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Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth made of acrylic (plastic) or metal. Dentures can replace an entire arch of missing teeth or replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity, or the last healthy remaining tooth in each arch. Your North York Dentist will take measurements of Consult with your North York Dentist to determine which type of denture will best suit your needs.
Types of Dentures:
Complete dentures replace the entire upper or lower jaw of missing teeth. Complete Dentures can either be "conventional" or "immediate". Conventional dentures allows for the gums to heal after the removal of teeth (which may take a few months) prior to completing the fit & framework of your denture. An "immediate" denture is placed immediately after the removal of your teeth, so you do not have to be without teeth during the healing period. The disadvantage of an immediate denture requires more adjustments after it has been placed to properly fit your jaw during the healing period, as your gums are shrinking. This should be considered a temporary solution until a conventional denture can be made. You may also have to remake your denture once the healing period is complete, as the denture will not fit properly due to shrinking of the gums.
A partial denture is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw. It usually clips onto some of your natural teeth with metal clasps that hold it securely in place in your mouth. It can easily be unclipped and removed.
Getting used to a denture can take a little practice, particularly when it comes to eating and speaking. Your tongue and cheek muscles will learn to keep the Denture in place. It is common to experience minor irritation and/or soreness.
In some cases, Dentures require relining 1-2 weeks after the initial placement, and possibly 2-3 months thereafter. Every case is different; bone resorption and shrinking of gums affect the fit of the dentures, as a result, relining your denture will be needed.
Although most dental insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of dentures, our team will gladly send a "Predetermination" (estimate) to your insurance provider to determine coverage under your plan.