Partials & Dentures
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and 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 natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Benefits of Dentures
Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably.
The Canadian Dental Association explains that, to fit an RPD, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to make a model of your teeth. This model is used to create an RPD that's custom-fitted to the shape of your mouth. If you've had teeth extracted, you'll need to wait until the jaw tissues and gums have healed before you can wear your denture. The ADA advises that your dentist may ask you to wear your denture all the time at first so that you can identify and report any areas that feel uncomfortable. After any necessary adjustments have been made, you can remove the denture at night.
As your mouth changes shape over time, your denture may become loose and need refitting. It's important to contact your dentist if your denture ever becomes loose or uncomfortable, so they can take steps to ensure it fits perfectly in your mouth.
Removable replacement dentures offer a budget-friendly option for filling the gap in your smile and restoring your confidence. Furthermore, the procedure for fitting the prosthetic is straightforward and painless, and the results are convincing. If you're unsure whether RPDs are the right option for you, speak to your dentist or prosthodontist for more advice.
Top Oral Care Tips for Dentures
- Don't let 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 dentures to warp.
- Brush your dentures – brushing dentures daily will remove food and dental plaque and help prevent them from becoming stained.
- Take care of your mouth – brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a softbristled brush before you insert dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
- Consult your dentist – see your dentist if 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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