Dentures

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Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth and gums. If an accident, a 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.

What are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth and gums. If an accident, a 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. There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures your dentist or specialist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. The models are used to custom-make your dentures.

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Denture Procedure

Regardless of the type of dentures being fitted, patients will undergo a similar process:

The first visit will involve your dentist evaluating your gums and bone structure to work out whether dentures are appropriate.

Oral surgery may be performed to make the mouth more suitable for dentures. This typically involves tooth extractions. If this happens, an immediate set of dentures will be fitted to help the patient during the recovery process.

After any surgeries, the dentist will make impressions of your mouth and bite to inform the development of the final set of conventional dentures. The dentist will determine how your jaws relate to one another and the spaces between them.

Over a few appointments (2 to 4), your dentures will be adjusted depending on factors such as their fit, colour and shape until they serve their intended function.

There are different types of dentures. This is dependent upon the number of teeth missing along with other factors related to oral hygiene.

1 - Complete Denture Set

 Complete dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Sometimes, people who are receiving a complete set of dentures may need preparatory surgical procedures (such as tooth extractions to remove remaining teeth).

Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to. There are two sorts of complete sets: immediate and conventional.

Immediate dentures are made in advance of any sort of surgery so that they can be positioned straightaway once the procedure is finished. They are a temporary set designed to fill the patient’s mouth while they recover. Immediate sets will eventually be replaced by a conventional set of dentures. During the healing process, gums shrink and move so immediate dentures will require adjustment by your dentist.

Conventional dentures are made post-surgery and are not fitted immediately. Instead, dentists will wait until a patient’s gums are fully recovered. As such, it may be 2 or 3 months after a surgery that a patient will receive their complete set of conventional dentures. During this time, the dentures will be crafted with acrylic, nylon or metal (or a combination of different materials) to suit the patient’s mouth. Over multiple appointments, your dentist will assess your bite, jaws and gum colour to minimise future readjustments.

2 - Partial Denture Set

 Partial dentures are also called “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials.” They may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night.

The same multiple-appointment process that occurs with complete sets of dentures occurs with partial ones too.

Reasons for Dentures

1 - Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is essentially a gum infection. The bacteria causing these infections can spread from the gums to the structures that support teeth in the jawbone. This may, in turn, require tooth extractions and perhaps the fitting of dentures.

2 - Dental cavities

General tooth decay can become so serious that extraction is required. A dentist may recommend that dentures be fitted in the aftermath of this procedure.

3 - Facial sagging

Teeth help to support your facial muscles. When teeth go missing, the face will often sag and cheeks may appear sunken in. A dentist may recommend the fitting of dentures for this aesthetic purpose of making the face look full again. This can have a positive effect on self esteem and confidence.

4 - Chewing and speaking issues

 If you are missing teeth, you may have noticed that eating and talking is not as easy as it once was. While dentures can take a while to get used to, they will eventually help you return to chewing your food and speaking as you once did with your natural teeth.

Caring for Your Dentures

Once you dentures have been fitted:

– Soft foods should be eaten, gradually becoming harder as you become used to chewing.

– When you first get your dentures, you should sleep with your dentures in so your gums can get used to holding them in place. Once you become accustomed to dentures, you should not sleep with them in your mouth.

– You should practice speaking so that you become accustomed to talking with dentures in your mouth.

Dentures need to be properly maintained just like natural teeth to ensure not only your oral hygiene but the dentures’ longevity:

 – Avoid sticky foods that can stick to the base and damage the dentures.

 – Avoid hot foots that can melt the dentures.

 – Do not use tooth picks.

 – Re-position the dentures when they dislodge from your gums by biting down and swallowing.

 – Brush and rinse your dentures with a soft-bristled brush each morning and night.

 – Rinse your dentures after every meal.

 – Brush your gums softly to stimulate circulation.

 – Gargle with warm salt water to kill bacteria and disinfect sores.

 – Handle with care! Your dentures CAN break, so be mindful of that when removing them.

 – Soak every night in cold water and a common household soap or mild dishwashing liquid. Bleach will whiten the colouring so avoid this.

