Widespread tooth loss can make it difficult to eat and speak, while also compromising your smile. This can result in low self-esteem.
Dentures can replace your teeth, improving both the appearance and functionality of your mouth.
Our dentists at Enlighten Dental in Vancouver, BC, can provide you with a custom denture to restore your smile.
What Can Dentures Do for Me?
Enable You To Chew Easily
Eating with missing teeth can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on your gums and any remaining teeth. With dentures, you can restore your ability to chew without harming other parts of your mouth.
Allow You To Smile Confidently
Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. With dentures, you can laugh and speak confidently without worrying about the gaps in your smile.
Take Years Off Your Appearance
When multiple teeth are missing, the skin around the mouth sinks inward and gives you an older appearance. Dentures can support the lips and cheeks, and make you look more youthful.
Prevent Oral Health Problems
If you have missing teeth, your remaining teeth can gradually shift out of place and become misaligned. Missing teeth can also result in jawbone recession since there is no longer root structure to support it.
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Dentures can make an impact on your oral health and physical health. Dentures can also benefit your mental health, making you feel better about your self-image and allowing you to do things you couldn't do when you were missing teeth.
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Creating a Healthy Foundation For Your Dentures
Dentures require a healthy foundation, so patients with existing gum disease, tooth decay, or bone loss may not initially qualify for dentures. Full mouth reconstruction combines multiple treatments to address these issues. During your initial consultation, your dentist can discuss your oral health concerns and develop a custom treatment plan to improve your oral health, function, and appearance.
Types of Dentures OPTIONS TO COMPLETE YOUR SMILE
A partial denture is a custom prosthetic that can restore areas of tooth loss all over your mouth. This is a good option for patients who still have some healthy natural teeth remaining. The prosthetic teeth are often held in place by a gum-colored base and a metal framework. Partial dentures are color-matched to your natural teeth so they're virtually indistinguishable from your remaining natural teeth.
If you're only missing a few teeth, our dentists may recommend a crown or bridge supported by implants instead.
Also known as a full denture, a complete denture can replace one or both arches of your teeth. This prosthetic includes a gum-colored base that fits comfortably over your gums. It's held in place by a combination of suction and denture adhesive.
If you have remaining natural teeth, they may have to be removed before you can wear complete dentures. You will also have to heal from the tooth extraction over the course of several months. However, the procedure is worth it as complete dentures can greatly improve your quality of life.
Implant-supported dentures are a full set of prosthetic teeth that are held in place by dental implants that replace tooth roots in a patient's jawbone. The implants fuse with the jawbone, resulting in a secure fit.
Dental implants are the only treatment that can prevent jawbone atrophy, a problem that occurs after tooth loss. Dentists often recommend implant-supported dentures to patients who are missing most or all of their teeth.
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According to the Canadian Dental Association, 6.4% of Canadians are edentulous, meaning they have no teeth. Living with partial or complete tooth loss can make it difficult to eat and speak properly. The good news is that you have options, and you do not have to live with missing teeth.
Sometimes, tooth loss can be caused by chronic illness. Our Vancouver, BC, dental practice works with a team of medical practitioners to coordinate therapies with dental treatments, and we focus on helping those with chronic health conditions achieve healthy, beautiful smiles and bodies. Our dentists can go over your options to ensure that dentures are the right choice for you and coordinate treatment for optimal wellness.
Call or contact us today or request an initial consultation online to start your smile restoration journey.
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Adjusting to Your New Dentures
After receiving your new dentures, they may feel uncomfortable at first, and it may take you some time to get used to them. They may feel loose and come out of place often. Over time, you will learn how to use your tongue and cheek muscles to keep them in place.
Your new dentures may initially result in some mild irritation and soreness, and an increase in saliva production. Once your mouth has adjusted to them, everything should return to normal.
Schedule regular follow-up appointments with our dentists at Enlighten Dental in Vancouver, BC, so we can ensure your dentures are working as they should. We can make adjustments to the appliance if needed.
Caring for Dentures AND MAINTAINING YOUR ORAL HEALTH
Much like your natural teeth, your dentures should be brushed every day to remove food particles and plaque. Regular brushing can remove stains from your prosthetic teeth and help them last longer.
Rinse your dentures before cleaning them to remove loose food particles. Then use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleanser to gently brush the surfaces of your dentures.
Even if you have full dentures, you should still brush your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Not only does this clean your mouth by removing plaque and bacteria, it also encourages circulation.
When not in use, place your dentures in a safe place and soak them in water to keep them from warping.
Making Your Dentures Last
With proper care, full dentures can last for 5 to 10 years, and partial dentures can last for up to 15 years. Over time, both your dentures and your mouth will change, meaning your dentures will have to be altered or replaced.
Shouldn't I Contact a Denturist?
Denturists specialize in creating dentures. It seems to make sense that you should see a denturist if you are missing teeth. Yet our dentists at Enlighten Dental can help maintain the overall health of your mouth and contribute to preventing other oral health concerns, whereas a denturist only crafts dentures.
Our dentists here in Vancouver can place your dentures after ensuring your mouth is healthy enough to support them.
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