What are Dentures?
Most people have some idea of what dentures are but not everyone knows how common they are.
Dentures are false prosthetic teeth. They come in a variety of forms and levels of function. Most people associate dentures with the elderly. To some extent, this association is fitting.
Our teeth do decay and occasionally fall out with age. However, seniors are a mere fraction of the population of those with dentures.
Accelerated tooth decay, periodontal disease, drug use, and malnutrition are all potential factors which may lead to an early necessity for dentures.
Dentures can provide a world of benefit for the wearer.
These benefits include the renewed ability to chew and improved pronunciation skills. Perhaps the biggest benefit dentures can provide is the increase in self-esteem the wearer feels with a shiny new set of teeth!
At Strive Dental, we love giving our patients something to smile about. Our experienced cosmetic dentists have helped hundreds of Surrey residents restore their smiles and their confidence by fitting them for dentures.
What is the Process for Getting Dentures?
Dentures come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Dentures can either be “complete” or “partial”.
Partial dentures are typically used when enough existing teeth remain. They can replace one or several teeth as opposed to replacing a whole row of teeth.
Partial dentures are attached to the mouth using a fake gum base or a series of wires. In some cases, a bridge will be created, in which the false teeth will be connected to your real teeth.
Complete dentures, on the other hand, are used to replace an entire row of teeth. In some cases, some teeth (even healthy teeth), must be extracted to make way for dentures to be fitted.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.”
Conventional dentures are typically used as permanent dentures. They’re often made once remaining teeth have been extracted and the gums have healed.
Once the teeth have been extracted, an impression will be made of the jaw and gums. The impression is often made by having you bite into a putty material. The impression will be sent to a lab where your permanent dentures will be crafted.
Immediate dentures are typically meant to be used in the period between teeth extraction and the placement of more permanent dentures.
Immediate dentures are made ahead of time and give the users immediate use of prosthetic teeth. They do have one major downfall in that they may not always be a perfect fit. This can lead to impaired use and discomfort.
Once your permanent dentures have arrived from the lab, you will be called in for an appointment where your dentures will be fitted. You will be given instructions to care for your new dentures. Your dentist will more than likely file down certain portions of your new dentures for a better last-minute fit.
If you believe that dentures may be right for you, contact Strive Dental today!
Our well-trained staff have been helping patients in Surrey achieve a healthy renewed smile with quality dentures for years.
Our dentists take the time to provide you with the answers and information you need to gain the comfort and confidence necessary for a successful treatment.
For quality dentures in Surrey, call the dentists at Strive Dental today. You may reach us over the phone at 604.503.5710 or request an appointment online.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of dentures may vary based on a number of factors including the number of prosthetic teeth needed, your location, and your insurance coverage and provider. However, some estimates report the costs may range between $300 around $2000 for a new set of teeth. It is important to keep in mind, however, that you may only be responsible for a fraction of this cost based on your insurance coverage and provider.
Should the extraction of existing teeth be required, there will likely be some amount of discomfort involved. However, any procedure which may involve a considerable amount of pain and discomfort will also very likely involve an anesthetic.
The amount of time between your initial consultation and your final fitting may vary depending on the type of dentures needed. However, many have reported the process taking between two and three weeks from consultation to fitting.