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Everything You Need to Know About Dentures

Everything You Need to Know About Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. Jaleel will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

How do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.

Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. When you visit Dr. Jaleel, she will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you.

  • Conventional Full Denture
    A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Denture
    An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. our team will take measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
  • Partial Denture
    A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
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How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?

New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.

It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should diminish. One or more follow-up appointments with the Fairlawn Dental Clinic are needed after a denture is inserted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to speak to Dr. Jaleel immediately.

Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. Continue to chew food using both sides of the mouth at the same time. Be cautious with hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells.

Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud and repeating troublesome words will help. If your dentures “click” while you’re talking, speak more slowly.

You may find that your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. Reposition the dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. If a speaking problem persists, consult Dr. Jaleel.

How Long do Dentures Last?

Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined or remade due to normal wear. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see Dr. Jaleel annually for a checkup.

Here are tips for caring for your dentures:

  • When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
  • Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
  • Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing.
  • Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
  • See Dr. Jaleel if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself — this can damage them beyond repair.
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Keeping Up with Your Dental Health as You Age

Keeping Up with Your Dental Health as You Age

Today, many elderly adults can proudly say that they have all of their natural teeth. How did they do it? More often than not, just a lifetime of good dental hygiene and routine dental visits. But as you get older, maintaining your oral health becomes more challenging, and you may have to step up your game.

Certain conditions of aging increase your risk of dental problems. Dr. Jaleel is has over 20-years of dental experience in Nepean Ottawa and has seen patients of all ages. This blog post will hopefully inform you of how aging can affect your dental health. By knowing those risks and putting your dental hygiene into high gear, you can prevent these complications.

Gum Disease

Did you know, 25 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have severe gum disease? Because periodontal (gum) disease damages the bone and tissue surrounding your teeth, tooth loss can result if left untreated. Diabetes, osteoporosis and smoking can also further existing gum disease.

Be aware, however, that bacteria in your mouth are the culprits. With a consistent homecare routine and regular cleanings at your Ottawa dentist, Dr. Jaleel’s office,  you can fight this bacteria and prevent gum infection.

Tooth Decay

Dry mouth is a common complaint as well among older individuals. A decrease in saliva can come as a side effect of medications, cancer and radiation treatments or some other underlying disease. Saliva neutralizes the bacterial toxins in your mouth, and without it, these germs can build up on your teeth or any exposed root surfaces. Just when you thought the cavity-prone years were over!

Limiting sugary foods and regular brushing and flossing are vital.  Moisturize by drinking plenty of water, chewing sugarless gum, sucking on lozenges and even making sure your nasal passages are clear so your mouth doesn’t do all of the breathing.

Worn-Out Dental Work

Like it or not, if you’re getting older, so is your existing dental work. Old fillings that were installed years ago can start to leak or break down, causing decay underneath. At the first sign of sensitivity or pain, see Dr. Jaleel. Extensive treatment, like root canals and crowns, can be prevented if leaky or broken fillings are restored early enough.

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Oral Cancer

Your risk of oral cancer increases as you age. In fact, it occurs more commonly in patients over the age of 40. However, your biggest risk factor is smoking and drinking alcohol; remember that it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes. Dr. Jaleel can screen for oral cancer at regular dental checkups, and when caught early, it can be successfully treated.

Overcoming Obstacles to Good Dental Hygiene

If painful arthritis or another physical limitation makes brushing and flossing more difficult for you, Dr. Jaleel can suggest dental products to simplify homecare while still cleaning your teeth effectively. Electric toothbrushes, special bristle patterns, floss holders and interdental cleaners are a few alternatives that can make a big difference to your oral hygiene.

Mouth health isn’t always a top priority for a busy hospital staff. So during a hospital stay, it may be necessary for you or your family to request special assistance with your oral hygiene needs. If you’ve chosen to enter a nursing home, make sure you inquire about the quality and consistency of the dental care provided at the facility.

No-Fail Formula for Keeping Your Teeth

Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily is as essential now as it was when you were younger, and you never outgrow your need for regular dental checkups and cleanings. At theses routine visits, Dr. Jaleel will check for decay, broken or leaky fillings, monitor the health of your gums, conduct an oral cancer screening and advise you on how to handle any challenges you might have at home.

If you’re a senior who prefers to feel and act younger than you are, you can ensure your oral health keeps up.

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How Can Dentures Help You?

How Can Dentures Help You?

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

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Full Denture

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.

Partial Dentures

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Partial Denture

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

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

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.

613-829-6868

2194 Carling Avenue, Unit 1

Ottawa, ON K2A 1H3

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