A complete upper or lower dental prosthesis consists of replacing all the teeth in the patient’s dental arch. A complete upper denture is kept in place through the suction created by saliva. To ensure efficient suction, the denture must follow the edges of the upper dental arch, ensuring there is no air between the denture and the patient’s palate. It is “sealed” to the patient’s palate.
A complete lower dental prosthesis is more complicated… Obtaining the required suction is more difficult due to the tongue and food that becomes lodged under the denture. That’s why it’s so important that as many of your lower teeth as possible (or at least some of them) are retained, as they will be used to anchor a partial prosthesis.
An immediate denture is a prosthesis placed in the mouth immediately following the extraction of a tooth or several teeth. Immediate dentures have many advantages.
If the denture becomes too large after a certain amount of time, a relining procedure will be carried out, refilling the space created by your healing gums.
A partial denture replaces one or several teeth on a dental arch. There are three types of partial dentures:
Acrylic dentures — with the pink material used in full dentures;
Titanium dentures — with a metallic base;
Flexite dentures — which don’t contain any metal or acrylic and are biocompatible. These are flexible dentures that are moulded with the heat of the patient’s mouth.
To determine which material should be used, we will carry out a mouth exam.
A dental exam/cleaning is important (where possible) before initiating procedures requiring the manufacture of a partial denture. This enables us to determine whether or not the teeth supporting the partial need to be repaired or extracted, to eliminate tartar around abutment teeth and to ensure the precision of the attachments.
An implant is a piece of titanium — the most body-compatible type of metal — placed on the bones of a dental arch. Implants are fitted exclusively by dentists. Implants are used to attach dental prostheses. After your dentist has fitted the implant, we take care of the dentures. Our part of the work is comprised of attachments that are fixed onto the implant and that can be removed and replaced to facilitate brushing.