What Options Are Available For Dentures?
Your teeth don’t just help you chew your food but strongly affects your face shape. When you lose teeth, it suddenly puts you at a significant disadvantage; you can neither eat properly nor look your best. To counteract such problems, dentures (custom-designed devices that substitute your missing teeth) are available to substitute missing teeth. From traditional to implant-supported devices, these have changed with time to become better suited to their purpose. Janz Family Dental provides partial and complete dentures in Edmonton to replace one tooth or an entire row of teeth.
Of all the different dentures available, not everything will meet your needs. The list below includes various types, such as:
Full dentures, also known as false teeth, are used when all the natural teeth are missing either in the upper, lower or both the jaws. Complete dentures help restore speech and bite functions just as natural teeth do. These are made from porcelain or acrylic and last between five to 10 years. There are two types of dentures: conventional and immediate.
Immediate Dentures: Your dentist takes an impression of your teeth during the first visit. Immediate dentures are then inserted on the same day after the extraction of all remaining teeth.
Conventional Dentures: Your dentist takes the impression of your jaw once all the teeth are removed. Conventional denture placement can take approximately eight to 12 weeks after tooth extraction.
Partial dentures help replace missing teeth. They are made from acrylic material which is helpful in preventing misalignment of any existing natural teeth. Partial dentures are held together with a metal wire that wraps around your remaining teeth.
Implant-Supported Dentures are attached to dental implants and can be placed in either the upper or the lower jaw. A strong jawbone is necessary to support the implant.
These are removable crowns that can snap on and off with the help of existing teeth.
How to Care for Your Dentures
New dentures will feel strange at first, but taking proper care will allow them to last long. To ensure this, you must take certain steps such as:
- Cleaning your dentures every day
- Cleaning your gums and tongue after removing dentures
- Soaking dentures in water or a denture-soaking solution overnight
- Rinsing thoroughly before inserting the denture back in your mouth
- Looking for cracks in your dentures and getting them repaired in time