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Denturism

Groupe dentaire API‘s in Laval team includes an experienced denturist, who has all required training and skills to make several different kinds of dentures.

For top quality dentures, come and visit us at Groupe dentaire API!

What is a denturist?

While a dentist specializes in dentistry, a denturist is a technician whose practice is dedicated to planning, making and taking care of dentures for patients who wish to replace missing teeth.

One of Ariane Lucier-Jobin’s, our denturist at Groupe dentaire API, main concern is to get you to start smiling again. With training and close to 10 years of experience as a denturist, Mrs. Lucier-Jobin grasps better than anyone else the finesse and art that goes into making dentures. Her skills allow her to make dentures that are tailored to the general appearance and the personalityof each of her patients.

If you wish to obtain a beautiful and natural smile, come and meet Ariane Lucier-Jobin. You will feel comfortable around her thanks to her professionalism and responsiveness.

Our denturism services

Our denturist’s many years of experience allows us to offer many different types of dentures to our patients. Here are the main kinds of dentures our clinic offers:

Implant supported dentures

A dental implant is a small titanium rod that is surgically placed into a patient’s jawbone. A dental implant can act as an artificial root onto which a crown is placed. In denturism, implants can also provide remarkable stability for a denture.

Implant supported dentures can perfectly mimic natural teeth and allow patients to preserve optimal chewing capacity thanks to the excellent stability they provide.

A patient with no teeth on one or both dental arches can benefit from the many advantages of a full denture supported by four implants. In some cases, more than four implants are required to stabilize a full denture.

How are implant supported dentures made?

As for all treatments requiring implants, many months are needed to plan and fit implant supported dentures. Here are the main steps :

  • Consultation with a healthcareprofessional : To determine whether you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures, your dentist must take into consideration your overall health as well as your oral health. Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums and bone. This essential step will allow your dentist to determine whether your gums and bone are solid and healthy enough for implants.In some cases a gum grafting or bone grafting might be necessary ;
  • Implant placement : Dental implants are surgically placed within the bone. First the dentist must make a small incision on the gum which they then stitch back up after the implant is placed ;
  • Implant healing : This step is the longest since before continuing with the denture fitting, the implants and surrounding tissues must heal perfectly. During this time, the bone around the implant needs to heal and connect with the implant, this is what we refer to as osseo-integration. This step usually takes between 3 and 6 months ;
  • Custom-made implant supported dentures : Thanks to many different measurements taken by the denturist, the final denture is made. This requires precision since each denture is custom-made to perfectly fit the patient’s mouth ;
  • Denture delivery : The final denture is fitted and sometimes a few minor adjustments are needed.

Implant supported dentures and their many advantages

Implant supported dentures are a sustainable and long term solutionfor replacing teeth. Dental implants can last several decades if you take care of them. As well as being long-lasting, implant supported dentures have many advantages:

  • Their excellent stability makes them very comfortable for patients to wear ;
  • Patients are able to chew properly with a denture that sits well in place and doesn’t move around ;
  • Since implants act as artificial roots, the bone is still stimulated. As a result there is little bone resorption, unlike with regular dentures without implants.

As a result, implant supported dentures are a great choice when replacing several teeth. Ask your oral health care professional if this treatment is right for you!

BPS Prostheses

Biofunctional prosthetic system, BPS, is an interesting alternative to implant supported dentures. Sometimes implant supported dentures are not suited for patients for anatomical or even health reasons.

BPS prostheses are a recently developed type of denture. They are very efficient from both cosmetic and functional standpoints.

BPS prostheses are made to naturally reflect light in the same manner natural teeth do. Precise measurements concerning function and patient’s appearanceare taken into account. BPS prostheses allow patients to chew perfectly, as well as being comfortable to wear. They are also an interesting alternative with a great quality-price ratio.

Fabrication method

Several steps are necessary when designing and fitting a BPS prosthesis:

  • Dental impressions: The denturist takes very precise dental impressions of the patient’s teeth and jaws. These impressions will allow the denturist to design a stable and comfortable denture ;
  • Appearance assessment : The denturist will study the shape of the patient’s face and jaw as well as teeth orientation, etc. ;
  • Prosthesis design : With the dental impressions and other specialized measuring tools, the denturist is then able to design and fabricate a perfectly fitted denture for the patient ;
  • Delivery and follow-up : The patient receives their new denture. A few minor adjustments are necessary to ensure optimal comfort. We recommend a follow-up appointment a few days later.

Precision partial dentures:

Precision partial dentures are recommended when patients are not comfortable wearing their current dentures, sometimes to the point where they have trouble chewing certain foods or even talking.

As when designing any dental prostheses, the denturist must study the teeth and the way the patient’s jaw closes. For a precision partial denture, the denturist must also measure and record the movement of the axis of rotation of the patient’s jaw.

With these measurements, the denture fabricated will follow the same movement of the jaw joints. This creates excellent stability for the denture and increases the patient’s ability to chew. To avoid unsightly metal clasps, the dentures are attached to crowns.

Partial removable dentures

Removable dentures are a cost-effective option for replacing several missing teeth.

Missing teeth have to be replaced otherwise the remaining teeth will drift and unwanted spaces inbetween teeth appear. These spaces allow food debris and plaque to build up. As a result cavities and gum disease may develop.

How is a partial removable denture made?

These kinds of dentures have a metal framework, often made out of titanium, as well as a resin base onto which the teeth are seated. The partial denture is held solidly in place by metal clasps that hook onto natural teeth.

Partial removable dentures must be removed after each meal and thoroughly cleaned. These dentures need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years because they get worn down and don’t fit as well due to bone reabsorption.

To find out more about your many options in denturism, come and meet our denturist, Ariane Lucier-Jobin. She will be delighted to discuss with you the best options for you, no pressure or strings attached!