If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures can restore your smile. Advancements in dental technology have resulted in dentures that function better, and look more natural, than ever before.
The Art of Dentistry specializes in restoring patients’ smiles, rejuvenating their oral health, and enhancing their appearance using a range of restorative services. Our experienced and talented dentist, Dr. Sol Weiss, offers dentures to our patients in Toronto and surrounding communities. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about what dentures can do for you.
No two patients have exactly the same needs. That is why we offer several different kinds of dentures. Dr. Weiss will work closely with you to decide which type of denture is best for you. An in-depth consultation will allow Dr. Weiss to identify your needs, and he will help you understand your options:
Once you decide which type of denture is best for you, 3-D imaging and impressions of your bite will be used to create your custom dentures. Over time, you may require adjustments to your dentures to achieve a proper fit. Dr. Weiss can make these adjustments to ensure that your dentures are comfortable, feel natural, and provide functionality.
The benefits of dentures can be both restorative and cosmetic. A compromised smile cannot properly chew, which can limit a patients’s diet and adversely affect their nutrition. Missing teeth can also disrupt the balance of the bite, which can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a condition in which excessive strain on the jaw causes facial pain, headaches and other symptoms.
Missing teeth can also cause the facial profile to collapse, leading to sunken cheeks and puckered lips. Dentures help patients to maintain facial volume and a normal appearance.
Our practice is committed to helping each of our patients achieve a strong, healthy smile they are confident sharing with the world. We will work closely with you to determine the best solution for your smile. In addition to dentures, we offer a full range of restorative dentistry procedures, including laser gum treatment, crowns and bridges, dental implants, and full mouth reconstruction. Contact us today to learn more about how Dr. Sol Weiss and his outstanding team can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
Dentures stay in place through a combination of factors:
Suction and fit: Full dentures (for those missing all teeth) rely on suction and a precise fit to stay in place. When the denture base is properly molded and fits snugly against the gums, a vacuum-like effect is created, which helps hold the dentures securely in position.
Natural suction and saliva: The natural suction of your mouth, combined with saliva, assists in keeping dentures in place. Saliva helps create a thin layer of moisture that enhances the grip between the denture and the gums.
Adhesive or denture adhesive: Denture adhesives are available and can be used to improve the stability of dentures. These adhesive products create an extra layer of grip between the denture and the gums, helping to keep them securely in place.
Muscle control and tongue movement: Over time, you will develop muscle control and coordination to adjust and keep dentures in place. Your tongue and cheek muscles help to maintain stability by gently pressing against the denture during chewing and speaking.
It’s important to note that there may be an adjustment period when you first start wearing dentures. During this time, your mouth muscles and tissues adapt to the presence of dentures. It’s common to experience a slight learning curve in terms of speaking and eating comfortably. With time, practice, and proper care, you will become more accustomed to wearing dentures.
Dentures are generally considered removable dental appliances. They are designed to be easily taken out and put back into the mouth as needed for cleaning, maintenance, and convenience. Removable dentures provide a non-invasive option for replacing missing teeth and restoring oral function.
There are two main types of dentures: full dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth still remain. Both types are removable and can be taken out for cleaning, sleeping, or other purposes.
That being said, there are cases where dentures can be supported by dental implants, providing a more stable and secure fit. Implant-supported dentures involve the placement of dental implants into the jawbone, which serve as anchors for the dentures. This option provides increased stability and can give the dentures a more permanent feel, although they can still be removed for cleaning and maintenance.
With dentures, you can generally eat a wide variety of foods, including most types of foods you enjoyed with your natural teeth. Modern dentures are designed to provide improved chewing function, allowing you to eat comfortably and enjoy a diverse diet.
Remember, as you become more accustomed to wearing dentures, you will gain confidence in eating a wider range of foods. If you experience persistent difficulties or have concerns about specific foods, it’s best to consult with your dentist. They can provide personalized advice, make any necessary adjustments to your dentures, and offer tips to enhance your eating experience with dentures.
Yes, dentures can be relined or adjusted if they become loose. Over time, the shape of your gums and jawbone may change, which can affect the fit of your dentures. This can lead to discomfort, difficulty speaking or eating, and potential denture slippage.
Relining involves adding a new layer of material to the fitting surface of the denture to improve its fit and adapt it to the changes in your oral structures. This helps to enhance the stability and comfort of the dentures by creating a better seal against your gums. Relining can be done either by your dentist in the dental office or at a dental laboratory.
In some cases, adjustments may be necessary to address specific areas of discomfort or to improve the fit and function of the dentures. Adjustments involve modifying the shape or contour of the denture base to achieve a more precise fit. Your dentist will make the necessary adjustments by gently reshaping the denture using special dental instruments.
If you experience any looseness or discomfort with your dentures, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They will assess the fit of your dentures and determine the most appropriate solution, whether it’s relining, adjustments, or potentially considering new dentures if the existing ones are significantly worn or ill-fitting.
Yes, dentures can be supported by dental implants, offering enhanced stability, improved chewing function, and increased confidence compared to traditional removable dentures. This is known as implant-supported dentures or implant-retained dentures.
Implant-supported dentures involve the placement of dental implants into the jawbone, which serve as anchors for the dentures. The implants act as artificial tooth roots, providing a strong foundation for the dentures to attach to.
Keep in mind that the process of getting implant-supported dentures involves multiple stages and may require sufficient bone density for successful implant placement. Your dentist will provide you with specific details and guide you through the treatment process.
It is generally recommended to remove your dentures before sleeping, allowing your gums and oral tissues to rest and recover. Giving your mouth a break from wearing dentures during the night can help maintain oral health and minimize the risk of potential complications.
However, there may be certain situations where your dentist advises you to wear your dentures at night, especially if you have specific medical conditions or concerns. It’s important to consult with your dentist to receive personalized recommendations based on your oral health needs and specific circumstances.
Remember to maintain regular dental check-ups to monitor the condition of your dentures and receive professional guidance on their proper care, usage, and maintenance.
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