How to Determine if Partial Dentures are Right for You

November 11, 2022


If you’re missing one or more teeth, there’s a good chance that you and your denturist have discussed partial dentures as a tooth replacement option.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are a removable dental appliance that fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Partial dentures can be custom-made for you by your denturist in Oakville.

Partial dentures are made of artificial teeth are attached to a plastic base that’s usually pinkish or a pinky-brown in colour (made to match your natural gum-colour). They can be attached to your mouth in a few different ways – sometimes by a metal framework that attaches to your teeth, or using precision attachments which are more expensive, but also appear more natural than metal clasps.

Because partial dentures are custom-made for your unique mouth, the process will begin by taking impressions of your mouth so a replica can be created that outlines the exact dimensions of your mouth, teeth, and the gap being filled.

Those impressions will be used by a denturist to create a set of partials that fit your mouth exactly.

What do partial dentures feel like?

Partial dentures are a new appliance in your mouth, so it’s perfectly normal to feel something strange and bulky for the first few days. Don’t worry – you’ll get used to the feeling of the dentures and it will start feeling natural soon.

Partial dentures are removable, making them easy to clean and maintain. However, at the beginning the process of removing and inserting this appliance will feel quite cumbersome, and it will take some practise before you can put them in and take them out smoothly and quickly. Not to worry – just be patient and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Even though they’re made specifically for your mouth, they will need adjusting from time to time, especially over the first few months. Partial dentures can put pressure on different areas of the mouth depending on the shape and curvature of your gums. Keep track of any areas where you feel soreness or pressure, and do not skip and of your follow-up appointments so you can be sure not to miss any important adjustments.

If you are missing teeth and are curious if partial dentures are the right option for you, reach out to our team at Oakville Denture Centre today. We’ll complete a full assessment of your mouth and teeth and walk you through the treatment options that are best for your unique situation.

Why it’s Time to Consider Dentures

October 10, 2022


If you’re missing one or more teeth, having them replaced as soon as possible is very important. Leaving an open space left by missing teeth can cause serious, long-term damage. Replacing the teeth will help maintain the bone structure in your face, keep the remaining teeth aligned, and reduce the likelihood of developing further oral health problems like gum disease.

Chances are you’ve investigated multiple replacement options and have learned that dentures are one of the most common, least invasive, and most cost-effective solutions.

What are dentures?

Dentures are a prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth and support the overall structure of the mouth and face. There are multiple types of dentures. These include removable dentures, permanent dentures, a single denture to replace one missing tooth, partial dentures to replace multiple missing teeth, or a full set of dentures for patients who need all their teeth replaced.

Why choose dentures?

There are many reasons why a person would consider dentures over other tooth replacement options. These reasons include:

  • They are cost effective

    Dentures cost far less than other tooth replacement options like implants, crowns and bridges.
  • They are easy to install

    Unlike many alternative options, dentures are not surgically installed into the mouth, making the process of getting dentures faster, more comfortable, and less painful.
  • They are custom made

    Like most tooth replacement options, dentures are custom made in a denture clinic in Oakville. To get started, your family dentist will take impressions to crate a mold of your mouth which will allow the denturist to build a set of dentures that fit your mouth perfectly. Custom-fit dentures will make it possible for you to eat and speak naturally and comfortably. Dentures can be made in any size and colour to blend in with the look of your natural teeth and maintain your pre-denture facial structure.
  • They are easy to care for

    Both permanent and removable dentures are extremely easy to care for. They can be brushed the same way you brush your regular teeth, keeping them fresh, clean, and free from plaque and bacteria. You can also use cleaning solutions that are specially formulated to kill the germs that often forms on both natural teeth and dentures.

If you’re interested in learning more about dentures as a solution for your missing teeth, call the team at Oakville Denture Centre today. Our denture clinic is centrally located in Oakville and always accepting new patients. If you can’t get to us, ask us about mobile services. We’ll schedule some time to meet with you, assess your situation, and work together to create a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

How to Identify When it’s Time for New Dentures

September 9, 2022

How to Identify When it’s Time for New Dentures

Dentures are a prosthetic device used to replace missing teeth, but just like natural teeth, they endure wear and tear caused by everyday life activities. Dentures don’t last forever, so if you rely on your dentures to fill your smile and help you eat, speak, and laugh easily and comfortably, it’s important to replace them when the time is right.

