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Immediate Dentures in Victoria, BC

Immediate Dentures by Westshore Denture Clinic

It cannot be overemphasized how important it is to understand all the ramifications of having all or some of your natural teeth removed and replaced with a denture.  A denture is a prosthetic version of your teeth, not unlike a prosthetic version of your arm or leg with similar deficiencies and restrictions. As a result, it is important to understand that dentures are not an equal replacement of your natural teeth.

What research tells us is that a complete upper denture gives us about 50-60% chewing efficiency when compared to our natural teeth.  A complete lower denture gives us only about 15%. Yes,  15% chewing efficiency when compared to our natural teeth!   It is important to understand the limitations of dentures, especially immediate dentures, because if you don’t,  you can end up with the perceived solution to your dental problem becoming just another aggravating dental problem.

Fixed dental restorations are always superior in function and chewing efficiency when compared to removable dental restorations. As a result, a  denture, which is a removable restoration, is a lot less expensive for this very reason. In order to maximize the function and chewing efficiency of a lower denture it is advisable to keep as many teeth on your lower as you possibly can. If all of your lower teeth must be removed, and you are a candidate, I highly recommend surgically placing least two dental implants to secure your lower denture. Just two dental implants can increase lower denture chewing efficiency from 15% to 50-60% when compared to our natural teeth.

I am providing you with a lot of information regarding your planned transition from your natural teeth to a removable denture restoration. Please read it carefully.  Please ask questions. The better informed you are about dentures the better the chances are that you will be satisfied with your dental experience.

What is an Immediate Denture?

An immediate denture is a denture that is fabricated before your teeth are surgically extracted. An impression is taken of your teeth and gums in their present condition and a model of your teeth and gums is made from this impression. That model is then contoured estimating what the shape and size of your gums will be after your teeth are removed. This is the model that your denture will be made on. Because this model is an estimate or “guess” of what your gums or remaining ridges will be like, your denture will not fit precisely. Even if it did fit precisely to begin with, as your gums heal they will rapidly begin to shrink, and your denture will not  fit precisely. To compensate for the change in the shape of your gums a temporary lining will be placed inside your denture to adapt to the new shape of your gums. This procedure will be repeated throughout the heading period.

The amount of change that will occur depends on the condition of your teeth and gums before extractions, which teeth you are having extracted and the number of teeth that you’re having extracted. This change is not predictable as everyone’s oral situation is unique to them.

It is very important to understand that an immediate denture will not and cannot fit as well as a denture that is made on healed healthy gums.

Because of the guess work involved in the fabrication of your denture and the rapidly changing nature of your gums during healing it is expected that there will be periods when your dentures will fit poorly. This means your dentures can cause mouth sores, will feel loose, may affect your speech and reduce your ability to chew food properly.

Depending on which teeth you are having extracted, a wax try-in of your new denture may not be possible. A wax try-in is  made by setting the denture teeth that will be used to replace your natural teeth in a wax base. This wax try-in can then  be “tried in” your mouth so that you can see what your future smile will look like, and any necessary alterations to the appearance of your smile can be made prior to fabricating your denture. A try-in is also used as a check point during denture construction to confirm that the technical aspects of the denture are correct.  This step is only possible when the denture is made after the gums have healed. In contrast, the appearance of the immediate denture is determined by referencing your present teeth. Changes to the shape, size, colour and position of the teeth can be made but it is not possible to see what the changes will look like. The end result of this limitation with immediate dentures, is that the finished denture may not meet your esthetic expectations.

Depending on the number of teeth to be extracted it may only be possible to determine your bite position using your present teeth. Typically when teeth are to be extracted their condition and position is compromised. This means that your jaw position may have developed a learned or acquired position based on poorly positioned or shaped teeth. This can affect the accuracy of the bite position of the immediate denture. This means the denture may be unbalanced when your back teeth meet causing tipping, displacement, mouth sores and reduced chewing efficiency. This also means that the amount of space between your jaws may be inaccurate. This may require resetting of the denture teeth on one or even both dentures if you have upper and lower dentures, to address and correct this issue.

Depending on the condition of your teeth and gums before extractions the exact healing time of your gums will vary. Extraction sites may heal in anywhere from 2 months to a year. Your exact healing time is not predictable and there is significant differences between individuals. Diet, tobacco products and general health also affect healing time.

