Faced with the prospect of losing some of their own teeth, dental patients’ often worry how their life – and looks – will be affected. Typically that fear is fuelled by long-outdated notions of what dentures will look like.
The reality couldn’t be farther from the truth, says Jasmine Cherry, registered denturist and owner of Parksville Denture Clinic.
“It’s come such a long way – it’s unbelievable. Today, people walk out of our office and no one even knows they have dentures.”
It’s starts with the relationship
Start by choosing a denturist who is knowledgeable, experienced and certified, but also someone you’re comfortable with, advises Cherry, executive member of the Denturist Association of BC.
“When you’re working with a denturist, it’s very intimate and if you don’t have that trust and comfort, it’s just not going to work.”
Not only do today’s dentures look like natural teeth, but more and more, they also feel like natural teeth, says Cherry, the central Island’s only certified lower suction denturist.
Significant advancements in lower dentures mean qualified denturists can now achieve a level of comfort and security so patients don’t have to worry about dentures slipping or moving. And yes, a crunchy apple or corn on the cob are rediscovered pleasures!
Beyond traditional dentures, implant technology is another innovation that has revolutionized the industry for many.
Essentially, Cherry and her team create a natural-looking denture, which is attached to a post that a dental surgeon inserts into the jawbone. While a more expensive option, “these can be great for people who have enough healthy bone. It’s the closest you’re going to get to having your own teeth back.”
Creating your perfect smile
Once the course of treatment has been decided, Cherry and her team work with the patient’s dentist as required and begin creating the dentures, considering things like the patient’s facial structure, and matching the colour, size and shape of existing teeth. Each patient is unique and so each set of dentures is also unique, she says, encouraging patients to also bring a spouse, trusted friend or sibling with them for another opinion on the look of the teeth.
“Our patients know when they look at their teeth if they like what they see, and they know we guarantee and stand behind our work,” Cherry says. “We’re here to help and to make sure their dentures continue to look and work their best for years to come.”