Here are the signs that it’s time for new dentures.

  1. You’re not speaking clearly
    If you’ve noticed a sort of slushy sound when you speak and are having difficulty annunciating certain words, it’s important to determine if this problem is caused by ill-fitting dentures. Fixing this problem could be as easy as having your dentures re-fitted to your mouth, but it could also mean you need a new set.
  2. They’re not comfortable anymore
    When you first get dentures, they should fit perfectly and feel comfortable in your mouth. If that changes and you start to feel discomfort, make an appointment with your denture clinic in Oakville. While there could be an issue with the dentures that can be fixed, this is likely an indication that your dentures are no longer working properly and need to be replaced.
  3. They’re chipped or cracked
    Like most medical devices, dentures can chip or crack over time. When this happens, it’s time to visit your denturist to see if they’re repairable, or if you need a new set.
  4. Your gums are sore.
    Wearing dentures should never cause pain or irritation in the gums. If your gums become red, puffy, or irritated, remove your dentures and see if that helps. It’s also worthwhile to make an appointment and have your dentures checked out.
  5. You’re having trouble chewing
    Your dentures are supposed to look and function like your natural teeth, and one of the most important things you rely on your teeth to do is chew your food. If chewing is becoming uncomfortable or difficult, or it feels like your dentures are unstable while you eat, they should be looked at by a professional to ensure they still fit you properly.
  6. They’ve become discoloured
    Just like your natural teeth, day-to-day activities like drinking coffee, eating tomato-rich foods, and having the odd glass of wine can stain your dentures causing them to appear dull and discoloured. While a consistent and thorough oral hygiene routine will certainly keep your dentures whiter and brighter for longer, eventually they will need to be replaced.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues and would like to have your dentures checked, call our office to schedule an appointment today. We’ll take a look at your dentures and assess how they fit, and work with you to ensure you’re enjoying food, smiles, and laughter for many years to come.

Denture Care as Easy as 1-2-3!

Tips from Oakville Denture Centre

March 3, 2020

Denture Care as Easy as 1-2-3!

Dentures, like natural teeth, require regular care and maintenance, and that starts with the basics of cleaning, “resting”, and handling with care. Dentures are an investment in time and money, so it makes sense that you look after them. Whether they are full dentures that replace all your natural teeth, partial, that replace some of your teeth, or implant supported dentures that attach to implanted artificial teeth, proper care is vital to maintain integrity and performance.

Cleaning Your Dentures

Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cleaned at least once daily to remove plaque and prevent stains and tartar build up. Most dentists and denturists recommend removing them and rinsing after meals as well. Denture wearers are also encouraged to clean their mouths with a soft-bristled toothbrush after removing dentures. Caring for your gums will mean your dentures fit and feel better—and will help avoid gum disease. The dentures themselves can be cleaned by gently brushing with the same denture cleaning brush. A nonabrasive denture cleaner will help you keep your dentures clean. If you use a denture adhesive, you should clean the grooves that fit against your gums to ensure that any adhesive is removed. Implant supported dentures require the wearer to gently clean around the detachable appliances. A good rinse will remove any leftover cleanser and debris before you store them in a denturist approved container.

Soaking Overnight and Resting

Most dentures, like natural teeth, need to stay moistened. Soaking your dentures overnight in a denture solution helps remove stains and bacteria that cause odours. The dentures will be fresh and clean and ready to wear in the morning. Don’t be tempted to sleep overnight with your dentures in your mouth. It is important that dentures be removed before bed so that the tissues in your mouth can rest and recover. A good six to eight hours of rest each day should do the trick.

Handle With Care

Dentures are precious. Not only do they help you eat, enjoy life, and smile, but they also main the look of your facial features. You should avoid toothpicks, hard cleansers and brushes—as well as clumsy hands. Dropping your dentures can lead to cracks and breaks, so if you are all thumbs, take precautions and lay out a soft towel on your cleaning surface.

If you have any questions about denture care or denture services, give us a call at our Oakville office - 905-339-3202. We would love to work with you.