Because immediate denture construction is based on estimates, and due to the rapidly changing oral environment, an immediate denture can be a very challenging denture to wear. A great deal of patience and perseverance may be required during the healing period and, as a result, not all individuals are candidates for immediate dentures.

Procedures that can address the deficiencies inherent in an immediate denture during healing are available. However not all of these procedures are included in the original cost of your denture. Proceeding with these procedures before healing is complete may mean repeating these procedures at an additional cost. This also depends on which immediate denture plan you choose.

Denture Options in Victoria, British Columbia

When the restoration of your natural teeth is no longer feasible and a denture is the recommended treatment plan, you have options.

Option 1: Extraction of teeth then waiting until gums have healed before placing the denture.

This option involves having your teeth extracted and waiting an appropriate amount of time for your gums to heal and then proceed with the fabrication of your denture. This is especially recommended when you are planning on having a partial denture with a metal framework involved. Ideally the framework is tried in prior to having the teeth attached to it to confirm fit accuracy. If the framework does not fit at this point it will be remade at no additional charge. If the denture is made without a try-in and the framework does not fit, the denture must be remade, at additional charge.

The advantage to waiting for your mouth to completely heal is that your denture will be certain to fit and function correctly. The disadvantage is you will have to go without teeth while your mouth heals.

Option 2: Extraction of teeth and immediate placement of a denture on unhealed gums.

The immediate denture is made with the intent that the denture will rebased to fit your gums when your gums have completely healed. It is important to know that rebasing only addresses the fit surface of the denture. It does not address deficiencies in the occlusion (bite) or appearance. This can only be achieved by resetting the teeth. Rebasing and resetting the teeth are done at additional charge.  These procedures are not included in the original treatment cost of your immediate denture.

Depending on the amount of change that occurs during healing, a rebase may not be adequate to properly salvage the immediate denture and a new denture may be necessary. Temporary linings of this denture are included in the costs of an immediate denture for a 3 month period. After this period, temporary linings are charged at additional cost.

Option 3: Extraction of teeth, immediate placement of denture on unhealed gums, followed by the construction of another denture when gums have healed.

This option involves the construction of 2 dentures. The immediate denture would be made in the conventional manner. It would include in its original cost all the adjustments and temporary linings necessary to address fit and function, until your mouth is healed. At this time a new denture would be made on your healed healthy gums. This denture would be a precision equilibrated denture that would be guaranteed to fit and function properly. You would have the opportunity to see the denture in your mouth in a wax try-in before it is finished to critique the appearance of your smile and make changes before the dentures are finished.

This option is highly recommended if you are having numerous teeth extracted especially if they are your front teeth or the large molar teeth. A considerable fee reduction is available for this option. This treatment plan must be paid for in advance to receive this cost reduction.  We do not offer any exceptions and the dentures must be paid for when you have an extraction date. Patients with dental insurance should note that the vast majority of dental insurance companies will not cover an immediate denture and a precision equilibrated denture in the same five year cycle. As a result, we typically bill your insurance company for the immediate denture which is the more expensive denture.

For all the above options, there are procedures that may be necessary to address immediate denture deficiencies that are not included in the cost of the original denture treatment plan:

ØChair-side direct hard liner

ØResetting denture teeth to address interocclusal distance (space between your upper and lower teeth) including the immediate denture/s and opposing denture if necessary.

ØResetting of the teeth to address appearance deficiencies, including tooth colour, size, shape and position.

ØEvery effort is made to construct your immediate dentures with as much accuracy as possible. Within the described limitations everything that can be done to maintain function and comfort will be done.  However, it is important to understood that there are significant limitations brought about by the unpredictable nature and limitations of the oral environment after teeth have been extracted.

 

Benefits of Immediate Dentures

While all of the above can read like a cautionary tale, an immediate denture has its definite upside too. First of all, immediate dentures act like a bandage and protecti the extraction sites. The denture also maintains the distance between the upper and lower jaws so that the facial carriage doesn’t collapse during the healing period. Speech can be affected by an immediate denture but generally not to the degree that speech is affected when you must learn how to speak without teeth and then learn to speak again when you get your denture after healing. Of course the major benefit to the immediate denture, the biggest persuader of all, is that you will not have to be seen in public without your smile.

