Dentures are removable dental appliances designed to restore one or more missing teeth. They consist of a gum-coloured acrylic base that sits directly on your gums, and which supports the replacement denture teeth.
Full, Immediate or Partial Dentures
Dentures can be full, meaning they will restore an entire arch of teeth. You might also hear full dentures being called complete dentures and they can be used to restore just a single upper or lower arch, or both arches. Just make it even more confusing, complete or full dentures can be called conventional, or they can be immediate dentures.
Immediate dentures are very useful because they are made before teeth are removed and are worn immediately afterwards until your gums have healed. This means you needn’t worry about being left without teeth after having your natural teeth removed. The reason for supplying immediate dentures in Newcastle is because during the healing process your gums will change shape quite considerably and it may be three months or so before they are ready for a conventional denture. Sometimes it’s possible to modify immediate dentures during or after the healing process by relining the fitting surface to accommodate the gum changes, but normally immediate dentures are a temporary solution and are only worn until conventional or more permanent dentures are made.
If you have some existing teeth, you may need what’s called a partial denture, and this will restore one or more missing teeth in the same arch, but which aren’t necessarily adjacent to each other. Partial dentures are frequently strengthened with a metal substructure that can be made from cobalt chrome, a very strong, lightweight metal. Also, partial dentures will often have clasps fitting around existing teeth and which are made from metal. These clasps help to retain the denture more firmly in place but may sometimes be visible when you smile or talk.
Will Dentures Feel and Look Natural?
Here at West Bowmanville Family Dental, we take considerable care when fabricating any type of denture. We aim to make sure the denture provides the correct amount of support for your cheeks and lips, restoring your facial features to the correct dimensions. This is extremely important when designing full dentures. Also, we will make sure the dentures provide good functionality, so you can bite and chew food adequately. The range of denture teeth available for dentures is huge, as they come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and shades. Our dentist in Clarington will help you select the most appropriate denture teeth to create a natural looking appearance.
What Can I Do about Loose Dentures?
If you already wear dentures and have noticed they are getting loose, it’s best to come and see our dentist. We can check its fit, and if necessary, we can reline the fitting surface, so it is more secure, or when needed we can remake the denture entirely. Another option is to investigate implant-supported dentures.
These dentures are supported by dental implants inserted directly into the jawbone during a small surgical procedure. Please don’t be concerned about this because we will make sure the entire procedure is as smooth and comfortable as possible. The wonderful thing about dental implants is that they replicate real tooth roots, providing strong support for replacement teeth or in this case for a denture.
An implant-supported denture has specialized attachments on its fitting surface that clip onto the dental implants. These ensure your denture cannot shift position and provide far greater stability than a denture that merely rests on the gums. Also, because relatively few dental implants are needed, an implant-supported denture in Courtice is highly affordable.