Removable prosthodontics are a solution to replace missing teeth. Dentures are a removable form of prosthodontic and can be placed in and taken out of the mouth for easy care and cleaning. Dentures are a great option for replacing missing teeth and restoring esthetics and function.
With continued advancements, dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than they’ve ever been. Dentures are available in two forms: partial and complete. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth in an arch are missing, while partial dentures are used when some teeth in an arch are missing. Based on your specific case and needs, your dentist will recommend one or the other to best suit you.
Removable partial dentures are used to fill the gaps between one or more missing teeth. A beaming smile full of teeth is a great way to restore lost confidence. Partial dentures also protect the health of your remaining teeth.
Although partial dentures can be made from a number of different materials, a common type attaches the denture teeth to a metal framework. This framework is fitted to your mouth to attach to your natural teeth, clicking into place like a retainer would.
Why Choose Partial Dentures?
When looking to replace some missing teeth, partial dentures are a great option. While it’s best to speak with your dentist about the right solution for your smile, partial dentures are great for many reasons including:
Partial dentures can restore the esthetic of your smile by replacing missing teeth.
Dentures can prevent the shifting and weakening of your remaining teeth. Partial dentures also keep you from over-using one side of your mouth or jaw, which can cause wear, damage, and pain.
For ease and optimal hygiene, partial dentures are easily removable to be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
Partial dentures tend to cost less than fixed prosthetic options (eg. Bridges and/or implants), so they can be a more affordable solution to replace missing teeth.
Complete (or full) dentures are recommended for those with none or just a few remaining teeth (with a poor prognosis) in a given arch. This type of denture typically has a gum-coloured base that fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower dentures are horseshoe shaped to leave room for your tongue. Your dentist will take impressions (or molds) of your mouth to create a custom-fitted set of complete dentures.
Why Choose Complete Dentures?
They’re a great option for those who require a full arch to be restored. Complete dentures are the ideal solution to:
- Replace missing teeth. Complete dentures are a great way to replace an arch of missing or unhealthy teeth. This improves oral function, esthetic, and overall health.
- Restore health. Complete dentures can restore your oral health, especially if you suffer from chronic tooth problems.
- Remove infection. Damaged or diseased teeth are removed which will heal infections and decrease pain levels.
- Improve appearance. Missing teeth can give the appearance sunken, sagging cheeks/face. Complete dentures can help fill out this space to create a younger and healthier appearance.
Getting Used to Your Dentures
Dentures will take some time to adjust. The initial few weeks or months may include discomfort or awkwardness as you get used to your new dentures. A loose or bulky feeling is common while the muscles in your mouth, including cheeks and tongue, learn how to accommodate your dentures. You may notice an excessive flow of saliva, minor irritation or soreness, and discomfort. These symptoms should dissipate within a few months, however, speak to your dentist about severe cases of irritation as a denture adjustment may be required.
How Long Do Dentures Last?
Dentures experience a lot of wear and tear. Overtime, your dentures may need to be relined, remade, or rebased. You may find that as you age, your dentures start to fit differently. This is because your mouth naturally changes as you age. If you find your denture is ill-fitting, speak to your dentist about the potential options available.
Removable Prosthodontic Consultation
If you’re looking to restore your smile, dentures are a great way to do so. Contact us at our Salmon Arm or Sorrento location to book your denture consultation.
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Meet Dr. Jonathan Low
Dr. Jonathan Low (Jon) was born and raised in Salmon Arm. Prior to attending dental school, he graduated with two degrees from the University of British Columbia: a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Genetics (2004); and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutic Science (2007). He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at New York University (2012) and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.
Jon had the privilege of practicing for two years with his father, Dr. Cedric Low, who was a well-known dentist in Salmon Arm for more than 30 years. In 2014, Jon took over the practice after his father’s passing.
Jon pursues ongoing continuing education in the form of dental study clubs, conferences, and discipline-focused dental courses.
Outside the office he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarb, travelling, skiing, discussions about cars, and working out at the gym.
Dr. Jonathan Low Family Dentistry
320 Ross Street NE,
Salmon Arm, BC
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