Blog Archive

Common Concerns and Solutions for Denture Wearers Feb 8th, 2020

After a long time of denture wearing, I'm losing bone in my jaw. Can this be fixed? Research shows that once the teeth are removed, the jawbone begins to shrink and change shape. Dentures should be checked every year, relined as needed for fit, and replaced every 5-8 years (depending...

Life After Tooth Loss: How Denture Implants Can Restore Your Quality of Life Feb 8th, 2020

How implant supported dentures can change your life. While it’s true that implant supported dentures are slightly more expensive, the benefits might easily outweigh the added investment. Denture implants typically provide: Greater speech and chewing ability A more youthful look A denture solution that feels and looks more natural Long...

4 Reasons You Should Visit Your Denturist If You Wear Dentures Feb 8th, 2020

Do you wear full or partial dentures? Here are 4 reasons why denture wearers should schedule regular visits to their denturist. Many patients mistakenly believe that if they wear full or partial dentures, or have dental implants, they no longer have to make regular appointments with their denturist, but did...

What’s the Difference Between a Dentist and Denturist? And why you need Both! Feb 8th, 2020

Here’s what you need to know about these two professions and how to decide which oral health professional’s services are best for you. Despite many patients believing that dentures are only for senior or older patients, the truth is that tooth loss can happen at any age, to anyone, and...

3 Challenges of New Dentures and How to Overcome Them Feb 8th, 2020

Modern dentures are a convenient and comfortable tooth replacement option for patients with tooth loss. However, first-time wearers may experience some initial discomfort. Here are 3 challenges of wearing dentures for the first time and how to combat them. Your new dentures are a foreign object in your mouth, so...

4 Reasons Why It’s Important to Repair Your Dentures Quickly Feb 8th, 2020

Here are 4 reasons why it’s important to visit your nearest denture clinic for professional denture repair services: It Will Save You Money All dentures will require some type of repair at one point, whether your denture starts to feel loose or it breaks. Postponing a visit to your denturist...

Why You Should Get Poorly Fitting Dentures Relined Jan 4th, 2020

Do you find your dentures frequently slip or fall out? Are they causing you more discomfort or pain than usual? It’s probably time for a reline, or possibly new dentures. At Berlanga Dentures in Tacoma and Puyallup, WA, we see many patients every day who come to us because they’ve...

New Dentures: What to Expect Jan 4th, 2020

For many people having new dentures can be daunting, especially if this is your first time.  To put your mind at ease here’s a simple run down of what to expect at each appointment, throughout the denture consultation process. Where Do I Start? If you’re considering dentures, you already know...

When and Why Should I Replace My Dentures? Jan 4th, 2020

There comes a time for every denture wearer when the dentures just don’t fit like they used to. Often this can be remedied by a reline or rebase, but if your dentures break or you’ve had them for more than 8 years, it may be time to replace them. There...

Dry Mouth: Is It My Dentures? Jan 4th, 2020

Saliva in our mouths, and the benefit it provides, is something we often take for granted. However, when production of your saliva is less than adequate it can create difficulties and health concerns. Did you know the bulk of saliva is derived from three pairs of glands in the mouth?...

How Dental Implants Can Improve Denture Function Jan 4th, 2020

Dentures supported by dental implants The addition of dental implants can make dentures feel more natural and functional, when compared to dentures worn without any implant anchor. They provide denture-wearers with more confidence and freedom, knowing the dentures will not move. Dentures can offer a significant improvement to daily mouth...

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings Jan 4th, 2020

Here at Berlanga Dentures in WA, we encourage and promote healthy oral and dental care. Although we specialize in dentures, we work with some of the best dental surgeons and dentists in Puget Sound. Which is why we encourage our patients to remember that although they may wear dentures, this...

Dating with Dentures Nov 19th, 2019

A common concern among many denture wearers is how to date or start a new relationship. This is a legitimate concern because smiling, laughing, talking, dining out, even staying the night with someone for the first time, can cause anxiety if you wear dentures. Many feel it’s best to be...

