Dentures replace missing teeth, but unlike bridges (which also replace missing teeth) they are not permanently fixed in your mouth. A denture can be removed and put back into your mouth whenever you like. Dentures let you have a full set of teeth so that you can eat, speak and smile normally, without being embarrassed by your missing teeth.
In the past, dentures often fit poorly and were uncomfortable. They also weren’t very natural-looking. Fortunately, denture technology has made great strides since then. Todays dentures look quite natural and fit much better than ever before. They’re also far more comfortable.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Both types are crafted in a dental lab, based on an impression of your mouth.
Regular Full Dentures require the removal of all your natural teeth. Your gums will need to heal completely before your dentures can be fitted. The healing process could take several months and you won’t have any teeth during this period.
Intermediate Full Dentures provide a way to avoid having no teeth during this lengthy healing period. Before your natural teeth are removed, your Surrey dentist will take measurements and have dentures fitted for your mouth. Immediately after your teeth are extracted, the dentures will be placed in your mouth. Your jawbone will undergo some small changes as your mouth heals from the extractions, so you’ll need to come back to our dental clinic in Surrey for a refitting once the healing process is over. During that second visit, your dentures will be adjusted to suit the changes in your jaw.
Your dentist in Surrey will probably recommend Partial Dentures if all of your natural teeth don’t need to be removed. A partial denture is somewhat similar to a bridge, but a partial denture is removable at will. A bridge is a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Caring for your Dentures
The most important aspect of denture care is keeping them clean. Unfortunately, plaque can form on dentures the same way it does on your natural teeth. Unless you regularly remove this plaque, it will be able to affect your gums and any natural teeth you have. Poor denture hygiene can lead to gum disease and cavities. Our Surrey dental clinic recommends following this easy daily routine:
- Remove your dentures every night.
- Soak them overnight in a special cleaning fluid (called dental cleanser) or in a 50-50 mixture of warm water and vinegar. If your dentures have clasps, you should only soak them in plain warm water.
- Use a soft toothbrush to brush your gums and any natural teeth.
You should also visit our dental clinic in Surrey on a regular basis. Your mouth changes over time, so your dentures will probably need periodic adjustments to ensure they continue to fit well and remain comfortable. Our patients with partial dentures should also come in regularly to ensure that their natural teeth and gums are receiving the dental care they need to remain healthy.
Dentures can transform your smile and change your entire life. We’re here to help, so please consider calling +1 604 585 2345 to learn more.