Denturists are Denture Specialists - you do not need a referral from another health professional to consult with any denturists in Nanaimo, BC. A denturist can refer you to other health care professionals. At Pacific Denture Centre, we fabricate your prosthetics on premises, ensuring quality control and care.
If your current dentures are five years or older, they may need replacing. Ask us for a complimentary assessment of your current dentures. Quality replacement dentures can improve your health and appearance.
Denturist fees may be covered by various dental plans, a pre-authorization of your private dental insurance can be done before the start of any treatment to see how much your insurance will cover. Coverages will vary between different insurance companies and individual plans. It is important to understand the details of your insurance and understand that the denturist fee guide does not always match the amount that your insurance company has allotted to pay you. You are responsible for any amount that your insurance will not cover.
At Pacific Denture Centre, our fees are congruent with the fee guide set out by the Denturist Association of British Columbia, and we will always provide you with a detailed treatment plan outlining all of your options and associated fees.
Please note that some of the information contained in this page has come directly from the Denturist Association of British Columbia's website which you can view by clicking the icon link below.
Pacific Denture Centre is now certified in the Lower Denture Suction Technique. The advanced procedures and construction of these dentures work in harmony with your muscle and jaw movements to increase your overall function and stability. This technique was created by Dr. Jiro Abe of Japan and is used in conjunction with the BPS Denture System.
Dr. Abe has further enhanced this system by developing a new impression technique to achieve suction on lower dentures. With this new system, up to 80% of assessed denture patients are candidates and are thrilled with the results.
Loose dentures can be remedied with the addition of implant anchors placed by a dental surgeon. Your denturist will fit dentures over implants to provide stability, increased chewing force, reduced tissue irritations, and decreased bone loss.
Implant retained dentures are no longer financially out of reach for the average consumer. Your denturist will help you in understanding the facts and procedures involved in implant dentistry
Implant Retained Dentures; Implant Facts
Denturists are denture specialists and will construct a precision denture just for you, using additional measurements of your face and jaw.
What Is a PDC Signature Precision Denture?
A personalized precision denture is made to suit each person's individual looks and needs using additional measurements of your face and jaw.
Additional measurements assure a more precise function in relation to the movements of your jaw. Your prosthesis is handcrafted to match your age, complexion and facial features.
Considerations such as the shape of your jaw line, lips, eyes, eyeglasses and hair color are noted. The teeth are set to produce a pleasing smile.
At Pacific Denture Centre we have combined years of experience and technology to customize our own in-house PDC signature denture.
Along with our personal creative touches and high quality denture teeth, we incorporate additional procedures such as Final Custom Impressions, an intraoral pin-tracer and a face-bow transfer record to create your new smile!
These procedures are used to capture and transfer your critical and unique measurements to the articulator- the device which is used to closely mimic your jaw movements. Without these additional measurements, your denture will be built using a set system of average values which is used on every person who chooses a standard denture.
The procedures used in fabricating a precision denture allow the denturist to provide you with the best fitting and best functioning denture possible. Standard dentures do not allow us to build the same type of dentures and so your expectations should be adjusted to the type of denture you ultimately choose.
A precision denture provides excellent function, fit, comfort and appearance.
Life Is Too Good to Go Without a Smile!
Comfort and esthetics are the BPS standard. It is very important to seek professional advice before choosing the denture that best suits your lifestyle. State-of-the-art dentures must be able to restore the light reflecting quality of natural teeth as well as be compatible with the sensitive tissues in the mouth. Dentures should be comfortable allowing the wearer to forget it while eating and speaking. Most importantly, the correct denture will restore a carefree smile to your face!
BPS - A System of Expertise and Quality Products
Premium quality dentures instill confidence and provide optimum function while eating, speaking or laughing. With sophisticated instrumentation, all your facial information is recorded to recreate the character of your smile and restore the natural contour of your lips and facial muscles.
