Dentures--also known as false teeth or artificial teeth--are oral appliances that serve as replacement teeth. So, if you're missing your natural teeth, then replacing missing teeth with dentures is just one way to support your dental health.
At Yukon Dentistry, our dedicated team doesn't just care for your existing teeth--we also expertly create and fit our patients with quality oral appliances. In addition, because our dental clinic is attached to a full dental lab, we can quickly create beautiful dentures that look and feel natural.
See what our team can do for you by scheduling an appointment today! Call us at 867-668-3909 or contact us online here.
Experts estimate that over 60% of Canadians believe oral health is important. This is why, according to the American Dental Association, nearly 90% of people with tooth loss restore and enhance their oral health with dentures.
Furthermore, replacing teeth that have been lost due to tooth decay or gum problems (such as gum disease) helps support facial muscles and the surrounding tissues, as well as mitigate jaw pain. Also, wearing dentures helps restore your normal speaking and chewing function so you can continue to live your life fully.
Dentures are made to suit each patient's unique needs. So, whether you need complete dentures (conventional dentures) or a partial denture, there's an appliance for everyone. Full and partial dentures are versatile enough to replace natural teeth on either the upper or lower jaw.
Partial dentures are made to replace one or more teeth. Typically, dentists recommend partial dentures for patients who have healthy remaining teeth, as adjacent teeth are often used to support the appliance. Let's explore some common kinds of partial dentures.
Removable partial dentures: A removable partial denture is an appliance that patients can easily put in and take out. When it comes to removable partial dentures, patients have a few options.
● Cast metal partial dentures: A cast metal partial denture has a metal framework (consisting of a cobalt-chromium alloy) that uses metal clasps that serve as precision attachments.
● Plastic partial dentures: A partial plastic denture consists of gum-colored acrylic, which many patients find aesthetically pleasing.
● Flexible partial dentures: A flexible partial denture is comprised of a lightweight nylon material. They are yet another natural-looking tooth-replacement option.
Fixed partial dentures: A fixed partial denture--also called a fixed dental bridge--is a permanent appliance. Patients can choose from several options, including a traditional cantilever, Maryland, or an implant-supported bridge.
Complete dentures--also known as full or traditional dentures--can be either removable or implant-supported. These appliances are best for patients who have no teeth remaining on either their upper jaw or lower jaw.
New dentures may require some tweaking to ensure that they fit properly. So, if your dentures feel loose or painful, let your denturist know.
Getting used to a new appliance requires some practice, which means patients should wear them often and practice speaking and chewing frequently. Furthermore, dentists recommend that patients avoid harder foods while getting adjusted to new dentures. So, eating soft foods like smoothies or mashed potatoes for the first few weeks is suggested.
Cleaning dentures is important to maintain both your appliance and oral health. Proper care requires cleaning partial dentures and full dentures in a soaking solution daily, such as a dentist-approved denture cleaner.
Tooth loss can negatively impact your day-to-day life. Thankfully, Yukon Dentistry in Whitehorse can help you restore your smile and your life. Schedule your appointment with our skilled and caring team today by calling 867-668-3909 or contacting us online. We're ready to give you a smile that feels great and looks even better!