Dentists and denturists are two healthcare professionals with different, but complementary training and skills.
Dentists diagnose problems with—and care for—natural teeth. They take x-rays and do any cavity fillings, tooth extractions and other treatments necessary. Depending on their specialty, they can perform various dental procedures and surgeries, such as root canals or putting in implants.
Denturists, on the other hand, specialize in making, fitting and adjusting partial, complete and implant-supported dentures. They have expertise in both the functional and cosmetic aspects of your smile.
Your new dentures will only improve and show off your beautiful smile. They'll also give your face and lips better support, making you look years younger. During the cosmetic appointment, you'll be able to try a wax mock-up of your new teeth to assess the results. If there's anything you want to change, just let us know.
Did you know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of possibilities? Each supplier offers 20 to 40 different models and sizes, in a wide variety of colours (16 to 20). At RajeuniDent, we work with the best suppliers in Germany, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom to offer dentures that perfectly suit your facial features, skin tone and the colour of your hair and eyes. Cosmetic denturology is an art and we are master artists!
Before we take the second precision impressions, it's important that you get your natural teeth cleaned. It's generally preferable to see the denturist BEFORE the dentist because if any preparatory work is needed, you can have it done at the same time as the cleaning.
Unfortunately, you'll need to get several, if not all of your teeth pulled to get dentures. Your gums will then need three to six months to heal. But don't worry, you won't be on a soup and Jell-O diet during that time! You also won't have to go to work and see friends and family with no teeth in your mouth, mumbling incoherently through sunken lips.
The solution: immediate dentures, made even before you get your teeth extracted. Your denturist will take all the measurements needed, choose the colour of your smile with you and work with your dentist to make sure that everything is ready for the extractions. Your temporary dentures will let you continue eating a balanced diet. It will also prevent your jaw muscles from sagging, support your facial features and favour uniform gum healing thanks to the use of a tissue conditioner.
Not at all! The older you are, the more important it is to eat well and be able to chew with sturdy, well-adjusted teeth so that you remain in good health.
In most cases, a tooth can be added to an existing pair of dentures. We will need to see you before the extraction to get an impression of your current dentures, which will let us prepare to add the tooth. Right after the extraction, come to the clinic for an immediate fitting of your dentures, unless your dentist recommends that you wait. Adding a tooth will cost less than new dentures and will be just as comfortable! Remember that you will need a later readjustment once your gum heals.
The Ordre des denturologistes du Québec recommends an annual checkup. However, if you have well-adjusted, quality dentures, you can often wait two years. Note that changes due to significant weight loss or the use of certain medications can require an adjustment. Regular visits will allow your denturist to check the condition of your mouth, changes to your gums (resorption) and the condition of your dentures. They will be able to assess how long the dentures are still good for and the eventual need to rebase and/or reline them. They will also seize the opportunity to clean and polish your dentures to restore their luster. Just an hour of your time every year or two will keep you smiling your brightest!
Dental plaque is an invisible bacterial film that gradually forms not only on natural teeth but also on dentures. Plaque calcifies (hardens) and can adversely affect your oral health. It is therefore recommended that you clean your dentures after every meal. Here are a few tips for the daily maintenance of your partial, complete or implant-supported dentures:
While they may look the same, artificial teeth are quite different from natural teeth. Unfortunately, many people don't use the right products to clean their dentures. An acrylic surface that is scratched, even microscopically, by a too-harsh abrasive will retain saliva more easily, causing food stains. We recommend using a very soft-bristled toothbrush and a mild soap, cleansing foam or gel toothpaste.
Yes, we strongly recommend removing your dentures overnight to give your gums a break. Clean your dentures and place them in a container filled with pure water or a soaking solution. Also gently brush your tongue and gums with a very soft-bristled brush to stimulate blood circulation and maintain good oral health.
Many people use the word “denturologue” when they mean denturist. The terms denturologue is inaccurate since etymologically, denturologues study denturology while denturists practice denturology.
It depends on your insurance company and the type of policy you hold. Coverage may vary. During your first no-charge consultation, Francine can fill out a form with all the codes for the suggested treatment. Your insurance will then be able to give you an estimate of the amount they will reimburse or cover. Note that any amount not covered by your insurance is tax deductible.
We understand! With family and work obligations and the fast pace of life today, people have less and less time to spare. This is why we're happy to offer early morning and evening appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
It all depends on the complexity of your case and on your availability. Don't forget that meticulous laboratory work needs to be carried out between each appointment. Of course, during your initial fitting appointment, we refuse to cut corners or compromise the quality of our work. That said, given that we have our own laboratory onsite, we can schedule your five appointments within approximately eight days if necessary.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call us at: (819) 777-1986
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68 Boulevard Montclair,
Gatineau, QC J8Y 2E7
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Thuesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Appointments available from 8:00 a.m. and in the evening on Tuesdays and Thursdays.