The prospect of getting dentures is something that we’re very sensitive about at our Downtown Toronto dentistry. None of our patients that need dentures want to think about the need for dentures. But there comes a point in time where dentures are the necessary option. Now, of course, dentures are not a predetermined destiny. There are many things you can do to prevent the need for dentures.
But there is also no shame in having dentures. In fact, there are numerous benefits to having dentures. But if you do not want to go down a road that leads you getting dentures, we highly recommend regular visits to your dentist. That’s the only way you can truly prevent yourself from getting dentures. It’s all about preventative care.
Why there’s nothing to fear about needing dentures
We sympathize with the patients that come into our Downtown Toronto dentist office that are worried that their dentures will look fake, will hurt, affect how they speak, and prevent them from eating certain foods. But we can confidently state that these worries are unfounded if you are paired with the correct set of dentures. A skilled dentist can come up with a set of dentures that look natural. So natural, in fact, that our patients rave that no one knows about their dentures.
High-quality dentures should look and function like natural teeth. Some of our patients get dentures simply because they have no or very few remaining natural teeth. It can be a medical necessity or an aesthetic choice.
If your teeth are weak or damaged, our Downtown Toronto dentists may need to replace them with dentures. Many of our patients agree that once they get over the fear of dentures, they’re very happy with them. Their lives see a remarkable improvement, especially if it gets rid of the pain of their older natural teeth.
What are the types of dentures you can get?
Our Toronto dentists set up patients with two types of full dentures: fixed dentures and removable dentures. Removable full dentures are held in place by suction, dental adhesive, or a combination of the two. We tell patients that receive removable full dentures that they need to clean them once or twice daily. And, of course, no one should wear removable full dentures at night. This kind of dentures is the most affordable from the gate. However, there are recurring costs of getting removable dentures.
Removable dentures need to be changed or refitted since mouth structures change over time. Within the first year of receiving removable dentures, our patients usually need to be refitted. However, after that first refitting, our patients usually need to be refitted every three to five years. Having the right fit of dentures is critical – if your dentures are not the proper fit, it can cause pain, infection, and bone loss in the supporting oral tissues.
The other type of dentures that our patients are fitted with is fixed dentures. Fixed dentures are held in place by four to six dental implants. Dental implants are tiny screw-like posts of titanium metal. They are placed into the jawbone in a minor surgical procedure. Dental implants eventually fuse with the natural bone. Once fused with the natural bone, dental implants provide a strong foundation for your dentures to adhere to.
One benefit of fixed dentures is that they usually feel more stable than removable dentures to our patients. Fixed dentures also don’t need to be removed at night or cleaned. The implants stimulate the bone tissue, reducing potential bone loss as well. While fixed dentures are more expensive initially than removable dentures, over time our downtown Toronto patients have found they cost less. This is because there is less of a need to adjust the dentures over time.
However, not all people who need dentures should get fixed dentures. Some patients just don’t have the strong bones required support implants. If this is the case, our dentists may tell you that you need a bone graft. Some patients have substantial bone loss, which prevents them from getting fixed dentures.
If you need dentures, what are the early warning signs?
Out of all of the cases we’ve seen of patients that require dentures at our downtown Toronto office, there are some common warning signs.
- Severe toothaches
- Red and swollen gums
- Loose or moving teeth
- Difficulty chewing or digesting foods
While there are many cases where severe toothaches do not mean you need dentures. However, for the toothaches that just won’t go away, that can serve as a clear warning sign. You could have a tooth that is decaying. A decaying tooth may mean that you require a root canal but if the state of your tooth is beyond saving, that’s when the prospect of dentures becomes more real. If your tooth is beyond salvaging, our dentists will advise for dental implant or dentures.
Some of our patients that require dentures have come into our downtown Toronto dental office with red and swollen gums. Whether or not you need dentures because of red and swollen gums all depends on how advanced it is. Red and swollen gums and can be a red flag to periodontal disease. Dentures will become a real possibility if your periodontal disease is left untreated. Untreated periodontal disease leads to bone loss. Bone loss causes tooth loss, which means that you will need dentures.
Are your teeth shifting? Do they feel loose? This is another indicator that you may need dentures. Like severe toothaches, loose teeth are a signal of tooth decay. If your teeth are shifting, you may notice that the gaps between your teeth are growing wider. If this is happening, you should definitely talk to one of our Downtown Toronto dentists about it.
Finally, some of our patients who need dentures have come into our office saying that it hurts to eat. Painful chewing is another sign of tooth decay. Once again, how far advanced the tooth decay is will determine whether or not you need a root canal or dentures.
Will you need partial dentures or immediate dentures?
If you haven’t experienced substantial tooth decay, partial dentures are the option that we recommend. Partial dentures only replace a portion of your teeth. They rely on healthy teeth around the denture for support. Partial dentures blend in well with your natural teeth and they will help your healthy remaining natural teeth stay that way. This because they’ll prevent them from shifting any further.
You may need immediate dentures if your teeth have experienced substantial decay. Your teeth will be replaced right away, but this will not be the end of your treatment. As we said with removable dentures, when you get dentures immediately there will need to be a healing time for your gums. Your gums will only be able to support permanent dentures. Since gums change after the teeth are extracted, it will take several adjustments for your dentures to be a proper fit in the long-term.
Are there any options besides for dentures?
As Downtown Toronto dentists, we’ve been fitting more patients with dental implants as an alternative to dentures if possible. Dental implants are more affordable than they once were. Implants are fixed in your bone and they can be fixed for missing teeth. Still, while more affordable than they have been in the past, implants are more expensive than dentures. Like with fixed dentures, dental implants require you to have enough bone strength to support them.
Dentures have been very helpful to our patients in several ways
Our patients that are fitted with dentures not only feel much healthier, but they have increased confidence. We cannot emphasize enough how you should not put off receiving treatment from our Downtown Toronto dentists if you are feeling pain. Getting checked up is so important because if we can find any gum disease or tooth decay in advance, that can prevent a lot of issues down the line. Like we’ve said before, dentures are not something to be afraid of. They can improve your oral health and improve your life greatly. If you are having any pain at all with your teeth and think you may need dentures, please let us know!