If you’ve lost individual, many, or all of your teeth, and don’t qualify for dental implants, dentures could be the solution to restore your smile. Are you missing teeth? One or more? Give us a call! We always welcome new patients and would love to discuss treatment options with you and answer all your questions to determine the best treatment for your smile.

Complete dentures and partial dentures are the two most common kinds of dentures, both of which restore missing teeth to give you back enjoyment of eating a wide range of your favorite nutritious foods and regain full confidence in talking, smiling, and even laughing out loud.

Partial Dentures – Also called “removable dentures,” partial dentures are used when a few adjacent teeth are missing or when nearby teeth aren’t able to support a bridge. The denture, made up of one or more artificial teeth, fits snugly, secured by clasps that attach to your existing teeth. After meals and at night, partial dentures are easily removed for cleaning.

Full Dentures – Also called “complete dentures,” you likely visualize these when you hear the word dentures. Used when all of your natural teeth are missing, the denture supports a full arch of replacement teeth. For cleaning, they’re removable as they’re secured by suction.

How To Care For Your Dentures

To keep them clean, free from stains, and looking just like your natural teeth, your dentures do require thorough, regular, and proper care.

Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Rinse with water to remove food particles. Handle them carefully to ensure you don’t bend or damage the plastic or the clasps when cleaning.

Brush your dentures with a denture brush or soft-bristle toothbrush using a denture cleaner or mild soap. Regular toothpaste is too abrasive, so avoid using it on your dentures. With a light touch, be sure to get under the clasps. Rinse with clear water.

Before placing dentures back in your mouth, clean your mouth to remove plaque (that builds up on all surfaces) and massage your gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue, cheeks, palate, and any teeth that you may have. Floss between your natural teeth too.

Overnight, remove and gently clean your dentures as above, then soak them in warm water. When your dentures are made, we’ll talk with you about if and when to use an over-night denture cleanser. Tip: Whenever you are not wearing your denture, always soak them in water to prevent the plastic from drying out or warping.

In the morning, rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution.

If you use a partial denture, regular preventive appointments at the dental office prevents plaque buildup which can cause tartar deposits, bad breath, decay of remaining teeth, gum disease, and more.

As careful as you may be with your dentures, damage may happen – broken clasps, cracks, etc. – and they will need to be repaired. Just call us at (519) 886-8980, your dentist in Waterloo.

Dentures will also need what we call “relines.” Because your gums and bones are always changing, your dentures will need to be adjusted to ensure they always fit properly for optimal function and aesthetics. As your dentist in Waterloo, we’ll help you determine the best schedule for your smile.

And remember, even if you wear complete dentures, you always need to come for your regular dental check-ups, so that we can continue to monitor for signs of disease, oral cancer, or any other infection.

Because dentures restore your smile and your confidence, we hope you’ll talk to us about your needs, because at Iris Dentistry, we can help! Call (519) 886-8980 or request an appointment.

About Iris Dentistry

We are located in the Marsland Mall, in Waterloo, Ontario. We serve the Waterloo Region with orthodontics services, as well as general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Dr. Iris Moreira is an Invisalign provider. We are accepting new patients at all ages and would love to look after your smile.

Office Hours

Monday 8:30am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday by appointment

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