Full Dentures are the most common denture appliances made. After the affected teeth are removed, a full denture can be crafted to fit either the upper arch, lower arch or both. The upper denture has a pink denture base that extends across the roof of the mouth to create suction and help keep the denture in place. The lower denture is u-shaped and is designed to fit snugly along the bottom ridge of the jaw.
The term “false teeth” concerns a lot of people. However, our dentists and denturist (who constructs the denture appliance) take every step to ensure that your dentures look as natural as possible. Innovations in replacement tooth design have come a long way in making the false teeth look incredibly natural. Also, since the loss of teeth may have resulted in the loss of support for your lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, your new full denture will help fill out the shape of your face and instantly improve your smile!
When it comes time to fit your full denture, it will all depend on the type of dentures you have chosen and your specific needs. The following is a basic outline of the denture creation process and generally, you can expect that the creation and fitting of your dentures to take place over several office visits.
- Impressions: We will take a series of impressions of your jaw as well as measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and the space between them.
- Models: We will create a waxed up model denture in the exact shape and position of your new proposed dentures. This will allow you to try the models and to make sure they fit right. Additionally, the model dentures will show you the color and shape of your replacement teeth to ensure your satisfaction with the appearance of your new smile.
- Casting: Once the fit, shape, and color of the dentures have been confirmed, the final dentures will be crafted.
- Adjusting: Once the full denture has been created, we will make sure it fits properly and continue to make any adjustments needed. It’s important to keep in mind that adjustments may be needed from time to time as your mouth adjusts to the new denture. If your mouth gets sore, don’t wait for it to get worse, it is recommended to contact us immediately so that we can check how your mouth is adjusting to the new denture. We are happy to help you and strongly encourage you to come in to see us for a denture adjustment as soon as you can.
Yes, there are alternative to dentures! Dental Implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, thereby eliminating the need for a denture. In the case of a poor fitting full denture, dental implants can also be used to create better support for the denture.
Please be aware that the cost of implant supported bridges and implant supported dentures is greater than that for standard dentures, but there is an added benefit in that the implant supported solutions feel more natural, are stronger and more stable and will help maintain your jaw bone over time.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for an implant supported bridge or implant supported the denture. If you would like to explore the potential for implants supported denture solutions, we would be happy to discuss this with you during your denture consultation.
We invite you to book an appointment to learn more about SE Calgary Dentures. Our team of dental professionals looks forward to the opportunity to meet all of your denture needs.