As a family dentist in Waterdown, Dr. Aaron Langdon sees many patients who have lost one or more teeth due to accident or declining oral health. Dr. Langdon offers a few options for replacement teeth, like dental implants, crowns and bridges, dentures.
When you picture dentures, you probably picture an elderly person – perhaps one of your grandparents or an uncle or aunt. Why? Because for many seniors, regular trips to the dentist weren’t as common as they are today. They may have grown up without water fluoridation or floss, and when they lost their teeth, dental implants were not an option.
Dr. Aaron Langdon, your family dentist in Waterdown, wants to talk about dentures…and maybe dispel a few myths.
Dentures are Not Just for the Elderly
While tooth loss is more common in elderly patients, there are many reasons we might recommend dentures at Cranberry Hill Dentistry.
The first is that dentures are a good, cost-effective solution for missing teeth. If you have missing teeth, dentures can complete your smile. If you lose all or most of your teeth, your facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dentures replace those missing teeth, filling out the appearance of your face.
The main reason dentures might be recommended, however, is if the bone structure of the jaw is not strong enough to support dental implants, and the surrounding teeth may not be able to support a bridge.
There is More to Dentures Than a Full Set of “False Teeth”
Chances are you know someone with dentures, and you aren’t even aware they have them. Like most modern dental procedures, denture technology has advanced a lot.
There are two main types of dentures:
- Partial dentures (or partials) – partial dentures are one or more artificial teeth with a clasp that fits onto a nearby natural tooth to keep them in place.
- Complete dentures (full dentures or “false teeth”) – full dentures are used when all natural teeth are missing. A full set of teeth is attached to a plate typically made from rigid acrylic resin or flexible nylon polymer. Natural suction keeps the plate and teeth in place against the roof or bottom of your mouth.
Dentures can look and feel just like natural teeth. Once you get used to them, you can eat with them in, but should take them out at night when you sleep.
Caring for Dentures
New dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become used to how they feel. At first you may feel some minor irritation or soreness, and saliva may increase in your mouth. If these feelings do not go away after a few weeks, visit your family dentist in Waterdown to see if the fit needs to be adjusted.
Just like regular teeth, dentures need to be cleaned to remove plaque and tartar. Although you can’t get a cavity in your dentures, if they’re not cleaned, they can become stained, cause bad breath, and gum problems. If you have partials, plaque and tartar from unclean dentures can spread to your healthy teeth causing cavities.
The Canadian Dental Association has great tips for caring for your dentures.
Dental Implants or Dentures For Seniors
We started out by saying that dentures aren’t just for seniors, and the reverse is also true. Many seniors who have lost teeth can benefit from dental implants or crowns and bridges as a more permanent tooth replacement option.
Dentures need to be replaced every 5 years or so. Crowns and bridges can last up to 10 years. And dental implants can last for a lifetime if cared for properly.
Whether you’re a senior, adult or teen, if you lose a permanent tooth, Dr. Aaron Langdon, your family dentist in Waterdown, will examine you and recommend the best tooth replacement option for your condition, budget, and stage of life.
Visit Dr. Aaron Langdon, Family Dentist in Waterdown, and the Cranberry Hill Dentistry Team
Whether you are looking for options for tooth replacement, a family dentist for regular checkups, if you need braces, want to whiten your teeth or need a cavity filled, contact Cranberry Hill Dentistry and make an appointment to see Dr. Aaron Langdon, your family dentist in Waterdown.
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