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Replace Missing Teeth and Restore Your Smile
Dentures have been a tried-and-true way to restore teeth when many or all are missing. Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth and gums. If an accident, a disease or poor oral health care has left you with only a few healthy teeth or none at all, Dr. Ryan might suggest dentures to replace your missing teeth. There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures our office makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. The models are used to custom-make your dentures.
Partial dentures are also called “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials.” They may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night.
Complete dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to.
The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth, and can improve a smile or facial appearance.
Dentures May Need Repair or Replacement
Your dentures are customized for the shape of your mouth at the time you receive them. When that shape changes over time, your once tight, stable, and firm dentures can become loose and wobbly. This can be very embarrassing if it happens when eating out in public, or chatting with someone. Our office suggests that traditional denture wearers get dentures refitted, relined, or replaced every 5 to 7 years.
Oral Hygiene and Regular Dental Visit
It is extremely important to practice healthy dental hygiene when wearing dentures. There is an increased risk of developing a more serious medical condition should oral irritation result from improper dental hygiene. Just because you don’t have teeth doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still maintain regular dental appointments. While you can probably stretch things out to once-a-year for dentures, you still need an oral checkup. Not only will you be screened for how well your dentures fit, but you’ll also be looked at for early signs and symptoms of oral cancer, diabetes, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Contact our office today to schedule a checkup and cleaning, restoration consultation, or second-opinion visit. Dr. Ryan and his team will be more than welcome to help you with any questios or concerns about your dentures. Call us today: 519-940-8333
At our dental office, we will provide comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Please feel free to contact us anytime with questions or concerns about your own dental health or that of a family member.