GENERAL DENTISTRY

Dentures

What are Dentures?

 Dentures are removable prosthetic devices used as a replacement for missing teeth and are supported by the surrounding oral tissues. They are the artificial teeth that ensure the normal function of your mouth. There are two main categories of dentures – Complete and Partial Dentures.

Dentures at Marigold Dental

 Under the guidance of Dr. Sandhu, our team and dental prosthetist will create the perfect, natural looking dentures custom fit to your mouth.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are usually advised when all the teeth are missing. They are a highly customized and specifically designed set of teeth and gum lines that fit over the upper ridge and roof of your mouth and the lower ridge of your mouth. These are conventional dentures that are removed at night for cleaning.

Partial Dentures: Partial dentures may be recommended when only some natural teeth are missing. They consist of false teeth attached to artificial gums connected to a metal framework to help hold the denture in place. Missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift into the open area and can cause stress on the remaining natural teeth.  A partial denture will help prevent these problems by keeping  teeth in their natural positions.

Denture Procedures:

During the first appointment: We will analyze your gums and teeth to assess your suitability for dentures. The shape of your mouth and gums can change over time, so this appointment is still necessary even if you already wear dentures.

Your second visit: Our dentist will first take impressions of your teeth and/or jaw to analyze how well they relate to one another and whether or not they have spaces between them. We work with you to select the size, shape, and shade of the teeth you would like in your new denture. A wax model is then prepared at the laboratory to try in at your next appointment.

At the third appointment: You will see a wax mock-up or try-in model of your denture. The teeth you selected earlier will be prepared in the wax model. This is not the final stage, it is just a trial denture for you to have an idea how your denture will look after finishing.  For partial dentures you will see metal framework with wax attached to try in for fit around your natural teeth that will be sent back to the lab for final teeth placement.

Prosthetic teeth are built in a dental lab. After the try in, the final denture is fabricated in the laboratory. If implants are placed the final denture which contains the lock mechanism is then inserted in your mouth. The lock mechanism is engaged with the implant’s head so that the denture gains additional retention and stability. If no implants, the denture is inserted and checked for comfort.

The type of denture depends on suitability which differs from patient to patient. Complete dentures can be retained by implants or natural suction on the palate. It is highly reccomended to have complete lower dentures implant retained for maximum retention. Partial dentures are usually recommened when some of the natural teeth are still present. There are many other dentures like customized dentures, immediate denture, economy denture, etc.

You can wear your dentures at night but it is recommended to remove them while sleeping.  A recent study published in the Journal of Dental  Research found that people who wore their dentures while sleeping were 2 to 3 times more likely to be hospitalized with complications due to pneumonia.  Oral tissues need to breath to reduce bacterial growth while sleeping.

It is important to replace missing teeth to maintain the health of surrounding teeth. You can avoid further complications by replacing teeth as soon as possible. When you visit your dentist all options for replacing teeth will be discussed which may include a denture.