You’ve seen the commercials with the teeth floating in a glass of water on a bedside table, and you’ve probably seen the chattering-teeth toy that winds up and dances across the room, but you may not know what dentures actually are and why they’re used. Your Kelowna dentists have gathered up some of your most commonly asked questions about dentures to help satisfy your curiosity.
What are dentures?
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. They can be either a partial set (used to replace only a few missing teeth) or a complete set (used when all natural teeth are missing). There are also two different types of dentures: immediate and conventional. Immediate dentures are created and used immediately after teeth have been pulled from the gums, and conventional dentures are used after the teeth have fallen out and the gums have already had a chance to heal and set into a permanent shape.
Who needs dentures?
Dentures aren’t just for grandma and grandpa! Dentures should be used by anyone missing some or all of their natural teeth. If some teeth are missing, partial dentures will help the remaining teeth from shifting and work to improve chewing and speech functions. If all natural teeth are missing, complete dentures will not only aid in chewing food and improving your speech, they will boost confidence levels and improve facial muscle tone leaving you feeling and looking younger.
Are there alternatives available for dentures?
One of the most common alternatives to dentures is dental implants. Although implants can be much more costly, not everyone is a candidate. In order to determine your own personal options, it’s best to book a consultation with your local dental clinic in Kelowna.
How are dentures created?
When it’s determined that a patient requires dentures, many Kelowna dentists will begin by taking impressions of the patient’s gums and/or remaining teeth. Using these impressions, a set of dentures will be created. Some clinics, due to increased technology, even offer digital dentures that digitize the creation of your custom-made dentures to ensure the most comfortable fit so you can skip the wax moulds and frequent dentist pit stops.
What else do I need to know about dentures?
Many patients think that they no longer need to visit the dentist for regular checkups once they begin wearing a complete set of dentures since they no longer have any natural teeth. The opposite is actually true. Even though you may not have any natural teeth, it’s still important to visit your Kelowna dental clinic regularly to have your dentures and gums examined. A lot of times, the dentures may need adjustment or your oral tissues may need an exam to ensure your dental health is still in tip-top shape.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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