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A Beginner’s Guide to Dentures: What to Expect

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The word “dentures” can conjure up many different thoughts in your head, especially if your dental practitioner recommends them. You may think about your age or your teeth rotting, but the team at MyBite is here to tell you you’re not alone.

Nearly 1 million Canadians over the age of 60 have no natural teeth, and many have to rely on different denture types to help maintain their quality of life.

But what should you expect if you’re getting dentures? What types of dentures are available to you? And what do you need to know about dentures to keep them lasting as long as possible?

MyBite is not only committed to helping you find a healthy, natural-looking smile but also giving you the right information to prepare for your new life with dentures.

We have put together this beginner’s guide to help you learn everything you need to know about dentures. If you’re ready to see what your life could look like with our help, please schedule a consultation with us today.

When Should You Consider Dentures?

You could look for various signs if you believe you might need dentures, but the only way to know for sure is to speak to your dentist or denturist. Some of the most common signs may include:

  • A history of poor dental hygiene and dental disease
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Loose or moving teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Problems with indigestion and stomach aches
  • Difficulty eating and chewing

Does Getting Dentures Hurt?

Dentures should not cause pain, but there is an adjustment period where you could experience discomfort. And the discomfort you experience will depend on the type of dentures you may be getting. If you are wearing complete or partial dentures, you may only experience discomfort while your mouth is adjusting to them. However, if you are looking for partial dentures on implants or if you need to remove some teeth, you will have to undergo dental surgery before you are fitted for dentures.

While your gums heal after surgery, you will wear a set of immediate dentures. Immediate dentures help bridge the gap between the surgery and getting fitted for conventional dentures. You may be required to wear immediate dentures for up to 8 to 12 weeks.

No matter which type of denture you use, you will adjust to your dentures and use your mouth and teeth the way you want.

However, Ill-fitting dentures can lead to various problems and eventually cause:

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are probably the type most people may recognize. Also known as “false teeth,” complete dentures are prosthetic teeth and gums designed to look and feel like natural teeth.

Denturists design your complete dentures by taking moulds of your mouth, then colouring and shaping the dentures to look like natural teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures follow the same design and fitting process as complete dentures but only replace a portion of your teeth. If you have loose or missing teeth, your teeth and bite may shift over time, possibly leading to chewing problems.

Partial dentures can help correct these issues while providing you with a fuller smile.

Partial Dentures on Implants

Partial dentures on implants replace certain teeth by surgically implanting posts, or abutments, into your jaw bone. From here, you may have a choice between fixed or removable false teeth. 

Removable dentures, or snap-in overdentures, snap into place over the implant, making them a great option for those who need to remove their dentures for cleaning or sleeping. Fixed dentures are cemented in place by your denturist and can only be removed by a professional.

All-On-4 Dental Implants

All-On-4 dental implants take the same principle and process of partial dentures on implants but applies it to the upper or lower jaw, or both. All-On-4 dentures are an affordable option of dentures that support the bridge of your mouth, mitigates jaw shrinkage, and can last for years when you properly take care of them.

Digital Dentures

Digital dentures are dentures designed by a streamlined digital process that requires fewer appointments. Denturists design your dentures from the CAD/CAM imaging software’s information and crafts them from a block of cured resin. Using the information they find, digital dentures fit your mouth as close as possible while reducing the number of manual adjustments you may need.

Caring for Your Dentures

Once you have dentures, it’s crucial to understand that caring for your dentures is different from caring for your natural teeth. While brushing and flossing your dentures is still mandatory, there are a couple of things you need to keep so you can extend the lifespan of your dentures:

  • Do not use hot water to wash your dentures. Hot water can warp the shape and impact its fit.
  • Only use denture paste to clean your dentures. Regular toothpaste may contain chemicals that could be harmful to your dentures.
  • Store your dentures in a combination of warm water and denture solution.
  • Use only soft-bristled toothbrushes. Hard-bristle toothbrushes could damage your dentures.
  • Do not fix damaged dentures yourself. Not only could you alter their fit, but you could also damage them even further.

Please ensure you are having regular dental checkups as recommended by your dental professional. They can help provide repairs and adjustments to your dentures, helping them maintain their shape and fit. 

Find the Right Dentures for You Today

These are the basics of dentures. But, every situation is different, and your particular denture journey will need our team’s expertise to help ensure they fit properly and serve your quality of life.Get a customized denture plan from our team today. Please, book a consultation with our team and start smiling with confidence.

Written by Wade Klimpke

Wade Klimpke is a past President and long-standing member of the College of Alberta Denturists. Wade leads a number of industry working groups which help advance and monitor old, current, and new industry developments. This has allowed him to gain a number of industry relationships with implant dentistry suppliers in Canada and the United States.
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