Downtown Dental Centre in St. Catharines wants to make sure you have a beautiful smile! We are here to help with all of your dental needs and have a wide range of dental services to choose from, including providing dentures to those who are missing a few or all of their teeth. Dentures are replacements for missing teeth which have been extracted due to damage or disease. Dentures are versatile, in that they can easily be taken out and put back into your mouth by the wearer. Our dentist can help you choose the type of dentures that are best for you, based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced, and the cost involved.
Dentures fall within two categories: full and partial. Within these categories, Downtown Dental Centre offers three different types of dentures:
These dentures are custom-fit prior to a full tooth extraction, and can be placed in your mouth immediately after all of your teeth have been extracted. Immediate full dentures must be relined several months after being inserted as the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
These can be placed in your mouth if you have been missing all of your teeth for some time (typically 2 to 4 months), and soft tissues have completely healed since your teeth have been extracted. They are considered permanent dentures, and replace the need for immediate full dentures.
These dentures are used when you only some of your teeth have been extracted. Partial dentures rest on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
All of Downtown Dental Centres dentures are custom made in a dental laboratory, from impressions taken of your mouth. Although dentures may feel awkward for the first few weeks or even months of wearing them, todays modern dentures are more natural looking and comfortable than ever before. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, but in time the muscles of your cheeks and tongue will learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual (if you experience irritation, see your dentist).
Your dentures will eventually need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear, or natural changes to your mouths structure as you age. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. At a minimum, you should see our dentist annually for a general checkup of your dentures and mouth. Downtown Dental Centre can assist you in determining which type of dentures are best for your dental health requirements. We are eager to help, so please give us a call today and find out more about the dentures we offer to patients in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland, or Thorold!