Simply put, dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth, as well as the tissue surrounding the affected area. If you’re currently missing teeth or will be undergoing multiple dental extractions in the future, dentures may be a good replacement choice for you. The qualified general dentists at Able Dental Group will be able to provide you with all the info necessary to make an informed decision, and can even carry out the procedure itself within our Lethbridge, Blairmore, and Magrath clinics.
Types of Dentures
Generally speaking, there are two classes of dentures available on the market – complete dentures and partial dentures – and each type provides its own unique set of benefits, with the same smile-restorative goal as its focus.
Complete dentures are the norm for patients who require, or have had, the extraction of their entire upper or lower sets of natural teeth. Two options are available for patients who require complete dentures:
- -Conventional Dentures: These dental prosthetics are fabricated 6 weeks to 6 months after teeth have been extracted. This allows some healing time to take place before the dentures are constructed. This procedure may require the patient to have a temporary/healing reline and a permanent reline approximately six to eight months after the removal of the teeth to ensure a proper fit.
- -Immediate Dentures: Impressions are taken, and immediate dentures are fabricated before the teeth are removed, and are waiting to be inserted immediately after the procedure. Temporary/healing relines will need to be done during the 6-8 month healing period, after which time a permanent reline will be done to ensure a snug fit.
A partial denture, or removable bridge, is a set of replacement teeth for patients who have only extracted or lost an isolated row of consecutive teeth. As a matter of fact, partial dentures are an option for anyone who has one or more teeth remaining in their upper or lower jaw.
Unlike its fixed counterpart, a partial bridge is removable and consists of internal attachments that fasten it to adjacent crowns, facilitating cleaning and providing convenience and comfort when they are not needed. Additionally, the false teeth are connected to a gum-colored base, providing you with a natural-looking smile.
Important Information for Existing Denture Wearers
As a general rule, dentures have an approximate lifespan of between 5 and 10 years, making regular appointments for dental check-ups absolutely crucial to ensuring you’re getting the most in functionality and comfort out of your dental prosthetic.
Once your dentist deems that a new set of dentures is required, impressions of your lower or upper arch, or in some cases both arches, are taken and new dentures will be fabricated for you.
Also, some patients may experience sore spots due to even the slightest looseness in their dentures. In these particular cases, the dentists at Able Dental Group will often suggest dental implant stabilized dentures that will eliminate soreness-causing friction between your gum-line and your existing denture.
Regular Dentist Visits for Denture Wearers
In order to ensure optimal dental health, even while wearing dentures, annual check-ups are required. During these examinations, your dentist will:
- Screen for oral cancer
- Assess the health of your jaw joint
- Check for sore spots, excessive tissue, and other abnormalities
In addition to yearly exams, we strongly suggest a full-mouth X-ray (Panorex X-Ray) every 5 years, in order to:
- Check for cysts in your jaw
- Perform a comprehensive sinus assessment
At Able Dental Group, in addition to forming custom dentures for all patients who require them, we aim to care for, maintain, and improve your overall dental health. For all information regarding complete or partial dentures, or to book a consultation with one of our dentists, please contact one of our Lethbridge or Blairmore clinics closest to you. We look forward to helping you!