If an accident, disease, or poor oral health care has left you with only a few healthy teeth or none at all, your dentist might suggest dentures to replace your missing teeth. Pathways Dental Clinic is pleased to offer you the option of Dentures.
A denture is an artificial, removable dental restoration replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth, and offer you the function of natural teeth, while also enhancing your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partials. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth; it prevents other teeth from shifting towards the empty spaces.
A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed inside the mouth after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments and liners will be completed to ensure proper fit.
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (moulds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Multiple “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, colour, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural, comfortable, and precise fit. It’s important to note that dentures rely on your soft tissue for retention and support. As such, dental implants are sometimes used to secure the dentures more firmly, which drastically increases the retention, resulting in less moving around.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty. However, this will subside as your muscles, and tissues get used to the new dentures.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
They are very durable appliances and can last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear. If you think you might be a good candidate, Pathways Dental Clinic is here to discuss it with you.