As an adult, you think your teeth are all there to stay. Unfortunately, for many Ottawa patients, that's simply not the case. Adults can lose one or several teeth due to trauma or decay. When a patient loses a tooth, or teeth, the process of getting it replaced can seem overwhelming. Dr. France Chevalier explains that there are many options for tooth replacement, from bridges to implants to dentures.
Dentures have long been a popular choice because they are typically less expensive than bridges and implants. Additionally, technology has now improved dentures so they look and feel much like natural teeth. There are several options to consider when choosing dentures.
Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are used when a patient needs to have an entire upper or lower set of teeth replaced. This type of dental appliance replaces the full set of teeth. This can also be used if a patient needs to have both the upper and lower sets replaced.
Partial dentures are used to replace one or several teeth. This denture appliance is made of the replacement teeth, which are attached to a base made of plastic that blends in with the inside of your mouth. A metal framework is used to hold the dentures into place. The partial appliance not only improves your appearance by filling in the gap, it helps to provide support to the remaining teeth, which keeps them from shifting.
The denture process typically takes several weeks to a little more than a month. At the first appointment, Dr. Chevalier will examine your mouth, take impressions, and record measurements of your teeth and jaw. Next, wax forms will be created to test the comfort, shape, and shade of the dentures prior to casting the final appliance. Once the final piece is created it will be set and Dr. Chevalier will make final adjustments to ensure that it fits comfortably.
Because dentures are created exactly for each individual patient, most individuals feel that the appliance looks and functions much like their natural teeth. It does take a week or two to get used to having the dentures in your mouth, but after the mouth muscles adapt, you can eat, drink, and speak exactly like you did before.
Dr. France Chevalier is skilled at helping patients determine the best tooth replacement option for their unique situation. For more information call the office today.
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