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History

Dentures whether they were complete or partial were a very common treatment offered for people who have lost all or some of their teeth. Quebec especially has a high number of people who have lost all their teeth at a very young age. It was very normal practice to extract their teeth rather than save them. As of late, this practice has changed drastically. We no longer extract teeth unless there are no other options.

  • What are Dentures?

    Dentures are made up of acrylic pink removable plates that have teeth set in them to reproduce the missing teeth and healthy gums in a patient’s mouth. They need to be removed from your mouth to clean them properly. They are indicated in situations if you have suffered from severe gum disease, severe cavities or if you were in an accident and as a result have lost many or all your teeth. It may be a final treatment for you or a temporary one if you chose to have dental implants instead to replace your missing teeth. There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures your dentist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. The models are then used to custom-make your dentures.

  • Partial Dentures

    Partial dentures are also called “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials”. The base can be made of acrylic and metal plate, which is usually chrome cobalt, or it can be all acrylic. The artificial teeth are then set into the base and the partial denture is held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth.

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    If you have lost one or several teeth and cannot afford implants or fixed bridges, then a partial denture may be right for you. They may also be better for you when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a fixed dental bridge. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night.

  • Complete Dentures

    Complete dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are usually made up of an all pink acrylic base and are removable as they are held in place by suction.

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    They can cause soreness at first and may take some time to get used to.

    After many years of wearing dentures, the bone may shrink considerably, making these dentures extremely uncomfortable. These people have a harder time chewing and digesting their food. Many people today who have lost all their teeth on the top or lower jaw have converted their complete dentures that hold by suction alone to dentures that hold onto 2 or more implants.

  • How can implants improve a denture?

    Dental implants were first introduced for people who had lost all of their teeth. These people had great difficulty stabilizing or tolerating their dentures, largely because they had lost so much of the jawbone upon which their dentures rest. With the insertion of implants in their jawbone, the denture can now snap onto a special attachment on the implant that improves the stability and retention of the denture drastically.

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    As a result, this added to better chewing forces, which helped in better digestion. Not to mention an improvement in their level of confidence as well, due to the increased stability of the denture. Overall, research concluded a significant improvement in their quality of life.