Dentures have garnered a poor reputation over the years, and are often seen as a last resort for those with tooth decay. But thanks to modern technology and recent innovations, dentures look more realistic than ever. They also fit more snugly and last longer. Don’t be afraid to show your smile – invest in dentures. The staff at WestSide Dental Group can create a custom set of dentures that will fit comfortably in your mouth so that you’ll be able to eat easily and speak confidently.
How do dentures work?
The base of the dentures is coloured to match your gums. They will fit snugly over the ridges where your teeth were. Dentures are held firmly into place using suction and the surface area of the mouth. In some cases, an adhesive is used to secure the dentures to the gums.
What are dentures made of?
Dentures are made with an acrylic base, and the artificial teeth are made of porcelain or hard resin. They’re designed to look and function like natural teeth. A set of dentures is custom-made to fit perfectly in your mouth.
What types of dentures are there?
Depending on the needs of each patient, there are different types of dentures used to restore tooth loss and resume normal functioning. We’ll cover the different types to give you a better idea of which dentures are right for you:
If you have some missing teeth, but other healthy ones that remain, then you may be interested in partial dentures. These removable sets are more affordable than dental implants. You can take them out when you need to sleep or clean them. Partial dentures are an alternative to bridges and crowns – some patients may be ineligible for bridges because their surrounding teeth are too weak, in which case they can opt for partial dentures instead.
These are a total replacement of all missing or unhealthy teeth. They’re designed to restore your smile fully and give you the ability to eat and speak as you normally would. A complete set of dentures will give you a secure smile.
There are two types of full dentures – immediate and permanent. While you heal from the tooth extraction, your gums will shrink and change shape; it’s during this time when immediate dentures are used. They’re a temporary set of teeth that allow you to live normally during the healing process. Once your mouth has healed (which can take up to six months), you will be ready for your set of permanent dentures.
Some patients are hesitant to try dentures because they’re afraid of them falling out or moving from their position while they’re talking. Dental implants are a way to alleviate this problem. Dentures that are implant-supported will be permanent; a metal post is anchored into the jawbone. Like other denture sets, the teeth are still removable; the only permanent features are the rods that are inserted in the jaw. The teeth can snap on and off when needed. Depending on the condition of the mouth, the patient may need two or four metal rods to secure the dental implants. Dental implants are not recommended for those who smoke. Cigarettes reduce blood flow because they constrict blood vessels, which increases the rate of implant failure.
What are the advantages of dentures?
They prevent a loss of structure in the mouth and jaw. Over time, these areas of the face can lose support and look collapsed due to the missing teeth. With dentures, these facial areas will stay in their correct position. They will be supported and therefore won’t lose structure. Dentures can give your facial structure the support it needs to prevent issues.
Do you have teeth that are seriously damaged? They may be causing you pain or embarrassment. With dentures, you can have those decayed teeth removed and replaced to alleviate your discomfort and restore your smile. If you’ve been unable to chew food because of missing teeth, this problem will be solved.
Missing teeth can lead to health issues. The exposed gums make infections more likely – complications may include strokes, clogged arteries, or cardiovascular disease. Missing teeth leave open pockets where bacteria can fester and cause gum disease. If bacteria from your mouth spreads to your heart, you may contract endocarditis. Dentures fill in these gaps and give you a smile that’s complete. You can rest assured that you will not experience nutritional deficits because of missing teeth.
How are they made?
The first step is taking a highly accurate impression of your mouth. A good set of dentures depends on a snug fit, so this step is crucial.
Patients are often given a temporary set of dentures that lets them adjust to their set. It is used after the natural teeth are extracted and during the healing process. This allows you to have teeth while the permanent dentures are being made. With a temporary set, the dentist can determine if the dentures fit perfectly or if adjustments need to be made.
What can I expect after receiving dentures?
It may take you several weeks to adjust to speaking, smiling, and eating with your new dentures. This is normal; the process takes time. If your dentures need to be readjusted, visit our dental office. We can fix a poor fit and make your false teeth comfortable in your mouth.
How long will they last?
Dental implants are a long-lasting set of replacement teeth. Their duration depends on how well they are taken care of, and the type of dentures that you have. You may need to make adjustments to the base of your dentures every few years as your gums change shape. On average, most dentures last between five to eight years.
What happens if my dentures are damaged?
Accidents happen; sometimes, you may chip or damage your dentures. At WestSide Dental Group, we offer denture repairs in case there are any incidents with your set.
How do I clean my dentures?
Not only do dentures look and act like regular teeth – they also need to be cleaned like them, too. They experience the same buildup of plaque and bacteria as natural teeth do. When it’s time to clean your dentures, take them out and rinse them under clean water. You can use a denture brush to remove any food particles from the artificial teeth. It’s a good idea to gently clean the gums underneath your dentures, as well, to prevent periodontal disease. When you take your dentures out for several hours, like when you go to sleep, keep them in a denture-soaking solution; if they dry out, they can become misshapen.
Do you need a solution for missing teeth? With dentures, you can enjoy a radiant smile again. Our staff at WestSide Dental Group has years of experience. We are confident that we can deliver results that will allow you to enjoy your smile for a lifetime. Let our Winnipeg dentists enhance your smile!