At Sturgeon Creek Dental in Winnipeg, our dentists often recommend dentures as a natural-looking and affordable option for restoring patients' smiles.
Dentures are artificial removable tooth replacements that can be used to replace one missing tooth, a row of teeth (partial dentures), or a whole jaw (full dentures).
If several or all of your teeth need to be extracted, your dentist will likely recommend full or partial dentures. While full dentures are used when a person is missing all of their natural teeth, partial dentures can be used in conjunction with natural teeth that remain.
Dentures may be used in conjunction with other restorative dental techniques to repair and restore a patient's smile. At Sturgeon Creek Dental, we can replace some or all of your teeth with natural-looking conventional dentures, immediate dentures or implant-supported dentures.
Replacing missing teeth is imperative for your oral health. Dentures can help preserve a patient's facial structure and allow you to eat and speak properly. They can also help prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position and becoming misaligned.
Conventional dentures are a full set of dentures placed in the mouth after all teeth have been removed. If tooth extractions are required, your dentist will wait until your gum tissue has fully healed to fit you for dentures. The healing process usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and will be placed immediately following the extraction procedure. They may need to be altered afterward to fit you properly when your mouth heals, but the benefit is that you get your new teeth right away.
These dentures are secured with a dental implant (titanium screw) to provide a better fit. Your dentist will start by placing the implant in your jaw bone, beneath the gum tissue, to act as the root of a tooth.
After 3 to 6 months, when the implant has bonded and attached to your gum, the area will heal and a denture can be placed to restore the full function and appearance of a natural tooth. Your new implant-supported denture should reduce jaw pain or bite issues, and aid in chewing and speech.
Dentures typically last between 5 to 10 years before needing replacement or repair so that they function as intended. Sometimes they last for up to 30 years.
In any case, maintain your dentures with excellent oral hygiene to ensure their longevity and check in with your dentist every six months to ensure they still fit well.
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