If you have an understanding of the immediate denture limitations and your expectations are reasonable, the likelihood of you having a positive experience in your transition from natural teeth to denture is very high. Without this understanding however, the transition can be quite difficult or even miserable, for some.

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New Dentures in Victoria, BC

Precision Equilibrated Complete and Partial Dentures

NEW DENTURE INSTRUCTIONS

Adjusting to a new denture may take several days, weeks, or in rare cases, months. Adjustment time depends on the severity of changes made to correct the years of bone loss and denture wear. Should you encounter any problems with your new denture, please refer to these instructions.

SPEECH DIFFICULTIES

You may find yourself lisping, whistling, or generally having speech difficulties. In time, as you adapt to the new dentures, your speech will return to normal. You can shorten the adjustment period by reading aloud; repeating the difficult words over and over again until you master them.

NAUSEA AND EXCESSIVE SALIVA

New dentures may cause your mouth to produce excessive saliva that can, in turn, cause nausea. Keep a small (sugarless) candy in your mouth; this will make you swallow more often and help the saliva flow to return to normal amounts. You may gag a bit on the denture(s) at first, however, the only way to alleviate this reaction is to keep the denture in your mouth until the reflex ceases. Sipping water may also help to control gagging.

EATING

Perhaps the biggest challenge you will face with your new dentures is (re) learning how to eat. New eating skills must be developed because the position, size, and shape of your dentures are at least slightly different than your previous denture or natural teeth. Start by eating soft foods, then as you get accustomed to your dentures, return to your usual diet. Stay away from bulky, sticky, or hard foods and cut food into smaller portions. Try to chew on both the left and right sides of the back teeth at the same time to help balance the denture. Only use the front teeth for biting things off, not for chewing.

NIGHT TIME

Dentures can restrict blood flow to the gums due to their form, fit and the pressure of biting. Reduced blood flow is one of the causes in accelerated bone loss. Less bone = less fit!

Taking your dentures out at night

Your gums and natural teeth will remain healthier if you remove your dentures while you are sleeping. Taking your dentures out at night allows your ridges to have a break from the compression of constant denture wearing and improves circulation to your gums. If you have no natural teeth, brush your gums and tongue daily with a very soft toothbrush to keep them clean and healthy. It is best to do this before going to bed in the evening. When your dentures are out of your mouth, make sure to keep them in water.

” |I don’t want to take my dentures out at night!

If you choose to leave your dentures in at night or your dental professional has instructed you to leave them in, then follow this regime
 Remove your dentures at least 2x per day (the best time is when cleaning your dentures). Have a soft bristled toothbrush for brushing your gums and tongue. Brush them gently for 1 minute. This action will bring vital blood to the surface of the tissue, thus removing waste products and bringing nutrients to the cells.

DENTURE ‘TIPS’

Make sure to wear dentures on in matched sets. Upper and lower dentures from different pairs are not interchangeable. If you have a partial denture, place the denture in your mouth using your fingers – do not ‘bite’ them into place. Switching back and forth from the new set to old dentures will hinder proper adaptation and adjustment to the new dentures. Keep one set of old dentures as your ’emergency’ dentures. These can be stored in an airtight container. Before storing, be sure to disinfect the dentures in a solution of bleach (1 tbsp) and water (4 cups) for about 1/2 hour or straight mouthwash for 1/2 hour. Be sure that they are dry before storing.

CLEANING

 Brush your dentures after every meal and soak them at least once a week in a commercial denture cleaner. If you have a partial denture, remove it and brush your natural teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Do not use regular toothpaste on a full or partial denture as it will scratch the finish off the denture and damage it. Use products specifically designed to clean dentures.

 Do not soak your dentures in boiling hot water as it can warp the plastic. Do not soak your dentures in bleach; it is especially harmful to the metal in dentures and to soft liners.
If you get a buildup of a hard mineral-like deposit (it may appear whitish, yeller, or stained brown) that you can’t seem to get off of your dentures, soak them overnight in regular household vinegar. The vinegar is a weak acid that will soften the buildup without harming the denture. In the morning, brush off as much buildup as you can, and, if necessary, repeat several nights in a row until the buildup is gone.

