No Charge Consultations
Every person is unique. Why should your dentures be any different? Caygeon Denture Clinic understands that your smile should express your personality, and return your comfort and confidence. Many options exist to give you a brighter, younger smile and it’s for this reason that a custom consultation is required. This allows us to fully examine your mouth and to tailor your treatment plan to you, with no obligation and no initial consultation fee so you can freely decide what option is best for you. If patients accept the proposed treatment plan and proceed, an examination fee is applied to the total cost of treatment.
Implant retained dentures are a great option for patients who have enough healthy jawbone to house the implants that support the denture. These types of dentures can be made for full or partial dentures in conjunction with your dentist. One of the benefits of implant-retained dentures is that less material is required for the palate, because the device will not attach using suction and instead, holds using the implants in the jawbone.
Immediate dentures are fabricated prior to your natural teeth being extracted. These dentures may be more expensive than traditional dentures because the denturist will be taking measurements and models while your natural teeth are still in your mouth. The first fitting will not be until immediately after your extractions. Many patients prefer this type of denture for the sole purpose of not having any time spent without the appearance of teeth. While waiting for healing to occur there will be tissue conditioners (temporary liners) added to the denture in order to compensate for bone loss and these fittings are at an additional cost, as required. For someone who is healthy it usually takes 4-5 months to permanently reline the denture. For smokers or those with diabetes it will take up to a year, which may require more tissue conditioners/temporary liners. Relines are also an additional cost.
In some cases, patients may decide they want to wait for the full healing period before having their denture inserted, which may take up to 6 months. For patients who smoke or are diabetic, (which slow the healing process) it may take about a year
Full or complete dentures are designed for situations where you are missing all of your natural teeth. These can be for the upper, lower or both and are removable. These may take some time to get used to and may cause sore spots or discomfort while you adjust to the new dentures. It is important that if you experience any issues you continue to check in to have adjustments made to ensure you get premium comfort and use. There are two types of full dentures available; immediate or traditional.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are made to replace some, but not all teeth and to restore your smile’s appearance and function. In some cases a removable partial denture may serve as a temporary placeholder for a missing tooth or teeth to prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting into the open space while waiting for an implant. Different types of partial dentures may be recommended based on which teeth are missing. These include, but are not limited to, cast frame or acrylic materials. Acrylic dentures are most often used as temporary or transitional, but in certain cases may be recommended for a longer period of time. Cast frame or metal dentures will be stronger and more permanent, but will be light and thin because of the types of metals used.
Soft liners can help people who suffer from chronic pain with dentures due to receded, flat gums, or sharp spots. In these patient specific cases, dentures may not sit comfortably and require a soft liner to give relief and comfort. These liners are fabricated using material fitted between the new or existing denture and oral tissue to cushion against shock and stress. Regular appointments are recommended to keep the dentures clean and the fit optimal.
Rebases, Relines, Repairs
Broken, worn or ill-fitting dentures do not always need to be replaced. With an examination, we can often recommend rebases, relines or repairs to prolong the use of your denture. Rebasing can be done if the teeth are still in good condition but the base is worn and requires additional material be added to restore stability. Relines are common and can help improve the fit of your existing denture. Frequently, relines need to be completed several months after an immediate denture insert, once your gum tissue has healed and swelling has decreased. Other cases involving weight loss, bone or tooth loss, aging, disease or illness may cause dentures to loosen or change in fit. By adding additional material to the base, a comfortable and custom fit can be achieved. Most repairs can easily be completed in a day. Some may require more extensive work or materials. Dentures requiring repairs may be chipped, cracked or broken, either from wear and tear or accidents. In some instances we may be unable to repair some damage and will let you know about other options.
Tissue Conditioning Treatments
Tissue conditioning is a treatment done to restore healthy gum tissue so dentures will have a comfortable and stable fit. This is applied to the soft oral tissue as required. There may be multiple appointments required and special oral hygiene instruction during this time.
Recalls and Recares
Regular check ups to monitor your oral health, bone, tissue, and fit of your denture are highly recommended. The state of your mouth is constantly changing and regular recalls and recare appointments will help ensure you maintain a prime denture fit and optimal oral health. These appointments typically will include an intra-oral examination, oral cancer screening, denture examination (with cleaning and polish if required), check up of your smile and bite and a review of hygiene and denture care.
Mouth guards are available at our clinic and made from soft, flexible plastic. These appliances are recommended to protect teeth during activities with an increased risk of trauma to the face and head. When properly fitted, mouth guards will provide maximum protection from falls, head contact, concussion and fracture. A custom mouth guard will also feel less bulky than those available in the store and should not severely affect speaking or breathing, unlike some generic options.