Dentures for a Better Smile
And Improved Health
Nobody looks forward to wearing dentures, right?
Actually, many who have lost most of their teeth do look forward to being able to chew, talk and smile normally. You can make the move from having only a few teeth left to having a full set of dentures to do all the work your teeth were meant to do. Our Toronto dentist can fit you with dentures at our dental office.
Benefits of Wearing Dentures
Most people put off wearing dentures as long as possible. If you still have enough functioning teeth to maintain your health, it is usually a good idea to wait. However, when you do not have enough good teeth to do the normal work of teeth, then it might be time to get them. Patients have noticed the following benefits of getting dentures.
- Chew more easily
- Eat healthier foods
- Smile without embarrassment
- Eliminate tooth pain
When Is It Time to Get Dentures?
Just as timing is crucial in nearly every aspect of life, choosing when to get dentures is also an important decision to get right. You do not want to have teeth removed when they are healthy and able to do the work of teeth, but you cannot maintain your health if you do not have enough teeth to do so. Your dentist can explain other options and help you make a good decision. Ultimately, though, it is up to you to make that call. Here are some of the factors to consider when deciding the right time for total teeth replacement.
- How many teeth are already missing?
- Do you have uncontrolled gum disease?
- Are your existing teeth constantly infected?
- Are your remaining teeth shifting and getting loose?
- Are the teeth you still have always painful?
- Do your teeth allow you to chew healthy foods?
- Are you embarrassed to smile?
How Denture Fitting Works
The fitting process for dentures is fairly quick and simple. First, though, your dentist may need to remove a few teeth that are no longer strong and healthy. Before your teeth are removed, you go in for an appointment so your dentist can make an impression of your mouth. Using the impression as a guide, lab technicians create a temporary denture.
At the next appointment, your dentist removes any remaining teeth and inserts your temporary denture. You wear the temporary denture while your gums adjust to being without teeth. Then, you come in to have impressions made of your gums for permanent dentures. When the dentist receives the dentures, you come in again, and the dentist makes any minor adjustments needed to give you a proper fit.
New Alternative: Implant Dentures
If you are concerned about issues like your dentures falling out at inopportune timesor having issues with the roof of your mouth being covered, modern dentistry offers an alternative. You can have dentures that are held in place by implants. Because these dentures are set securely in place, you do not have to worry that they’ll fall out. You can eat and talk normally and without fear of embarrassing situations.