If the prospect of losing your natural teeth has chased the smile from your face, there are solutions.
From innovations in traditional dentures to dentures over implants that act almost like “the real thing,” denture technology has changed in recent years, and that’s something to smile about.
“A denture is a prosthetic so it’s never going to feel exactly like your original teeth, but today, they look and feel better than ever,” explains Boris Eroshevski, licensed denturist with Abbotsford Fraser Denture Clinic.
- It’s all about options. Depending on your needs, traditional denture options include partial, upper or lower, or complete sets, carefully crafted by licensed technicians based on detailed measurements. While a secure fit for upper dentures comes from the suction to the roof of the mouth, that’s not possible for lower dentures. One solution is having two implants for the lower jaw, which then secure a traditional denture. The result? Not only a confident smile, but also the chance to enjoy old favourites like corn on the cob.
- Implants for added security. Beyond traditional dentures, dentures over implants offer the most natural-feeling and acting solution, Boris says. Working with a dentist, who will implant a post into the jaw, the denturist creates a natural-looking prosthetic for the top to create a secure “tooth.” While age isn’t a factor for those considering implants, bone loss can be. And though more expensive than traditional dentures, the cost has dropped. Where cost is a concern, options include dentures for the top and implants for the bottom.
- Question period. Unsure which is right for you? Book your complimentary consultation with the denturist to explore your options – ask questions, discuss concerns and leave with the information you need.
- Why opting out of a dental prosthetic is a mistake. With more attention on dental care and prevention, people retain their teeth longer. But if decay has created irreparable problems, delaying treatment can worsen the problem. If missing teeth are not replaced with dentures or implants, collapse of the facial tissue eventually follows. Implants also help further prevent jaw bone loss.
- The beginning, not the end. With dentures or implants in place, your relationship with your denturist is just beginning, including check-ups about every six months, denture re-basing and re-lining about every two years, depending on wear, to ensure a continued good fit. “Your mouth changes over time, but your denture doesn’t. Adjustments help maintain the integrity of your mouth and dentures,” Boris explains. Denture replacement is typically needed every five or six years.
Abbotsford-Fraser Denture Clinic provides a full range of denture services, with exacting standards ensured through ongoing education, experience and their own denture fabrication laboratory.