Replace Missing Teeth With Affordable Dentures
Are you missing a few teeth, or perhaps you’re having multiple teeth removed? If so, having large empty spaces in your mouth isn’t a good idea for many reasons and dentures may be a great solution for you.
Today’s dentures are nothing like your grandparents’ false teeth! Technology has come a long way over the years. Old dentures may have been uncomfortable and look fake, but modern dentures are extremely well-made. They are made to look completely natural to both the wearer and your friends and family. Being fitted for a set of dentures from the experienced team at Dental on Clarendon can help improve your confidence, and allow you to eat all the foods you love.
When Do You Need Dentures?
Many conditions may cause you to need dentures, such as age, advanced decay and illness. A few common reasons where we might suggest looking at dentures are:
- Decayed cavities in your mouth which can’t be restored.
- Injury or trauma to the mouth.
- An illness that led to teeth erosion.
- Cancer treatment that affected the teeth roots.
- Advanced gum disease.
Dentures are not just for “old people”, but an alternative solution for any adult who has lost many teeth.
Problems That Can Arise If You Don’t Get Dentures?
- Difficulty biting and chewing.
- A sunken, sagging face around the jaw lines.
- Problems speaking clearly.
- Increased risk of infection.
- Self-confidence impact.
Our friendly staff will be able to advise you of the best course of treatment and if your dental insurance plan will help pay for some of the cost. We’ll help you get fitted for your new dentures so you can get on with your life without worrying about your teeth.
Today’s dentures look great and totally natural. They will look just like your real teeth.
We realise you may have lots of questions, just like many people in your situation. We have compiled a list of FAQs asked by our patients to help you better understand this dental treatment.
Do They Hurt?
No, they should not hurt. There may be a period of discomfort as your mouth starts to get used to the dentures, but certainly no pain. If you do feel some pain, call our office and we’ll see what’s going on and sort it out.
What Do They Cost?
While they are not as expensive as dental implants, price depends on your individual treatment plan (eg; partial sets are less expensive that a full set, which is designed to replace all teeth in your mouth). We can give you an accurate price before treatment begins as well as guide you on what is covered by your insurance plan.
Can I Sleep While Wearing Dentures?
Yes, however we recommend that you remove them before going to bed and let them soak in a cleaning solution overnight. This will give your jaw a chance to relax after a day of use.
Will I Be Able To Eat Normally?
It is likely you will experience some difficulty eating when you first receive your dentures. It is common for a lower denture to move a little due to the action of your mouth when chewing. With practice, you will learn to control the movement of the lower dentures.
Most of our patients will have to learn how to eat properly with their new dentures. Certain foods that are hard or chewy may take more time to get used to. A good dab of denture adhesive will lessen the chance of them getting stuck in your food.
Chewing gum is likely off-limits!
Do They Need To Be Replaced?
If your dentures no longer fit like they used to, you may need a procedure performed called “relining” to refit the base of your dentures. When you come in for your regular oral exam, we’ll take a look to see how well they are working and let you know if any changes are needed.
Will They Look Like Natural Teeth?
Yes! If you are having a partial denture, then we will be able to match the shape and colour of your natural teeth so that it doesn’t look fake or plasticy looking.
Dentures made with today’s technology look so natural, that others will not be able to tell you are wearing them. However, if you feel your teeth are more prominent, allow a few days for your facial muscles to relax. Your dentures will seat themselves and your face and mouth will have a more natural appearance. If you have any immediate concerns, come in and we’ll check to see what’s going on.
Will My Speech Be Affected?
You may experience some speech difficulties during the first few days. New dentures feel different from natural teeth. Dentures also affect your tongue’s movement, but usually after a short amount of time you will get used to your dentures and your speech will return to normal.
What To Expect
- Before you have dentures fitted, we will have to remove all damaged teeth and allow the gums to heal.
- Next, we’ll take an impression of your mouth which is used to create your new dentures.
- About 2-4 weeks later, we’ll receive your new dentures and call you in for a fitting.
- During the fitting, we’ll check the dentures and make any adjustments necessary to make it feel comfortable.
- Before you leave, we’ll set up a series of follow-up appointments.
Living With Your New Dentures
There will be a period of adjustment as you get used to your new teeth. Some common things noticed by our patients are:
- Getting used to eating your favourite foods.
- Eating soft food for the first few days.
- Some discomfort as you get used to your new teeth. We might recommend some light pain killers at first.
- Daily cleaning to maintain a healthy mouth.
- Regular follow ups with our dentist.