All About Dentures in Brampton
Are you missing teeth? It’s a problem as old as time. Throughout the ages, people have tried to fill gaps in the smile in a number of creative ways, from using animal teeth to wood shaped into dental crowns and, yes, sometimes even other people’s teeth. Porcelain dentures first appeared around 1770, and today, dentures and partial dentures are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever before. We’ve come a long way in tooth replacement -- keep reading to find out how much you have to look forward to with modern dentures!
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth affixed into a plastic base that is designed to look like the gum tissue. Dentures are customized to fit comfortably in the unique anatomy of each patient’s smile. A partial denture replaces several missing teeth, while a complete denture takes the place of an entire row of missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are affixed onto metal brackets placed on the remaining natural teeth, while a complete denture uses natural suction to stay secure. A denture adhesive may provide additional security.
How Do I Take Care of Dentures?
When you receive your first set of dentures, we will talk to you about how to take care of them to make sure they stay clean and functioning properly for as long as possible. Some of these denture tips include:
- Brush the dentures with a mild hand soap or denture cleanser at least once daily
- Remove and clean the dentures after each meal
- Bush any remaining teeth and clean the gums after eating
- Be careful when handling the dentures
- Soak the dentures overnight in water or a denture solution
- Visit your dentist as recommended for preventive care and periodic denture maintenance
- Keep an eye out for any sore spots that may develop
How Long Do Dentures Last?
With proper care and maintenance, a denture can last for 5 to 7 years before replacement is needed. When teeth are lost, the jaw bone will gradually lose its volume and change shape as a result. Your denture will need to be refitted to keep up with these changes -- fortunately, creating a new denture is typically as simple the second time as it was the first.
However, a denture that is retained by dental implants will last much longer. Dental implants support the jaw bone and promote better oral health over a lifetime. Patients who are eligible for dental implants should strongly consider this option -- for a longer-lasting, sturdier denture.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have experienced substantial tooth loss and are interested in replacing them with dentures, we invite you to contact our office to discuss your tooth replacement. Go ahead and request an appointment at Torbram Dental -- we can’t wait to help you enjoy all the benefits of a complete, natural-looking smile!