Dentures have been in dentistry to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. Modern dentures are removable and aesthetic. They are custom fabricated to each patient using replacement teeth and plastic bases that resemble gum tissue. The final restoration mimics the look and function of natural teeth, with the exception that they are removable. There are two types of dentures, including full and partial. Full dentures restore an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures can replace a single or multiple missing teeth. In some cases, partial dentures may be fixed in place.
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Dentures must remain moist in order to maintain the proper shape. Unfortunately, if they are allowed to dry out, their shape can become distorted so that they no longer fit properly. This is why they must be stored in denture solution when they are removed from the mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I know if I am a candidate for removable dentures?
You may be a candidate for removable dentures if you are missing one or more teeth. Candidates for partial dentures may still have remaining healthy teeth, while candidates for full dentures do not. Removable dentures may also be an ideal option if you are looking to replace a missing tooth or teeth, but you are not an ideal candidate for dental implants. Ultimately, only scheduling a consultation with your North Vancouver general dentist can determine if removable dentures are right for you.
What should I expect when being fit for dentures at my North Vancouver dental office?
Prior to placing your dentures, any decayed or damaged teeth must be removed. After this, your gums will need to heal before continuing the process. Depending on the number of extractions and how well your body responds, healing can take several months. Once your gums have completely healed, your North Vancouver dentist will take a dental impression or oral scan of your mouth that will be sent to a dental lab. The permanent restoration will then be checked for fit.
What can I expect after having my dentures placed?
After your dentures are placed, you can expect the first few weeks to be an adjustment period. They may feel loose at first, but eventually you will learn how to keep them from shifting by using your tongue and cheek muscles. You may also experience some gum irritation or soreness caused by dentures rubbing on the gums. However, this should go away once the gum tissue has adapted to the denture. Finally, you may notice your speech sounds slightly different. Reading out loud for a few minutes every day can help with this.
How do I care for my dentures?
To care for your dentures, you will need to wash them after meals and do a thorough cleaning once a day. Additionally, you will need to prevent your dentures from drying out so they do not lose their shape. This means that they must remain in your mouth or in denture solution at all times. Denture solution will also help to remove stains to keep your smile looking bright.