Dentures do more than replace missing teeth—they can help restore confidence and improve the quality of your life.

Full dentures are replacement teeth that are fitted into an acrylic base that is crafted to look like your gums. An upper denture features a plate, which covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is horseshoe-shaped and rests securely on the gum and bone tissues. Partial dentures are a great solution if you are missing some teeth because the denture fills the gaps in your smile and helps make talking and eating easier. Removable partial dentures can also support cheeks and lips so the face does not sag and make you look older.

When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the other jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaws. You may find it harder to clean teeth that have shifted, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. That is why it is important to replace missing teeth.

Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth. This holds the denture in place. Dr. Herzog may also recommend crowns, or “caps,” on some of your natural teeth. Crowns can improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth. Ask him which kind of removable partial denture is right for you. It takes practice to put in and take out a removable partial denture. It may feel a bit odd or tight for the first few weeks. But in time, you should get used to it. Never force the denture into place by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps or damage your teeth.

If you have a problem with your new partial denture, talk with your dentist. You should not wear your removable partial denture 24 hours a day. Dr. Herzog may tell you to take out the partial denture at bedtime and put it back in when you wake up. Usually he will make follow-up appointments to look for pressure points or sore spots and adjust your denture so it fits comfortably.


Denture technology has come a long way in recent years. As you get older, the fit of your removable partial denture can change. Your jawbone can shrink, making a space under the denture. Food can get trapped. Also, over time the gums tend to shrink, causing some denture wearers to look older due to unnecessary wrinkles around their mouths. The denture clasps also may get loose from normal wear. Replace worn dentures with the latest style and you’ll look and feel years younger.

If your partial denture needs adjusting, do not adjust it yourself. You can harm both the denture and your health. And do not use household glues to repair the partial, because they can have harmful chemicals.

See your dentist as soon as possible if your removable partial denture breaks, cracks or chips or if one of the teeth becomes loose. Sometimes repairs can be made on the same day. Complex repairs can take longer. The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner you have a well-fitting partial denture again.

Call us today to schedule your dentures appointment at Issaquah Dental Health.

Issaquah Dental Health
6520 226th Pl, SE #200
Issaquah, WA 98027
Phone: 425-392-1010
Fax: (425) 392-1886
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