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Dentures in Grande Prairie

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and placed back into your mouth.There are two main types of dentures, conventional and immediate dentures. Ask our dentists at South 40 Dental, what options may work for you.

What are dentures? 

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please.

Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.

  • Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures – After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth, but they will need to be re-fitted as your mouth will change shape as you heal.
  • Partial Dentures –These are an option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. They are similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth. 

What to Expect

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh coloured base of the dentures is placed over your gums.

Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while.

Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing them.

After your dentures have been removed, you should place them in room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. 

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