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Do you have missing or decayed teeth? Are you self-conscious of your smile? Has your dentist mentioned dentures as a treatment option? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be interested in knowing exactly what dentures can do for you.

Dentures can be a great option to get your smile back to looking its best. There are several different types of dentures, from complete dentures to partial dentures. The type of dentures you get depends on your personal goals and health needs. 

If you’ve done any research on dentures, you may be wondering if you need to get teeth extracted before you get dentures. The answer varies depending on what type of dentures you get.

Keep reading to learn more about the different types of dentures and what they can do for you! 

What are Dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic devices. They act as replacements for your natural teeth and gums and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues in the mouth. 

Some dentures are removable, and some are permanent. No matter what type of denture you get, your dentist or denturist will go through the following base steps to custom-make your dentures:

  • Initial consultation 
  • Surgery and tooth extraction if necessary
  • Custom denture fitting
  • Follow up appointments

Types of Dentures 

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, often referred to as false teeth or full dentures, are dentures that take up the whole mouth. They are removable and are best for someone who has lost all their teeth or has to get all of their teeth extracted. 

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are usually made of a base to match your gum with replacement teeth attached. Partial dentures are used when not all of the natural teeth need to be extracted. For partial dentures to work, one or more natural teeth must remain in the upper or lower jaw. 

Partial dentures on implants 

Partial dentures on implants are made to attach to a dental implant and act as a tooth replacement. This allows the denture to fit more securely in the mouth when there aren’t strong enough teeth to attach it to. 

All-on-4 Dental Implants 

All-on-4 dental implants are a faster solution than conventional dentures. These dentures are fitted into the mouth using just 4 implants, allowing you to cut down on the lengthy time it takes to get dentures. 

When are Dentures Needed? 

At My Bite, we recommend dentures for anyone who:

  • Is missing teeth 
  • Needs the function of their mouth restored
  • Wants to improve the aesthetics of their smile 

 Many people experience tooth loss for a multitude of reasons, including: 

  • Trauma or injury to the mouth
  • Tooth decay 
  • Gum disease
  • Poor nutrition 
  • Smoking

In addition to this, some people may choose to get dentures to get a whole new smile. 

Preventing Tooth Loss 

To avoid tooth extraction, you need to take proper care of your teeth. Follow these care tips to prevent tooth loss: 

  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year
  • Check your medications for dry-mouth side effects
  • Drink fluoridated water and use fluoride toothpaste
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Limit alcohol 
  • Maintain a healthy diet 
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Caring for Dentures

Whatever denture procedure you and your denturist decide is best for you, there are specific steps you need to take to ensure they are taken care of. These include: 

  • Dentures need to be cleaned every day, just like natural teeth. You can use a denture brush or a regular toothbrush to clean your dentures. 
  • Clean your gums and any natural teeth you have.
  • Remove your dentures overnight in lukewarm water or a denture cleanser.
  • Be careful when handling your dentures to avoid breaking them. 
  • Look for damage on your dentures regularly. 
  • See your dentist regularly. 

The Takeaway

Not all dentures require all of your teeth to be extracted. They can be used to replace missing teeth without extracting more of your natural teeth. Regardless of which treatment option you think is right for you, consult your oral health care provider. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding dentures, contact us today!

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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