Remember, a denture is a prosthesis just like an artificial limb or eye and cannot be expected to function in the same manner as natural teeth. As we age, our bone ridges continue to shrink so every successive denture has less and less to hold onto.

New dentures take time to settle in, so please be patient and give yourself time to adjust. As your dentures settle, you may find a sore spot or two. Please do not try to adjust your dentures yourself. If you are too uncomfortable, please remove your dentures until you are able to come in for an adjustment. If you have discomfort or questions, please do not hesitate to call the Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114 to book an appointment.

Denturist in Victoria, BC

Precision Denturist Victoria

Precision Dentures in Victoria, BC

If you are on a quest to find the precision dentures Victoria, BC has to offer then we have a few tips for you. First, you will want to find a dentures provider who has a good online rating in Google Business and Better Business Bureau. Next, you might want to look at examples of the precision dentures and evaluate them. Finally, you might want to make sure that the best dentures services are affordable. Westshore Denture Clinic offers dentures to residents of Victoria, BC and has free consultations to answer any questions that you might have. All Canadian insurance plans are accepted.

If you are on the quest for precision dentures in Victoria, BC and you’ve been thinking about new dentures and are looking for a place to have them made, consider a denture clinic that uses the best technology available today.

Westshore Denture Clinic provides their clients with new state-of-the-art Ivocap technology so they can have the most comfortable-fitting and best functioning dentures available. Ivocap is simply a better denture, which is what clients are looking for today. These are not cheap materials, and the cost to produce them is much higher than other options. But, your comfort and chewing function is more important than profits.

Free Denture Consultation

Did you know that you can have a free consultation? Many visitors are surprised when they hear about the range of options that are available to them. It’s usually very exciting when clients hear about the Ivoclar Vivadent Removable Denture system for the first time. This product is brought to you by the company that boasts over a century of expertise as precision denture technologists and is able to provide you great-looking options and personalized choices that really fit a range of lifestyles. Depending on your needs, your dental team will talk with your about the options and help you select the right line for your needs.

Whichever line you choose, you can rest assured that the entire Ivoclar Vivadent tooth system is designed to provide you with a true-to-nature smile that is based on your individual facial characteristics and personality, along with your personal preferences. We think you’re going to love the results! Using the exclusive new tool called the FormSelector, your clinician will determine your esthetic and functional denture needs. Ivoclar Vivadent teeth are made from either extremely durable acrylic resin or ultra-premium Nano hybrid composite, so your dentures will not only look great, they will also function beautifully for many years to come.

Premium Denture Teeth by Ivoclar Vivadent

The advanced layering techniques make Ivoclar Vivadent teeth look amazingly lifelike, replicating the depth and beauty of natural teeth. Clients love that they are made by the same company that crafts the state-of-the-art dental products that are used in TV’s most amazing makeovers.

For immediate dentures, full dentures, repairs and adjustments and more, you’ll find the precision dentures in Victoria, BC are Ivoclar Vivadent. Our Denturist even works with dental surgeons that surgically place dental implants that are a titanium version of your tooth roots. A dental implant can provide you with a stable foundation to retain or support a denture. Implants can preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by your natural tooth root system. This helps maintain the integrity of your bone. Implant retained dentures are more stable and function better than traditional dentures. Research suggests that a functional improvement of 50% or more can be achieved by securing the lower denture with implants or lower suction denture techniques.

For more information on any of the available options, contact Westshore Denture Clinic to learn about the precision dentures in Victoria, BC. You don’t need a referral to call or come in, and you can request a free consultation just by calling 250-478-2114.

Denturist in Victoria, BC

Denturist Victoria BC

Victoria Denturist

Cole Merkley is a professional Denturist in Victoria, BC at Westshore Denture Clinic. With over 30 years of experience in both Canada and Australia, Cole uses use the most modern equipment and materials available to provide patients with high quality precision dentures that offer a perfect fit and require fewer adjustments.

Victoria denturists like Mr. Merkley understands that each person who comes into his denture practice is an individual with unique needs, wants and concerns. As such, he and his team provide patient-centered care in an environment that is welcoming, service-oriented and professional. The Westshore Denture Clinic is able to accommodate many special requests for the convenience of their patients and welcomes out of town patients and those with particular scheduling needs.

