WE ARE DENTURE FRIENDLY!
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on your individual case, you may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.
There are two types of full dentures:
- Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, Brock Dental takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without at least your front teeth. The dentures will need to be relined after the soft tissue and bone have healed. This may take up to several months. In the meantime, soft tissue conditioner can be placed under the denture for a snug fit.
Throughout the fabrication of the complete denture, you will be able to assess the fit of the denture base, help choose the colour and shape of your teeth, check for speech and sound, your front and side facial profile, gag reflex due to over-extension and so on to make sure the denture will be maximized functionally and esthetically. If you dont like it we will fix it before moving to the next stage...so you know exactly what you are getting.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
ADJUSTING TO YOUR DENTURES
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
CARE FOR YOUR DENTURES
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don't drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from Dr. Say or Dr. Palencar if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE REGULAR DENTAL EXAMINATIONS
Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important fo the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.