9 Risk Factors for Tooth Loss Nov 19th, 2019

Although we specialize in dentures here at Berlanga Dentures, we are also great advocates for healthy teeth! Avoiding tooth decay and loss is almost entirely within our personal control. In the Journal of Periodontology, dental experts list these nine risk factors for tooth loss due to periodontal disease. The greatest...

The FAQ’s for New Denture Wearers Nov 19th, 2019

Starting out on your denture journey can be quite daunting and you may have many questions. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions: Q:  How long does the process of getting new dentures take? Our consultation process usually takes four appointments from the start of treatment to the...

Four of the Most Common Types of Dentures Explained Nov 19th, 2019

It can be difficult to decide which of the many different types of dentures are best for you.  This is especially true if you are new to dentures. Keep in mind that here at Berlanga Dentures in Tacoma and Puyallup, all our dentures are custom made in our lab, specific...

Effects of Smoking for Denture Wearers Nov 19th, 2019

As we are all aware smoking is not good for our health, but how does smoking effect the oral health for those with dentures or partial dentures? Smoking cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products can cause negative effects to the attachment of soft tissues and bone to the...

Can I Get a Partial Denture for One Tooth? Nov 19th, 2019

When you think of the word “denture” you may think of a full set of teeth, but that’s not always the case. Yes, full dentures can be used to replace a whole set of teeth, but you can also have a removable Partial Denture to fill the gap from just...

More About Denture Care – How to Maintain your Wonderful Smile! Nov 19th, 2019

Dentures fabricated here at Berlanga Dentures will provide you with a natural looking smile, but with proper maintenance, your smile will last longer for you.  As with natural teeth, dentures can wear down and stain from foods/beverages and other habits such as smoking.  Additionally, as we age, changes to the...

How to Avoid Denture Problems Nov 19th, 2019

Some denture wearers can experience infection in the corners of their mouth known as Angular Cheilitis, an inflammation that occurs at the corners of the mouth. Angular cheilitis is a common inflammatory condition for those with increased folding or wrinkling of skin at the corners of the mouth, which can...

What to do if the Acrylic of Your Denture Doesn’t Match the Tissue in Your Mouth Oct 25th, 2019

When the tissue, or pink portion of your denture, is not the same color as the natural tissue in your mouth, your denture can look fake. Everyone wants their denture to look natural, but can the tissue of the denture be lightened or darkened? The answer is, Yes! We have...

Finding Support for Denture Mental Health and Anxiety Oct 25th, 2019

There were many things that can hold you back from seeking treatment or considering dentures. A lot has to do with the fear of how people might perceive you if you were to become a denture wearer. You may be worried about what people will think if they knew you...

Denture Care Oct 25th, 2019

Your Winning Smile Dentures fabricated at Berlanga Dentures will provide you with a natural looking smile, and with proper maintenance, your smile will last longer for you. As with natural teeth, your dentures will wear down and can stain from food, beverages and other habits like smoking. As we age...

Can Dental Implants Cause Problems During Airport Security? Oct 25th, 2019

Contrary to urban legend, dental implants do not set off airport alarms.  Implants are not magnetic and are made of surgical grade titanium. Dental implants are designed to be very safe for everyone, and for anything a person may need to do, like going through the airport.  Dental implants are...

Everyone Should Have Natural Looking Dentures Oct 25th, 2019

Everyone says they want a perfect smile, but what makes a smile ‘perfect’ is when you see the individual’s natural beauty and personality reflected in their smile. No set of teeth are the same, nor are they laid out perfectly like keys on a piano. A natural smile will have...

How to Apply Denture Adhesive Oct 25th, 2019

We get a lot of patients asking about a good denture adhesive.  For the most part they all do a pretty good job, the trick to its effectiveness is in the application. Here are a few tips: Apply the adhesive evenly on the surface that rests on your tissue (gums)....

Everything You Need to Know About Your Partial Dentures Sep 11th, 2019

Is it possible to perfectly color match my partial denture to my remaining natural teeth? We are highly trained in the art of color and shade matching here at Berlanga Dentures. Our dentures are custom made specifically for you. Assuming your partial denture is new, we can work to produce...

What are Permanent Dentures? Sep 11th, 2019

The term “permanent dentures” is deceptive and misleading. As we know, most things in life are not permanent, teeth and dentures alike. Typically, “permanent dentures” are retained by screws or dental cement onto dental implants and are known as “implant dentures.” However, even implant dentures need to be taken out...