As a Denturist Victoria BC service provider, Cole Merkley’s team excels at aesthetic restoration (the art of making a denture look as natural as possible) and strives to give his patients the best possible smile for their unique features and personality. Precision dentures at Westshore Dental Clinic are as individual as the patients that they serve.

If you’ve been looking for Victoria BC denturist services, consider booking a free consultation at Westshore Dental Clinic. Whether you need full dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures, implant over-dentures, or denture repair, The Westshore team are ready to meet with you to determine your treatment.

Implant Over-dentures are a popular choice for patients. Think of dental implants as a titanium version of your tooth roots. A dental implant provides a stable foundation to retain or support a denture. Denturist Cole Merkley in Victoria works with dental surgeons that surgically place the dental implants. Dental implants can also preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by your natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your bone that your denture is supported by.

Implant retained dentures are more stable and function better than traditional dentures. This is especially true with complete lower dentures retained by dental implants. In fact research tells us that a functional improvement by 50% or more can be achieved by securing the lower denture with dental implants. They are a proven restoration option with a long clinical history and an excellent success rate. With an adequate number of dental implants on the upper, the denture palate is not required, providing a more natural feel and allowing you to taste your food better.

When you’re ready to book your free consultation, call the Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114, and a member of the Westshore team will answer your questions for you and set up your appointment. As a new patient, you should know our dentures office accepts all insurance plans from within Canada. A dentist’s referral is not necessary, and walk-ins are welcome.

Consider visiting trusted Denturists in Victoria. Cole Merkley and his team await your call and stand ready to help you improve your smile, with high-quality dentures in their office. Call for an appointment today.

For precision dentures, call denturists in Victoria, BC at Westshore Denture Clinic and schedule a free consultation. Their Ivoclar Vivadent Tooth System is designed to provide you with a true-to-nature smile that is more than just a denture, but a smile that is perfect for you. Cole Merkley offers Victoria denturist services to patients looking for an affordable denturist which out sacrificing quality or value. Call the Victoria BC Denturist clinic today at 250-478-2114 and speak with Kim to book with one of our denturists in Victoria, BC.

Getting a New Denture in Victoria, BC

Westshore Denture Clinic offers a quality denture in the Victoria, BC region. You’ll get precision dentures at Westshore as they offer Ivoclar Vivadent denture teeth which are designed to provide you with a true-to-nature smile based on your individual facial characteristics and personality. Learn more about denture Victoria, BC services at denturecliniclangford.com or call Kim at 250-478-2114 and book a free consultation with one of our dentures specialists. We accept all Canadian insurance plans, have free denture patient parking and offer same day adjustments if you are in need.

Have you been considering dentures recently? If you live in or around the Victoria BC area, The Westshore Denture Clinic can improve your smile and give you a boost of self confidence. The Westshore Denture Clinic uses the most modern equipment and materials available to provide their patients with the highest quality precision dentures that offer a perfect fit and require fewer adjustments. As a professional Denturist, Cole Merkley understands that each person is an individual with unique needs, wants and concerns. As such, he and his team provide patient-centered care in an environment that is welcoming, service-oriented and professional.

The Westshore Denture Clinic is able to accommodate many different special requests and welcomes out of town patients and those with particular scheduling needs. Denturist Cole Merkley has over 30 years of experience as a Denturist and ‘smile stylist’ and would love to give you the smile you look forward to sharing.

There are several types of dentures Victoria, BC servicecs available from The Westshore Denture Clinic. Denturist Merkley encourages each patient to book a free consultation to determine your needs.

Westshore Denture Clinic offers affordable Immediate Dentures, which are dentures that are placed ‘immediately’ on your gums after your teeth have been extracted in the Victoria BC office. The denture is made by taking an impression of your mouth before your teeth are extracted and estimating the shape and size of your gums after extractions. There are really 3 types of options available in this regard.

– Option 1. This option does not involve an immediate denture. After your teeth are extracted, the gums are allowed to heal prior to proceeding with the fabrication of your denture. The advantage to waiting for your mouth to completely heal is that your denture will be certain to fit and function correctly. The disadvantage is you will have to go without teeth while your mouth heals. This may not be an acceptable option for many people.

– Option 2. The immediate denture is made with the intent that the denture will be rebased to fit your gums when your gums have completely healed. It is important to know that rebasing only addresses the fit surface of the denture. It does not address deficiencies in the occlusion (bite) or appearance. Depending on the amount of change that occurs during healing, a rebase may not be adequate to properly salvage the immediate denture and a new denture may be necessary.

