Missing teeth make it difficult to speak, tricky to smile and force you to think twice before enjoying your favourite foods. Whether you are missing several or all of your teeth, dentures are a custom-made dental prosthesis which restores the function of your smile (we double checked and this is the correct grammar). Modern dentures are made to suit your smile for a natural look. Already have dentures? Even patients with perfect prosthetics need to visit their dentist from time to time.
Candidates for Dentures
Did you know that around one quarter or adults over the age of 65 are missing all of their teeth? Dentures are a common and respectable solution to missing teeth. They are so dependable and natural-looking that you’ve probably spoken to someone with dentures and didn’t even know it. Do you think you might be a good candidate for dentures? To be a good candidate for this restorative treatment you should:
- Wish to replace several or all of your teeth. There are alternative solutions available if you wish to replace just one or two teeth.
- Not smoke or use other tobacco products. Tobacco and smoking harm your gum tissue and will quickly disrupt the fit and colour of your denture.
- Have a healthy jawbone. After you lose a tooth, your jawbone will slowly become thin and less able to support a denture-- especially an implant-supported denture.
- Be ready to take good care of your dentures at home and with routine cleanings and checkups!
Preventive dental visits help maintain the functionality of your remaining natural teeth so your dentures remain unaffected by any potential problems that can arise. Your overall oral health is important to us and we will ensure your dentures fit comfortably for as long as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of Dentures are there?
The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all of the teeth are called partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present and also cover and rest on the gums and bone where the teeth are missing.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures will depend on the kind of denture you need and the complexity of your dental care. We will provide you with a quote after your first consultation.
How do I care for my dentures?
We will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions for your dentures. Here's a quick reminder: While your dentures are removed, be sure to clean and massage your gums. If your toothbrush hurts your gums, run it under warm water to make it softer or try using a finger wrapped in a clean, damp cloth. If you have partial dentures, brush your natural teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss.
Can I sleep in my dentures?
Always remove your dentures overnight to give your mouth a chance to rest. Soak them in warm water with or without 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, keep them in water to stop them from drying out or warping. Never use hot water for soaking.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
When you first get your dentures you may have to start with soft foods until your mouth becomes accustomed to your new teeth. Some minor irritation may occur during this time. As you get used to your new dentures you can begin introducing more challenging foods back into your diet. Use a knife and fork to start the chewing process for you, chewing slowly using your teeth in the back of your mouth. You may use a small amount of denture adhesive to hold your dentures in place. For a more secure fit, you may consider implant supported dentures.
How much pain is involved in getting dentures?
Your health and comfort are our top priorities. A denture solution that's right for you might include tooth extractions or dental surgery in preparation for your dentures. All dental care is completed accurately and precisely so you can heal and recover quickly with as little discomfort as possible. Sedation options are available.