Complete Dentures & Partial Dentures
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as and when you need. Depending on your dental needs, you may receive complete or partial dentures in Welland. Complete dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.
There are two types of complete dentures:
Conventional complete dentures: Ideal solution when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely and during this time, you will be without teeth.
Immediate complete dentures: Prior to your teeth removal, Besma Dental Family Centre will take measurements and will be ready with dentures to be fitted in your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The dentures will need to be relined after the soft tissue and bone have healed which may take a few months. In the meantime, soft tissue conditioner will be placed under the denture for a snug fit.
Throughout the fabrication of the complete denture, you will be able to assess the fit of the denture base, help choose the colour and shape of your teeth, check for speech and sound, your front and side facial profile, gag reflex due to overextension and so on to make sure the denture will be maximized functionally and aesthetically. If you do not like it, we will fix it before moving to the next stage so you know exactly what you are getting.
Partial dentures are another option when all of your teeth need not be removed. This is similar to a bridge but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Adjusting to Your Dentures
Your dentures may take some time to get used to in your mouth. The flesh-coloured base of the dentures is placed over your gums. With time, your mouth will become used to eat and speak with your dentures and you will feel them like your natural teeth.
Care for Your Dentures
Similar to your natural teeth, you should take care of your dentures.
Brush them properly to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures
Place your dentures into room temperature water or a denture-cleaning solution
Avoid using hot water because it could warp the dentures
Handle your dentures carefully as they are delicate
Never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from Dr. Rashid if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
Why Is It Important to Have Regular Denture Examinations?
With time, dentures will wear and need to be replaced.
A partial denture is an ideal solution if you have a few missing teeth in the upper and lower arches. Generally, your existing teeth will support and provide retention (holds the denture in place) while you are eating. Custom partial dentures are made of a thin metal framework with acrylic teeth set within them. Prior to any partial denture fabricated on these teeth, a thorough assessment is required to check for the quality of existing fillings, periodontal disease and caries, to name a few. All these problems need to be addressed before you go for the treatment.
Initially, our dentist will take an impression of your mouth and send it to the lab to make a custom tray. This tray will fit over your existing teeth. Further, our dentist will discuss the design and show you a rendition of the future denture using your cast or a picture.
Later, a second impression using this custom tray is taken and sent to the lab so that the metal framework can be fabricated. In the next appointment, our dentist will try the framework in your mouth. Next, a bite record of how your teeth will fit together is made and the shade selection is discussed. The details are sent to the lab for the denture setup where the technician will set the acrylic teeth onto your framework.
At your next appointment, the denture is tried in your mouth and checked for a proper fit against your adjacent teeth. With your approval of the denture, our team will send it back to the lab for processing. Finally, the teeth will be embedded in the framework with the tooth-coloured acrylic resin. In your last next appointment, your denture will be fitted and adjusted.
Your Involvement in the Process
At each stage of the fabrication process, our team will encourage you to give your feedback regarding the fit and feel of your partial or complete denture. In this way, you will be helping us to build your own denture. All steps are approved by you and the dentist.