 – Ultrasonic cleaners are an option. Here, the dentures soak in a small tub of water and cleaning solution with sound waves creating a motion that dislodges food and grit.

Keep in mind that follow-up appointments are needed. Your jaw changes shape over time so your dentist will need to readjust your dentures every so often and replace them after 5 to 7 years.

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FAQs on Traditional Dentures

Signs include:

– Chips in the dentures

– Difficulty chewing after the two-week acclimatization process

– A changing fit in your mouth

– Pressure sores on your gums

– Speech pattern changes

– Consistent bad breath

 Dentures are far more affordable than implants. Dentures are, typically, more aesthetically pleasing than having missing or decayed teeth. They also support your cheeks and lips and prevent them from sagging.

Adhesives can help by assisting with the stability of facial muscles and the dryness of a denture-wearer’s mouth. However, you should not use an adhesive instead of getting your dentures refitted or adjusted. Also, people sometimes have allergic reactions to adhesives so your doctor should be consulted prior to use. Otherwise, you can use an over-the-counter adhesive if you believe it will make your experience with dentures more comfortable.

It is generally recommended that you should visit your dentist every 6 months for teeth cleaning and evaluation. In these sessions, your dentist can also check-up on your dentures.

 At Wilson East Dental Care in Ancaster, quality is our biggest concern, and we will fit your dentures quickly and properly so you can keep on going with your normal life.  To book an appointment please call or use our online form and our staff will contact you to confirm your appointment time and date.

An Alternative to Traditional Dentures: Implant Supported Dentures

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

An implant-supported prosthesis is a denture which is both retained and supported by four or more dental implants. This means that the denture does not rest on the gums, rather it is fixed on dental implants that are embedded in bone. Unlike dentures, implant supported dentures stay in your mouth all the time, meaning you cannot take them in and out. Only your dentist will remove the denture for cleaning and examination.

Since regular dentures sit directly on the gums, they can rub and irritate them, which can cause sores.  The lining of the denture sometimes has to be changed to address the sore spots. Conventional dentures do not stimulate the bone since they just sit on top of your gums. The jawbone will shrink and the shape of your mouth will change. This means that the dentist could have to regularly adjust the denture to fit the shape of your mouth. 

Implant supported dentures actually draw strength from the bone. The dental implants that support these dentures are embedded in the bone, which prevents them from slipping and gives them added strength. They do not create sore spots from rubbing against the gums. Dental implants stimulate the bone and, as a result, the bone is far less likely to shrink.

Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are designed to take the force of your bite and direct it fully through the dental implants into your bone. They are really designed to ensure you have the most natural and effective bite possible.

In general, implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional dentures as they require dental implants and are generally made out of higher quality materials. They often cannot use mini implants, so people need a good amount of bone to support them.

Conventional Dentures vs. Implant Supported Dentures

Which is better for you, conventional or implant supported dentures? Consider how each type will affect performance and how they will feel in your mouth.

Both types of dentures can give great cosmetic and functional results, so picking the right choice for you depends on some related factors that can determine how each will fit into your lifestyle.

First, you have to consider whether your jawbone is compatible with implant-supported dentures. If you don’t have enough jawbone to support a full complement of dental implants, you may not be able to get an implant-supported denture.

Die If you frequently eat some hard-to-chew foods, like steak, you’ll probably get better results from implant-supported dentures since they are more stable in the mouth and won’t move as you chew.

Health: If you have conditions like TMJ or sleep apnea that will benefit from the support of having your dentures in at night, you should look at permanently affixed implant-supported dentures, which have the strength to help with your conditions and won’t have to be removed at night.

Lifestyle: If you don’t like the thought of having removable dentures or want to make sure your teeth are always in place when you wake up first thing in the morning, then implant-supported dentures are the right choice.

Cost: Never make a health decision exclusively on the basis of cost, but it’s an important factor to consider. Implant-supported dentures tend to be more expensive than traditional dentures.

The best way to decide which is right for you is to schedule a consultation with us at Wilson East Dental Care. We look forward to helping you get your best smile!

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