Full dentures (also known as false teeth and complete dentures) are a commonly used long-term replacement for teeth. They are fitted in people of all ages as an alternative to extensive and expensive implants.
Partial dentures (also known as removable partial dentures or partials) are used in place of bridges if the surrounding teeth are too weak to be used as anchors or if a relatively large number of teeth are missing. Partial dentures are held in place by brackets that fit onto the teeth surrounding them.
Like bridges, both full and partial dentures require precise fitting: over the gums to ensure they rest comfortably in place, and between the gums to ensure the top and bottom teeth meet at the exact right place. It is important that your teeth meet at the right place, not only so that chewing is both comfortable and feels natural, but also to avoid damage to the temporomandibular joint (which is where the jaw or mandible connects to the skull) and to the connecting muscles.
Dr. Clark uses a number of specially developed instruments to gauge the exact point at which the teeth should make contact. He can then determine the size of denture best suited to you. Once impressions and measurements have been taken, your new dentures are fabricated in a dental lab and then sent back to the dental office. After the fit has been checked, you are all ready to enjoy your new teeth.
Caring for Your Dentures
Dr. Clark and his associates will work with you to help you keep your dentures looking great, and a key part of this is following these four practices:
First, brush your dentures regularly. You may think that once your teeth are gone, you've seen the last of brushing; that’s not the case. Just as with natural teeth, bacteria can build up in your dentures, and if left unchecked, they can cause gum disease. By brushing multiple times a day, you can ensure your mouth remains healthy.
Second, remove your dentures before you go to sleep. Give your gums and surrounding teeth a good cleaning, either with a soft toothbrush or with a cloth, carefully removing all plaque from the area.
Third, when they are not in your mouth, let your dentures sit in a cleaning solution or warm water, especially overnight. This will loosen any plaque that has built up on your dentures, making it easier to remove during brushing. Be sure to brush them before reinserting. If you have metal attachments on your dentures, soak them in warm water only, as some solutions may corrode the met
Fourth, check in with your dentist regularly. This happens naturally if you have a partial denture, because you will want to get your remaining teeth checked. However, full dentures must be checked as well; your mouth is always changing and so it is important to make sure your dentures continue to meet your needs and that your gums and mouth remain healthy.
Contact Niagara-on-the-Lake Dental today to make an appointment.We’ll clearly explain to you how we can fit, create, and maintain a full or partial denture for you!