You rely on your teeth every single day for several key functions. If you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, you might feel greater uncertainty in your life. You might wonder how you will handle once simple tasks like speaking or chewing. You also might worry about how your remaining teeth will fare. When you come to Bonnie Doon Dental Associates for dentures in Edmonton, we can help you feel comfortable and confident in your everyday activities again.
Dentures preserve your mouth's health while also restoring its function. We offer three different types of dentures for Edmonton patients who may have lost their teeth due to advanced decay, gum disease or an injury. We'll work together to find the dentures that meet your needs!
Complete dentures replace most or all of your teeth. Your general dentist will create moulds of your mouth's arches to determine the proper fit for the dentures. In another visit, you will receive dentures that fit your mouth's ideal colour and bite pattern. Follow-up visits allow your dentist to see if the dentures are working well or if they require adjustments. The entire process takes around 6–12 weeks to complete.
Partial dentures only replace one or a few teeth. They use the surrounding teeth and a clasp as a support system to create a solid hold. Dentists follow a similar procedure for fitting partial dentures as they do for complete dentures. In addition to creating moulds, the dentist will also prepare your other teeth for the new denture. You can expect your partial dentures after 6–8 weeks of fittings and exams.
It will take some time for you to get used to your new denture. You may initially experience difficulties eating and speaking, but with some practice, you will learn to adapt and become more comfortable. Adjustments are very common, so please contact your dentist if you're having a lot of trouble or any pain.
Another kind of partial denture involves a special material called valplast. It does not use metal as its base and has plastic hooks to be more flexible and visually appealing. Your dentist will discuss all of your options with you.
An immediate denture is a complete or partial denture that is placed right after the removal of your natural teeth. Some patients prefer this method because you will not be without teeth between appointments. After you receive immediate dentures, you will require several visits for adjustments because as your gums heal following your tooth extraction, they will continue to shrink for up to 6 months. Immediate dentures also allow you to adjust your eating and speaking habits earlier.
A lower denture may be harder to keep in your mouth compared to an upper denture. This is because of the differences in your upper and lower jaws and your tongue and cheek muscles. Please be patient during this process. It could take weeks or even months until you feel comfortable.
Are you in need of dentures in Edmonton? Call 780-466-2161 to schedule a consultation today!