Category: Denture Info

Dental Imaging Ensures Proper Implant Treatment

There are a lot of complicated steps involved in dental treatments, particularly when those treatments include implants. Though there are clear end goals, the planning process is very important. To help with that preparation process, our CDIC denture specialists use imaging technologies before you are even treated for your dental needs. But what exactly is dental imaging? Dental imaging is a tool that allows your denture specialist to take images of your mouth as part of the planning for your treatment. The imaging is easy and painless to do and provides your denture specialist with a detailed image of your teeth and jaws. The most commonly used type of imaging is x-rays. How is dental imaging used? Proper imaging will give your CDIC denture specialist a more accurate picture of your dental needs. With the x-rays in hand, your dental needs can be matched with the treatments available to improve…

How Dentures May Cause Tongue Irritation and Pain

Wearing dentures should be a comfortable experience that allows you to eat all your favorite foods and forget that you have dentures. Sometimes discomfort or irritation can be caused by your dentures, but there are solutions. Understanding what causes denture discomfort is the first step towards correcting the problem. The lower denture is often the most problematic for denture wearers, because it rests on top of the lower gums with no natural suction to hold it in place. The lower denture can cause pain if it shifts while you are eating or speaking, especially if it comes into contact with the delicate membrane that connects your tongue to your mouth. The floor of the mouth under the tongue is a very sensitive area. By nature this area was not designed to have anything come in contact with it except the tongue, and even the slightest touch can be irritating or…

Why You Should Avoid At-Home Denture Repair

If you have dentures, chances are at some point, they will need to be repaired. Everyday wear will eventually take its toll. If you are considering fixing a denture problem without the help of a denture specialist, you may want to reconsider, and here’s why. Suppose you crack the acrylic or it breaks completely in two. Many people assume it’s all right to use a strong adhesive like superglue to hold it together until they can get to the specialist. After all, it’s just a temporary solution, right? Unfortunately, most commercial glues contain compounds that are toxic if ingested. Not only that, using permanent glue can result in a damaged denture plate, making it very difficult for the denture technician to actually complete the repair. In fact, they may not be able to repair it at all, forcing you to have to invest in another set. This is because any…

When Is a Dental Bridge the Right Solution?

A missing tooth can be uncomfortable; it can make it difficult to chew and eat, and possibly hold you back from smiling. Fortunately, a dental bridge can fill the gap, restore function, and keep your teeth aligned properly, saving you the pain and embarrassment of being toothless. There are different types of dental bridges, and depending on the position in your mouth the bridge is to be placed, its function, cosmetic considerations, and cost, your denturist will help you determine the right type of bridge. When are dental bridges the right solution? A bridge is essentially a three-part frame comprised of two crowns and a false tooth in between. There are three parts because the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap need to be ground down to anchor the bridge. The bridge then covers the prepared teeth (abutment teeth) so that the false tooth sits in the…

What’s the difference between Porcelain and Plastic False Teeth?

Dentures are made with either porcelain or plastic false teeth. These two materials differ in terms of durability, strength, hygiene, and other factors. Here‘s a list of how these two differ from one another: Bone Loss Acceleration  Chewing exerts pressure on your dentures, which is transferred to the bone tissue underneath your gums. Porcelain is a dense material, which makes porcelain dentures heavy. This prevents them from absorbing enough force thus, accelerating bone loss. Plastic, on the other hand, is much lighter, and transfers less pressure to the gums and bone tissue from chewing, clenching, grinding, or tapping teeth. With regard to your oral health, plastic false teeth are better as they don’t accelerate bone loss at the same rate as porcelain teeth. Comfort Compared to acrylic teeth, porcelain is often associated with “clicking sounds” when the denture wearer bites down while chewing. Plastic teeth are not noisy. They are also lighter, which makes it easier…

The Truth about Digital Dentures

Dental CAD/ CAM dates back to the mid-1980’s and has become the standard in the dental industry for treatments such as crown & bridge. Surprisingly, dentures are still made by hand in a process documented by Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made – Dentures”. After seeing this video, one thing is clear; Digital Dentures are inevitable. The benefits of CAD/CAM technology will soon be available in the denture industry which will drastically change the way that dentures are made.  Advances in the dental industry such as intra-oral scanning, CAD design and CAM (milling & 3D printing) will soon be available in the denture industry, the only question is…. When? THE EARLY ADOPTERS – Success?  Some early adopters of this technology have claimed that  “Only AvaDent Digital Dentures takes the time and fuss our of getting your new denture”  and “DENTCA uses new cutting edge CAD/CAM technology to revolutionize denture production. Research has shown our…

Why Implant Dentures Might Be Right For You

Dental care for those who need to replace missing, broken or diseased teeth is constantly evolving. Dentures have been an option for centuries and the traditional denture keeps improving with more natural looking teeth and a more comfortable fit. Reasonable prices and the long history of this approach to improving both dental and over all health makes choosing dentures sensible for many. Much more recently implant dentistry was developed and is becoming a common alternative when natural teeth cannot be saved. Currently one tooth or a mouthful may be replaced using implants. This solution can be costly and involves a several step process that anchors the new teeth into your jaw’s bony structure. Despite this many people are now opting for this solution, which really is almost better than having our own natural teeth. Problems With Traditional Dentures Removable dentures have a lengthy “breaking in” period traceable in most instances…

Seniors Benefit Program

Alberta Seniors Benefit Program Are you a senior living in Alberta? Did you know that last year the Alberta Seniors Program provided $127 million in coverage for dental and optical benefits? Are you eligible to receive coverage? In order to be eligible for seniors’ coverage you must be an eligible senior and apply for the seniors program. Eligibility Eligibility for a benefit is determined by: –  the type of accommodation ( type of residence), –  your marital  status, –  age – 65 years of age or older (the month you apply) –  combined Income (spouse/ partner’s income regardless of their age), –  lived in Alberta for 3 months or more before applying, and –  federal OAS pension, (have lived in Canada for 10 years). General eligibility for benefits is determined by annual income. For July 1, 2014 to July 30, 2015, a senior with an annual income of $26,200 or less…