Complete or Partial Dentures
If you’re in need of partial, complete or “full” dentures in Regina, then you are not alone. It has been reported that millions of Canadians are missing at least one tooth. Whether you are missing most or all of your teeth, have had no success with implants or had an injury resulting in tooth loss, dentures might be the best course of action for you. Keep in mind that partial dentures can be a comfortable and less invasive option for filling in one or more missing teeth.
Removable Complete or Partial Dentures
Have you had to remove one, several or all of your teeth because of tooth decay, gum diseases or an accident? Do you want to replace them in order to restore your smile, improve your chewing and your speech? Your dentist may have suggested a denture. There are two types of removable dentures; complete dentures or partial dentures.
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Dentures in Today’s Modern Dentistry
Dentures not only look and feel much more real than in recent years, but patients have commented on how comfortable they are compared to years ago. Today’s dentures are typically made from acrylic and can be fabricated in a couple different ways:
Complete Dentures – Use of complete dentures consists of both a top and bottom plate that can be fabricated in a number of ways. If a few teeth remain, these will generally be pulled to make room for the denture. The bottom denture will fit snug over the gum line in a horseshoe shape to make room for the tongue. The upper denture will cover the palate of the upper mouth to hold it firmly in place. Sometimes an implant can be used to secure dentures in place. Each individual will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Partial Dentures – Are generally a removable acrylic bridge accompanied by metal framework that fits around remaining teeth to fill in the gap. Partials are typically used when both the remaining teeth and gums are in great condition, but there are several missing teeth on either the upper or lower jaw. Many times partials are used as a less invasive or non-surgical alternative to implants after an accident results in missing teeth.
Immmediate Dentures – This course of action may be the best bet when all of your remaining teeth will need to be pulled. Impressions of your mouth will be taken upon the first visit for fabrication, so that after the remaining teeth are pulled your dentures will be ready to be worn immediately. There can be some aesthetic compromises that will have to be made in some cases, due to being unable to check the fit prior to tooth extraction.
If you are seeking dentures in Regina, SK but unsure whether partial dentures or complete dentures may be right for you, consult your experienced Regina Dentist at Cathedral Dental.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
All dentures are custom made to your mouth, gums and jaw bone structures so that the contours allow them to stay firmly in place. The muscles in your mouth also adjust to life with dentures, placing further pressure in the appropriate spots for control. Lower dentures can sometimes shift a bit more due to the tongue, so there are alternatives to help them stay in place. Overlaying dentures onto existing teeth can sometimes be an option, as well as implants to keep them in place. Common over the counter adhesives can also be found at any drug store.
Adhesives can be helpful for many patients as it increases confidence and greatly impacts everyday activities such as eating and even speech. However, if a patient feels the need to use adhesives all the time to keep their dentures from falling out, they may be poorly constructed and would need to be replaced. It’s always good to consult with your dentist or prosthodontist if you are having issues keeping dentures in place.
Eating with new dentures for the first couple of weeks may feel a bit foreign and take some practice. However, after the first initial “break in” period, most patients find that chewing and eating with dentures is a lot easier than with missing teeth. Be cautious with hot foods or foods that are stickier or extremely hard.
Losing your teeth can be painful – in more ways than one. But it’s a problem that can be resolved with excellent results. Dentists with Rosemont Dental and staff can provide you with a comfortable, attractive substitute to your natural teeth that, with proper care, will help you live a healthier, happier life.
Between 5 and 7 years. Just like natural teeth, dentures wear down and stain with age. Your mouth is constantly changing. To make sure your dentures fit properly, they will need adjustments from time to time. We suggest seeing your dentist yearly for a denture check-up. You should always notify your dentist at the first sign of irritation, no matter how minor it may seem. Your health and comfort are important.
Dentures may feel strange at first. They may seem too big, and you may notice an increase in saliva. This is normal. Once your facial muscles and oral tissues adapt, your dentures should feel very comfortable. Some people adjust to dentures in a week, while others take a little longer.
Always clean your dentures over a basin of water or a damp towel to avoid breakage if you drop them. Hold them gently between your thumb and fingers, and brush them using a denture brush and denture cleaner or soap – all readily available at any drugstore. Use only lukewarm water and avoid gritty pastes or powders. You should clean your dentures after every meal.
Every case is different. Your dentist will let you know what’s right for you. There are special precautions to take with your dentures when they are not being used. Your dentist will explain these to you.