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When a tooth is lost from decay or trauma, there are multiple reasons that you may want to have it replaced. Medically speaking, every tooth in your mouth is essential to helping others stay in position and to retain the health and strength of your jawbone. Teeth also play an important role in normal speech and allow you to properly chew your food, so you gain the most nutrition from them. Beyond the practical reasons, there are also aesthetic ones. Gaps in your teeth can cause self-image issues and concerns about flashing your smile. Dunwin Dental offers dentures as a natural-looking teeth replacement solution.


Dentures are a popular and effective option to replace your missing teeth. They have been in use for centuries. Almost 19% of the world’s population wears some type of denture. Almost 90% of all people who don’t have natural teeth wear a denture. Modern technology has created dentures that are more comfortable, more effective, and more natural in appearance than ever before.

Dentures offer numerous advantages such as:

  • Reliability: Dentures are very reliable. Your dentures can last 5-8 years depending on the wear and tear, how well you maintain them, and age-related changes to your jawbones, gums and face.

  • Restore Your Natural Smile: Dentures support your cheeks and lips so facial muscles don’t sag and you don’t look older. Dentures may even improve your smile, giving you a more youthful look and appearance. You may be wearing dentures and other won’t even notice them. According to a study, 63% of denture wearers kept dentures a secret from others, 32% from their friends, 10% from their siblings and 7% from their spouses!

  • Restore Your Eating Function: You can eat most of the foods that you used to eat with your natural teeth. You can use denture adhesive to enhance retention, stability, and bite force. This will increase your sense of security. You do need to be careful with sticky and hard foods because your dentures are not implanted in your jaws and plastic or porcelain is not as strong as your natural teeth.

  • Speaking Clearly: Denture help you to speak certain works that you couldn’t speak without teeth by eliminating gaps between your teeth. Practice will eventually make you perfect again.

  • Decrease Bone Loss Without Affecting Surrounding Teeth: Wearing dentures will most likely decrease your bone loss rate and reduce wear and tear on your natural teeth. Dentures don’t require teeth next to the space to be prepared.

  • Easy Maintenance: Dentures are very easy to maintain and replace. Dentures are easy to remove, clean and store in a glass of cool water. Dentures are easy to repair or replace compared to bridges and implants.

  • Easy To Qualify For: Almost everyone with missing teeth qualifies for dentures. Dentures are excellent option even if you don’t have the healthiest gums, strong bones, jaw or teeth. They fit snuggly around the gums. Correctly fitted dentures are comfortable and perform the function of natural teeth.

  • Flexible Option: Dentures can be designed to replace one or many (partial denture) or all teeth (full denture) in your mouth.

  • Cost Effective: Dentures are cost-effective and very much the default option to replace missing teeth. Dentures are the least expensive tooth replacement option and cost less than implants and bridges. Most dental insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of dentures. Please check it with your insurance provider or we can gladly do it for you.


You can choose from two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures depending upon your situation.

Complete Dentures

If you have lost ALL of your natural teeth, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth.


If you have any natural teeth remaining in your mouth, they will need to be removed before your conventional complete denture can be made and placed in your mouth. Healing after extractions may take several months.

You may get an immediate denture to wear during this healing period so that you do not appear in public without teeth. Immediate denture will also protect the tissue, reduce bleeding, establish your speech patterns early, help you chew better than without teeth and minimize your facial distortion due to teeth loss.

Conventional complete dentures have replacement teeth fitted into a plastic base made to closely match the color of your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth) and it rests against your gums and palate. The lower denture has a horseshoe shape. It rests on the gum and bone tissues of your dental ridge. Saliva helps create a tight seal to hold the dentures in place.


Conventional complete dentures can be put in and taken out as needed.

Implant-Supported Complete Dentures


Implant-supported dentures are natural looking, more stable, comfortable and secure than conventional dentures. These dentures don't make you gag, don't cover the roof of your mouth and allow you to taste food. You can eat pretty much anything you used to eat with your natural teeth. 


Unlike conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures are not removable by you. Only a dentist or an oral surgeon can remove them. 


Implant-supported complete dentures are attached to dental implants. You would need to qualify for implants to be surgically placed for this to happen. Please see our Dental Implants section for more information.

Like complete conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures will require all your natural teeth be removed and healing to occur before implant-supported denture can be placed. This process also takes several months.

Partial Dentures


A partial denture may be suggested as a solution when you are only missing some of your teeth.

A removable partial denture is fitted to a metal framework or plastic base that matches the colour of your gums and is designed to fit snugly around your remaining teeth. It can easily be taken out of your mouth for cleaning and storing before going to bed. Your dentist will adjust your denture so it fits comfortably and show you how to wear and remove it.

Some patients use these dentures as a permanent solution to their dental replacement needs. In other cases, these dentures are designed and worn while the patient’s oral cavity heals from other treatments. Upon completion of the healing process, the partial denture will be removed, and permanent solutions put in place.


Talk to your dentist at Dunwin Dental to check if dentures are a good option to replace your missing teeth.​​​​


1st Appointment


  • Our team at Dunwin Dental will take photos to assess restoration areas. We will consult with you about the goals for your smile.


  • We will go over different material options that best fit your needs.


  • We will take dental impressions at your first appointment at our dental office so that our labs can create the denture bases

2nd Appointment

  • We will test the initial framework based on the impression and make sure they are fitting properly.


  • If we need to make adjustments, we will send them back to the dental lab.

3rd Appointment (If Necessary)

  • Our dentists will place temporary dentures and take pictures to evaluate aesthetics and function.

Final Appointment

  • Once the final dentures are completed, you will come in for your final appointment to replace the temporary dentures.


  • You will receive post-insertion care and instructions. You’ll also be given a run-down of what to expect in the first few days.


It takes practice to put in and take out your denture. Your denture may feel bulky, a bit odd or tight for the first few weeks. But in time, you will get used to it.

Wear your dentures most of the time. Remove your denture before you go to bed and put them back in when you wake up. Wearing your denture around the clock can cause the tissues in your mouth to become irritated.

Some soreness should be expected for the first week or two. Call Dunwin Dental if you develop a sore or irritation that does not go away. Your denture may need adjustments to make it feel more comfortable.

Do not force your denture into place by biting down or try to adjust it yourself. You can harm your mouth and damage your denture. 

You will also need to practice talking with your new denture. Talk slowly to speak clearly and prevent muffled speech. Try repeating hard to speak words. If your denture slips out of place when you laugh, cough or smile, bite down and swallow to reposition it.

You can begin using dentures by eating soft foods cut into small pieces. Try chewing on both sides of your mouth to keep the pressure even. Do not chew very sticky or hard foods.

You may have to use a denture adhesive as you get used to wearing your denture. A denture that fits correctly usually does not need an adhesive because it only needs saliva to create a tight seal that holds it in place.

Clean your denture every day. Take it out of your mouth and rinse off food particles. Use a special brush made for cleaning dentures. Wet a denture brush and put denture cleaner on it. Do not use toothpaste to clean dentures.

Do not lose, drop or damage your dentures. Keep your dentures away from curious children and pets when you are not wearing them.

Brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth twice each day with a soft-bristled brush before you put in your denture. 

The following video explains how to get used to dentures:


  • Brush your dentures daily to remove food, stains, bacteria and plaque, just like you would your normal teeth.

  • Clean your dentures daily with a soft toothbrush and a gentle cleanser to prevent buildup and scratching.

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