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Going to a Denturist vs other dental professionals?

Your Denturist listens to your needs and personally handles every step in the construction of your denture: from the first impression to the last adjustment. There is no middleman in the fabrication of your new denture – the Denturist has an on-site laboratory to produce your personalized dentures. Your Denturist is the ideal person to instruct you in the daily maintenance of your denture. He/she will advise you how often your denture should be adjusted in order to ensure the comfort, effectiveness and esthetic appearance that you expect. After all, Denturists specialize in dentures and related removable appliances.

Why a Denturist?

Replacing your natural teeth is more than trusting someone with your smile. Your appearance and your entire image are at stake.

Your Denturist is an expert – a specialist in the design, construction, fitting and adjustment of complete and removable partial dentures, as well as overdentures on implants.

The literal meaning of the word Denturist is “one who makes dentures”.

Denturists study the clinical and technical aspects of removable dentures and general health longer than any other oral health care practitioner. The College of Denturists of Ontario acknowledges that Denturists are “Denture Specialists”.

Anyone can consult a Denturist without a referral from another health care professional. Denturists provide the most cost- and time-effective denture treatment. Most Denturists’ laboratory work is performed on the premises by the Denturist who sees you. This ensures quality of care is consistent and personal.

Your Denturist’s expertise and professionalism make him or her the best possible choice to help you derive the maximum benefit from the most advanced denture technology.

Most Denturists’ fees are covered by dental plans, Veterans Affairs, Social Services, NIHB and other private insurance companies. If you have a dental plan, ask your Denturist to assist you in determining what specific services are covered.

If you do not have a regular dentist or need a referral to an oral surgeon, your Denturist will be happy to refer you to the appropriate practitioner.

Some Denturists will make special arrangements for home or hospital visits.

If your dentures are more than five years old, make an appointment to talk with your Denturist. You can improve your appearance, self-confidence and possibly your health with quality replacement dentures.

Who are Denturists?

Denturists have been serving the public in Ontario since 1974, when legislation was enacted to govern and license our services. Denturists are licensed to fabricate, repair and adjust complete dentures, partial dentures and removable implant retained dentures. A complete denture is one which replaces all of the patient’s natural teeth. A partial denture is one which replaces one or more teeth but not all of them. A removable implant retained denture is a denture which is supported by an abutment (made of titanium) which is integrated into the bony tissue.

The literal meaning of the word Denturist is “one who makes dentures”. A Denturist’s practice is devoted to the fabrication and repair of dentures. You can go directly to a Denturist for treatment without a referral from another health care practitioner. Denturists provide the most cost- and time-effective service. Unlike other health care practitioners who provide dentures, most Denturists’ laboratory work is done on the premises and by the Denturist who sees the patient chairside. Denturists are uniquely qualified to provide quality, custom dentures. Denturists are skilled in the clinical and laboratory aspects of making dentures – they perform both jobs and have first-hand experience working with the patient.

Denturists are independent professionals, licensed and trained to provide removable denture prosthetic services directly to the public. Not only do we do the intra oral procedures necessary to make your denture, we fabricate it, too! The immediate transfer of information required to do this precise work flows smoothly from operatory to in-house laboratory, resulting in fewer problems and a happier patient. Denturists are your denture specialists. Remember, you don’t need a referral to see your Denturist!


How often should I need to change my dentures?

Your dentures will not last indefinitely. The denture teeth and base will wear and stain over time. The tissues of the mouth are undergoing continual change so that the dentures will have to be adjusted, relined or remade from time to time. The amount of time will vary and depend upon such factors as individual tolerances, habits and the length of time you have had dentures. The average life of a denture is about five to seven years. Your Denturist is sensitive to your well-being and to the general condition of your dentures. Your Denturist also has the experience and expertise to advise you on the best treatment plan for you and how to proceed.

Tips to keep my dentures nice and clean?

To name a few things that will stain your dentures are coffee, tea, red wine, tomato sauces, curries, medications and even your own saliva, You can help prevent plaque and tartar build-up, food stains, bad breath, mouth infections and redness or irritation to your gums by daily cleaning of you dentures and mouth.

Here’s how – Remove your dentures and brush them right after meals, then rinse them with water. Always use a soft toothbrush and liquid dish or hand soap. NEVER use toothpaste as it is abrasive and will cause scratching of the denture materials. Be sure to use a separate toothbrush and regular toothpaste to clean any natural teeth, tongue and gum surfaces. Overnight, take your dentures out and immerse them in a denture bath filled with denture cleaner or simply mouthwash.And NEVER use bleach to clean or soak your dentures! This can weaken the structure of the dentures and discolour the acrylic surface. Always read the instructions for the denture cleaner you’re using and be sure you have the right type for your dentures.By following these instructions this will help you keep your dentures looking great and performing well.

Why do my new dentures not fit properly at the beginning?

To adjust to your new dentures it will take some time. This is due to the muscles in your face having developed around your previous teeth or dentures and now need time to adapt to something new.

Missing teeth have caused the bone and gums to recede and shrink over time causing the inside of your mouth to slowly, and actually get smaller. Because of the shrinking and receding of bone in order to keep your regular facial appearance with the new dentures your mouth will need to slowly get larger — every set of new dentures comes with the experience you had when wearing dentures for the first time. All dentures will fit differently and therefore require time for the tissues of your mouth to adjust to them. In a very short time we know you will adjust to your new denture and be happy with it from our denture. We are committed to provide the comfort solution with a beautiful smile.

What are immediate dentures?

When numerous natural teeth must be extracted, dentures are prescribed as their replacement.  Immediate dentures are designed and fabricated BEFORE natural teeth are removed. Placement of dentures immediately after extraction helps gums to heal and eliminates the social and emotional inconvenience associated with being “toothless”  for any period of time

What are the differences between Precision and Standard dentures?

The materials that dentures are fabricated with differ widely in quality and composition. Artificial teeth, “dentures” are made in a wide variety of shapes, shades and with varying degrees of hardness.

Our Precision Dentures are made with the highest quality materials available today using supplementary techniques that are not normally included in the making of “standard” dentures. All precision dentures appear more natural and fit more comfortably.

Standard Dentures are fabricated by using “basic” tooth shapes, shades and materials and thus are less expensive. The Standard dentures may wear down faster and will need to be replaced more often than Precision dentures—making them not as economical in the long term. Which ever treatment you decide upon, here at Sham’s Denture Clinic, we are committed to providing our clients with the best possible fit, function and appearance.