Do you have missing teeth that you’d like to replace? Dr. Haeri and her dental staff at Bells Corners Family Dentistry can help you restore your smile with a range of prosthetic dentistry options including dental implants and dentures. In addition to our preventive and restorative dentistry services, we also offer endodontic treatments, cosmetic procedures and prosthetic dentistry in Nepean.
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth for any given reason, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, because dentures make it easier to eat and speak. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile.
There are 3 different kinds of complete dentures:
It is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take a few months.
This denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.
Sometimes, some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function too.
What to expect after your complete denture is inserted in your mouth:
They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to gum-colored acrylic bases. Partial dentures at our Nepean clinic is designed based on your needs and may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural-looking. A removable partial denture may be designed to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments, which are more aesthetic than clasps.
Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a removable partial denture.
What to expect after your removable partial denture is inserted in your mouth:
What to do when you have a complete or partial denture:
People wearing full dentures may occasionally use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms - creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions and use them exactly as directed. Look for products with the ADA/CDA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.
Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a poorly fitting denture.
A reliable dentist in Nepean should adjust dentures that do not fit a patient properly. Poorly fitted dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. See your dentist if your denture becomes loose and maintain your regular visits too.
You can do serious harm to your denture and to your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory.
For Nepean patients, dentures and implants are both important options to consider when replacing missing teeth. If you are looking for a natural-looking option to replace missing teeth, a dental implant (prosthetic) may be the solution you are looking for. Dental implants allow you to replace a single tooth or a full arch of teeth which have been lost due to injury or disease. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jawbone and comprises small, sturdy, titanium posts that act as the root would for a natural tooth. Titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues. Once the bone has grown around the implant, the implant’s titanium post can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place.
Implants are a durable alternative to dentures and can serve as anchors for bridges. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.