Dentures in Edmonton
Dentures are artificial replacements for missing natural teeth and gums. If you are left with none or few healthy teeth, dentures may be suggested to you to replace the missing teeth. Depending on the number of healthy teeth remaining and their condition, a patient may receive complete or partial dentures. Complete dentures are required when all natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a complete set of dentures. Partial dentures are an option when some healthy natural teeth remain and do not need to be removed. Partial dentures are similar to dental bridges, but are not permanent fixtures.
There are two kinds of complete dentures: immediate dentures, and conventional dentures. Immediate dentures are made prior to teeth being removed using models of your jaw. Once all teeth are extracted, then the immediate dentures are inserted. This means that you are not without teeth during the healing period of approximately 6 months. Conventional dentures are made and placed in your mouth after all teeth have been extracted and healing has taken place.
Complete and partial dentures require daily care just like natural teeth. Dentures can build up plaque and tartar, resulting in stains, bad breath, and gum problems. To clean dentures, remove them from your mouth, then brush and rinse them to remove food particles. Use a denture brush to apply denture cleaner or mild soap. Brush gently on all surfaces where bacteria collect. Rinse the dentures before placing them back in your mouth. Never use hot water, as it could damage or warp the dentures. When cleaning dentures, observe them for damage such as cracks, and make sure to handle them very carefully as they are delicate.