Complete and Partial Dentures In Whitby, ON
Complete and Partial Dentures: Simple, Affordable, Effective
Many adults experience tooth loss, often stemming from gum disease, decay, or injuries that result in missing teeth. Normally, dentists recommend dental implants for tooth loss replacement, but it’s not always practical or even possible for every patient to undergo implant placement.
Fortunately, the talented dentists at Dentistry on Dundas can offer affordable, practical ways to provide relief while simply and effectively restoring function and beauty to a patient’s smile. These particular methods of smile restoration are called complete and partial dentures. Keep reading to learn more about our complete and partial dentures and how they can help bring back your smile.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are sets of removable prosthetic teeth designed to replace missing teeth in your mouth. Dentures are usually made of acrylic resin, although they can also be made of porcelain, nylon, and even metal. There are two main types of denture solutions: complete dentures and partial dentures.
In general, the type of denture solution recommended by your dentist will depend on the number of teeth you’re missing from your upper or lower arches of teeth. If you’ve lost significantly more teeth from one arch than the other, a complete denture solution may be better for one and a partial denture solution can be fit for the other.
With complete dentures, you can replace an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. For a typical complete denture fitting, your dentist will extract any remaining natural teeth from the top or bottom arch and your gums will be allowed to heal completely over a period of about 12 weeks.
During this period, temporary or immediate dentures may be made available by your dentist to make eating and speaking less of a challenge and to protect your gum tissue. While immediate dentures help ensure you don’t have to go toothless, they aren’t crafted to accommodate the changes your jaw and mouth will undergo due to tooth loss. This means that immediate dentures aren’t a long term solution or a viable replacement for conventional dentures, which are crafted to suit the new shape of your mouth, jaw, and gums after tooth loss, making them more permanent.
If you’re only missing a section of teeth, partial dentures can restore function and stability. Much like complete dentures, partial dentures are made of prosthetic teeth fused to a customized base that will match your surrounding gum tissue and fit snugly in place of your missing teeth. However, they also feature hooks that attach to the surrounding teeth, or ‘abutment teeth’ to keep your denture solution secure.
For patients with only a section of missing teeth, a partial denture solution can be a less invasive treatment path than complete dentures while delivering similar outcomes. Your dentist can design and install your partial dentures without disturbing your healthy remaining teeth.
Benefits of Complete and Partial Dentures
Contrary to outdated depictions, modern day complete and partial dentures are better designed then they’ve ever been. Continued improvements on their overall design mean dentures remain a popular treatment option for replacing missing teeth and provide several advantages, including:
- Enhanced Appearance – Dentures restore your smile to fullness, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence again.
- Supports Your Facial Muscles – Losing teeth often means your facial muscles lack support. This can lead to sagging in your face and the development of premature wrinkles. Dentures restore that support, helping to prevent premature wrinkles.
- Improved Bite – Denture solutions restore some of your bite force, helping you chew and digest solid foods, lowering the risk of choking and diabetes.
- Prevents Misalignment – Partial dentures help support your remaining teeth, preventing mesial drift, which occurs when teeth shift towards the empty spaces left by missing teeth.
- Improved Speech – complete and partial dentures will help prevent lisps and whistling sounds commonly associated with gaps left by missing teeth.
- Affordability – One of the main draws of dentures is that compared to traditional dental implants, most patients will likely find them much easier to afford.
- Simplicity – Complete and partial dentures are easy to use and care for. With good oral hygiene, proper maintenance, and regular dental exams with your Whitby dentist, your dentures can help you enjoy your smile for years.
What To Expect From Complete and Partial Dentures
Your Initial Consultation
While you’ll probably be eager to receive your new dentures and restore your smile as soon as you can, you’ll first need to attend an initial consultation with one of our talented Whitby dentists. During your consultation, your dentist will provide a thorough examination of your mouth, including X-rays, review your medical history, and discuss your smile goals with you. They’ll also have a conversation with you about costs and possible financing options. Once you and your dentist have agreed on dentures as a treatment option, we’ll schedule your next appointment.
If you’re receiving complete dentures, or you have remaining natural teeth that can’t be repaired and need to be removed, your dentist will perform tooth extraction. We’ll apply an anesthetic to the soft tissues around the teeth that need to be pulled and make sure it’s working before we proceed.
If you’re one of the many individuals who experiences dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry options to help make the process go more smoothly. If extraction was performed, you’ll be allowed to heal completely before you return to have your dentures fitted. Be sure to follow any instructions given by your dentist to ensure smooth healing, including those laid out in our surgery aftercare guide.
Designing Your Dentures
Once any necessary extractions have been completed, we’ll take images and impressions of your gums and remaining teeth. These will be sent to an offsite laboratory and used as the blueprints for your custom made denture solution.
Wearing Your Dentures
When you return to our Whitby, ON office to receive your new dentures, your dentist will make sure they’re to your liking. They’ll make sure they fit snugly and comfortably, before giving you instructions on how to take wear and care of them. From there, you’ll be able to enjoy your new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Clean your mouth by rinsing, as well as brushing and flossing any remaining teeth before putting your dentures in.
- Clean your dentures everyday with a toothbrush and a denture toothpaste.
- Soak your dentures overnight in water or a specially made cleaning solution.
- Rinse your dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.
- Visit your Whitby dentist as soon as possible if your dentures start to feel loose or make your mouth feel sore.
- Avoid using bleach, harsh bristles, or hot water to clean your denture solution as these can weaken and destroy them.
You should never wear your dentures while you sleep. Failing to remove your dentures while you sleep can result in bad breath and denture stomatitis, also known as oral thrush. Thrush is a condition where your gums become swollen, yeast-infected, and inflamed due to overexposure to bacteria that grows between your gums and dentures and a lack of saliva exposure.
Complete denture solutions tend to last about five to 10 years while partial denture solutions tend to last an average of 15 years. However, the longevity of your dentures will depend on multiple factors beyond the type of dentures you receive including the material used to make them and how well you care for them.
To get the most out of your dentures, you should follow any and all care instructions given by your dentist and visit Dentistry on Dundas at least once every six months for dental exams so we can help you maintain your restorations and your oral health.
Full Smile Restoration With Complete and Partial Dentures
You don’t have to keep getting by with an incomplete smile. Customized complete and partial dentures can be affordable, effective, and convenient solutions for replacing your missing teeth. Dentistry on Dundas is happy to offer complete and partial dentures to our Whitby patients and patients from neighboring areas including Oshawa, Ajax, and Courtice, ON.
If you’re ready to learn what denture solutions might mean for you, schedule a consultation at Dentistry on Dundas. You can reach our Whitby, ON office at (905) 666-1555 or fill out and submit the contact form below and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.