If you are seeking dentures for yourself or for a family member, the dental team at Lifepath Wellness Dental in Chestermere is here to help make the process as easy as possible.
At Lifepath Wellness Dental, we have a certified denturist in office who provides superior solutions for patients with missing teeth. We offer traditional, immediate, partial dentures, as well as denture relines.
The Lifepath Wellness Dental team also works alongside our denturist to create implant supported dentures (this includes the use of titanium implants secured into the jawbone to create denture stability and restore chewing function, similar to that of natural teeth). Our denturist provides efficient, gentle, and quality service. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.
Did You Know?
There are approximately 4 million Canadians wearing dentures. Ordinary dentures leave little room for customization. Men and women, old and young, get basically the same look. The result is a perfect row of identical teeth, which causes many dentures to look false.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth. A denture consists of a plate or frame holding one or more artificial teeth in place. Dentures can take some getting used to, and while they may never feel exactly the same as your original teeth, they can look natural and are now more comfortable than ever. At Lifepath Wellness Dental, we will advise you of all treatment options available based on your unique case.
Conventional Full Denture
Full Dentures are the most common denture appliances made. After the affected teeth are removed, a full denture can be crafted to fit either the upper arch, the lower arch or both. The upper denture has a pink denture base that extends across the roof of the mouth to create suction and help keep the denture in place. The lower denture is u-shaped and is designed to fit snugly along the bottom ridge of the jaw.
The term “false teeth” concerns a lot of people. However, our dentists and denturist (who constructs the denture appliance) take every step to ensure that your dentures look as natural as possible. Innovations in replacement tooth design have come a long way in making the false teeth look incredibly natural. Also, since the loss of teeth may have resulted in the loss of support for your lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, your new full denture will help fill out the shape of your face and instantly improve your smile!
Typical Denture Process
When it comes time to fit your full denture, it will all depend on the type of dentures you have chosen and your specific needs. The following is a basic outline of the denture creation process.
Generally, you can expect the creation and fitting of your dentures to take place over several office visits. While your dentures are being made, there are immediate, temporary denture solutions to ensure that you are not missing teeth during the process. An immediate denture can be used as a temporary measure while your gums and mouth heal.
We will take a series of impressions of your jaw, as well as measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and the space between them.
We will create a waxed up model denture in the exact shape and position of your new proposed dentures. This will allow you to try the models and to make sure they fit right. Additionally, the model dentures will show you the color and shape of your replacement teeth to ensure your satisfaction with the appearance of your new smile.
Once the fit, shape, and color of the dentures have been confirmed, the final dentures will be crafted by our in-house denturist in his lab.
Once the full denture has been crafted, we will make sure it fits properly and we will continue to make any adjustments needed. It’s important to keep in mind that adjustments may be needed from time to time as your mouth adjusts to the new denture. If your mouth gets sore, don’t wait for it to get worse, it is recommended to contact us immediately so that we can check how your mouth is adjusting to the new denture. We are happy to help you and strongly encourage you to come in to see us for a denture adjustment as soon as you can.
Are there any Alternative to Dentures?
Yes, there are alternatives to dentures! Dental implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, thereby eliminating the need for a denture. In the case of a poor fitting full denture, dental implants can also be used to create better support for the denture.
Note that the cost of implant-supported bridges and implant-supported dentures is greater than that for standard dentures, but there is an added benefit in that the implant-supported solutions feel more natural, are stronger and more stable, and will help maintain your jaw bone over time.
Unfortunately, not everyone is a good candidate for an implant-supported bridge or implant-supported denture. If you would like to explore the potential for implant-supported denture solutions, we would be happy to discuss this with you during your denture consultation.
We invite you to book an appointment at Lifepath Wellness Dental today. Our team of dental professionals looks forward to the opportunity to meet all of your denture needs.