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, and Olga Dontsova, DDS, can produce dentures to replace an entire set of missing teeth or just a few missing teeth. These durable, removable appliances look, feel, and function like natural teeth. To find out more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable sets of prosthetic teeth used to fill gaps in your smile. They’re lined with a fleshy, acrylic gum-like base, and are horseshoe-shaped to fit snugly inside your mouth and accommodate your tongue. They can fit and sit directly over your gum tissue, be kept in place with metal clasps, or they can be securely attached to implants for added support.

There are two types of dentures: full and partial dentures. Full dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace an entire set of missing top or bottom teeth. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace several missing teeth.

How are dentures made?

Dentures are made using detailed impressions of your teeth and gums, taken at PDX Smile Design. Using these impressions, which are taken during your initial visit, an outside dental lab custom-produces your dentures.

It typically takes about two weeks for the lab to finish making your dentures. Once they’re ready, you return to the office for a fitting to make sure your new dentures are comfortable. If you have implants, you can have your dentures attached to them, which helps limit any movement of the restoration.

Within a few short weeks, your dentures will feel just like natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Your dentures will match the look, feel, and function of natural teeth, instantly improving your overall quality of life. When you’re missing teeth, your jawbone can erode and negatively affect your profile. This is referred to as “facial drooping.” Dentures help reverse the effects of this process and improve your profile.

Dentures also improve essential functions affected by missing teeth, including chewing, speaking, and digestion.

How long do dentures last?

With proper care and attention, dentures should last about 5-8 years. You can help lengthen their lifespan by treating them like natural teeth, which means brushing them and keeping them clean. Dr. Khlevnoy and Dr. Dontsova will help teach you how to maintain them.

If you’d like to set up a consultation to learn more about dentures, call the office or book an appointment online today.