– Option 3. This option involves the construction of a denture Victoria, BC for the upper and lower chewing function . The immediate denture would be made in the conventional manner. It would include in its original cost, all the adjustments and temporary linings necessary to address fit and function until your mouth is healed. At this time, a new denture would be made on your healed healthy gums which allows for optimal fit and functionality. This option would be the recommended treatment plan if there are numerous teeth to be removed.

The Westshore Denture Clinic in Victoria BC looks forward to serving all of your denture needs and welcomes your call at 250-478-2114. When you’re ready to book your free consultation, their team is ready to meet with you.

Affordable Denturist Services

Are you looking for the affordable denturist services? Make a call to Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114 for a denturist service without a referral and walk-ins are always welcome. Cole uses denture teeth that are crafted from highly durable acrylic resin or ultra-premium Nano hybrid composite that resist wear, chipping, cracking and staining, so your precision dentures will look great and function beautifully for years to come. Cole Merkley offers affordable denturist services and has 35 years of experience to help craft a specialized and custom denture with chewing function.Call today.

The Westshore Denture Clinic offers free consultations to new patients who are considering dentures in their Victoria office. In the greater Victoria area and beyond, there is no better place to go for high quality dentures that offer a perfect fit and require fewer adjustments. The Westshore Denture Clinic uses the most modern equipment and materials available to provide their patients with the best possible end result- dentures that fit great, look great and function properly.

Westshore’s Denturist Cole Merkley has over 30 years of experience in Canada and Australia and would love to give you a smile that you look forward to sharing. The Westshore Denture Clinic in Victoria can accommodate many special requests and welcomes out of town patients and those with particular scheduling needs.

Whether you need full or partial dentures, The Westshore office in Victoria is able to provide you with what you need:

– Professional Full dentures Victoria are available at Westshore Denture Clinic and are made from a revolutionary injection technology SR Ivocap® that is considered the state-of-the art in dentures Victoria processing. The accuracy of this process results in dentures that will provide the best fit possible for Westshore’s Victoria patients, while also providing optimum function while eating, speaking or laughing. In addition, these natural lifelike dentures recreate the character of your smile and provide highly comfortable, natural and highly functional dentures.

The SR Ivocap® has a number of advantages including:
– Comfort – reduced irritation to the gums
– Strength – extremely dense material reduces the chance of breakage
– Cleanliness – non porous surface greatly lessens odor-causing plaque and bacteria
– Fit – non-irritating and comfortable to wear – no denture adhesive needed
– Health – eat virtually any food
– Aesthetics – natural looking so you can smile, speak and laugh with confidence
– Bio-compatible – will not stain, distort, taste or collect odors or irritating bacteria.

– Affordable Partial Dentures in Victoria. A removable partial denture is made to replace one or more teeth. A partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. Partial dentures can restore your natural appearance and greatly improve your ability to chew and speak clearly. A partial lower denture may not only improve the fit of your upper denture but may be essential in creating the balance and support required for proper denture function.

A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth-and tissue-supported. There are significant differences between these two types of low cost dentures. Some partial denture designs can even utilize implants for support and retention. The position, stability and number of remaining teeth are a few of the factors that are considered. Cole will be happy to fully explain the differences and recommend what’s right and best for you.

The Westshore Denture Clinic is also able to provide precision denture repair, and can restore an existing broken or cracked denture in most cases. Call 250-478-2114 to book your free consultation with Denturist Cole Merkley and his team. You won’t regret the decision to invest in your future smile.

For top rated affordable Victoria dentures, do your homework and pick a precision denturist with the experience to bring you a new smile and proper chewing function. Your dentures are an important part of family gatherings, holidays and everyday simple pleasures of enjoying food. Do your research and find the best dentures Victoria has to offer today.

Denturists in Victoria, BC

If you’re searching for professional denturists in the Victoria, BC location, consider Westshore Denture Clinic. They proudly offer Ivoclar Vivadent denture teeth that provide the most life-like options available today in dentures and are crafted using advanced material that ensure a great look and dependable wear for years to come. Call Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114 for a free consultation for denturists services today. Your false teeth and new smile are only a phone call away. Call our team of denturists today for affordable, denture teeth and great customer service.

