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Complete Dentures in Canada

Complete dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace all of a person's missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. They are used when a patient has lost all of their natural teeth due to factors such as decay, gum disease, or injury. Complete dentures are custom-made to fit the individual's mouth and are crafted to resemble natural teeth and gums.

Here are some key points about complete dentures:

  1. Types of Complete Dentures:

    • Conventional Dentures: These are made after all the remaining teeth are removed, and the gum tissues have healed. The process typically takes several weeks.

    • Immediate Dentures: These are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. Immediate dentures allow the patient to have teeth during the healing period but may require adjustments as the gums shrink and heal.

    • Single Dentures: Single complete dentures are used when a patient has lost all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw but retains a natural dentition in the opposing arch.

  2. Materials:

    • Acrylic Dentures: The base of the denture is usually made of acrylic, which is a durable and lightweight material. The artificial teeth are also typically made of acrylic or porcelain.

    • Metal Dentures: Some dentures have a metal framework for added strength and stability, especially in cases where natural teeth are still present.

  3. Fitting Process:

    • The process of getting complete dentures involves several appointments. Impressions, measurements, and bite registrations are taken to ensure a precise fit.

    • The denturist, dentist or prosthodontist will work closely with the patient to select the size, shape, and color of the artificial teeth to achieve a natural appearance.

  4. Adjustment Period:

    • It may take some time for patients to adjust to wearing complete dentures. Eating and speaking may feel different initially, and there might be some discomfort as the mouth adjusts to the new prosthetic.

  5. Care and Maintenance:

    • Proper care and maintenance are essential for the longevity of complete dentures. Regular cleaning, removal at night, and storage in a denture solution are common practices.

Why is Hydration the Secret to Happy Smiles for Denture Wearers?

Dehydrated oral tissues are more susceptible to irritation and friction from dentures. This can lead to sore spots, ulcers, or other discomforts. Staying hydrated helps reduce the risk of these issues.

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