Dentures are false teeth designed to replace missing teeth and present as the most cost-effective option for restoring
the function and appearance of your teeth. Today’s dentures have progressed beyond traditional designs with fixed and
removable options now available. Natural looking dentures produced with high quality materials are now more durable
– and custom manufactured in full or partial form.
At Drouin Dental, we off full or partial denture solutions developed over a series of appointments for our patients. A detailed dental impression using a wax rim establishes correct dimensions. A wax model is then provided to you so that you can try your new teeth and make any adjustments required prior to manufacture. At your next appointment, your dentures are fitted and we then like to see you one week later, so that we can hear about your first experiences and make any further adjustments if necessary.
Full dentures are recommended where all your teeth have been lost.
Where some of your teeth remain, the spaces can be filled with a partial denture.
To minimize staining, properly clean your dentures daily to remove food and plaque bacteria. Brushing with a denture brush or soft toothbrush will prevent dentures from becoming permanently stained and keep your mouth healthy.
Yes, you can wear your dentures at night but it is preferred that they be removed. You should remove your dentures at night and this will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day. Dentures should be cleaned at night and stored in water during the night.
Most patients need to learn how to use dentures properly and as a result, it takes a little time to get used to them. After a while, you should be able to eat fairly normally, but it may take more time to get comfortable with harder foods or sticky foods. Using a small amount of denture adhesive (no more than three or four pea-sized dabs on each denture) may help stabilize the dentures and help hold them in place while you learn how to get comfortable with them and may make the learning process easier.
When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of pain varies. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set it may take longer. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth present that were removed at the time of the new dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for up to several weeks after the removal of the teeth. Regular visits to your prosthodontist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended.
Dental implants present as a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They can remove the pain and discomfort of dentures and give you a new, beautiful smile. Dental implants are effectively replacement roots for your missing teeth.