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Soft Liners

Have you been wearing a lower denture for years, leaving you with minimal bone to help support and retain your lower denture? Do you battle with lower denture movement that is frequently resulting in sores or “hot spots” on your tissue? Do you have sensitive gums?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, than a resilient soft liner might be for you. This silicone based material stays soft and flexible for years. It acts as a cushion, so that the force that is put on your lower gums while you are chewing will be minimized, helping to eliminate sensitive and/or sore gums. A soft liner does not alter the fit of the denture, but does "cushion" any inevitable denture movement which helps to decrease denture induced sores and also decrease the severity of the sores that can occur.
A soft liner can either be added to a new denture during the production stages or added to an existing denture in an in-house reline.
Ask your denture specialist if you are a candidate for a soft liner.

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Immediate Dentures

An Immediate denture refers to the time the denture(s) is placed.

There are two options for immediate dentures:

The first option is to have all remaining teeth extracted and allow for sufficient healing (up to 3 months) prior to starting the denture making process.

The second, and most common, is an excellent option for those who do not wish to be without teeth or to wait for their extraction sites to heal prior to starting the denture making process.  The patient and denturist would work together prior to the extraction appointment to ensure the denture(s) was completed allowing immediate placement after extractions by the dentist. Impressions, jaw relation records (bite), and even a tooth try-in are completed in the weeks leading up to the extraction appointment. The denturist takes time and care to discuss any changes the patient requests to his/her existing smile.  Not only do we always include the patient in the tooth selection process, if sufficient teeth are absent, we allow them a “sneak peak” to what the finished denture will look like in his/her mouth.  This option allows for an easier transition  from having a mouth full of natural teeth, moving to a mouth full of dentures.  

In both denture scenarios, we are able to close spaces between teeth, chose a whiter shade, characterize the teeth allowing for a more natural and aesthetic looking denture, or even straighten teeth to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

After your extractions, you denture will act as a “band-aid” to help minimize swelling, bleeding and to promote healing and cleanliness. As a result, the denturist should be the first person to remove your dentures post extraction. This is done 24 hours after your extractions and this appointment will be made for you in advance. At this appointment, the denturist can adjust any initial pressure spots you may have, and answer any further questions you have about the healing process. Time will be taken at this appointment to discuss cleaning and after care, how to insert and remove the denture(s), and to answer any questions about learning to function with your first denture. Once the swelling decreases and initial healing is complete, temporary liners are placed in your denture(s) to help compensate for the space present (as result of the swelling decreasing and initial healing that has taken place). A temporary liner is an "artificial gum" that is put into the tissue surface of the denture(s) to help "re-fit" the denture at this time. This procedure is done in our office while you are in the chair and is included in the initial cost of the denture(s). Over the next 10-12 months, your denture(s) will need to be maintained as the tissues and bone continue to heal and change. It is important to understand the denture does not change unless it is altered by the denturist, but the bone and tissue in your mouth is constantly changing, and therefore the denture will require adjustments. Services covered in this time are included and are no further cost to you. After the 10-12 month mark, a permanent reline(s) are recommended to “re-fit” your dentures to accommodate for any changes that occurred over the last year while your mouth continued to heal. A new impression is taken, the temporary material is removed, new hard acrylic is added to increase strength and improve fit to accomodate the change from the past year. The permanent reline is a cost to the patient at this time, and the fee is based on the current Denturist of Alberta fee guide.

It is important to understand that there will be an adjustment period to get used to the dentures and to learn how to functon with them. Dentures are prosthetics (artificial body part) and will require time, practice, and patience to learn how to use them with confidence. Things to expect can be initial speech complications, learning to chew again, a decrease in taste, altered self confidence (improved because of addressing esthetic concerns or decreased because of accepting life with dentures).

Feel free to discuss both options with us and allow us to help you decide which option is better suited for you.


Implant Retained Dentures

Implant retained dentures aim to improve your quality of life. These dentures are anchored to titanium posts/screws surgically placed in the jawbone, thus allowing for a denture that “snaps into place”. This denture is secure and allows for complete confidence when smiling, laughing, eating and even coughing/sneezing. As the denture wearer you no longer have to fight with a denture that moves during function and causes annoying sore spots. This is a great option to consider if you are unsuccessful in wearing an upper or lower denture as a result of excessive bone loss due to years of wearing dentures. There are different implant options depending on the amount and quality of bone remaining. Your denture specialist will work with the dental surgeon to decide which option is best suited to you. Please see the links below for more information on dental Implants:

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Partial Dentures

The most common partial is made up of cast (chromium cobalt) metal. This material is very strong, retentive, and reliable. The denturist works with the dentist to design a partial that fits passively over/around all remaining teeth. If the patient has compromised natural teeth, the denturist can design a partial that will allow for the addition of denture teeth on to the existing partial. The clasps that wrap around the natural teeth, holding the partial in place, though rigid, are flexible and can be tightened or loosened for a comfortable fit.

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Clear Acrylic/Flex Acrylic Partial

Although this type of partial is not as common, it does have some advantages over the cast metal partial. This style of partial is also a great alternative for patients who have existing crown and bridge work, dental implants, or for individuals who are concerned with aesthetics. The frame work is essentially "hidden" with clear or acrylic shaded clasps. This material is very flexible, and thus, some patients find it more comfortable. Disadvantages include that the clasps (retentive aspect of the partial) cannot be tightened, this partial tends to be thicker (than the cast metal option) as the majority of the strength comes from the bulk.

**Your denture specialist will work with you and your dentist to help decide which option is better suited to you.


Acrylic "Flipper," or Acrylic Partial without Clasps

This option is often referred to as a temporary or a transitional partial and is often the "go to" option  for a patient who may be planning on future dental work (ie: implant). We allow for a quicker turn over time as we complete this partial in our on-site lab. This partial does not have retentive components (clasps) so it relies on a "friction fit" or possibly denture adhesive to help retain it. It addresses any concerns with aesthetics and does not attach to existing teeth. This is also a great option for a patient whose existing teeth may be compromised and cannot withstand the load of a traditional partial with clasps. An acrylic partial is also the most economically priced option.

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Snore Appliances

What is a snore appliance?
The Elastic Mandibular Advancement Appliance treats snoring and sleep apnea by holding the mandible forward and re-opening the air flow through the oral pharynx.

How Does Work?
The EMA appliance utilizes upper and lower acrylic splints with inter-changeable elastic straps to open the bite and permit the adjustment of the mandibular position to fit the patient's individual needs.

The Benefits of a Snore Appliance:
- NON-INVASIVE-minimal bulk designed for maximum tongue space
-COMFORTABLE-vaccuformed thin clear acrylic splints and adjustable elastic straps
-ADJUSTABLE-select elastic straps from a variety of lengths and firmness