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Dentures and Dental Services

Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental

If you need dentures and dental services, visit Altitude Dental in Coquitlam BC. We spend the necessary time to ensure the best denture fitting results and provide a wide range of oral health services.

What is a Denture?

A denture is a removable appliance designed to replace some or all of the teeth on a jaw. An upper denture refers to a denture that sits on the upper jaw. A lower denture sits on the lower jaw. Dentures are made out of acrylic resin and may be combined with various metals.

There are three main types of dentures:

  • Removable Partial Dentures – which are supported by existing teeth and cover only part of the jaw. The supporting teeth may need to be covered by a crown to provide extra stability and strength.
  • Complete Dentures – need to be used when there are no teeth on a jaw. The lower denture is supported by the surrounding gum tissue and are held in place by facial muscles. The top denture is supported by the jaw bone and through suction from the palate.
  • Implant Supported Dentures - a complete denture that is supported by four or more dental implants.

Do I need a denture?

It is always advisable to replace missing teeth. The loss of a tooth can affect our social lives as well as our health. If you have multiple missing teeth, you smile, talk and eat differently. Missing teeth affects our facial muscles, the thickness of our jaw bone and our jaw joints.

Will one denture last me my entire life?

As we age our mouth changes but a denture does not. Over time, most patients will replace a denture due to bone loss, pain when eating, movement of the denture, loss of additional teeth, breakage of the denture, or aesthetic reasons. In some cases dentures can be adjusted but, if the change in your mouth is too drastic, a new denture is required.

What is the procedure like?

The first step is to make sure that your mouth is healthy and that all additional work, such as crowns, dental implants or extractions have been completed. Then the denture can be fabricated. There are numerous steps and appointments involved when fabricating a denture. A series of impressions of your mouth are taken and sent to our laboratory. Following the impressions, it is necessary to schedule multiple denture fitting appointments until you, Dr. Vaida and the laboratory are satisfied with the construction, and fit, of the denture.

What if I need teeth extracted?

When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone needs a minimum of four months to heal. During this time the shape and size of the bone changes. It is best to either leave the area uncovered for the duration of the healing time or to make a temporary denture that allows room for the healing process. After the healing period, we will start the denture fitting process – taking the time to make sure that you get the fit, the look, and the comfort that you need.

How do I maintain my Denture?

All dentures need to be regularly cleaned and brushed to prevent build-up of plaque caused by food debris. Regular dentures may need a re-line or the use of denture adhesives if they are not fitting well. Implant supported dentures may need special o-rings placed if they feel loose. Partial dentures have clasps that may need to be tightened or adjusted.

Always contact our dental office and book an appointment to see Dr. Vaida if you feel that your dentures are too tight, too loose or need adjustment – we specialize in dentures and dental services such as dental implants, crowns, and teeth extraction - we want to make sure that your dentures are right for you and your mouth.

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