Missing teeth? Dentures are removable artificial teeth to restore your smile, allow you to eat comfortably, and support and maintain your facial structure around the cheeks and lips.
What types of dentures are there?
Partial dentures are used as another option for tooth replacement, rather than bridges and crowns. As they aren’t fastened to your jaw, you can easily remove them.
Full dentures are exactly as they sound – they replace all of your missing teeth. It is not uncommon for elderly patients to request dentures as a way to restore a sturdier set of teeth and enjoy a more aesthetically appealing look. Like partials, they are easy to remove, held in place by adhesion and suction. Fulls also can be implant-supported, which means they snap on to implants for extra security.
What does this treatment involve?
This treatment often requires several appointments from start to finish. To start, we take molds of your oral tissues that will support the denture and build out models, fitting them to your mouth at each step to ensure the right fit. They’re custom created to the right shape, colour and size to fit your mouth and desires. After we have them created, we’ll book you in for a test fitting and make the required adjustments to ensure a perfect fit! The entire process usually takes 4-5 weeks from start to finish.
How will dentures affect me?
At first, you may experience soreness, increased saliva flow and some difficulty with speech or chewing. It takes a bit of time to establish an understanding of the best way to insert and remove dentures, and your gums may be sore. Tailoring your eating habits to focus on soft foods and avoiding chewy or sticky foods is a good idea. These feelings should all subside once your tissues and muscles adapt. It is important to let us know of any on-going issues so we can readjust and reline the dentures as necessary.
How do I care for them?
Dentures can be worn all day and typically are removed at night to give your oral tissues time to relax. When not worn, they should be placed in a container of water or denture cleaner. They also require daily cleaning with soap and water and a soft toothbrush. Make sure to rinse your mouth daily when your dentures aren’t in place to clean off plaque and reduce risk of infection.
How much do they cost?
Our office follows the dental fee guides set out by the Manitoba Dental Association. Each case is different, so we recommend you schedule a consultation for a quote specific to your needs. Private insurance does often cover the partial, if not full, cost of dentures. We also offer payment plans and accept all major dental insurance plans and credit cards.