Direct Denture Services offers a full range of customized on-site, as needed denture services for those in nursing homes, retirement homes, hospitals and private residences. We offer everything from consultations to new dentures, relines and repairs of existing dentures, staff education to our partnered facilities and referrals to other dental healthcare professionals and more. Our products are top notch. Our service is friendly and efficient, and you can’t beat the convenience.
If you or someone you care for are having denture issues or just simply want to have the dentures checked, we are here for you. A licensed denturist can visit you right in the comfort of your own home or at the care facility you are at. A consultation can be done to identify any trouble with your dentures and offer possible solutions.
The consultation will include:
Knowing what denture related issues you have and what the available treatment options are, along with the associated costs, are paramount in order to make an informed decision for what is best for you. It is also important to know that often treatment can begin at the consultation appointment should you choose to go ahead with it.
If your dentures are more than 5 years old, are very loose, have worn out denture teeth, and you find that you are having difficulty chewing, speaking, and smiling with confidence, then it may be time to replace them. It has never been so easy to get fitted for new dentures. We come directly to you in the comfort of your own home or care facility.
Complete dentures are made for those who are missing all of their natural teeth on the upper gum, lower gum, or both. Often called ‘full’ dentures, complete dentures are custom made for the patient as each mouth is unique in shape and form. Depending on the circumstances, it usually requires 3-5 appointments from start to finish. Complete dentures stay in place with suction and/or the use of denture adhesives but are designed to be removeable to clean and while sleeping. The typical lifespan of a new set of complete dentures is 5-7 years but could be more or less depending on the situation.
Partial dentures are made for those who are missing some but not all their natural teeth on the upper gum, lower gum, or both. They are custom made for the patient as no two mouths are alike in shape and form. Depending on circumstances, it can take anywhere between 2-5 appointments from start to finish. Most partial dentures have clasps that grab onto the adjacent teeth to help secure them in place but are designed to be removed for cleaning and while sleeping. They are designed to work harmoniously with the patient’s existing natural teeth in appearance and function. The lifespan of a partial denture is typically 5-7 years but can be higher or lower depending on the circumstances. There are generally two types of partial dentures, acrylic and cast (metal frame).
This partial denture is considered as a basic type denture although it will work perfectly fine and well in most circumstances.
This partial denture is considered the better type of partial denture as it has a metal frame incorporated into its structure.
Implant retained dentures are a fantastic advancement in the last several decades in dentistry. Traditionally, dentures (especially complete dentures) rest in place on the patient’s gum and can become dislodged during eating and speaking. To counteract this, dental implants can be placed in the patient’s jaw. This provides a sturdy point of attachment for the denture. The denture is provided with the corresponding fasteners and snaps firmly onto the implants. With this system, the denture stays securely in place and patients find that they have more confidence to chew their food and smile.
When a person is missing some or all of their natural teeth, the bone that used to hold those teeth shrink over time. When teeth are first extracted, the bone heals and shrinks substantially within the first few months. However, even after the healing period, the bone is in a slow state of shrinkage. For denture wearers, this steady change in the gum slowly causes the dentures to become more loose over time. To counteract this process, the dentures can be relined. Essentially, a denture reline is a process whereby the denture is refitted to the gum’s present form. The denturist creates a new surface base on the existing denture so that it fits snugly and evenly on the patient’s gum. To do this, an impression of the patient’s gum is taken and the denture is then brought to our lab to be relined. The reline process typically requires 2 appointments. Denture relines are usually a viable option provided that the change in the gum is not too drastic, that the upper and lower teeth still meet properly and are not significantly worn out. If this is the case, the dentures may need replacing. For most patients, it is recommended to have their dentures relined every 2 years or so. There are two general types of relines: Hard base and soft base.
As well made as a denture could be, they do break from time to time. When this happens, you need a professional service you can count on to fix them properly and in a timely manner. If the denture is repairable, we will travel to you to pick it up, repair it in our lab, and have it returned back to you. It’s that simple. No need for you to travel and no need to panic! We’ll take care of it.
Types of common denture repairs:
If your denture is broken, we are here to help. If it’s repairable, we will get it done so you can keep chewing the foods you love. If it’s not repairable, we can provide you with other options to suit your needs. Give us a call or fill out the form on the page.
Part of the services we offer is education to facility staff in oral health and denture care for their residents. Our goal is to provide staff with the information to effectively help residents maintain optimal oral health and denture lifespan by teaching the following:
We believe that the education component is one of the most overlooked and underutilized tool we have to improve and optimize resident dental/denture health.
The information we provide is through educational materials and seminars. We work with facility schedules to provide the most convenience possible and minimize disruptions to staff routines.
When treating our patients for denture issues, we occasionally need to collaborate with other dental professionals to complete the treatment program. Patients may need fillings, extractions, or cleanings along with our denture service. Those patients can be referred to the appropriate dental professional. Depending on the nature or complication of the treatment required, the referred dental practitioner can usually come on-site to perform the treatment if it’s relatively simple. For more complicated procedures the patient may need to go off-site. We work alongside with a network of experienced dental professionals to be able to provide a greater scope of treatment for our patients when necessary.