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Types of Dentures

 

Standard Dentures

Dentures are made with a wide variety of composite materials. The different types of teeth used to make dentures, each provide varying shades, levels of luster, transparency, and hardness. Standard dentures are considered to be the most basic of dentures, and are less precise than either the precision denture or equilibrated denture. Standard dentures use basic tooth shapes, shades, and materials, with fewer measurements taken, and often do not appear as natural as precision dentures. They are designed for patients looking to choose from limited standardized tooth shapes and shades. While standard dentures may be less costly in the short term, the teeth used are slightly softer and wear down at a faster rate than a precision denture or equilibrated teeth, stain more easily, and require more adjustments after completion. Even though standard dentures are made to fit and function acceptably they are made using physiological averages and not as customized as the precision and equilibrated denture options, and as a result, the comfort level for many patients is often poor. The price of a standard denture will often reflect the amount of work and craftsmanship applied to the denture. When comparing prices be sure to know what you are receiving in the product, services, and aftercare. 


Precision Dentures

Precision dentures are high-quality dentures made using materials that are stronger and more wear-resistant than those used for standard dentures. In contrast to being limited to the predetermined tooth shapes and shades of standard dentures, precision dentures offer a wide variety of tooth shapes and shades, as well as higher quality teeth that allow for improved esthetics, comfort, function, and fit. 


Precision dentures are designed to work with your jaw, allowing for more natural motion and fit than standard dentures provide. Additional extensive and precise measurements of your jaw and face not used in the standard denture will be taken to ensure an exact fit. In making a precision denture, the denturist uses a tracing unit to establish the vertical dimension (combined upper and lower distance). When you move your jaw, the centric relationship is traced with this device. The centric relationship is transferred to a semi-adjustable articulator which allows sideways and forward movements of the jaw. Although it’s important for us to ensure the precision dentures have an optimal fit, it’s equally important that they work well with your smile, face shape, skin tone, and eye colour. It is because of the additional effort, measurements, and extra attention to detail we are able to create dentures that suit not only your mouth but facial features as well. Precision dentures look much more natural than standard dentures and are designed to precisely replicate your mouth’s natural shape and smile. 


Precision dentures also tend to be more comfortable and make chewing easier. Since they are made with higher quality materials, they are stronger and don't wear down at the same rate as standard dentures, or stain as easily.

Complete Precision Denture

Complete Precision Denture

Equilibrated Dentures

Equilibrated dentures are the more technically advanced dentures than either standard or precision dentures and involve more precise measurements. They are constructed through the use of specialized training, equipment and techniques to obtain the most accurate and precise jaw record which is unique to each person, using the industry’s highest quality materials and teeth with careful attention to face shape, skin tone, and eye colour. They are constructed using the most advanced materials and made with the most precise advanced construction techniques. Equilibrated dentures are a step up from precision dentures.  


Precision measurements are taken in relation to the patient’s temporal-mandibular joint. A face bow is used to record the location of the axis of rotation of the jaw, and to record the relative location of the jaws to the head. This relationship is then transferred to a fully adjustable precision articulator, on which teeth are set up to more fully reflect the relationship of your teeth to your TMJ (joint in front of your ear). The more accurate the records, the more accurate and stable the denture will be. The upper and lower denture is fabricated to replicate as closely as possible the natural jaw position and to closely simulate your jaw movements when moving, talking or chewing, resulting in optimal stability and comfort. The denture remains in balance regardless of jaw movements and fewer adjustments are required.


All implant-supported dentures are made using equilibrated denture techniques.

Facebow for Equilibrated Denture

Facebow for Equilibrated Denture

Immediate or Surgical Dentures

To avoid the situation of being without teeth when having full or partial mouth extractions, we offer Immediate/Surgical Dentures. In this instance, we take impressions of your mouth while your natural teeth are still in place. From these impressions, we fabricate a denture in the best possible likeness of your natural teeth. Since the denturist is unable to insert the denture prior to having your teeth extracted, certain aesthetic compromises may be necessary. This doesn’t present any significant problems and the results are normally very good. The fabricated denture is then inserted “immediately” following the extraction of your teeth. This method is beneficial in two ways; it avoids the embarrassment of being without any teeth during the healing process, and it acts as a band-aid for the gums to help contain the level of swelling post-surgery. As healing occurs, the oral tissue swelling naturally recedes so denture adjustments may be required. Follow up appointments with our denturist are necessary. To maintain the best fit and comfort while the gums are still healing, a temporary liner called a tissue conditioner may be placed in the denture. During the next few months, bone and gum tissue will continue to shrink to some degree, however, the rate of change decreases with time and everyone heals at their own rate. This is a natural occurrence and is to be expected. After the healing process is complete, approximately 3-6 months after extractions, a new permanent reline will be required to ensure the most comfortable fit possible.  This whole process, from extractions to final reline, takes approximately six months.


It is especially important to follow our post-operative instructions and those of your dentist.


Contact us today to see if an immediate denture is a right option for you.


Removable Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures are designed to replace the empty spaces or gaps between remaining natural teeth with natural-looking artificial teeth that blend in seamlessly with your own. After losing one or more teeth, your remaining natural teeth start moving or “drifting” into the adjacent empty spaces. Partial dentures not only fill these empty spaces between teeth but also prevents other teeth from drifting. 


Partial dentures restore the aesthetics of your mouth.  They improve and restore speech function and the ability to eat. Metal or clear clasps are used to hold a partial denture in position. They secure the denture by clipping on to nearby natural teeth.


Partial dentures can be crafted with metal or plastic frames, or a combination of the two. The type of partial denture best suited for you is dependent on your dental situation. Overall, metal frameworks are the more common choice as they are more hygienic and durable than their acrylic counterparts.


When one or more natural teeth remain, partial dentures are a great, natural-looking option by maintaining the natural shape of your mouth so you can smile with confidence again.

Cast Partial Denture

Cast Partial Denture

Contact Information

Hosack Denture Clinic Ltd.
604 - 6 Street South

Phone: 403-327-7244

Toll Free: 1-877-467-2251

Email: info@hosackdentureclinic.ca

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Hosack Denture Clinic Ltd

604 6 St S

Lethbridge, AB T1J 2E3

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Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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