Premium Ivoclar denture teeth are used to reflect light through several layers that mimic natural teeth. The quality materials resist wear, chipping and staining.
State -of-the-art equipment is used to form the denture base. The unique IVOCAP SYSTEM compensates for the shrinkage of conventional denture bases. This will ensure a great fit that is more comfortable and will enhance eating and speech.
BPS quality dentures are the standard for esthetics, comfort, fit and function.
IVOCAP Denture Base Advantages
What Is a Standard Denture?
A standard denture is a basic denture made using standard materials with limited basic tooth shapes and shades; Standard denture teeth tend to wear down at a faster rate and need to be replaced more frequently.
Standard dentures will fit comfortably and function satisfactory however, they are constructed using physiological averages and do not take into consideration the anatomical differences between each individual.
What this means for you is possibly more adjustments and a denture that will wear faster. If esthetics are important you may want to explore the different types of denture teeth that are used on a standard denture vs. a precision denture.
Your denturist will provide you with an explanation of all of the differences between a standard and precision denture during your complimentary consultation.
What are immediate dentures and how are they made? What does the process involve?
We can help you understand the events regarding this procedure. Ask your denturist if this procedure is right for you.
When complete extractions of your remaining teeth become unavoidable, an immediate denture is a solution. This process will help you avoid the embarrassment of being without teeth. Your denturist will initiate this procedure before your teeth are extracted.
An impression is made of your existing teeth and gums prior to the extraction surgery and is used as working models for the construction of your new dentures. From your models the denturist is able to copy and construct a denture, duplicating your original teeth with improvements to your appearance, if you so wish.
At your extraction appointment, your immediate dentures are inserted avoiding the embarrassment of having no teeth during your healing period.
What You Should Know About Immediate Dentures
Denturists in most cases have no way of trying the denture(s) in before your extractions are completed. In some cases, esthetic compromises may have to be made in favor of structural integrity or limited space. At Pacific Denture Centre we give you the option of having transitional immediate dentures placed on the day of surgery (depending on the number of teeth being extracted) and then the fabrication of your final dentures four to six months later. This will allow us to create a much more esthetically pleasing and better functioning permanent denture. It will also provide you with an inexpensive spare set of dentures to use as needed if you are having work done on your permanent set.
During the healing period, postoperative instruction from the Surgeon and denturist must be followed carefully. Your gums and bone recede to a much smaller size, because of the tooth sockets closing. Regular check-ups and maintenance to ensure ideal healing are required. Temporary linings or tissue conditioners will be required to ensure a positive fit. This procedure may be repeated a number of times based on your physiological rate of healing. At the completion of the healing period, a permanent reline or a new denture may be constructed to ensure a comfortable and exact fit.
A removable partial denture can replace one or more missing teeth. It is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient. Esthetic appearance and speech is restored along with the ability to eat confidently and efficiently.
Removable Partial Denture Types and Materials
Depending on the teeth remaining in your oral cavity, partial dentures may be completely tooth supported, tissue/tooth supported, and implant/tissue supported.
Partial dentures can be constructed out of a metal and acrylic composition or completely out of acrylic. The design process involved in creating a removable partial (denture) is specific to the patient’s needs. Every effort is made to design a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral structures.
When a partial denture is designed, the denturist acknowledges that chewing places a strain on the remaining teeth during eating. Partial dentures are designed with this in mind so that the chewing forces can be distributed evenly over the entire remaining teeth and soft tissues. Design modifications to your remaining teeth may be required to help equalize these forces.
Metal partials are considered stronger structurally, thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are usually recommended as a transitional or temporary partial. Your denturist will determine the appropriate treatment plan and the appropriate partial for you.
Removable Partial Denture Benefits
Removable partial denture may help preserve the natural tooth placement of your existing teeth. They ensure proper chewing and digestion by thoroughly grinding your food. A properly designed partial denture will assist in support of your existing teeth. A removable partial denture will add enjoyment to your life.
