Scarborough Dentures & Partials: Your Smile, Renewed
Dentures, in one form or another, have been used for generations to help people quickly and affordably replace multiple missing teeth. Thankfully, they have advanced quite a bit over the past few decades, and now modern-day dentures are smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than ever. Using the highest-quality materials and a meticulous attention to detail, Dr. Bal can give any patient a set of teeth that looks natural, feels great, and helps restore their quality of life. If you think dentures could be exactly what your smile needs, read on below, or simply contact us today for an appointment.
Patients who are missing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth should replace their lost tooth structure as soon as possible. The longer you wait to restore your lost teeth, the more supportive bone and gum tissue will diminish. Remaining healthy teeth will also shift to fill the gap left by lost teeth. This can cause serious bite alignment concerns, undo costly orthodontic treatments, cause difficulty chewing, impede speech, and change the appearance of your facial features. The sooner we begin your tooth replacement treatment plan the easier it will be to fully renew your oral health and function. Whether you’re missing a single tooth, several consecutive teeth, or an entire row of teeth, don’t wait to schedule your tooth replacement consultation with the Bal Dental Centre team. If you’ve lost numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth, we will likely recommend a partial or full denture.
The Types of Dentures
We offer both partial and full dentures to replace any number of missing teeth as well as implant supported prosthetics to completely restore the most damaged smiles.
- Partial Denture:These are used to replace multiple missing teeth while fitting in among a patient’s remaining teeth like the missing piece of a puzzle. They consist of ceramic teeth attached to a gum-colored base, and they are held in place using small metal clasps that fit onto neighbouring teeth.
- Full Denture: This is an entire row of prosthetic teeth attached to a realistic-looking gum-colored base. The dentures sit directly on the gums, and they are held in place using either natural suction or a small amount of denture adhesive.
- Implant-Retained Dentures:These resemble traditional dentures except for one main difference: they are held in place by snapping onto multiple dental implants. They usually are not removable, and they provide a much more secure fit and stronger bite force compared to a removable prosthetic. They are typically able to maintain their fit for much longer because the implants actually support the jawbone from the inside.
Dental Implant Supported Partial & Full Dentures
Traditional dentures are only able to renew 10 to 20% of chewing ability. That means patients are limited to consuming a very small number of foods, which can adversely impact their overall health. Implant supported dentures renew as much as 75% of chewing ability, so patients can eat a wider variety of foods and maintain a nutritious diet. The increased stability also allows patients to speak and smile in every personal and professional situation with complete confidence. Dental implants are placed in two phases. The first step is the surgical placement of a dental implant post. Once your implants are in place, they will fuse with the gums and bone tissue, recreating your lost tooth roots. Once the implant has fully fused with the jawbone, we can attach one or more replacement teeth. The dental implant retained replacement denture will look, feel, and function just like your whole, healthy smile.
When teeth are missing, it’s no surprise that you want to find a solution as quickly as possible. Naturally, various factors must be considered before making a decision as to how you will want to restore your smile, but once you learn everything there is to know about dentures in Scarborough, you might have a difficult time considering any other option. Whether you are planning to meet with a member of the Bal Dental Centre team or are just considering dentures at this time, here are some frequently asked questions that can help you in your decision-making process.
What is the Adjustment Phase Like When Wearing Dentures?
Because your dentures will be a new fixture in your mouth, it will take some time to adjust to your new smile. Whether you require a top or bottom denture, or both, your tongue, gums, and cheeks will need to learn how to move with your dentures.
If you’re concerned about this adjustment phase, here are a few tips to consider:
- Practice speaking difficult words in front of a mirror and slow down your speech
- Don’t be afraid to eat softer foods in the beginning. Over time, you can gradually incorporate harder foods when you become more comfortable.
Will I Need to Worry About My Dentures Slipping?
Advancements in dentistry and dentures have come a long way, which means many of the worries and concerns people once had about wearing dentures are no longer necessary. Patients who wear dentures are able to do so without the worry of accidental slippage or of them falling out while out to eat with friends and family. Your natural suction is what holds them in place, but should you desire a bit more security, you are always welcome to purchase a dental adhesive. This can be placed sparingly on the gum-colored base to keep your dentures held more firmly in place.
How Often Will I Need to Replace My Dentures?
On average, dentures are replaced every 5 to 8 years. Your dentist in Scarborough can provide a more detailed explanation during your initial consultation; however, it is important that you understand dentures do require some relining and readjustments over time. As your jaw and facial structure shift and change, your denture may not fit as securely as it did initially.
If you want to keep your dentures for as long as possible, you’ll need to take clean them properly and carefully to prevent damage or breakage, which can shorten the lifespan of your new smile.
How Often Do I See My Dentist When Wearing Dentures?
Just because you have full or partial dentures in Scarborough doesn’t mean you get to skip out of your dentist appointments with us. It is imperative that you continue with your six-month visits, as this will allow our team to examine your restorations and check for any problem areas. By addressing any issues in their early stage, as well as keeping your natural teeth looking happy and healthy, you can enjoy a fresher smile for longer.