Dentures

Quality & Lasting Dentures

Do you have missing teeth that you’d like to replace? Dr. Haeri and her dental staff at Bells Corners Family Dentistry can help you restore your smile with a range of prosthetic dentistry options including dental implants and dentures. In addition to our preventive and restorative dentistry services, we also offer endodontic treatments, cosmetic procedures and prosthetic dentistry in Nepean.

Complete Dentures at Our Nepean Clinic
Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth for any given reason, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, because dentures make it easier to eat and speak. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and profile.

The 3 Types Of Dentures

Conventional

It is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take a few months.

Immediate

This denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but may need to have the denture relined or remade after your jaw has healed.

Overdenture

Sometimes, some of your teeth can be saved to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for the denture. An overdenture fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Implants can serve the same function too.

What to Expect

  • New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. The dentures may feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place.
  • It is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. You may find that saliva flow temporarily increases. As your mouth becomes accustomed to the dentures, these problems should go away. Follow-up appointments with the dentist are generally needed after a denture is inserted so the fit can be checked and adjusted.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to gum-colored acrylic bases. Partial dentures at Bells Corners Family Dentistry is designed based on your needs and may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural-looking. A removable partial denture may be designed to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments, which are more aesthetic than clasps. Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a removable partial denture.

What to Expect

  • Inserting and removing the partial denture will require some practice. Follow all instructions given by your dentist. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.
  • At first, you may be asked to wear your partial denture all the time. This may initially be uncomfortable, but it’s the quickest way to identify areas that may need adjustment. If the denture puts too much pressure on a specific area, that spot will become sore. Your dentist will adjust the partial denture to fit more comfortably. After making adjustments, your dentist will probably recommend that you take the partial denture out of your mouth before going to bed and replace it in the morning.
  • Eating should become a more pleasant experience with dentures. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on both sides. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum during the adjustment period.
  • Partial dentures can also help improve your speech. If you find it difficult to pronounce certain words, practice reading out loud. Repeat the words that give you trouble. With time, you will become accustomed to speaking properly with your partial denture.

Care & Maintenance

Complete or Partial Dentures

  • You still need to practice good oral hygiene, even if you wear full dentures.
  • Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
  • When brushing, clean your mouth thoroughly, including your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth and tongue to remove any plaque. This can help reduce the risk of oral irritation and bad breath.

Cleaning & Maintaining Your Dentures

  • Thoroughly rinse off loose food particles.
  • Brush all denture surfaces gently to avoid damaging the plastic or bending the attachments.
  • Using hand soap or mild dishwashing liquid to clean dentures is acceptable. However, most household cleaners are too abrasive and should not be used for cleaning dentures. Do not use toothpaste since it can be too harsh for cleaning dentures. Your dentist can recommend a denture cleaner. Look for denture cleansers with the ADA/CDA Seal of Acceptance.
  • Brush the denture with a soft-bristled toothbrush every day to remove food debris and plaque. This helps the denture from becoming permanently stained.
  • A denture could lose its proper shape if it is not kept moist. At night, the denture should be placed in soaking solution or water. Don’t chew, swallow or gargle with denture cleansers.
  • Always thoroughly rinse the denture before placing it in your mouth.

Adjustments for Complete or Partial Dentures

People wearing full dentures may occasionally use adhesives. Adhesives come in many forms – creams, powders, pads/wafers, strips or liquids. If you use one of these products, read the instructions and use them exactly as directed. Look for products with the ADA/CDA Seal of Acceptance. Products with the ADA/CDA Seal have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

Over time, adjusting the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a poorly fitting denture. A reliable dentist at Bells Corners Family Dentistry adjusts dentures that do not fit a patient properly. Poorly fitted dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. Visit us if your denture becomes loose and maintain your regular visits too.

You can do serious harm to your denture and to your health by trying to adjust or repair your denture. In many cases, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs, often on the same day. Complicated repairs may require that the denture be sent to a special dental laboratory.

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