First it’s just a wiggle, then they wobble. Before you know it, gaps caused by missing teeth are making it hard for you to chew your food.
Why get dentures?
Missing a partial or full set of teeth due to aging? Dentures will play an important role in the maintenance of dental health. Here is why:
1) Regain the ability to chew your food
2) Regain the ability to speak properly
3) Prevent bone and gum loss around the missing teeth
Full dentures are custom-made dental prosthetics that are meant to be a replacement for your top or bottom teeth. In many cases, these dentures may be fit into place with traditional or mini dental implants, which can help keep your dentures in place, giving them a much more natural look and feel. This usually also results in a more comfortable fit, ensuring that you can continue to eat and speak properly.
If you are only missing a few teeth, or if you are only having a few teeth removed, you may only need a partial denture. Partial dentures are replacement teeth attached to a metal framework that will attach to your remaining teeth (usually by fitting a crown over two or more anchor teeth to ensure stability). These are sometimes referred to as a “bridge” because they “bridge the gap” between your natural teeth. These help to fill the gap in between your remaining teeth, preventing them from drifting out of place, and providing you with a more natural looking and feeling bite. Partial dentures can be removable or permanent depending on your preference and your dentist’s recommendation.
Conventional dentures are made after the removal of your natural teeth, and will not be placed until your gum tissue has begun to heal. Usually during the time in between the removal of your teeth and the installment of your permanent dentures, you will be given a temporary set to wear that will enable to you speak and chew normally. It takes approximately six weeks for a complete set of conventional dentures to be made, and you will likely need several adjustments before they fit correctly.
Immediate dentures are made before your dentist removes your teeth and can be placed as soon as the teeth are removed. This means you do not have to be without teeth as your gums heal, however, they do have a disadvantage. Bones and gums tend to shrink during the period immediately following tooth removal, meaning that immediate dentures may require more adjustments than conventional dentures. In fact, many dentists recommend using them only as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made for you.
Things to know after getting your dentures
If you have recently been fitted with new dentures, you may benefit from these tips:
1) Eat soft food at first, chewing small bites slowly with your back teeth to prevent the dentures from shifting.
2) They may feel awkward at first, but the discomfort should soon disappear.
3) If they shift out of position, close your mouth and swallow to reposition them.
4) It is important to clean your dentures regularly or you risk tartar and plaque build up that may spread to your natural teeth.
Ask Dr. Jaleel whether you should wear your dentures at night, and if you have any other concerns or questions about your new dentures, please contact our office!
If you experience discomfort because of your dentures, the following measures may ease your discomfort:
Rinse your mouth with baking soda or salt. Leave the offending denture out as much as possible. Brush your gums, palate and tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal and before going to sleep. A sore mouth, if untreated, could lead to further complications. If the problem recurs regularly, speak to Dr. Jaleel about it!
If you are missing several teeth, you may be a good candidate for either full or partial dentures. Most dental insurance companies will cover either part or all of the cost of your dentures, whether you are receiving conventional, immediate, full, or partial dentures. Call Dr. Jaleel, DDS, the most reliable of all the Ottawa dentists today today for a consultation appointment and let him help you restore your smile to a more natural-looking and feeling state.
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Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3
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