Who needs dentures, anyway? There are a lot more people than you might think. Our North Burnaby dentists go over the two types of dentures that are available, as well as why you might need them and how they can help you improve your oral health.
What are dentures?
These artificial teeth and gums can be custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly. Custom-fit dentures are tooth replacements that are made to match your existing teeth. They are designed to replace natural teeth that a patient may have lost or had removed.
How will I know if I need dentures?
Dentures are more frequently recommended by our dentists to patients of various ages than you might think. Perhaps you previously thought of them as only being suitable for certain types of patients or seniors. Having said that, you and your dentist may decide on this tooth-replacement based on a variety of factors unique to your situation.
Dentures may never be necessary if you visit your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and practise good oral hygiene at home. However, if you have a history of dental issues and have previously experienced dental problems, dentures may be in your future.
What are the two types of dentures?
To maintain your oral health, it's essential to replace missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, ask your dentist whether full or partial dentures are right for you.
Typically constructed from a combination of metal and acrylic, partial dentures can be used to replace one or a few missing teeth.
If you are missing all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, full dentures can be used to replace them. Depending on your needs, these can be combined with implants to provide a more secure fit for your teeth.
How should I care for my dentures?
Like natural teeth, dentures can develop tartar and plaque. This can cause stains, bad breath, and gum issues. Cleaning your dentures daily will help prevent plaque from spreading from your dentures to your natural teeth and gums.