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Dentures in NW Calgary

Dentures are false teeth that can replace missing teeth and gums. Dentures can be removable or fixed, and either partial or full. They require maintenance and regular check-ups every two years to ensure they fit correctly.

Who needs dentures?

Dentures are most often used by individuals who have lost all or most of their teeth due to gum disease, an accident, or some other cause. Dentures may be the only option for keeping a healthy and attractive smile in cases where no teeth remain.

Why are dentures important?

Dentures are important because they allow people to chew and speak normally. They also help maintain the shape of the face and keep the lips from shrinking.

What condition are dentures used to treat?

Dentures are used to treat tooth loss. Tooth loss can be caused by several things, including disease, decay, and injury. Dentures are a way to replace missing teeth and help improve the mouth's function.

If you have inquiries about dentures in Sage Hill, call our office at (587) 315-7118

Types of dentures

Dentures cover the entire upper or lower jaw and contain a series of prosthetic teeth that resemble natural teeth as closely as possible. They allow people to speak and normally eat without worrying about their appearance.

There are two types of dentures, partial and complete:

  1. Partial dentures replace missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures consist of a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) attached to a gum-colored plastic base. They are designed to fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing and can be either removable or fixed. Partial dentures are used when the remaining teeth are not strong enough to support a bridge.

  2. Complete dentures or false teeth replace all of the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures fit snugly over the gums and stay in place with suction. Complete dentures are removable.

There are two types of complete dentures, traditional and immediate.

  1. Traditional complete dentures are custom designed to perfectly fit the patient's mouth using impressions of their teeth before being removed. A temporary set of dentures is made to fit over the gums until the final version is available. Temporary dentures allow patients to eat normally without trouble but do not look as natural as immediate dentures.

  2. Immediate complete dentures are also made after all of a patient's teeth have been removed, although this time, there is no need for an impression since the gums are still intact. The dentist attaches them right away instead of making a temporary set first, meaning some adjustments will be necessary later on down the road as the gums begin to shrink and change shape.

How are dentures made?

There are two types of dentures, removable and fixed.

  1. Removable dentures are made in a lab and then fitted to the patient's mouth. An impression is made of the patient's mouth, and this mould forms the base for creating new artificial teeth that fit perfectly into the patient's mouth. Materials such as acrylic resin or lightweight metals are used to make individual false tooth shapes are crafted from wax before being attached to a plastic or gum-colored metal frame.

  2. Fixed dentures, also called dental implants, are surgically implanted into the jawbone and are not removable. Unlike removable dentures, fixed dentures do not rely on suction to stay in place. Instead, they are held in place by titanium posts surgically implanted into the jawbone.

Cleaning and caring for your dentures

Just like your natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned every day. Bacteria can grow very quickly on dentures and cause bad breath and other health problems.

To clean your dentures, you will need to:

  • Soak them in a cleaning solution

  • Brush them with a denture toothbrush

  • Rinse them off with water

When you are not wearing your dentures, it is best to store them in a container of water or disinfectant, and this will help prevent them from becoming brittle or discoloured.

Can I see my regular dentist for dentures?

If you need dentures, you should see a prosthodontist. A prosthodontist is a dentist who has additional training in the design and fabrication of dentures. Your dentist will be able to refer you to a prosthodontist who can help you to determine if dentures are the proper treatment for you.

Deciding the best treatment option for you can be difficult. We are here for you! If you are looking for dentures in NW Calgary, or are looking for a denture clinic in NW Calgary, we can help you! Give us a call today to book an appointment with our general dentist, Dr. Christina Coakwell. She can guide you in making the best decision for your specific needs. Call us at (587) 315-7118 to book an appointment or fill out the contact form. We look forward to helping you with all of your dental needs.

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