What is the Procedure for Getting Dentures?

Complete dentures are artificial teeth sets used to replace the space created due to no or less natural teeth. Some dentures that fill only certain missing teeth in the jaw are called partial dentures. In regular family dentistry, dentures are prescribed when patients lose their teeth due to injury, ageing, or a health condition. Some dentures are permanently fitted in the patient’s mouth while some are removable. Removable dentures have some advantages compared to using tooth prosthetics. The biggest advantage of removable dentures is that no dental surgery is required to fit them. All dentures are made of materials that exactly match the remaining teeth of the patient.

In today’s family dentistry, dentures are designed to be functional but with complete comfort. They are made to be extremely similar to natural teeth that improve your smile and facial appearance.

Dental Preparation and Placement

During your first dental visit, the dentist will evaluate if your gums and teeth. They will examine the supporting bone structure in your jaws to identify the right treatment plan. In some cases, oral bone surgery is suggested to correct any bony ridges that might interfere with the stability of the dentures. Some remaining teeth might also have to be extracted before placing the dentures. Once your dentist concludes that dentures are the right option for you, he will make impressions on your gums to identify all the ridges and crevices ensuring the best possible fit.

In cases where teeth need to be extracted, an immediate denture is placed to allow proper healing of the affected area and serve as an esthetic replacement. These dentures can be easily modified to change ridge contours during the healing process until final dentures are made. To create immediate dentures, dentists use a shade and mould chart to choose replacements that exactly match your natural teeth.

Placing the Final Dentures

Complete dentures are only made when the gums are restored to a healthy condition with sufficient healing time. Complete dentures are fixed replacing all the teeth in the upper and lower jaws. The gums naturally shrink during the healing process of tooth loss. This normally takes 6 to 12 months. During this period, immediate dentures require certain adjustments to support changes in the gums and bone structure. This could include both soft and hard relining procedures.

An overdenture is a removable prosthesis that covers and rests on the remaining tooth roots. This removable partial denture replaces some missing teeth and is built around the existing teeth. An overdenture and a partial denture both can be connected to remaining teeth in the jaws where the anchors are either made of metal or plastic. These connections improve stability and retention of the prostheses.

To know if dentures are the right treatment for you or to know more about getting dentures,book an appointment  at the Kensington Dental Clinic.

Fluoride in Drinking Water: Addressing the Concerns

There has been a widespread public health initiative to add fluoride in small amounts to drinking water. You may recognize the name as the mouthwash or foam that dentists use on your teeth near the end of the cleaning procedure. It is a naturally occurring mineral (found in many natural water sources) that is absorbed by your teeth’s enamel and strengthens it, reducing tooth decay. This initiative has saved cities tens of millions in dental fees.

Water fluoridation has been done in various places worldwide (including Canada) since the early 20th century and has grown in usage over the decades. This has led to a huge reduction in cavities in these places. Children with no other sources of fluoride see a cavity reduction of 35% in their baby teeth when their water is treated with it. Permanent teeth have a reduction of around 13-20%.

Although long considered a safe and effective program, health concerns have lingered about it, and opposition to water fluoridation programs has spiked in recent years. Some places have reduced or eliminated these programs because of this. We would like to look at the top three concerns about water fluoridation and help our community understand the truth of the matter.

Concern 1: Fluoride absorbs toxins from the environment

Rumours and anecdotal evidence have suggested that fluoridated water is better at absorbing harmful elements from the environment. Lead and arsenic are the most commonly quoted ones. Thankfully, no scientific study has shown that either of these chemicals are present in this water above safe levels. In the case of lead, studies comparing levels of lead in children with access to fluoridated water vs non-fluoridated water couldn’t find a difference once other factors were accounted for.

Concern 2: Fluoride intake causes skeletal weakness

Skeletal fluorosis is a condition that cause bones to become harder and thicker, making them fracture more easily. It happens when there is a large concentration of fluoride in the body. This is why you spit your fluoride rinse out when you are at the dentist; such a large concentration can be harmful to swallow. Most opponents of water fluoridation list this disease as their main concern; there is no benefit to swallowing fluoride and drinking too much is what causes it.

Thankfully, the dental benefits of fluoride occur with very small doses. The World Health Organization recommends a maximum of 1.5 parts per million (ppm) as the safe quantity in drinking water, and that guideline is strictly followed in most of the world. At this level, skeletal fluorosis won’t occur, and dental fluorosis (the appearance of harmless white streaks on the teeth) will be unnoticeable without dental tools.

Concern 3: We get enough fluoride from toothpaste and other products

This argument has gained some ground in recent years, because there is sometimes truth to it. Toothpaste and mouthwashes usually contain some amount of fluoride. Some people who practice good oral hygiene worry that they may suffer more noticeable dental fluorosis in communities with treated water. This has led to many of them reducing the fluoride in their water to the minimum recommended level of 0.7ppm, which has become the norm in Canada.

While this isn’t the optimal level of protection, it is a good balance. It still greatly reduces the occurrence of cavities and also minimizes the risk of dental fluorosis in young children, who are more vulnerable to it. There have been no documented cases of skeletal fluorosis or other disease caused by tap water with 0.7ppm

Dental Cleaning at Kensington Dental Clinic

Fluoridated water prevents the development of some cavities, but regular cleaning at the dentist is needed to remove tartar and provide a more thorough fluoride supplement. Kensington Dental Clinic is happy to provide Edmontonians with professional check-ups and cleanings in a relaxed atmosphere. We follow the Alberta Dental Fee Guide and don’t overcharge you for any treatments. If you’re due for a cleaning, call now or contact us using the information below!

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