Learn more about dentures and how they replace your missing teeth
If you’ve lost all of your teeth, replacing them with dentures will benefit your appearance and your health, that’s because they make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth.
When you lose all your teeth, facial muscles can sag and make you look older. Dentures can help fill out your facial appearance. They can be made to look like your natural teeth. Dentures may even enhance the look of your smile.
Types of Dentures
Conventional Full Dentures
Conventional full dentures, or complete dentures, are placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are extracted, and tissues have healed, which may take many months (during which time you are without teeth).
Immediate full dentures
Immediate full dentures, or temporary dentures, are inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. You can eat the foods you love, without putting too much pressure on your remaining natural teeth while waiting for your new permanent dentures to be fitted.
Partial dentures are made to fill the gap created by missing teeth. They can be unclipped and removed when needed, helping you feel more confident if you’re missing a small number of teeth.
The denture-making process takes a few weeks and several appointments.
Once your Belmont WA dentist determines what type of appliance is best for you, the general steps are the following:
- Make impressions and take measurements of your jaw.
- Make models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will “try-in” this model several times, and the denture will be assessed for colour, shape, and fit before the final denture is made.
- Cast a final denture.
- Adjustments will be made as necessary.
Caring for Your Dentures
Don’t let dentures dry out – soak them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water; this causes your dentures to warp.
Brush your dentures – brushing your dentures daily will remove food and plaque and help prevent staining.
Take care of your mouth – brushing your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert dentures stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
Consult your dentist – see your Belmont WA dentist if dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Do not adjust them yourself as this can damage them beyond repair.
Dentures in Belmont WA
If you have any enquiries about your dentures, or if they stop fitting well or become damaged, contact your Belmont WA dentist.
Be sure to schedule regular dental check-ups. Your dentist will examine your mouth to see if your dentures continue to fit properly.
We are located at 5/132 Epsom Ave in Belmont WA.