Full Dentures in Calgary
At Inglewood Family Dental, we offer denture solutions for patients with missing teeth! We are pleased to offer traditional, immediate, partial dentures, implant supported as well as denture relines. If you have experienced complete tooth loss or have severely damaged teeth from gum disease or decay that need removal, full dentures are a way to restore replace your natural teeth and restore your smile. There are a variety of full dentures, with each dependent on your situation. Your dentist will work with you to determine whether full dentures are right for you.
What Are Full Dentures?
Full dentures are a removable appliance that fits into your mouth and along your gumline to replace all the missing teeth on your top or bottom gum line. Full dentures are formed to fit your mouth naturally and fitted with artificial teeth to best represent your natural teeth. If you are only replacing the top or the bottom, the denture will be made to match the natural bite of your other teeth. The teeth in the denture are made from a hard resin, while the supporting parts are made out of a similar resin or a flexible polymer material. Dentures are held in place with natural suction or by an oral adhesive.
What to Expect When Getting Full Dentures?
When getting dentures, what to expect will depend on the method of dentures. Traditional dentures are made and placed in your mouth after you have had all your teeth removed and your gums have had time to heal completely. This method means you could have several months without teeth. Immediate dentures are molded and made before your teeth are removed. Once the dentist removes all of your teeth, the denture is put in place. This allows for no time without teeth, though you may need to go in for adjustments to the denture as your gums heal.
With either denture option, it can take time to adjust to your new full denture. It may feel awkward. You may find eating is difficult as is speaking. With new dentures, you can experience soreness as your gums and mouth become used to them. You can often experience increased saliva flow for the first few days as your mouth adjusts. All these changes will go away in time as you adjust to the new dentures.
How to Care for Full Dentures
While full dentures are not natural teeth, they still require regular care to avoid plaque and bacterial build-up. Clean your full denture with a non-abrasive dental cleaner and a soft-bristled brush. You can find brushes made especially for dentures. Do not use standard toothpaste on your denture as it can be too abrasive. When you are not wearing your dentures, keep them in a container with water or water and a denture cleaner.
Don’t forget to still brush your mouth. Brush your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth, and your tongue to remove bacteria and plaque that can cause gum irritation and bad breath. This also reduces the level of bacteria and plaque that can adhere to your denture.
Things to Avoid with Full Dentures
While full dentures are designed to replace missing teeth, they are not as strong as your natural teeth used to be. Because of this, some caution needs to be taken when eating with full dentures. When you first get your dentures, start off eating soft foods. This will allow you to become comfortable with the denture for eating and reduce the risk of injury. Use care with hot liquids, especially if you have both an upper and lower denture. The dentures insulate the mouth and you could be swallowing a beverage that is way too hot for your throat. With your natural teeth, you may have been used to chewing on one side of your mouth or the other. Doing this with full dentures can make them come loose. Try to distribute food to both sides when chewing.
Biting into foods can be difficult and can make the dentures come loose. Consider cutting up food into bite-sized pieces. Dry foods, such as breads, can become stuck to your denture and make eating difficult. Always eat drier foods with something to drink. This makes eating with full dentures much easier. Foods that are very hard, such as hard candy, should be avoided as they can crack or damage the denture. Sticky foods, such as gum, can dislodge the denture and get stuck to the denture.
With time and adjustment, you will quickly learn what works best for you and your new full dentures. If something doesn’t feel right or your dentures feel loose, don’t be afraid to contact your dentist and see if they can be adjusted.
The term “false teeth” concerns a lot of people. However, Dr. Arash Ravanbakhsh takes the necessary steps to ensure that your dentures look as natural as possible. Dentures have come a long way — they look incredibly natural, and since missing teeth tend to cause a loss of support for your lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, your new full denture fills out the shape of your face and instantly improves your smile!