Dentures in Langley BC
Dentures are prosthetic devices, constructed to replace missing teeth. Dentures can be complete or partial. Complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth in the mouth whereas partial dentures are used to replace few missing teeth. Dentures assist in chewing food while maintaining aesthetics of an individual. They also prevent rapid bone loss with missing teeth.
Dentures are removable when they are supported by hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Dentures are fixed when they are supported by implants and are called implant supported dentures. Fixed dentures can be removed only by the dental professional.
Dentures are also available in flexible forms and are gaining importance. They are easy to use and are comfortable.
Dentures are advised if:
- You have complete or partial missing teeth
- You have congenital absence of teeth
- Compromised medically in which dental implants are contraindicated
- Intra-oral structures are grossly missing after oral cancer therapy.
The Process for Dentures
You dentist or prosthodontist may advise dentures if you have lost teeth due to mishaps or poor oral hygiene based on the quantity of bone. If your jaws are suitable for dentures, your dentist makes an impression of your jaw ridges to customize dentures for you.
Dentures have to be regularly cleaned 2-3 times a day to remove food particles and removed during bed time, to allow oral tissues to rest. Gums are also regularly cleaned and massaged to maintain good oral hygiene.
Types of Dentures:
- Partial Dentures: They are used to replace one or a group of missing teeth. The artificial teeth in the partial denture are held in place by the use of clasps that fit to adjacent natural teeth.
- Complete Dentures: these are used when all the natural teeth in the mouth are missing. They are held in place by suction effect of saliva and the resilient soft tissues of mouth. They are of two types:
- Immediate dentures: They are made before teeth removal and are inserted into the mouth immediately after tooth removal. These dentures help the patients feel confident as their jaws are replaced with false teeth immediately after tooth removal.
- Conventional dentures: They are made and inserted into the mouth after complete teeth removal and healing of gum tissue.
- Over Dentures: They are removable complete dentures supported by few natural teeth or implants. The natural teeth are adjusted to fit in the denture in case of teeth supported over dentures. Implant supported over dentures are dentures supported by small implants placed in the jaw bone.
Benefits of Dentures:
- Improves function and aesthetics: Dentures improves chewing efficiency. This helps patients to relish their favourite foods while enhancing the aesthetics and self-esteem of the individual.
- Look young: Dentures contribute to keeping the mouth structure and reduce wrinkles from tooth loss
- Improved speech: Helps in clear and improved speech with the help of dentures.
- Cost effective: Dentures are a cost-effective treatment option for replacing natural teeth.
- Durable: Dentures are long-lasting with good maintenance and oral hygiene.
- Hassle-free maintenance: Dentures can be easily maintained and can be cleaned without much effort.
Caring for Dentures at Home
Like natural teeth, complete and partial dentures also attract plaque and stains with poor oral hygiene. This can cause gum disease, bad breath, tooth decay (in case of partial dentures), bacterial and fungal growth. Hence, regular cleaning of dentures is recommended to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Dentures can be cleaned after every meal by removing them from your mouth and washing them under running water to flush out any loose food particles. This is followed by brushing the dentures with a denture brush or soft-bristled tooth brush using a denture cleaner. Brushing has to be done very gently involving all the surfaces or clasps of dentures. The dentures can be placed back into mouth after rinsing them with clean water.
Your gums also need to be cleaned and massaged with a dampened tooth brush or a wet cloth wrapped around your finger. Dentures need to be removed during nights to allow your gums to rest. They are soaked in warm water all night to prevent drying or warping.
In case of partial dentures, the natural teeth are brushed and flossed regularly to prevent cavities and gum diseases.
Visit your dentist once in a year to assess the health of your gums and dentures. Your dentist may check for minor cracks and the fit of your dentures to adjust them if needed.
Why Choose Langley Dental Centre for Dentures?
Our dentists carefully address the patient’s concerns and plan a customised treatment to match the patient’s need and comfort. The false teeth are matched with the complexion of patient for a natural look.
We educate our patients on how to use dentures and maintain them. We make sure that patients with dentures keep good oral hygiene improve its longevity. The dentures we provide are quality dentures (natural looking, good fit, stronger dentures that withstand the chewing forces without any discomfort).
Langley Dental Centre has a calm and hygienic ambience with friendly staff which puts patients care at the heart of its service. Our dentists hear to your apprehensions about dental care and discuss the dental treatment options, the costs and the time involved.
We are currently accepting new patients and appointments for Dentures and are available on weekdays, weekends and evenings too.
We accept all insurances and all major credit and debit cards. We can submit a pre-treatment plan to your dental plan administrator to obtain a pre-determination of benefits.
If you’re looking for a positive dental experience in Langley BC, then Langley Dental Centre is the place to visit.