Missing teeth can have a significant impact on your confidence and quality of life. Gaps in your smile not only affect your physical appearance but also make it more difficult to chew and speak properly. Dentures are a versatile and affordable option for replacing missing teeth to re-create a natural-looking smile. Dentures can be either be full or partial depending on the number of missing teeth. Dentures are removable but can be stabilized with dental implants.

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A partial denture replaces either one or a few teeth by attaching to the remaining teeth with metal clasps. If you still have several healthy teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw, partial dentures can help fill the missing gaps in your smile and prevent remaining teeth from shifting in your mouth.

Full dentures are more suited for people seeking to replace all of their upper or lower teeth. There are two types of full dentures:

  • Conventional dentures are created after any remaining teeth are removed and the gums have healed.
  • Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately in the mouth once teeth have been removed, preventing the need to go without teeth during the healing period. An immediate denture is likely to need relining and some adjustments as the gums heal.

Taking good care of your dentures is essential for ensuring that they last as long as possible without damage or deterioration. A thorough oral hygiene routine is also important to ensure that both your existing teeth and dentures are maintained. Dentures should be removed at night to allow your mouth to rest and prevent fungal infections. If you have teeth remaining, brush and floss your teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste as normal. Also brush your gums, tongue, and palate. Clean your dentures daily with liquid soap and a soft toothbrush (do not use toothpaste on your denture). Soaking your dentures in an antibacterial denture cleansing solutions or tablets is also recommended. Even if you have full dentures it is important to schedule a regular checkup with your dentist to assess the overall health of your mouth and monitor the fit of your dentures.

At WA Dental we have a prosthetist who utilizes the latest material and technologies that work with Dr. Sven to create dentures that are supported by implants to create comfortable, well-fitting dentures that will go virtually unnoticed.