Dentures at Medicine Hat

Are your teeth rotted or missing due to ageing, trauma or disease and you want to replace them with a new set of dentures? Advancements in dental technology have improved dentures in terms of fit, look, and durability. You don’t have to live with missing teeth, limiting your food choices or hiding your smile. Dentures are a great way to give you a full set of teeth at a reasonable cost. If you’ve never considered dentures you should visit Park Meadows Dental to discuss the different options available to you. Replacement of worn-out dental appliances will help you look and feel better.

Artificial teeth come in a few options. Each different type of denture appliance is carefully constructed in a lab to mimic the look and feel of your natural teeth. You may choose traditional dentures, partial dentures or dentures supported by implants. Getting dentures can give you the freedom you desire and a healthy-looking smile.

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Different types of dentures

What are some of your options when considering dentures? If you are missing a few teeth a partial denture is an ideal way to fill in the gap. Missing teeth can lead to other dental issues such as a change in facial shape, difficulty eating certain foods, and an uneven bite. When you

Overdentures

  • Placed over your natural roots or titanium implanted roots
  • Can be taken out with ease
  • Used when you have some natural teeth remaining

Full/Complete and partial Ddentures; What you need to know

  • Constructed out of a hard dental resin
  • Care must be taken not to crack or chip as they are not as durable as natural teeth. You may want to have a second set in case your dentures break from being dropped.
  • May need replacement after several years
  • Composed of resin or a more flexible polymer material
  • Fits snug up against your dental arch, mimicking your natural gum line
  • Supports your mouth structure and prevents further changes in shape
  • Daily cleaning is required with a special toothpaste and toothbrush.

Immediate dentures

  • Placed in your mouth immediately after your teeth have been extracted.
  • May be disposed of after your mouth heals.
  • Made from a mould created before the removal of your teeth, mimicking the look of your natural teeth
  • Can be refitted for comfort and functionality as your jaw and gums change during the healing process

Implant-Supported Dentures

  • Used to create stability and a better fit with your dentures
  • A few Implants are necessary to achieve the best results and support

Taking care of your dentures differs from taking care of your natural teeth. After you have been fitted with your new dentures, your dentist will provide you with the details for care and cleaning.

Immediately after you get your new dentures

  • Your new set of dentures need to stay in your mouth for about the first 24 hours without removal to allow the healing process to begin.
  • Get lots of rest for the next few days.
  • Allow your mouth to get used to the denture by biting gently down after 4 hours or as recommended by your dentist.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol to help healing.
  • If you have any swelling, use ice packs to help with discomfort.

Dentures need to be cleaned at least once per day to avoid bacterial growth.

Denture Cleaning

  • Your dentist will recommend using a specially designed soft toothbrush to clean your dentures. You will also need to use toothpaste made for artificial teeth.
  • Avoid using electric toothbrushes as they can damage your dentures.
  • Do not use regular toothpaste to clean your dentures.
  • Rinse your dentures under cool running water and rinse your mouth well once you have removed your dentures.
  • Clean your dentures every day.
  • It is a good practice to remove your dentures at bedtime to give your gums time to relax. You can choose to take them out at a different time of day if more convenient.
  • Remember to clean your natural teeth and gums as you would normally.
  • Use a small washcloth to gently wipe your gums to clear away any excess adhesive or bacteria.
  • Store your dentures as recommended by your dentist. This may require rinsing and storing in a dry case or soaking overnight. Not all dentures can be soaked overnight due to the metal parts.

Dentures can help you get your smile back and allow you to continue eating your favourite foods. Contact Park Meadows Dental for a full overview of the entire process.

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