Partial or Complete Dentures Edmonton
Affinity Dental Group – Edmonton & Sherwood Park AB
A person who is missing their teeth requires a prosthesis to replace the teeth and supporting gums and bone. In some cases the answer is removable dentures, or false teeth.
In patients for whom a denture is a good option, a well-made denture should:
- be stable and comfortable in the mouth
- stay in place during normal movements and function
- give reasonable ability to chew
- allow normal speech
- provide adequate lip support to eliminate the sunken face look
- allow a pleasing smile
- maintain the correct vertical dimension, that is, the distance between the chin and nose, for comfortable jaw joints and muscles.
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How long does it take to make a denture?
Every case is different, but an average would be four visits over three weeks, plus any minor adjustments required after initial wear. A partial denture may be faster.
How long should a denture typically last?
This is a difficult question–some people have a fifteen-year-old denture that still fits like new, while other people need at least a reline every two years. The average would be at least a reline every five years. Factors such as osteoporosis and diabetes that increase bone loss under the denture will have you needing a reline or replacement sooner. Good quality dentures will usually need replacement because of changes to the bone and gums before the denture itself wears out.
So dentures vary in quality?
Yes. Be sure to discuss with your dentist the materials we plan to use in your case.
Are there other alternatives to a denture?
Many people have the option of placing dental implants, small screw-shaped artificial roots, into the bone and having crowns made on top of these. Occasionally a person will have problems tolerating even the best-made denture, and we may prescribe two or more implants to snap the denture onto in the mouth. In other cases, implants with a metal bar to snap on to are indicated.
Who makes dentures?
We do! As mentioned above, every case is different. At your initial examination, we will take some records and possibly an x-ray of your jaws, and discuss the type of treatment that is best for you. Please feel free to bring your spouse along, as well as any questions, old dentures, or photographs of your desired look. Denture cases require patience, but we enjoy helping our clients with their denture care. Note that in addition to our registered general dentists, some of our offices also have in-house registered denturists and/or registered dental technologists with an interest in dentures. Call us today–we look forward to helping you with your oral health needs and can serve you at our Sherwood Park or Edmonton offices.