If you are missing all of your teeth or a significant portion, dentures can fill the gaps. Dentures are different than mouthguards. Dentures are removable false teeth that you wear to replace the missing teeth. They are designed to match your natural teeth and are usually made from acrylic.

The base of the dentures is called a plate, and it is made of metal or acrylic resin. Depending on the number of teeth you need, dentures could wholly or partially fill your mouth. Advancements in technology have allowed dentists to craft dentures that are natural-looking and comfortable.

Dentures will help restore your smile and ensure you can eat and speak comfortably. 

What Is the Treatment Procedure?

The first step to getting natural-looking dentures is for us to examine your mouth. This will allow us to evaluate your teeth and provide recommendations for the treatment best suited for your needs.

We will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums and may need to do radiographs to determine if your teeth are healthy enough for partial dentures. Sometimes, teeth extraction may be necessary before proceeding with treatment.

We will take impressions of your bite to make custom dentures for your mouth. The dentist will use the impressions to create dentures matching your teeth’s natural size, colour, and shape. You may be required to schedule follow-up visits to make sure the dentures fit well in your mouth.

What Are the Benefits of Having Dentures?

Apart from helping restore your smile, dentures will also help improve your speech. You will find less stress on your jaw once you put the dentures in, providing you with much-needed relief. Dentures will help you chew without problems and also help prevent your facial muscles from sagging.

Having dentures can prevent your teeth from shifting. If you have a missing tooth, dentures can keep teeth from falling into the gap or becoming crooked. Dentures can help you avoid deteriorating oral hygiene and gum disease, which could result in exorbitant dental expenses.

What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

Most dentists offer conventional, immediate, and partial dentures. With conventional dentures, teeth removal will be necessary a few weeks before the denture fabrication. In order for you to get the most precise fit, the tissues must completely heal from the extractions.

Immediate dentures are temporary solutions you will have in your mouth until we can fabricate the full dentures. These are temporary replacements, so you are never without teeth.

Partial dentures are perfect if you still have some teeth in your mouth that are in good condition. You will not need to have your teeth extracted because partial dentures depend on the remaining healthy teeth for stability and retentive strength. They are designed to fit perfectly to support the plate.

There are several designs you can select from, and your dentist will help you choose the right option for you.

Will It Hurt?

Dentures are designed to fit perfectly into your mouth, so putting them in should not cause you any serious pain. You may feel slight irritation after you initially put them in because it is an adjustment for your mouth. The sensitivity will fade as your mouth adjusts to the dentures.

It is even possible to experience some pain with your current dentures as your gum and bone structure changes over time. If you are in moderate or severe pain and it has been more than two weeks, contact your dentist for an evaluation. A simple adjustment to the dentures can solve most discomfort experiences with new dentures.

How Are Conventional and Immediate Dentures Different?

Conventional dentures are made after teeth extractions, but the dentist needs to wait until your gums are fully healed before proceeding with treatment, and this healing process can take several months.

Immediate dentures are made in advance so that they will fit into your mouth immediately after the teeth extractions. One benefit of immediate dentures is that they can help reduce bleeding and protect gum tissue as your mouth heals from the extractions.

Are Dentures for Me?

The best way for us to answer that question is to examine your mouth. Reach out to our dental team at My Family Dental so we can find the best solution for you and your smile today.