Why Dentures Are the Answer Sep 11th, 2019

Most of us like to have a beautiful set of teeth as it makes us more confident in dealing with the world. The dental industry is a multi-million-dollar business that grows bigger every year. There are many options for dental problems however many of them are exorbitantly expensive and not...

Living Well with Dentures Sep 11th, 2019

When you have dentures, oral care is still very important, and routine exams are recommended to maintain overall oral health. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been in to see us, call and schedule an appointment soon. To maintain healthy dentures: Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth...

Dentures Are Not Just for Seniors Sep 11th, 2019

Many people mistakenly assume that dentures are only meant for older patients. While it is true that most patients using dentures are seniors, in specific situations even a young adult may have to consider dentures. Dentures are a traditional prosthetic option for patients who have lost all or most of...

7 Tips for New Denture Wearers Sep 11th, 2019

The first few days of wearing new dentures can be challenging for eating, talking, and comfort. You can expect that adjustments will need to be made as the dentures settle into place. Patience is the key to a successful experience with your dentures. Here are some tips to help you...

DOES MY INSURANCE COVER DENTURES? May 16th, 2019

Here at Berlanga Dentures we understand the importance of covering your medical expenses.  Health benefits give you the piece of mind and assurance that if something goes wrong, you have the coverage to take care of your medical needs.If you have dental insurance, it may include coverage for dentures. This...

BERLANGA DENTURES TAKES PROVIDER ONE INSURANCE IN WASHINGTON May 14th, 2019

Yes! We Take Provider One Berlanga Dentures accepts Provider One and can help you if you qualify. There are very few denturists in Washington state who accept Provider One, so we are pleased to be able to offer this to our patients who qualify and need our assistance. We are here to...

ALL ABOUT ADHESIVE Apr 14th, 2019

How much denture adhesive do I need?For your upper denture, we recommend placing a toothbrush-length of adhesive in the middle, so as you place the denture it will spread out evenly. For the lower denture, apply 4 pea-size drops of adhesive. Be careful not to use too much adhesive.How do...

FEARLESS DENTURES Apr 14th, 2019

The transition from having teeth to wearing dentures can be traumatic. Losing teeth is like losing a limb or other major body part: you experience a significant sense of loss.That’s why it is so important to have someone who will work with you start to finish, prepare you for what...

CAN I EAT NORMALLY WITH DENTURES? Apr 14th, 2019

Dentures replace natural teeth, but they do not feel the same. Although your mouth and tongue become accustomed to this new dental appliance, you will need to change how you handle your food. You may also consider cutting food into smaller pieces, using both sides of your mouth to chew,...

CAN I SLEEP IN MY DENTURES? Apr 14th, 2019

Yes, you can wear your dentures at night, but it is preferred that they be removed. Removing your dentures at night will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. It allows the tissue to heal and encourages blood flow....

I NEED DENTURES, WHERE DO I START? Apr 14th, 2019

The best starting point to see if dentures are an option for you is to see a denturist.A denturist is a specialist with specific training focused on the restoration and replacement of teeth. A denturist will also be able to explain all your options and help you find a solution...

HOW MUCH PAIN IS INVOLVED WITH GETTING DENTURES? Apr 14th, 2019

When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of pain varies. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set it may take longer. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth...

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT DENTURES Apr 14th, 2019

Here are some of the most common misconceptions about having dentures. They Make You Look OlderAfter the original teeth are removed, there will eventually be a loss of jawbone which can cause some sagging in the lower half of your face making you look older. But dentures don’t have to make...

UNCOMFORTABLE DENTURES? MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR A RELINE! Apr 14th, 2019

My dentures don’t fit the same anymore!If your dentures no longer fit as well as they once did, you may need to have a procedure done to refit the base of the denture, called a “reline.” This procedure will enable your dentures to have a tighter, better fit.If you're a...

BERLANGA DENTURES SAYS THANK YOU! Jan 26th, 2019

This holiday Berlanga Dentures wanted to find a way to say, “Thank You,” to all the dentists and oral surgeons who have referred patients to us throughout the year. We appreciate the business and referrals, because together we can help those who need our services and want to feel confident...

