The first thing to do is to ask family members or friends who have dentures for a denturist referral. People who are willing to share their personal experience regarding their denture treatment are the best source for a referral. It may be difficult to know what clinic to choose and who to trust with this very important service that will dramatically impact your overall health. It is important to have a relationship with your dental/healthcare provider and feel comfortable enough to discuss your situation and issues.
Nancy Tomkins, denturist and owner of the Nancy Tomkins & Associates Implant and Denture Clinic believes that word of mouth is the best way for individuals to confidently choose a denture clinic.
Nancy and associate Cliff Muzylowsky encourage questions and suggest you prepare a list of several questions that you may have about your specific situation.This is an opportunity to allay fears that you may have. These may be a few of the questions you are pondering.
ARE ALL DENTURES CREATED EQUAL?
No. Dentures are similar to any other item we purchase. There are inexpensive, low quality and expensive high quality dentures, and you really do get what you pay for. It is not only the dental materials used in fabricating the denture that determines the cost and quality. It is the procedures and techniques used to take critical measurements of the mouth, jaw movements and muscles of mastication and facial expression. However, the other half of the equation is often not even discussed with patients – that is the skill set of the laboratory team.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH DENTURE I NEED?
According to Nancy, that’s where you need to rely on the expert advice from your denturist. The focus of a denturist is fitting and fabricating dentures for better oral and overall health,and they will guide you to the best solution. “That is what we do,” says Nancy. “That is all we do. Our education is solely dedicated to fabricating dentures. Understanding the complexities of the mouth and jaw movements is a small part of what we need to know. We are committed to the advancement of dentures and the overall satisfaction of denture wearers.” Denturism has been a licensed profession in Ontario for over 40 years,and is recognized and regulated by the Ministry of Health.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Depending on your specific needs, costs may vary.
The question of cost can be addressed at your consultation to give you a better idea of what to expect. It is possible that your dental insurance may cover some of the costs. Each treatment option will have varying costs associated with it, it is best to obtain a written estimate prior to commencement of treatment.
WILL DENTURES CHANGE THE WAY I LOOK?
It may, but only if you want it to change. You have complete control to choose the colour, shape and size of your new dentures. We will advise you and guide you, but ultimately the choice should be yours.
We welcome family members to have input and also, encourage you to bring in pictures from yesteryear to provide guidance for your new smile. Dentures don’t have to look so obvious,we specialize in natural appearing dentures.
If you are like many other denture wearers you have had a dramatic change to your facial appearance surrounding the lips, creating wrinkles and thinning out of the lips.These lines and thinning of the lips may often be dramatically improved when the dentures are fabricated by special measurements and custom fittings. These advanced techniques are part of the precision technology that our clinic has embraced since 1988 from studying in Europe.
This technology ensures proper chewing and mincing of the food, as chewing is the first step in food digestion. Correctly fitted dentures can also impact your health and weight-loss strategies. Properly fitted dentures allow you to eat foods that are more nutritious for you, rather than the overly processed soft foods that many denture wearers are forced to eat because it is easier to chew.
We are in the business to create a better smile for every patient. Your dazzling smile won’t just come from the way it looks, but the way you feel. Call Teresa for a consultation.