Yonge Eglinton Dental
Complete or Partial
If you have missing teeth you would like to replace, complete or partial dentures are the most non-invasive and inexpensive treatment option available. A set of dentures will complete your smile, make you feel whole again and improve your ability to eat.
Complete dentures replace an entire row of teeth (top or bottom) and do not rely on teeth to hold them in place. Instead, they stay in place in part due to physiological factors like suction caused by saliva, and your mouth muscles and other structures keeping them stable. They can take a while to get used to, but eventually using them becomes second nature.
Partial Dentures replace some but not all of the teeth in your arch. Partial dentures are held in place by clasps that fit onto neighbouring natural teeth, as well as by other retentive features depending on how many teeth have been replaced. If the neighbouring teeth are not sufficiently strong enough to hold the dentures in place, your dentist may recommend implants for additional stability.
Unlike dental bridges and dental implants, dentures are removable. If you are on a fixed budget or you are not a candidate for a bridge or dental implants, dentures are an excellent alternative.
The denture procedure
First, your dentist will make an impression of your upper and/or lower gums. The impression is then poured into a cast and sent to the dental laboratory where the dentures are made. Using your cast as a reference, the lab creates a wax version of the gum line and the acrylic resin teeth are added. The dentures are then sent back to your dentist who will try them in your mouth to ensure they are designed to maximize function and aesthetics. Once you and your dentist are satisfied with the wax models, they are sent back to the lab for final processing. During this process, the wax is replaced by acrylic, the dentures are completed, cleaned and polished; and they are sent back to your dentist, ready for you to wear. The entire process generally takes a few weeks to complete.
The advantage of dentures
Dentures do not require invasive work, and they are a relatively inexpensive treatment option to replace missing teeth.
The disadvantage of dentures
They need to be removed for at least eight hours per day and do not provide the same function and aesthetics that bridges or implants do.