ARE DENTURES RIGHT FOR YOU? Jan 26th, 2019

The best way to make the healthiest transition from natural teeth to dentures is to take good care of your mouth throughout your lifetime and see a dentist regularly. If you are currently experiencing any symptoms, schedule a consultation with us to see if dentures are a good option for you. We...

HAVE YOU NOTICED YOUR DENTURES ARE CHANGING, OR NOT FITTING CORRECTLY? Jan 26th, 2019

If you’ve noticed your dentures have changed or are not fitting as well, there could be several reasons why. Many things can contribute to a change in how your dentures fit, such as weight loss, weight gain, an illness, a new medication, or a significant change in your daily habits...

WHY IS A DENTURIST ALWAYS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOUR DENTURE NEEDS? Jan 26th, 2019

Denturism is defined as the practice of “Denturists” examining oral health, planning treatment, making artificial dentures including other removable oral appliances, and fitting them to their patients. Equipped with solid technical training as a technician, and post-technician training in sciences, clinical skills and interpersonal skills, the Denturist can design, create, construct,...

DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO DENTURES? Dec 22nd, 2018

If you go to your dentist and they explain that you are going to need dentures, did you realize you have options besides going through your dentist for those dentures? We recommend you do some research.If you have dental insurance it could cover up to 50% of the expense when...

WHY JOEY BERLANGA PREFERS LUCITONE 199? Dec 10th, 2018

Lucitone 199 is a type of acrylic resin used for the base of your dentures. The type of acrylic resin used for your dentures is important to consider, because you want your dentures to look and feel like your natural teeth. To do that things like, color stability, strength, durability and...

CAN I GET MY DENTURES DONE IN A DAY? Dec 9th, 2018

How long does the process of getting your dentures take?We hear these questions often. The truth is, getting your dentures is something that is unique to everyone. How long the process takes depends on the type of dentures you get, the fit, and in some cases, the health of your...

THE RIGHT WAY TO CLEAN YOUR DENTURES Dec 8th, 2018

Always try to remove and rinse your dentures after you eat.  Fill the sink with water and run water over your dentures to remove any food debris. You can place a towel nearby or in the sink to avoid damaging your teeth if you drop them. Handle your dentures carefully....

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DENTURES BREAK? Dec 2nd, 2018

First, don’t panic. Although a broken denture can be frustrating and a bit disconcerting, keep in mind that it is a common occurrence. You are certainly not alone, according to the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, there will be around 37 ½ million people wearing full dentures by the year 2020. If you’ve...

PRISCILLA BERLANGA WORKS ALONGSIDE HER DAD AS SHE BEGINS HER TRAINING TO BECOME A DENTURIST Nov 30th, 2018

Priscilla Berlanga, who just turned 25, grew up in a family of denturists.  Her grandparents, her father, her uncle, her mother, even her cousin has played a part in the Berlanga denturist legacy, so it makes sense that one of the Berlanga children would join the practice, but Priscilla never...

A SMILE THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOU: BERLANGA DENTURES FEATURES THE NEXT GENERATION OF DENTURE TEETH Nov 14th, 2018

Not all dentures are created equally. Berlanga Dentures offers the most life-like options available, with their Phonares II teeth, fabricated in Italy. Precision crafted with Nano Hybrid Composite, Phonares II represents the next generation of dentures. Offering a unique blend of unrivaled beauty and unparalleled performance, Phonares II are created...

BERLANGA DENTURES SPONSORS QUARTER MIDGET RACER LANDON SPROLES Nov 13th, 2018

Quarter Midget Racing is a family sport that involves racing on oval tracks, about 1/20 of a mile, in specially prepared cars for children ages 5 to 16 years of age. Started in the late 60’s, the Little Wheels Quarter Midget Association, held its first races in parking lots like the B&I...

THE BERLANGA FAMILY Oct 19th, 2018

The Berlanga family history is not only about this wonderful family and their dedication to the denturist community here in Western Washington, it’s also about being pioneers in their industry.  Joey Berlanga Sr., Joey and John’s father, started the denture business at 17-years-old with Harold Moss, who was the mayor at...