Do you have a parent or ageing loved one who’s missing a tooth or dealing with severely decayed teeth? If so, natural-looking dentures can help. At Rockcliffe Dental, we can arrange for a partial or complete set to replace their lost, damaged, or removed teeth. We have a master Denturist that can create premium quality dentures designed to fit perfectly and be easily removed for cleaning. If you have a loved one who needs dentures, here’s everything you need to know about our current treatment options.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial teeth and gums that are custom-formed to your mouth to replace any lost or extracted natural teeth. Patients can replace all their teeth with a complete set of dentures on the top or bottom gum line or for a few missing teeth with a partial set.
Partial dentures are often used when the neighbouring teeth are not strong enough to support full dental bridges. Instead, they are fitted to the gumline and fastened to nearby teeth to prevent them from moving.
Full dentures, on the other hand, are held in place by suction, a strong oral adhesive or implant-support, and are often in the mouth 8 to 12 weeks after the healing process has been fully complete. If your loved one doesn’t want to be left without teeth during the healing process, a temporary solution is available. Our denturist can place immediate dentures in the mouth until the gums have finished healing and a permanent denture can be appropriately placed.
What are they Made from?
Modern dentures are made from a durable hard resin material. The materials are state-of-the-art and custom-made to visually match the existing teeth and gum colour. The supporting structure is strong yet flexible to fit snugly on the gum line and to hold the teeth in place, even while you’re eating. However, dentures are more fragile than natural teeth and must be properly cared for to prevent any damage or cracking.
How are they Made?
Your dentures will be specially made by our resident denture artisan. At Rockcliffe Dental, our master Denturist will make your dentures right on site in their lab. This ensures our patients can also receive same-day relines and repairs.
The Many Benefits of Dentures
Dentures can easily improve the overall appearance and functionality of your smile. They can keep the structure sound and support the surrounding facial features to prevent sunken cheek areas. Dentures can also ensure that the neighbouring teeth don’t shift into the missing tooth area, causing jaw issues, among several other oral problems. Most importantly, dentures can replace any weak or severely damaged teeth with strong and beautiful alternatives. Modern alternatives are more natural looking and fit much better than they used to. So no one will even know that your loved one is wearing a set. In fact, they’re comfortable and can even make the recipient look years younger.
Caring for Dentures
All dentures are required to be cleaned daily, just like the natural teeth in order to prevent bacteria, plaque, and tartar from harming the existing gums and surrounding teeth. The dentures should also be removed before sleeping and gently submerged in warm water to prevent them from drying out. For your convenience, our denturist will provide you and your loved one with a full guide on taking proper care of the dentures.
How Long will they Last?
Dentures today are long-lasting, especially if they are properly cared for. However, as we age our gums shrink, which can cause the dentures to loosen or move around. When this happens, your loved one will need to have the dentures adjusted and refined. In most cases, the dentures will last between five to seven years before they need to be replaced. Visiting the dentist regularly will allow them to check the condition and ensure they are maintaining their shape and fit.
At Rockcliffe Dental, we provide superior dental implants at our Denture Centre. Whether you or a loved one needs dental work or dentures to replace missing teeth, we can guarantee that you’ll receive the finest services and best care possible in the Ottawa area. Contact us today to learn more about our service and to discuss the available options for your loved one.