Who needs dentures? More people than you may think. Our Vancouver dentists discuss the two types of dentures available at South Granville Dentistry and list the reasons you may need them, in addition to how they can help improve your oral health.
What are dentures?
These artificial teeth and gums can be created to fit your mouth specifically. Custom-fit dentures are tooth replacements that match your existing teeth. They are made to replace natural teeth a patient may have lost or had removed.
How will I know if I need dentures?
Our dentists will recommend dentures to patients of various ages more often than you may think. Perhaps you've previously considered them to be options for only certain types of patients or for seniors. That said, you and your dentist may choose this tooth replacement based on numerous factors unique to your circumstances.
If you see your dentist on a regular basis for checkups and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine at home, dentures may never be necessary. However, if you have a history of dental issues and have previously experienced dental problems, dentures might be in your future.
What are the two types of dentures?
To maintain your oral health, it's essential to replace missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, ask your dentist whether full or partial dentures are right for you.
Typically constructed from a combination of metal and acrylic, partial dentures can be used to replace one or a few missing teeth.
If all of the teeth in your top or bottom jaw are missing, full dentures can be used to replace them. Depending on your requirements, these can be combined with implants to fit your teeth more securely.
How should I care for my dentures?
Similar to natural teeth, tartar and plaque can accumulate on your dentures. This can cause discolouration, stains, bad breath and issues with your gums. To keep this from occurring and prevent plaque from spreading from your dentures to your natural teeth and gums, you'll need to clean your dentures daily.