Denture Facts

The Importance of Denture Cleaning

denture-cleaning-factsAlthough the acrylic portions of partial and complete dentures may look solid to the naked eye, they actually contain microscopic pockets that permit penetration and accumulation of bacteria.  Therefore, brushing your dentures, even if done twice daily, will not be sufficient as this will only clean the exterior surface.  In order to properly maintain and care for your dentures and help them last longer, twice daily brushing must be combined with soaking the dentures in an appropriate cleaner once a day.

Types of Dentures

When dentures are required, patients can select from one of three basic types or formats:

  • precision
  • standard
  • immediate

There are some significant differences between these types with respect to manufacturing processes as well as their fit, function, and lifecycle:

Precision Dentures

  • are made using the best quality materials and the most up-to-date techniques
  • they present a very natural appearance that resembles actual teeth
  • the manufacturing process requires a number of steps/appointments:
    • taking an initial impression
    • making a custom tray that perfectly fits your mouth
    • taking a final impression to record all of your muscle movements and to give you a much more accurate and comfortable fit
    • using wax impressions to measure your habitual biting pattern
    • choosing the style of teeth that are most suitable for your face/appearance
    • deciding on the appropriate shade for your new teeth
  • fitting includes a special measurement (a face-bow) to record your bone structure in order to simulate all movements of your mouth and jaw
  • this is followed by a trial-fit stage – teeth are set in wax so we can assess how they will fit and function before the final setting is completed
  • ultimately, you will have flawlessly fitting dentures customized to your specific needs

Standard Dentures

  • fewer steps to the manufacturing and fitting processes than precision dentures
  • the look is less natural and more readily gives the appearance of fake or false teeth
  • comprised of a softer material – will likely wear faster/not last as long
  • teeth have a flatter surface – act of chewing is more like a mashing motion versus cutting through the food

Immediate Dentures

  • these dentures are manufactured based on impressions taken of your mouth while your natural teeth are still in place
  • they are inserted immediately after the natural teeth are extracted – for the purpose of avoiding/preventing the absence of teeth during the post-extraction healing period
  • these dentures will remain in place for several months post-surgery
  • preliminary follow-up steps/appointments will include:
    • post-operative convalescence/recovery at home
    • a post-surgical check-up the day after the extraction-insertion procedure
    • management of swelling (cold packs) for the first few days
  • as the swelling subsides, the oral tissues will begin to heal and recede
  • bone and gum tissue will likely continue to shrink for the next few months
  • therefore, ongoing follow-up steps/appointments will include:
    • repeated visits for the placement of temporary liners or a soft tissue conditioner
    • a permanent reline or completely new dentures after six months – to ensure the best fit and proper function

How Well Are Your Dentures Functioning?

Dentures that are well made should look natural, fit properly, and function effectively at all times.  If you are currently a denture wearer, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are your dentures primarily out of your mouth most of the time?
  • Do you prefer to leave them in your pocket, purse, or in a drawer?
  • Are your dentures worn and ill-fitting?
  • Are you embarrassed by your smile?
  • Do you spend time worrying about the look and/or feel your dentures?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you will benefit from the experience and expertise of the team at Bajic Denture Clinic.   Call the denture professionals at the Bajic Denture Clinic today at 705-526-4041 or contact us to book your complimentary consultation.