A denture is a replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Both options are available at Seine River Dental Centre.
Complete dentures can be either conventional or immediate. Each type has its advantages and we will guide you to the best option for your needs.
Conventional dentures are made after all the remaining natural teeth have been extracted. These dentures are placed about 8 to 12 weeks after the gums have begun to heal.
As their name implies, immediate dentures are made before your teeth are removed. Once your teeth have been taken out, the immediate dentures are positioned the same day. With this approach, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bone and gums do shrink over time, especially during the first number of weeks following teeth extraction. The adjustments required to ensure proper fit during the healing process is a disadvantage of immediate dentures. They generally should only be considered a temporary solution until healing is complete and conventional dentures can be made.
Sometimes dentures become loose. This can happen as a normal part of the healing that takes place after teeth are removed. Dentures also loosen over time as the bone in your jaw shrinks. Loose dentures move when you eat and speak, and this movement can lead to sore spots on your gums. When possible, complete dentures are fitted over implants to make them more stable and to improve comfort and chewing.
A removable partial denture usually consists of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base, sometimes connected by a metal framework. The denture grips onto your remaining teeth. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it also prevents natural teeth from shifting position.
Partial and complete dentures move when you eat and chew. This movement can lead to sores. Both complete and partial dentures can be anchored with implants to improve their stability, function and comfort.
All dentures are removable. They are meant to be taken out after meals for cleaning, and left out at night.