Dentures are prosthetic devices that are designed to replace missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth a patient has lost, the denturist will recommend either full or partial dentures. If a patient has lost all of their teeth, full dentures can restore the smile back to great function.
The denturist will determine whether a full or partial denture is needed and will evaluate the condition of a patient’s teeth, gums and jaw bone. Creating a denture requires a series of moulding where impressions are taken of the patient’s mouth to allow for the denture to be properly sized and fitted. The patient’s unique dentures are fabricated in a laboratory and will be sent back to the dentist’s office when complete. Dentures act as a bridge to strengthen the mouth and bite.
A restoration with dentures can improve a patient’s quality of life in multiple ways:
- Improve speech
- Improve chewing function and digestion
- Restore a patient’s confidence and boost their self-esteem
- Support the facial structure, creating a fuller appearance
Looking After Your Dentures
To properly care for your dentures, you need to clean them every day, as plaque can build up on natural or false teeth. Take them out every night and clean them with a soft bristle toothbrush, followed by a massaging the gums. Soak your dentures overnight to loosen plaque and tartar so that it can easily be removed when you brush.
Longing for a fuller smile? Talk to our denturist, Dr. Vallentine today about changing your life with dentures!