Dentures are an affordable treatment option for patients looking to replace missing teeth in a timely manner.
If you are looking to replace missing teeth, dentures could help to restore the overall look and function of your smile.
Dentures provide a fast and efficient method of replacing multiple teeth with just the one prosthetic. The advantage of receiving dentures for those with missing teeth is the increased functionality of being able to speak and eat normally. In addition to this, partial dentures provide prevention against teeth becoming misaligned and crooked.
Complete dentures are most commonly used for patients who are missing all teeth on their top or bottom arch. In a high number of cases, patients will require their last few teeth to be removed prior to dentures being fitted; this is done to promote good oral health. Ideally, we then wait for at least 6 months after the teeth have been removed before constructing a conventional denture. In the meantime, you will be provided temporary dentures if needed.
Patients who do not require a full arch of new teeth also have the option of receiving partial dentures. If a patient has one or more natural teeth which are still fully functional, then partial dentures may be used to help fill the gap, allowing healthy natural teeth to remain. There are two types of partial dentures—plastic acrylic partial dentures or one with metal frame work. They can be attached to the remaining abutment teeth with clasps. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.
The denture process
The denture development process takes about 6 to 8 weeks and several appointments. The general procedure is to:
- Take a series of impressions of your jaw and take the bite registration (recording how your jaws relate to one another).
- Construct models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will try this model several times and the denture will be assessed for colour, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast.
- After we have fabricated the proper denture, you come in for your final fitting and walk out with a new smile. Review appointments to do adjustments as necessary
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