Everyone deserves to have a beautiful smile and at Sheppard Village Dental we can make that a reality, even if you are missing teeth. Dentures are a common removable option for those who want the appearance and function of a full mouth of teeth despite missing them.
WHAT CAUSES YOU TO LOSE YOUR TEETH?
We often hear the common misconception that everyone loses their teeth as they age. Our main goal is to ensure that you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Often tooth loss can be the result of severe, prolonged periodontal disease (gum disease). When infection is trapped between the teeth and the gums, the bacteria releases acidic by-products that “eat away” the bone supporting the teeth. As a result, the teeth become loose, become painful to chew on, or fall out entirely. Unexpected trauma from accident or injury to the face could either knock out a tooth or fracture it to the gumline, making removal necessary.
WHAT ARE DENTURES MADE OUT OF?
There are many types of dentures and we will help select a custom option fitted just for you. Dentures can be made with plastic teeth and acrylic resin or porcelain teeth with a combination of acrylic and metal framework. There is also a hybrid of the two materials to offer a natural look and durable fit. The acrylic can be clear or gum coloured and the materials can be rigid or flexible.
WHAT ARE THE STAGES OR TYPES OF DENTURES?
When it is your first time wearing an appliance, it is normal to have an adjustment period to get used to the new biting surfaces, pressure on the gums and talking. Though dentures may not feel quite like your natural teeth while eating and talking, they have significantly improved from the appliances used years ago. It is best to practice reading out loud in front of a mirror or chewing and eating slowly with softer foods until you get used to your new appliance. If you feel that the base is too big or the teeth are positioned incorrectly, the best time to mention this is when you are at the wax “try-in” phase. Just before we process a denture we will check in with you and can still make adjustments. Once it is in acrylic, it is more difficult to add or remove bulk to make it feel “just right”.
WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE DO DENTURES REQUIRE?
Cleaning a denture is very simple. Simply remove it, wash it with water, and brush it with a toothbrush to clean out any grooves. When brushing the denture, it is a good idea to do it over a towel or in a sink full of water. This is a preventative measure in case it slips and drops, risking breakage. Do NOT use bleach to disinfect your denture as that will dry it out and discolour it. Make sure you brush the inside of your mouth before you insert the denture to remove any food particles that can affect fit and comfort. When you aren’t wearing your denture, keep it in the case and soak it in water if it’s going to be out of your mouth for more than a few minutes. It is best to rinse the denture before inserting it each time. Please note that placing adhesive on a new denture is not a good long-term solution for an initially poor-fitting denture. You should contact your dentist and ask that an adjustment be made to the denture first. Over the years, the tissue may shrink and it is expected that the denture will not fit as snugly as it did initially. You may find that adding a little adhesive paste or powder will better stabilize the denture and enhance the retention.
Many people ask if you are supposed to sleep with your dentures in. Initially, it is a good idea because as the tissue is settling into the denture you are essentially “breaking it in”. After your denture fits comfortably, it is fine to remove it at night to allow the tissues to “breathe” or relax. This also allows the normal bacterial flora in your mouth to grow and the saliva to bathe the palate, which can prevent conditions such as fungus infections or raw areas from developing on the gum tissues.
As the owner of Sheppard Village Dental for over 25 years, Dr. Brach is extremely passionate about making a difference in the holistic health of his patients.
Specially skilled at making younger patients feel comfortable, Dr. Wong thrives on watching her patients grow and become young adults with healthy, beautiful teeth.
An active member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Dr. Ghorbani is dedicated to the newest advancements in implant dentistry.
Dr. Ma feels extremely privileged to be able to change people’s lives by improving their smiles and establishing a healthy bite.