Dentures are removable devices used to replace missing teeth. Over the years, dentures have improved to become more comfortable and natural-looking.
Missing teeth can impair speech and make a face appear sunken. Dentures solve this by providing structure around your tongue, cheeks, and lips.
If your remaining teeth are causing you extreme pain or are severely damaged, removing and replacing them with dentures is a viable solution.
Dentures will enable you to properly chew your food and keep properly nourished with a variety of foods in your diet. You’ll also speak and smile with confidence.
All your remaining teeth will be extracted. The gum tissue will need to heal before you can wear the full removable denture in your mouth. You may be without teeth for some time as healing can take several months. Your denture will be fabricated at the dental laboratory.
Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send to the dental lab where the denture will be created. This type of denture is placed in your mouth the same day your remaining teeth are extracted which is advantageous over a toothless waiting period. However, you need to have your dentures relined after several months. Your dentures can become loose due to the bone supporting your teeth which may have reshaped.
If your remaining teeth can be saved, they will be used as a denture support. They will be prepared by your dentist and your over denture will be fitted over them.
You and your dentist will discuss which of the three types of dentures will suit you best.
Your dentures will become worn over many years and may loosen as your mouth changes shape so they’ll need to be relined or remade.
A delay in replacing aged dentures can cause gum irritation and difficulty chewing. Be sure to maintain your routine dental appointments so your dentures and mouth can be examined.
It’s normal for your new dentures to feel awkward, bulky, or loose at first.
There will be an adjustment period as you get comfortable eating and speaking with dentures. Your tongue and cheek muscles will be working to secure your dentures.
If you have further concerns, let your dentist know right away so you can verify if what you’re experiencing is normal and related to your dentures.
You still need to practice good oral hygiene habits even without natural teeth remaining. Your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth need to be brushed daily before wearing your dentures. Your dentures also need to be brushed gently.
Brushing will help eliminate plaque and food debris, protect your mouth from irritation, prevent bad breath, and avoid denture staining.
Use your toothbrush or a non-abrasive cleanser. Ask your dentist to recommend which products you should use. Keep your dentures submerged in water when you’re not wearing them.
If you feel using a denture adhesive will make you more comfortable, discuss it with your dentist.
For more information about dentures, call West Wind Dental at (403) 252‑1444. We can book you an appointment with one of our dentists.