Sometimes the best thing for someone is a fresh start, or clean slate if you will. This can mean looking for a job in a completely new field, moving to a new location where there are new opportunities or just assessing the people in your life and making the conscious decision to purge those who are having a negative effect on you or don’t have your best interests at heart.
Our mouths go through a purging process as well. During childhood our baby teeth fall out to make room for our permanent adult teeth. However in adulthood, sometimes because of particular circumstances that are either within or outside of our control, our teeth end up being the victim. In the most extreme cases, one of the best options is a full denture.
Full dentures or ‘false teeth’ are essentially a full mouth of artificial teeth that are worn in the mouth to fill in the space where the natural adult teeth were. Suction is used to keep them in place.
There are two types of full dentures, immediate and conventional.
As the name suggests, immediate dentures are made pretty swiftly, while there are still some natural teeth in the mouth. Your Ottawa dental professional takes jaw measurements and crafts a mouth appliance that is worn in the mouth as soon as those remaining natural teeth are extracted. Since the gum-healing period can be lengthy (up to 6 months), having the immediate dentures in place allows the patient to have teeth during this time.
After the mouth and gums have fully healed, a conventional set of dentures are made for the patient, using the mouth and jaw measurements taken earlier as a guide. During the healing process, sizing changes (due to reduction in swelling, etc) and additional measurements may need to be taken to ensure the most comfortable and secure fit.
If you believe you are the right candidate for full dentures make sure to consult with your Ottawa dental professional. They will be able to discuss your treatment options and answer any questions or concerns you might have in regards to the healing process and long term denture care and maintenance.