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Dentures in Guelph
Surely, you’ve heard about a denture before, right? It’s a removable artificial appliance designed to replace missing teeth along with their surrounding tissues and restore your beautiful smile. If you’ve lost all your natural teeth due to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease, a fresh set of dentures will not only benefit your appearance but also your health. When you lose teeth, your facial muscles can sag over time and make you look older than you are.
Dentures help fill out your face and mouth again, preserving and even enhancing your profile. They’re usually custom-made for each wearer’s unique mouth, resembling your natural teeth as closely as possible, and our team at Bisson Dentistry take great care to ensure that your new smile fits you perfectly. Whether you’ve already had dentures, know someone who has them, or is considering getting a set, you probably have questions about them, correct?
Rest assured, your enhanced smile is in good hands. For any questions you may have about the process of getting dentures or setting up an appointment, call us at (226) 299-0713.
What Are Dentures Made Of?
In the past, artificial teeth were made of porcelain or plastic but most dentures today are constructed from a hard resin (The gums are made from similar resin). The materials used in making dentures are more fragile than natural teeth though, wearing, chipping and cracking more easily if improperly cared for. Even dentures that are excellently maintained must still be replaced every five years or so.
Types of Dentures
Dentures fall into two main classes: Complete and partial. First, we’ll go over the Complete variants:
Fully removable, constructed and placed in your mouth after remaining natural teeth are extracted and tissues heal (This may take several months, during which time, you will have to live without teeth)
This removable denture is placed inside your mouth on the same day that remaining teeth are extracted. At your preliminary visit, Dr. Bisson or Dr. Chiu will take measurements and make models of your jaw. You do not have to be without teeth during this recovery process, though your bones and gums will shrink over time.
Your dentures may have to be remade or relined after your jaw has healed, to fit into your mouth properly. It is this disadvantage that often makes patients use immediate dentures only a temporary solution until permanent replacements can be made.
An alternative if standard dentures prove too uncomfortable or you have a few natural teeth left. Over dentures are fitted over your natural teeth’s roots and either rest on them or on dental implants (if there are no natural teeth to fit over). This is also easier to remove.
A removable partial denture or bridge typically consists of artificial teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which are sometimes connected with a metal framework holding the dentures in place within your mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw.
A fixed bridge replaces one or multiple teeth with crowns applied on your teeth, on either side of the space, and attaching replacement teeth to them. Afterward, the bridge is cemented into place. This partial denture not only replaces lost teeth but also prevents other ones from changing position.
Removable and has internal attachments instead of clasps, which attach to adjacent crowns. This type of denture makes for a more natural appearance.
How Do Dentures Feel?
New dentures may feel awkward for the first few weeks until you adjust to them, perhaps feeling loose while your cheek muscles and tongue learn to keep them in place. Minor irritation or soreness is common, as is saliva flow temporarily increasing. Over time, these issues should go away, but follow-up appointments with us are important so we can check if any corrections are necessary.
If you or a loved one are considering getting dentures, are looking to replace your current ones, or have further questions, please call Bisson Dentistry now to schedule a visit.
Whether you’re a long-term patient or are in search of a new dental office in Guelph, we’ll help you schedule your first appointment over the phone or by submitting an appointment form online. Make sure to arrive early so we can get you set up in our system and proceed with your exam and cleaning.
We look forward to seeing you!