If you’ve been searching for experienced Denturists in the Victoria, BC area, consider Denturist Cole Merkley at The Westshore Denture Clinic. His 30 years of experience in both Canada and Australia make him the sensible choice when considering dentures. Cole Merkley would love to give you a smile that you look forward to sharing.

At The Westshore Denture Clinic, Denturist Merkley and his team use the most modern equipment and materials available in Victoria BC to provide their patients with high quality, precision dentures that offer a perfect fit and require fewer adjustments. They understand that you’re an individual with unique needs, wants and concerns. As such, they are committed to providing patient-centered care in a welcoming, service-oriented and professional environment.

Westshore Denture Clinic offers the following for their patients’ convenience:
– Free consultations designed to answer your questions and determine what type of care you are interested in receiving.
– Free follow-up care for 6 months after insertion, to ensure that your dentures are fitting properly and feel great.
– Same day repairs, adjustments, relines, rebases and additions.
– Electronic billing
– Written quotes and treatment plans
– Wheelchair accessibility

If you are thinking about visiting denturists, Westshore Denture Clinic welcomes you to visit their website to learn more about the different types of treatment options that are available to you. The Westshore website is a font of information for patients and for those who are considering dentures. Their FAQ page answers many questions that are commonly asked prior to and after denture insertion.

If you have been considering implant over-dentures, it’s important that you visit a Denturist with experience. Denturist Cole Merkley at the Westshore Denture Clinic in Victoria, BC has the skills and experience with implant over-dentures that patients look for when considering this type of treatment. A dental implant provides a stable foundation to retain or support a denture. Cole Merkley works with dental surgeons that surgically place the dental implants. Dental implants can also preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by your natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your bone that your denture is supported by. Implant retained dentures are more stable and function better.

As an experienced Denturist in Victoria BC, Cole Merkley works closely with his patients through every step of the process. It’s important to him that his patients understand the full range of what is available, so that he can work with them to get the best results- natural looking dentures that are comfortable, fir properly and allow for proper chewing function.

If you’d like to learn more about the high-quality dentures that the Westshore Denture Clinic provides, they welcome you to visit their website at denturecliniclangford.com or call their office at 250-478-2114 if you have any questions. New patients are encouraged to book a free consultation with Denturist Cole Merkley in his Victoria BC office.

You’ll never regret the decision to invest in your smile. High quality dentures from a denturist Victoria BC services provider will improve your smile give you a great boost of self confidence. Call today.

Old Dentures

Old Dentures: How Can Something Be Comfortable AND Cause Serious Problems?

Are you one of those denture wearers that has proudly worn one set of dentures for 10 years or more? Occasionally, we come across patients that tell us that they have worn their dentures for over 30 years and that they have become as comfortable and familiar as their favorite pair of old slippers. While this may sound like great examples of both frugality and a well made, long lasting denture, there are unfortunately, a number of very serious issues that often arise when dentures are not replaced more regularly.

Gum Damage

To begin with, when dentures are worn down over time, changes in bite occur because the back teeth become worn down more quickly than the front teeth. As a result, this causes heavy contact on the front teeth which in turn, traumatizes the bone under the front part of your gums. This trauma causes the gums to shrink which leaves only soft tissue in its place.. When you do get a new denture, your new denture is going to require a great deal more adaptation on your part to wear successfully than it would if you had replaced it within the 5-7 year window that is recommended. Since a denture can only be as stable as what it sits on, and soft tissue is not stable, a new denture placed on soft tissue loses its ability to remain stable. As a result, the new denture’s subsequent movement can create soreness – like a shoe rubbing on a heel. Often the only way to truly remedy this situation is to have the soft tissue surgically removed – a painful process, to be sure. The ability of the ‘old’ denture to feel comfortable even in the midst of all this trauma is due to the fact that the denture has become very loose over the years and a loose denture is a forgiving denture. But while this comfort may seem like a good thing, it is actually causing serious problems that may end up requiring significantly more attention than simply replacing your denture with the 5 – 7 year window recommended.
Compromised Occlusal Vertical Dimension
When denture teeth become worn over time, the relationship between the upper and lower jaw bones (the mandible and maxilla) lose their integrity and the jaw can become too close – or “overclosed”. This may cause the jaw hinge (the condyle) to press against the ear canal which can cause headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and/or vertigo. In some cases, this unhealthy jaw relationship can be impossible to correct completely because the jaw muscles adapt to the overclosed environment. In addition, if there is damage done to the joint itself, surgery may be required.
Digestion and GI Issues
Worn denture teeth also leave you with a much reduced ability to properly chew your food. As a result, food is often swallowed more or less whole which can lead to digestive and gastrointestinal issues. Improperly digested food can also lead to nutritional deficiencies which in turn, can compromise general health and well being.

