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There are different types of dentures:

  • Precision Dentures
  • Immediate Dentures
  • Partial Dentures
  • Dentures on Implants

Precision Dentures

Bruce Coffin is fully certified in the Biofunctional Prosthetic System (BPS). BPS is the standard for excellence in removable prosthetics for aesthetics, fit and function. BPS produced dentures enable natural jaw movement and are more compatible with sensitive tissues in your mouth. Sophisticated instrumentation is used, including SR-Ivocap, which is a unique processing system that uses continuous heat and injection pressure to reduce the shrinkage of dentures compared to the conventional method. This results in superior fitting dentures. Face bow transfer is also used to accurately record facial features and jaw movements. Even the actual teeth used are premiumly crafted, wear resistant Ivoclar teeth. They are made to reflect light through several layers to closely mimic natural teeth.

Benefits of the Ivocap Injection System

  • Eliminates distortion, pressure points and bite interferences
  • High impact strength due to density of the material
  • Reduce micro parasites that can harbour odour and infection causing bacteria
  • Teeth bond to the denture base stronger than conventional denture bases
  • Long term colour stability
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Superior fit

Immediate Denture

Immediate or Transitional Dentures are fabricated prior to the extraction of natural teeth. Impressions are taken of the mouth while your natural teeth are still present. The denture is then inserted immediately after the extractions thus avoiding being without teeth while you go through the healing process. During the healing process the bones and tissues of the mouth will undergo shrinkage so adjustments may be required. Nine to ten months after extractions our office recommends having a permanent set of dentures made to ensure that you have comfortable, proper fitting dentures. The transitional denture may then be used as a spare set.

Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures are removable devices designed to replace one or more missing natural teeth. Partial Dentures are essential in preserving the remaining teeth and oral structures by preventing your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the empty spaces. Partial Dentures are also important for functional and aesthetic reasons. Partial dentures can be made of two types of materials -acrylic or cobalt-chrome base. The retention of a partial denture is achieved by using stainless steel clasps around your natural teeth. Acrylic partials are more of a transitional or immediate partial as it does not have the strength or thinness of a cast metal partial.

Dentures on Implants

Implant retained removable dentures have excellent results and is the preferred treatment plan to achieve stabilization and retention of the lower denture. Implant anchors are placed by a dental surgeon into and integrate with your jaw. This integration provides an anchor or "root" for the denture to attach to. There is evidence that suggests dental implants can actually help to preserve the jaw bone. The stability and confidence of a denture on implants is also becoming a more financially viable option. Talk to Bruce to see if you would be a good candidate for implants.

Soft Liners

A permanent soft liner is a layer of soft material that is bonded to the surface of the lower denture that rests next to the oral tissues. It acts as a cushion and shock absorber between the hard plastic of the denture and the soft gums. Soft liners are helpful in situation where the patient has a severely resorbed lower ridge. Soft liners can be added to existing dentures or made on new dentures. Because the soft liner material has a porous texture the liner will require special care and cleaning.

Relines

Relines are preformed to ensure optimal fit of your dentures and are recommended every two to three years. Relines are required when there is changes in the patients bone and tissues. This shrinkage can be a result of gum resorption due to the normal aging process, weight loss or after natural teeth have been extracted. An impression is taken and a new acrylic base is added. In order to reline dentures the bite or occlusion of the teeth must be in good condition. Relines will not change the appearance of your dentures but it will improve the fit.

Rebases

A denture rebase is similar to a reline in that it is a refitting of the denture base. The difference is that a rebase involves replacing the entire denture base material.

Repairs

Do not attempt to repair broken dentures yourself. Most repairs including fractures and lost or broken teeth can be repaired in two hours using the proper methods and materials.