How to Improve Your Smile with a Denture
Missing teeth can impede your speech, affect your ability to chew, and impact the shape of your jaw. But for some, the worst thing about losing their teeth is the affect that it has on their confidence. Feelings of shame and embarrassment are not uncommon, and often result in stifling laughter and close-lipped smiles. But there’s no reason to live this way. Whether you’re missing some or most of your teeth, the solution is dentures. Winnipeg dentists at Assiniboine Dental Group can help you determine what type is best suited to your particular needs.
Not your grandmother’s dentures
Denture technology has come a long way since they were first invented, and today they’re so well crafted they’re difficult to distinguish from real teeth. Modern dentures are custom-made for each individual and fit comfortably in the mouth. There are two basic types of dentures: partial and complete.
As the name suggests, partial dentures are designed to fill in for a missing series of teeth, but not an entire row. They anchor to the remaining teeth nearby and are both comfortable and easy to care for. For a natural appearance, they’re tinted to resemble other teeth in the mouth and are entirely undetectable.
Complete dentures are designed to replace an entire row of teeth, either the top or bottom. They’re constructed to have a plate that fits over the gum and of course, include prosthetic teeth. Complete dentures are best suited to those individuals who have no or few remaining teeth. If the remaining teeth are in poor condition your Winnipeg dentist is likely to recommend having them extracted so that you can utilize a complete denture. In this case, the mouth needs time to heal following the extraction before a conventional complete denture can be fitted to your mouth. Healing takes approximately three months and in the interim you’ll be given what’s called an immediate denture, so that you can continue to chew and talk while your mouth recovers.
Caring for your denture
Maintaining your denture is easy. Like natural teeth, they need to be brushed daily to remove plaque. When they’re not in your mouth, you’ll need to keep them in a solution. You’ll also require regular dental checkups to ensure your denture is in good condition and that the rest of your mouth is in good health.
Your Winnipeg dentist wants to help
Making the transition to using a denture can be a bit unsettling at first, but the long-term benefits are substantial. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a dentist at our Winnipeg office or with any questions you may have about dentures. We look forward to helping you achieve your most beautiful smile ever.