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 artificial teeth attached to an acrylic framework which rests on your gums. They are used to replace either a full or partial set of missing teeth. The acrylic framework is customized to fit your mouth snugly. Over time your dentures may become loose-fitting and will need to be checked regularly and re-lined for a better fit.
If you find that your dentures are causing discomfort, there are measures you can take at home to alleviate your discomfort such as rinsing your mouth with baking soda or salt. Leave your dentures out as long as possible. Brush your gums, palate and tongue with a soft bristled toothbrush after every meal and before going to sleep. A sore mouth, if untreated, could lead to further complications. If the problem recurs regularly, speak to Bells Corners Family Dentistry about it!
Partial dentures are used when you have multiple missing teeth adjacent to each other. Instead of choosing crowns to fill in the gap, partial dentures are a removable option that look like your real teeth. You can choose to go with a removable denture that you remove at bedtime, or you may be inclined to choose a more permanent fixed prosthetic denture. Prosthetic dentures are attached to the jawbone with a metal housing which is embedded directly into your jawbone where the prosthetic partial denture can attach.
As the name implies, full dentures are meant to restore a full set of missing teeth. Similar to partial dentures, full dentures are made of acrylic resin and can be removable or fixed (permanent).
Once you and your dentist have determined that dentures is the best option for restoring your mouth to improve speech, chewing and appearance, be prepared to visit the dentist at regular intervals to have your dentures checked for fit and function. Over time, chewing and even talking can wear down your dentures causing them to become loose and ill-fitting. With age we can lose bone density which can also affect the way your dentures fit. Routine check-ups with Dr. Haeri allow her to promptly reline and repair your dentures if necessary and spare you discomfort.
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 jaw bone 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.