Premature Aging
Premature aging is another factor that results from an overclosed denture. The facial characteristics we recognize as aging are directly related to an overclosed bite and the facial lining that can occur as a result. If this is caught early enough, new dentures can give you a younger appearance because they can help to correct the facial collapse that occurs when the jaw relationship becomes overclosed.
Bacterial Contamination
Hygiene is the last but certainly NOT the least of the serious issues that can result from wearing an old denture. Even with diligent cleaning, there is simply no way to avoid dentures become filled with bacteria over time. Having a significant source of bacterial contamination in your mouth for years at a time can create or contribute to a variety of health concerns.
So while those old dentures may feel like the comfiest pair of old slippers you’ve ever had, it is really time to trade them in for a new set of Oxfords every 5-7 years. While the Oxfords may not feel as comfortable right off the bat as your old dentures, you can be assured that you are warding off a whole host of serious, expensive and sometimes painful issues that can result when you hang on to your old dentures a few years too long.

Victoria Denturists

Are you searching for Victoria denturists? If you want affordable dentures but don’t want a cheap looking denture, contact Westshore Denture Clinic at 250-478-2114. Their customers simply love the Ivoclar Vivadent Tooth System that crafts natural budget dentures that are individual for each client. Walk-ins are always welcome. Our denturists clinic is conveniently located in Anthony’s Professional Center and offers free parking, flexible scheduling and free consultations. Call our Victoria Denturists today to find out about low cost dentures today.

Finding affordable Victoria denturists doesn’t mean you’re willing to compromise on quality, it just means you want the most for your money when it comes to your new dentures. Westshore Denture Clinic understands their clients are looking for an affordable product on the market. That’s why they provide the most technologically advanced dentures available today at great prices.
 
Sometimes clients come in to Westshore Denture Clinic who are looking for a product that will replace one or two missing teeth, in which case a partial denture would be a great option. A partial denture may prevent natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of one or more teeth. Partials come with some great benefits, among them the ability to greatly improve the ability to chew, speak clearly and smile with the confidence that was once there. 
 
Clients looking for the best Victoria denturists will find many to choose from with pricing varying from affordable dentures to expensive dentures. With regard to a partial denture, they may be tooth supported or tooth and tissue supported, these being two completely different options. Some partials can even utilize implants for the support and retention of the replacement tooth or teeth. The position, stability and number of remaining teeth must be considered when you come in for a consultation.
 
Many clients come in to Westshore looking for low cost full dentures. There are 3 options available that your denturist will discuss with you. 
 
Option 1. This option does not involve immediate dentures. After your teeth are extracted the gums are given time to heal before the fabrication process of your dentures takes place. This offers the advantage of a certain fit and function. The disadvantage is that you’ll have to go without teeth while your mouth heals. Depending on your lifestyle or mode of employment, this may not be a viable option for some.
 
Option 2. Immediate dentures are made with the intent that the denture will be rebased to fit your gums once they have completely healed. Depending on the amount of change that occurs during the healing process, a rebase may not be adequate to properly salvage the budget immediate denture and a new denture may need to be crafted. 
 
Option 3. With this option, 2 dentures are crafted. The immediate denture will be made in the conventional manner and include in it its original cost, all of the adjustments and temporary linings needed to address fit and function until your mouth has healed. After healing, a new denture will be made on your healed gums which will allow for optimal fit and function.
 
If you’re searching for Victoria denturists, stop in to Westshore Denture Clinic to talk to their staff about a new set of economical dentures to meet your needs. There are many options available so you can get a great fit and function at a terrific price. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 250-478-2114 and speak with Kim Merkley. Consultations are always free and you don’t have to sacrifice quality to get a great deal on low cost dentures.

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