Ex­plor­ing your den­ture op­tions

West Hamil­ton Den­ture Clinic

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17 Par­adise Road South 905-522-7133 west­hamil­ton­den­tures.com

Here at West Hamil­ton Den­ture Clinic we know that ev­ery mouth is dif­fer­ent and be­cause of that, we in­sist on sit­ting down with you to dis­cuss your wants and needs for your den­tures be­fore mak­ing any prom­ises. But there is one thing we do know – plas­tic den­tures are much more ver­sa­tile and easy to wear, com­pared to porce­lain.

If you take two sets of den­tures, each made of one of the two ma­te­ri­als, you will see a dif­fer­ence in terms of dura­bil­ity, strength and hy­giene re­quire­ments, just to name a few.

Reg­is­tered Den­tur­ist Lou Pre­sutti DD is an ad­vo­cate for cus­tom­ized den­tures and points out the ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween the two ma­te­ri­als:

Plas­tic teeth are light, al­low­ing wear­ers to speak clearly and con­fi­dently with­out worry. When chew­ing with plas­tic teeth they make very lit­tle sound. Porce­lain teeth are of­ten known to cause a click­ing sound when eat­ing or chew­ing, but pro­vide a very nat­u­ral tooth ap­pear­ance.

Porce­lain teeth are made from a strong, durable ma­te­rial, al­low­ing you to en­joy your favourite foods with­out worry. How­ever, they are more prone to cracks and chips, wear­ers must take care when clean­ing. Plas­tic den­tures re­sist chip­ping and frac­tures, al­low­ing them to be eas­ier to han­dle. Both types how­ever, can con­tain tiny pits, much like reg­u­lar teeth, where bac­te­ria can hide. Un­for­tu­nately brush­ing will not re­move all of these bac­te­ria, re­sult­ing in the need to soak both types of den­tures overnight in a den­ture clean­ing so­lu­tion to main­tain a healthy mouth.

Un­like nat­u­ral teeth, porce­lain teeth are re­sis­tant to stain­ing mak­ing it easy to main­tain bril­liant pearly whites, while still en­joy­ing cof­fee, tea, and other prod­ucts that nor­mally cause stain­ing of the teeth.

Did you know that plas­tic den­tures and the den­ture base are made of the same ma­te­rial? This makes bond­ing to the two quite sim­ple. Porce­lain on the other hand does not chem­i­cally bond to acrylic, re­sult­ing in bond­ing is­sues later down the road.

The pres­sure put on your gums and bones from chew­ing can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on bone loss. Porce­lain is known to be a dense ma­te­rial re­sult­ing in heavy den­tures that are un­able to ab­sorb much of the chew­ing force that can re­sult in ac­cel­er­ated bone loss. With plas­tic den­tures be­ing lighter, they re­lay less pres­sure on gums and bone tis­sue re­sult­ing in a slower bone loss ac­cel­er­a­tion rate.

As you can see, both types of den­tures have their pros and cons. Plas­tic teeth how­ever stand out in most cat­e­gories, mak­ing them the go-to choice for most pro­fes­sional den­tur­ists. At the end of the day it is the den­ture wearer’s choice what ma­te­rial their den­tures are made from.

When the time arises to start dis­cussing the need for den­tures, be sure to speak with a Reg­is­tered Den­tur­ist pro­fes­sional, like Lou Pre­sutti DD. Lou Pre­sutti DD urges all of his clients to be fully in­formed be­fore mak­ing this very im­por­tant de­ci­sion. Rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of this de­ci­sion the West Hamil­ton Den­ture Clinic of­fers many pay­ment op­tions to help you achieve your needs.

Ded­i­cated to his patients and pas­sion­ate about his pro­fes­sion, Lou will help you make an in­formed de­ci­sion about your oral fu­ture.

As a proud mem­ber of the Den­tur­ist As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario, the West Hamil­ton Den­ture Clinic is an invit­ing and friendly clinic, where clients are treated with re­spect. Spe­cial­iz­ing in full, par­tial and im­me­di­ate den­tures, den­ture on im­plants; the clinic of­fers a full spec­trum of ser­vices. Lou and his staff are con­tin­u­ously up­grad­ing their tech­niques and equip­ment to en­sure clients re­ceive the best pos­si­ble care.

To book your con­sul­ta­tion or appointment to­day, call 905-5227133, visit www.west­hamil­ton­den­tures.com, or email west­hamil­ton­den­ture­clinic@live.ca, or visit us on face­book.

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