Dentures are removable appliances that serve as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made of acrylic and/or metal and are intended to resemble natural teeth.
A complete denture is used on a patient when all of his or her teeth are missing. A partial denture is used when there are still natural teeth remaining in the mouth. A denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
Complete dentures are either conventional or immediate. A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. This process usually takes four to six weeks. Until the healing is complete the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made in advance and are immediately placed after the teeth are removed. However, once the tissues under the denture have healed, the patient will have to return to the office for some adjustments to the immediate partial.
Although very durable and long lasting appliances, after many years dentures may have to be remade, repaired or readjusted due to normal wear and tear of the denture as well as to changes to the underlying jaw bone and tissues.
Reasons for dentures:
- Complete dentures are recommended where there is a total loss of teeth in either the top or bottom arches,
- Partial dentures is one way if replacing teeth where there are several teeth missing in either the top or bottom arches,
- Dentures can be recommended to enhance the smile, and
- Dentures can also improve chewing, speech and digestion.
What is involved in getting a denture Kanata:
The process of getting a denture placed in your mouth takes several appointments and a number of weeks. During your first visit, measurements and/or tooth modifications will be performed. As well, impressions will be taken of your mouth in order that the dental lab can properly mill your dental appliance. When the denture has been prepared you will return to the office for a try on session. You may have to return several times to get the adjustments just right. These adjustments are normally required in part because of the ongoing healing of the tissue under the denture.
Most patients experience some early issues with increased salivary flow, mild soreness and possibly some speech and chewing difficulty. These difficulties, however, will subside in short course as your muscles and tissues get used to this new denture sitting in your mouth.
Proper care and cleaning of your denture, along with good oral hygiene and regular visits to our office at March Dental will help maintain a long life for your new denture.