Seaside Family Dentistry’s Dentures 101

At Seaside Family Dentistry, we realize that you may have lots of options when it to comes to getting dentures on the Oregon Coast. Dr. Scott Santos is proud to offer a variety of denture solutions to his patients, including full and partial dentures. We also want to make sure that you have all the information, so here is a brief primer on the denture process and what it involves.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removal replacements for those patients who are missing teeth that we use to restore their smiles. It doesn’t matter if a patient suffered tooth loss, gum disease, decay, or injury, dentures can help renew their smiles and make the wearer have a confidence in their health look. Dentures, when well fitted by a dentist, can make it easier for patients to speak and eat. Also, when people lose their teeth the muscles in the face begin to sag, making them appear older then they are. Well fitted dentures can help to fill out their facial appearance so that this does not happen. The dentist will additionally make sure the your dentures match any existing teeth.

Three Types Of Dentures

In general there are three types of dentures that our Seaside Family Dentistry patients might receive.

Conventional Dentures

These are fully removable dentures that are individually made and put in place after all existing teeth have been removed and gum tissue has made full recovery. The can be a many month process

Immediate Dentures

This kind of denture are placed inside the mouth the same day as the remaining teeth are removed. At this point you will already have been measured for this type of denture during a previous visits . These types of immediate denture are used so that our patients can have teeth during the healing process.


Sometimes, a few of a patient’s teeth can be kept to support dentures, offer suability and help preserve the jawbone. Overdentures are dentures that can fit over the remaining teeth you have left once they have been prepped by the dentist.

Getting Used To Your Dentures

It may take a few weeks before you become used to new dentures. They may feel loose at first, as you tongue and cheek learn how to hold them in place correctly. You may also feel soreness or irritation and experience an increase in saliva production. As mouth starts to familiarize itself with the how the new dentures feel, these issues will decrease and should go away completely.

It is important to schedule appointments to follow up with the dentist so that can check and adjust the dentures. It is also key to remember to continue to practice good home dental hygiene to brush you tongue gums and roof of your mouth with soft bristled toothbrush before you place you dentures every morning and take them out in the evening. Brushing can help stimulate circulation in gum tissue and also helps reduce plaque

If you are looking for the best dentures in Seaside or the Oregon Coast, please contact Seaside Family Dentistry today.