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Before learning more about Dentures and the services we offer; it’s important to understand one important fact. Dentures should not be considered a substitute for natural teeth. Your natural teeth are part of your skeleton and play an important role in maintaining your facial structure. The best option is to maintain any natural teeth you have remaining and to discuss options with your dentist before considering dentures. Denture treatment should be considered a last resort when you’ve lost teeth and there are no further options. If you and your dental professional agree that dentures are the best solution, then read further to understand what options are available.

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth—things that people often take for granted. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much. Dentures may even improve the look of your smile.

Dentures are an artificial replacement for natural teeth, made of acrylic and resin, special plastics and sometimes lightweight metal, which are designed to look just like the real thing. When people say ‘dentures’ they actually could mean a number of different things. There are a few different types and we’ve described the main differences below, so that when you’re talking to your denturist you’ve got a better picture of what’s out there. As your denturist knows your needs, they will let you know which ones are right for you.

As an oral health care specialist, your Denturist offers various types of dentures to satisfy each patient’s specific requirements. Your Denturist, in close consultation with you, will determine what those requirements are and how to meet them.  Complete Dentures can refer to different types of dentures needed:

  • Loss of all Upper Teeth (Complete Maxillary Denture)
  • Loss of all Lower Teeth (Complete Mandibular Denture)
  • Loss of all Teeth (Complete Maxillary and Mandibular Denture)

State-of-the-art dentures are able to restore your smile, and are compatible with the sensitive tissues of your mouth. New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with your denturist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted. If any problem persists, particularly irritation or soreness, be sure to consult your denturist.

A partial denture is needed when there is still natural teeth remaining either in the lower or upper arch. A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth-and tissue-supported. There are significant differences between theses two types of dentures. The position, stability and number of remaining 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. The images below show both arcylic and cast-metal partials offered by our clinic:

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, but may not be suitable for all situations. All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.

Properly designed partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth. A partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support.

To avoid the situation of being without teeth, we can use the immediate denture technique. This involves taking impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still present. Your denturist is then able to fabricate a denture in the likeness of your natural teeth, or make any necessary modifications you may wish. When your natural teeth are extracted, your immediate denture is then inserted. With this technique, you have avoided having to go without any teeth while you go through the healing process.

Since your Denturist is unable to try-in the denture prior to extracting your teeth, certain esthetic compromises may be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems, and the results are normally quite good. It is important to follow the postoperative instructions of your Denturist or oral surgeon very carefully.

As healing occurs, the oral tissues recede so denture adjustments should be expected and is normal. Follow-up appointments with your Denturist are likely necessary. To maintain the best fit and comfort, a temporary liner or tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture. During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will likely continue to shrink to some degree; however, the rate of change decreases with time. This a natural occurrence, which is to be expected. As the healing process is complete, either a new permanent full denture will be made or your denture will be relined or rebased to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. Your Denturist will recommend the option that best meets your particular needs.

The Implant Retained Denture is the most technically advanced denture treatment possible today. The treatment consists of a titanium cylinder or screw that is surgically placed beneath the gum and directly into the bone tissue where it then bonds and fuses. A temporary attachment can be placed to mold the gums and create a more natural look. A full or partial denture is then custom made to attach to the screws.

By far the biggest problem with ordinary dentures is that they sit on top of your gums and they don’t stimulate bone growth. Your natural teeth have roots that penetrate into your jaw bone. Bone mass grows around the roots of your teeth. When you lose your teeth, the underlying bone begins to deteriorate rapidly and this is what gives the “sunken” look often seen with denture wearers. This process that will continue indefinitely, is called bone resorption and the reason why dentures need to be continually relined/remade over time as your tissue changes with your bone structure.

Implant supported dentures resolves this problem by not only simulating your teeth; but takes it a step further and simulates the roots of your teeth. When dental implants are put into place, to anchor your dentures, bone begins to grow around the implant. This process is called osseointegration. Osseointegration not only keeps your implants secure, but it also fills out the part of the jaw that would have ‘sunken’ without support of the bone. Implant retained dentures combine the security of Dental Implants with the cost effectiveness of Dentures.

Although your Denturist cannot place implants, he/she can design and fit the prosthetics for them, suggest a surgeon to place them and co-ordinate the entire treatment plan. In short, dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots and form a stable foundation to retain, or even support, a Denture. Implants can provide exceptional 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 help provide the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of these implants has become very affordable. Ask us about how dental implants might be the right solution for you. Our clinic works with one of the best and experienced Oral Surgeons specializing in implant dentistry.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Improved Ability to eat
  • Increased denture stability
  • Prevention of bone loss
  • Reduction in tissue resorption

WHAT ELSE DO WE DO?

We’re glad you asked, there’s a few other services we offer that you should be aware of.

In most cases, your Denturist can restore an existing broken or cracked denture to its original state. Repairs may be required when breakage or chipping occurs, when one or more teeth need to be added to an existing denture (due to tooth extraction), or because of wear and tear.

Most repairs can easily be done in one day. If your denture requires a repair, it may be indicative of underlying problems, including age of the denture, worn teeth, or poor fit. Your Denturist is the professional who can best explain how to prevent denture breakage from occurring.

Relines consist of adding new base material to the tissue side of a denture so it fits properly. Relining can restore your denture to a “fit like new”. Your Denturist will need to take an impression inside your existing denture. Relining affects only the fit of your denture and will not change the appearance or other aspects. Relines are required when tissue changes occur due to resorption (shrinkage). Resorption can take months or years to happen. It can be due to:

  • loss of weight
  • loss of teeth
  • loss of bone
  • normal ageing
  • disease or illness
Rebasing is usually done when the denture teeth have not worn out in comparison to the denture base material. It is the process of retrofitting dentures by replacing all of the acrylic denture base with new acrylic, which provides a stable denture without replacing the denture teeth. Think of it as recycling your material to create a new denture.
If you get a sore spot (due to your denture rubbing against your gums or mouth tissues), our team can make adjustments to relieve your discomfort.
A permanent soft liner is a layer of soft material that is fitted to the surface of a denture and rests next to the oral tissues. A soft liner acts as a cushion or shock absorber between the hard plastic base of a denture and the gums. Soft liners can be used in the fabrication of new dentures or placed in existing dentures.

WHEN TO CONSIDER SOFT LINERS:

  • severely receded or flat gums that do not tolerate the stress of dentures
  • chronic soreness
  • gums with prominent or sharp bony areas

ADVANTAGES OF SOFT LINERS:

  • Better comfort
  • Better chewing
  • A proven technology, soft liners have been offered to patients for over 20 years
Your dentures are important to the way you look and feel. That’s why it’s important to maintain dentures and ensure they perform at their optimum so you can perform at your best. A regular check-up with your Denturist is the most effective way for you and your dentures to get the care and attention you both deserve. 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.

ANNUAL EXAM CHECKLIST:

  • Tissue and bone health
  • Oral cavity condition
  • Updated medical conditions
  • Fit and bite of your denture
  • Integrity of your denture (cracks, ships, and scratches)

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Ottawa
1175 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y2Y9
613-722-5976
 
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2451 St. Joseph Blvd
Orleans, ON K1C 1E9
613-824-2122

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