Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth. They are custom-designed to fit your mouth for a better-looking smile. Dentures function much like your natural teeth and are cost-effective compared to implants and dental bridges. Partial dentures are recommended when some of your healthy teeth remains. Full dentures, however, are required when all of your teeth are missing. We proudly offer different kinds of dentures here at Our Denture Clinic in Calgary.
Who needs dentures?
Your dentist might recommend dentures in the occurrence of accidents, periodontal disease, or poor oral health. Well-suited dentures can support your facial muscles, improve your speech, and allows you to chew food evenly. Dentures are removable appliances that makes cleaning simple. Dentures or implant dentistry is the ideal long-term solution for tooth loss.
Types of Dentures
Keeping your natural teeth structure intact has several advantages, such as comfortability, preserving a natural look, preventing side effects of sagging cheeks, and boosting self-confidence. When teeth are extracted, it messes up the jaw structure and alters your face shape, making you appear older. Dentures also help to keep your jawbone aligned. At Galaxy Dental, most of our dentures are made up of acrylic which does not put too much pressure on the gums and jawbone. An acrylic denture is also less susceptible to accidental breakage compared to other materials. There are two primary types of dentures:
Partial Dentures are also known as “removable partial denture prosthesis” or “partials” are prescribed when nearby teeth are not healthy and strong enough to hold a bridge or when only a few teeth remain. Partial dentures are a set of artificial teeth that are held firmly by clasps and should fit comfortably into the remaining teeth. We offer cast partial dentures that are made with the metal supporting acrylic so that it is more durable. You can easily detach this appliance for simple cleaning while you sleep at night.
Complete Dentures commonly referred to as “full dentures” or “false teeth”, are prescribed when a patient needs to replace a full set of teeth. When patients suffer from tooth loss, their cheeks sags and alters the face shape. Lack of structure can easily be corrected by dentures giving it a natural, younger-looking appearance. Although wearing dentures may cause soreness in the beginning, pain is alleviated, eventually, as patients become accustomed to wearing it. There are two types of complete dentures: immediate dentures and overdentures.
As the name proposes, these dentures are inserted “immediately” after the extraction procedure. Prior to your teeth extractions, your denturist should have already taken precise measurements of your jaw and fabricate a model that is well-suited to your oral cavity. While you are under local anesthesia, the dentures will be then fitted soon after all your teeth get pulled, serving as a protective barrier to your gum tissues. The presence of dentures also reduces bleeding.
Immediate dentures are recommended so that you will not appear in public without teeth. However, during the healing period, your bones and gums may shrink. In that case, your immediate dentures need to be relined (adjusted) by your dentist. This healing period can take up to 6 months.
An overdenture is a removable denture that fits over your remaining teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, overdentures utilize dental implants to keep the denture secured in place. This is why overdentures on implants are sometimes called “implant-supported dentures”. Dental implants are titanium cylinders (screws) that are surgically placed into your jawbone where you can attach and de-attach the dentures.
If your dentures have become loose or not fitting comfortably, your dentist may suggest overdentures. This type of denture is advantageous because they stay in place while it gives you the convenience of removing it easily. The remaining teeth (if you have some left) can also be reshaped for a suitable fit.
Caring for Your Dentures
Regardless of the type of dentures, you may have, all dentures need to be cleaned daily, just like regular teeth. Even though dentures are artificial teeth – bacteria, plaque, and tartar could still build-up on them. These substances are harmful to the existing teeth and gums. The presence of plaque in your dentures could also spread to your natural teeth and gums, causing gum disease and cavities.
How to Clean Your Dentures:
1. Remove them from your mouth and run them under water to rinse off any loose food particles.
2. Wet a denture brush or a regular soft-bristle toothbrush and apply denture cleaner or a mild soap. Do not use household cleaners and regular toothpaste for cleaning dentures.
3. Brush all surfaces of the dentures gently, including under the clasps, where bacteria could accumulate. Be careful not to damage the plastic or bend the attachments.
4. While you are not wearing your dentures, be sure to clean and massage your gums. If toothbrushing is causing trauma to your gums, run it under warm water to make it softer, or try using a finger wrapped in a clean, damp cloth.
5. Rinse your dentures well with water before placing them back in your mouth.
**IMPORTANT: Always remove your dentures overnight to give your mouth a chance to rest. Soak them in warm water with or without a denture cleanser. If your dentures have metal clasps, only use warm water for soaking, as other soaking solutions can tarnish the metal. When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them in water to stop them from drying out or warping. Never use hot water for soaking. If you find any cracks in your dentures take them to your dentist immediately for repair.
If you are still uncertain whether dentures are suitable for you, call us today to book an appointment with our welcoming and knowledgeable dentists at our Calgary denture clinic. Let us assist you with all your denture needs. Come and be your own unique star here at Galaxy Dental Calgary.