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Denture Solutions

Complete Dentures

Dentures Made by Michael Thomas

Complete dentures replace all missing teeth on a persons dental arch. They are made of a specially formulated dental acrylic for the base, and composite or acrylic resin for the actual teeth.

Porcelain teeth are not normally used  due to their higher incidence of chipping, and lack of ability to self adjust when the biting distance changes with bone resorption. When the bone shrinks this changes the distance you close and this changes the postion of the teeth to one another when chewing.

Dentures should be checked annually by a dental practioner that is educated and skilled in fitting and fabricating dentures. It is important that the oral tissues and head and neck are thoroughly checked as well. Stony Plain Denture Clinic uses a Velscope to determine irregularities in the health of a person's oral environment.

Dentures should be left out while sleeping at night to allow the tissues to self clean and generate new tissue. Dentures are not meant to be in the mouth all day, so please give your mouth a rest.  Patients can clean their dentures by using most of the denture cleaning products available in the market. Stony Plain Denture and Implant Clinic has Renew and Nu Dent Denture Cleaners in stock. 

   

Implant Retained Dentures

What can a Denturist Provide?

A Denturist in the Province of Alberta can fit and fabricate a removable or screw retained dental prosthesis of more than two units over implants. This would include a screw retained bridge or full dentures over implants. A Denturist will refer to a Dental Surgeon for the placement of the implants and coordinate with the surgeon the proper placement of those implants to correspond with the final prosthesis.

Some procedures are fairly simple, such as dentures over two implants with locators or ball attachments. Other procedures such as implants attached to bars or screw retained are more complex and require the proper training to provide.

Michael Thomas has done numerous implant cases since 1990. He has attended many seminars and courses on dental prosthetics over implants. The most notable was the world renowned Dr. Miisch's prosthetic course in Detroit Michigan.
   

Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Improved oral health, ability to eat, appearance and self-esteem .
  • Increased denture comfort.
  • Denture stability is increased.
  • Help prevent bone loss.
  • Resorption of tissue is reduced.
  • Enhances the beauty of your natural smile and quality of life.

   

Screw Retained Bar with Locator's

A screw retained bar will provide a more even distribution of load over several implants. The locator attachments ( gold coloured) add the retentive component for a denture to fasten to. The denture has nylon caps inside of the base that snap into the locator's. The nylon pieces need to be replaced every 6-12 months.

Dental check-ups and hygiene are paramount in maintaining the integrity of the  bone supporting the implants and surrounding tissue.

 

   

Immediate Dentures

 

Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. The Denturist will take measurements and makes the models of the patient`s jaws during their first visit. Details regarding the appearance such as size, shape, and shade of tooth will also be determined. The Staff at Stony Plain Denture Clinic provide patients with an opportunity to view the wax set up of the teeth prior to the finishing process, in order to discuss whether or not any changes to the set up need to be made.  

The Denturist will provide the patient or dentist the set of dentures and a surgical template prior to the extraction appointment. A surgical template is a clear piece of plastic fabricated from the contoured model of the person’s gums.  If required the template will assist the dental surgeon in modifying the ridges to the desired shape.

When the dentures are placed the patient will be asked to return to the Denturist office to verify the bite. The patient is then instructed to leave the dentures in for the first 24 hrs.  If the patient needs assistance removing the dentures the next day the patient will be seen by the Denturist to help remove the dentures.  Patients are to take their dentures out at night from that point on.  Rinsing is recommended several times a day for 1-2 weeks.  A simple salt water solution is adequate to rinse the mouth out. The patient will have appointments booked weekly for the first month to adjust the dentures. During this time a temporary lining material may be added to the inside of the dentures to enhance the fit as the mouth changes. As the healing takes place, usually changes in the mouth settle enough so that the patient requires 1-2 visits monthly for the first 6 months.

The gums can change roughly 20%-30% in that 6 month period. Following this the dentures may require relining, rebasing, or a conventional denture may be made.

The advantage of having immediate dentures is that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.

   

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