Your denturist can help you understand the circumstances involved in ill-fitting, loose or broken dentures. Not all of these situations will require a new denture. A reline or rebase may resolve your problem. Your denturist, in most circumstances, can offer same day service for most repairs.
Lower Denture Reline Conversion to Lower Suction Denture
The requirement for relining occurs when bone and tissues change due to shrinkage. Possible causes may include:
Existing teeth and acrylic base(s) must be in good condition and not worn or stained to provide a reline procedure. An impression of your oral tissue is taken inside your denture(s) to provide a working model. New acrylic base material is added to your denture to produce a correct fit. The appearance of your dentures will not change.
Denturists in most cases have no way of trying the denture(s). The procedure is similar to relining. The difference being is that, a rebase replaces all the pink-acrylic denture base material. The existing teeth remain in the exact same place. Reasons for rebase procedure:
Restore a fractured or damaged denture close to its original condition. Most denturist can provide denture repair procedures on a same day basis. Your denturist will advise you of the condition of your denture and the necessary steps needed in preventing further breakage.
**It is recommended to change your denture every five years. Even though a denture may feel comfortable it does not mean it is fitting and functioning properly. Denture teeth wear down and get flatter after years of chewing and will prevent you from crushing your food properly. Relining the denture does not solve this problem—only replacing the denture with new sharp teeth will fix the problem. New, sharper teeth will allow you to shear through common problem foods such as lettuce and harder breads.
A consultation helps you find the right denturist and the right denture services to meet your needs and expectations. During a consultation, our denturist can tell you more about the high-quality services and advanced technology we offer. If you decide to become one of our patients, we provide a new patient examination to establish your dental needs and how we can improve your oral health.
After your initial consultation the denturist will recommend a specific treatment plan for you based on your oral condition and your expected outcomes. There will be alternate treatment plans provided if for some reason you cannot proceed with the recommended treatment, such as financial or medical reasons.
The appearance and health of your smile are important for your self-esteem and overall health. We want to help our patients make choices that work for them, and we can present all of your options as part of planning your treatment.
Comprehensive New Patient Exam
As a new patient, you receive a comprehensive exam so we can establish your current oral health, dental needs and cosmetic dental goals. From this foundation, we can provide the dentistry that will be the most effective for you.
Your exam will be one-on-one with the denturist and will include:
This exam gives the denturist a complete picture of your dental and overall health. The exam lets the denturist better understand your oral health status, and what treatments may or may not be effective for you. We believe in providing individualized care, and we base all aspects of your treatment on your personal goals and your health.
Your dentures are an investment and require care and attention. Your denturist will help maintain your denture(s) and oral tissues so they stay at their optimum performance. The fit and function of your dentures and oral tissues are an integral part of your well-being. An annual examination by your denturist will ensure peace of mind.
Exams, Care and Maintenance
Medical and Dental History
Updating your medical and dental history is a significant segment of your patient files. Changes in your medical and or dental health may affect the fit and function of your dentures.
Annual examinations can assist in detecting oral abnormalities.
Tissue and Bone
Changes in tissue and bone can occur for a number of reasons. Ill-fitting dentures may cause further bone and tissue changes. Your denturist can assess and recommend solutions for you to consider.
Fit and Feel of Your Dentures
Poor fitting dentures can lead to bite problems, speech impediments and tissue irritations. Leaving this condition unchecked can lead to complicated situations in the future.
Checking Your Dentures for Structural Integrity
Your denturist can assess your dentures for cracks, chips, and broken or loose teeth. The denturist will advise you regarding a course of action to remedy the situation.
Care and maintenance entails:
At Pacific Denture Centre we take a team approach to your treatment and can provide you with a referral to any necessary dental professional to aid in the completion of your treatment.
We work with many of the dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and prosthodontists in the area and will provide you with a referral based upon your specific needs.
We want you to have full access to all treatment options available and encourage you to explore your options for the betterment of your overall health and happiness!