Your SW Calgary Choice for Dentures!
What are Dentures?
Dentures (also known as false teeth) are prosthetic teeth worn by those who have lost their natural teeth through injury or illness. There are many different types of dentures designed to address a variety of dental situations. Dentures may be removable, partially removable or implanted, and they may replace teeth on the lower mandibular arch or the upper maxillary arch.
What are the benefits of Dentures?
Those who have lost their teeth find both functional and aesthetic benefits from dentures. Well-made dentures allow the wearer to enjoy all kinds of food, whereas missing teeth or poor dentures significantly restrict chewing ability. Dentures also support the lips and cheeks, improving the appearance of a patient who has lost his or her natural teeth.
Dentures are custom-designed to fit each patient’s mouth, and skill and patience are required to create an effective pair. Poorly made dentures can cause significant discomfort and erode the gums and bones of the jaw, leading to greater dental problems. A combination of implants and removable pieces are often the best option. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling the expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth, and aid with chewing.
What are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are the most common denture appliances made. They are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and put back in your mouth. The denture consists of a plate or arm holding one or more artificial teeth in place. A complete denture can be crafted to fit either the upper arch, lower arch, or both. The upper denture has a pink denture base that extends across the roof of the mouth to create suction and help keep the denture in place. The lower denture is u-shaped and is designed to fit snugly along the bottom ridge of the jaw.
We know that the term “false teeth” concerns a lot of people. However, your Ultima Dental Dentist will take every step possible to ensure that your dentures look as natural as possible. The base of the denture is designed to look like your gums, and innovations in replacement tooth design have come a long way in making the false teeth look incredibly natural. Also, since the loss of all your teeth will have resulted in the loss of support for your lips, cheeks and facial muscles, your new complete dentures will help fill out the shape of your face and instantly improve your smile!”
Who is a candidate for dentures?
If you have lost – or are losing – all of your teeth, a Complete Denture is something to discuss with your Ultima Dental Wellness team. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be your way to a great smile.
This procedure should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist as there are several personal and medical factors to be taken into consideration. If you are not a good candidate for dentures, you may be a candidate for dental bridges and dental implants as optional procedures.
What is a Partial Denture?
If one or more of your natural teeth are remaining, a removable partial denture can be considered. This partial denture replacement is made up of a gum coloured plastic base connected by a metal framework that clips into the remaining natural teeth to hold the denture in place in the mouth.
Pros and Cons of Dentures
Dentures provide a great smile with a very natural appearance. They are made of durable materials and last a considerably long time when properly taken care of. Typically, dentures last from five to ten years. They can correct several problems, from speech problems to chewing.
There is no doubt that dentures take a little getting used to. There is maintenance involved, and initial speech issues to overcome (these are temporary and last only a couple of days). Mouth irritation or sores may occur but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene and not removing your dentures when needed. It is common that your mouth changes over the life of your dentures, so even though they last long, they may need to be replaced to achieve a better fit before they are worn out. With a denture, a person typically chews at only 15-23% efficiency compared to a person chewing with their natural teeth. In the case of a full upper denture, the upper palate is covered, which can reduce the taste of foods you are chewing.
What is the Procedure for Dentures?
On your first appointment, we will assess your needs and thoroughly examine your mouth for suitability for dentures. Some of your existing teeth may need to be extracted first or you may need treatment to get your gums into good health before commencing any treatment. It is somewhat common to require some teeth be extracted, and surgery in some cases is necessary to improve the bony ridges that stabilize your dentures. The procedure begins with a wax bite impression of your mouth that will give your dentist exact measurements. A “try-on” appointment will fine-tune color, shape and custom-fit.
An impression (mold) of your gums will be taken and used as a model to fabricate your dentures to fit the contours of your mouth exactly. A dental technician will make your dentures to our exact specifications. After your final dentures are fabricated, they will be placed in your mouth and you will be informed of their required care.
Full or partial dentures might be the solution to the overall smile and oral health you desire. Ultima Dental Wellness is here to give you the oral care for the mouth you desire!