Dentures are removable dental prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. They are typically made of acrylic resin or a combination of acrylic and metal. Dentures can be full or partial, depending on the number of teeth being replaced. Full dentures are used when all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Dentures are custom-made to fit the wearer's mouth and are designed to restore chewing function, improve speech, and enhance appearance. They typically require periodic adjustments and replacement over time as the wearer's mouth changes shape. As a patient you have to realize dentures will never fit or feel as good as natural teeth, especially lower dentures which are prone to retention problems. Dentures are made of a hard acrylic that is moulded to form to your existing tissues. Remember when you don't have teeth you will lose your bone over time and you may need your denture relined or a new one down the road.
The Cons of Dentures:
Dentures, despite being a common solution for missing teeth, do have some drawbacks:
Fit and Comfort: It can take time to get used to wearing dentures and they may feel uncomfortable or ill-fitting at first, causing pain or soreness in the gums.
Difficulty eating: Dentures can affect your ability to eat certain foods, especially tough or chewy foods, leading to dietary restrictions.
Speech difficulties: Dentures can cause speech difficulties, especially when they slip or move in the mouth.
Maintenance: Dentures need to be removed and cleaned regularly, and they can become damaged, which requires repair or replacement.
Cost: Dentures can be costly, especially if they need to be adjusted or replaced frequently.
Aesthetics: Dentures may not look as natural as other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, and they may not match the colour of the surrounding natural teeth.
Bone loss: Over time, dentures can cause bone loss in the jaw, especially if they do not fit well and put pressure on the gums.
Overall, dentures are a common and effective solution for missing teeth, but they may not be ideal for everyone and may require frequent maintenance and adjustments. It's important to talk to your dentist at Evergreen Dental to find the best solution for your specific needs and goals.
The Denture Process:
The first step in making you the dentures of your dreams is to establish your goals and expectations. Bring in a photo of your smile when you were younger or the smile you always wanted.
The next step is taking preliminary impressions of your upper and lower jaw to get custom trays.
Once the final impressions are taken we create a smile design where you pick out the colour, look and feel of your teeth.
Then we get the dentures made and delivered.
Implant Dentures (Click in Teeth)
Dental implant dentures are a type of denture that is supported by dental implants rather than resting on the gums. They are a permanent solution for missing teeth, offering improved stability and comfort compared to traditional dentures.
The dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as artificial tooth roots. Once the implants have integrated with the bone, a custom-made denture is attached to the implants. This denture is designed to look and function like natural teeth.
Dental implant dentures provide several benefits, including:
Improved stability: The denture is secured to the implants, reducing the risk of slipping or shifting while eating or speaking.
Better comfort: Since the denture is supported by implants, there is less pressure on the gums, making it more comfortable to wear.
Better oral health: Dental implant dentures help preserve the jawbone, reducing the risk of bone loss and improving overall oral health.
Improved appearance: Dental implant dentures look and feel like natural teeth, providing a more attractive and youthful appearance.
Overall, dental implant dentures offer a more secure and comfortable solution for missing teeth compared to traditional dentures, and they can help improve overall oral health and appearance.