The preferred method of tooth replacement is the dental implant. In short, dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for permanent replacement of teeth. They also act as a support for full and partial dentures, since the implants integrate with the bone to act as an anchor for the replacement teeth.
Dental implants can also help preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your facial structure.
Dental implants are the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of these implants has become affordable. Ask your Denturist about how dental implants might be the right solution for you.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Improved oral health, ability to eat, appearance and self-esteem
Increased denture comfort
Denture stability is increased
Help prevent bone loss
Resorption of tissue is reduced
Your mouth is restored to a natural state, which allows superior long-term esthetics, enhancing the beauty of your natural smile and quality of your life.
What can I expect during the first few days of wearing my dentures?
While you are sure to become comfortable with your new dentures over time, wearing them for the first time may seem a bit challenging. It may take some adjustment time in order to get used to the feel of the denture in your mouth. You may even experience some irritation or soreness at first, which is perfectly normal. But as your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should gradually go away.
Over the first few days, you may want to wear them most of the time, including while you are sleeping. After this initial adjustment period is over, we recommend you remove your dentures before going to bed. This will allow your gum tissue rest and allow you the opportunity to clean your dentures at night with a tablet solution.
Are regular check-ups required?
Yes. You’ve probably seen our denturists several times already in order to get the right fit. Now it’s up to you to continue to take care of your dentures. Regular dental check-ups are important for your general oral health and to monitor any changes with the fit of your dentures.
What Type and Style of Partial Dentures Should I Get?
A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth and tissue supported. There are significant differences between theses two types of dentures, which are best explained by your Denturist.
The number of teeth remaining, the position and the stability of the teeth are only a few of the factors that help to determine what style or type of partial denture would be best for you. Partials can be made of different materials, including acrylics, a metal/acrylic combination or flexible thermoplastics.
Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances.
The metal/acrylic partial —commonly called a cast partial— is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either a highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, light and very strong.
The new flexible thermoplastics have the advantage of esthetics and flexibility.
All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.
With newer designs, materials and techniques, partials are more comfortable than ever before. Ask your Denturist about the many designs available, some of which have no visible clasps and are virtually undetectable.
Should I get Standard or Precision Dentures?
Standard dentures may fit comfortably and chew well, but are designed for the average patient using basic tooth shades and shapes. Every denture patient, especially those with oral tissues which have resorbed (shrunk) or those who have unusual jaw relationships (bite) may require a personalized denture that utilizes premium materials and precision techniques. With premium personalized dentures, esthetics, comfort, fit and function combine to allow your smile to look more natural.
Why is a recare appointment necessary?
Broken, worn or ill-fitting dentures need not always be replaced. We can very quickly assess if you are a candidate for a rebase, reline or repair.
Over time, your mouth goes through considerable changes. Tissue shrinkage and loss of underlying bone (resorption) on which your dentures rest will occur. Since your dentures do not change, they may no longer fit like they once did.
Having an annual oral exam may prevent or help detect the existence of oral cancer or other abnormal conditions.
Updating both medical and dental history is an important step towards quality denture treatment.
Worn out dentures can cause improper fit and bite which can lead to other problems. They can also cause changes in your ability to bite, your speech and your appearance. Your Denturist will check for cracks, chips, scratches, and worn or loose teeth.
What should I expect during a recall, recare visit?
You should expect your Denturist to:
update your dental and medical history
intra oral examination
check the integrity of your denture
check the esthetics, stability and the bite
discuss options available to you based on your needs