Dentures tend to be talked about in a very casual way. However, as the dentists here at NovaDental have come to experience first-hand, missing teeth can have a real impact on daily life. Whether we’re talking about covering your face when you smile or trying to tuck into that piece of meat, there’s so much more to living with missing teeth than meets the eye.
Dentures (aka false teeth) act as a common solution in terms of replacing missing teeth. Generally speaking, dentures are made from a combination of metal and acrylic plastic. They’re designed to both act and function like real teeth.
When it comes to dentures, numerous types are available. It’s best to discuss which solution is best for you and your needs with your NovaDental dentist.
Types of dentures available
- Complete or full dentures replace all teeth along the top or bottom jaw (or both).
- Partial dentures replace some missing teeth in one jaw, using the natural teeth that remain as an anchor.
- Overdentures are clipped over an attachment in the roots of existing teeth or worn over dental implants.
- Implant-retained dentures are held in place using dental implants secured to the bone of the jaw.
- Immediate dentures are placed in the mouth immediately following a tooth extraction, providing a more efficient and comfortable after-care treatment as opposed to waiting 3 months.
Below, you’ll find a list of questions patients typically ask us regarding dentures.
What are the main advantages to getting dentures?
While dentures will replace your missing teeth (that’s an obvious bonus), they’re also easy to remove and thoroughly clean.
Will wearing dentures hurt?
As you may expect, at first, it’ll take you some time to adjust to eating or speaking while wearing your dentures. You may even find yourself adjusting your diet but as a general rule, wearing dentures shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable. If you do need your dentures readjusted so that they fit and feel better, this can be arranged by your NovaDental dentist.
Will dentures have an impact on how I look?
Providing your dentures fit properly, they should really just blend into your natural appearance. However, if you don’t feel comfortable with your dentures, make an appointment to see your dentist. If your dentures don’t fit properly, they’re likely to cause your face to shrink and move your chin and nose closer together.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Think about what happens to your teeth when you eat and drink. Just like real teeth, dentures collect bits of food and build up plaque in time. It’s best to brush and soak your dentures to ensure you maintain their good condition. Be sure to discuss other denture care instructions with your dentist too.
How are dentures made?
To make your dentures, first, your NovaDental dentist will take an impression of your teeth. From there, the impression will be sent to the dental laboratory where the denture will be created. To get your new denture fitted, you’ll need to visit your dentist and during the appointment, they will fit your denture and adjust it so that it sits comfortably.
If you’ve got any questions regarding dentures,
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