Proud Award Winners

So proud of winning the Consumers Choice Award 2015 for Best Denture Clinics

We are humbled by the support of the community for voting and choosing the Gillooly Dentures Clinics as their choice for Dentures in London and Area.

We strive to offer the most up to date, high quality Denture and Implant services to our patients, and its nice to see that it is giving everyone a reason to SMILE!016_ConsumerChoicePhotoBooth_HRM 017_ConsumerChoicePhotoBooth_HRM

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Award Winning Denture Clinic

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The Gillooly Denture Clinics are proud to receive the 2015 consumer choice awards Best Denture Clinic in the London and Surrounding area

Jason and Zorka Gillooly would like to acknowledge and thank the London area for all their support and faith that we will provide them with the best possible denture care.

They would also like to thank the hard working staff at the Gillooly Denture Clinics who deserve much of the credit for the great denture products they supply to their patients on a daily basis

The New Wave in Dentures

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What Is It?

An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants.

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

How Does It Work?

There are two types of implant-supported dentures: bar-retained and ball-retained. In both cases, the denture will be made of an acrylic base that will look like gums.Porcelain or acrylic teeth that look like natural teeth are attached to the base. Both types of dentures need at least two implants for support.

  • Bar-retained dentures — A thin metal bar that follows the curve of your jaw is attached to two to five implants that have been placed in your jawbone. Clips or other types of attachments are fitted to the bar, the denture or both. The denture fits over the bar and is securely clipped into place by the attachments.
  • Ball-retained dentures (stud-attachment dentures) — Each implant in the jawbone holds a metal attachment that fits into another attachment on the denture. In most cases, the attachments on the implants are ball-shaped (“male” attachments), and they fit into sockets (“female” attachments) on the denture. In some cases, the denture holds the male attachments and the implants hold the female ones.

The Implant Process

The implants usually are placed in the jawbone at the front of your mouth because there tends to be more bone in the front of the jaw than in the back. This usually is true even if teeth have been missing for some time. Once you lose teeth, you begin to lose bone in the area. Also, the front jaw doesn’t have many nerves or other structures that could interfere with the placement of implants.

The time frame to complete the implant depends on many factors. The shortest time frame is about five months in the lower jaw and seven months in the upper jaw. This includes surgeries and the placement of the denture. However, the process can last a year or more, especially if you need bone grafting or other preliminary procedures.

Two surgeries usually are needed. The first one places the implants in the jawbone under your gums. The second surgery exposes the tops of the implants. The second procedure comes three to six months after the first.

A one-stage procedure is now used sometimes. In this procedure, your dentist can place the implants and the supporting bar in one step. The success rate of this procedure is high.

Initial consultation
Before any work is done, you will visit either a dental specialist called a prosthodontist or a general dentist who has advanced training in the placement and restoration of implants.

During the exam, the dentist will review your medical and dental histories, take X-rays and create impressions of your teeth and gums so that models can be made. In some cases, the dentist may order a computed tomography (CT) scan of your mouth. This shows where your sinuses (located above your upper teeth) and nerves are. It allows the dentist to make sure they will not be affected by the implant placement. A CT scan also may be done to see how much bone is available and to determine the best locations for the implants.

If you are not already wearing a complete denture to replace your missing teeth, your dentist will make you one. You will use this temporary denture until the implant-supported denture is placed. It will take about four visits, spanning several weeks, to complete this denture. By making this temporary denture, your dentist is able to determine the best position for the teeth in the final denture. The temporary denture also can be used as a backup if something happens to the final implant-supported denture. The temporary denture can also be used as the final denture to reduce overall costs. Attachments will need to be added so it can fit securely to the implants.

Once the temporary denture is finished, the surgeon will use a copy of it as a guide to help place the implants in the proper positions. Holes will be drilled in the copy of the denture so that the surgeon can see where the implants should be placed.

Denture Information

Dentures fall into two basic categories, full plate and partial. The partial denture can cover your need for one tooth or several. The full denture plate will replace an entire set of natural teeth.

Full dentures are commonly referred to as standard and Precision dentures. They have the full acrylic base that adheres to the gums and roof of your mouth. Precise fitting is necessary in order to achieve the level of suction your dentures need to ensure a secure fit. Fitting dentures typically take four visits to fit, design and manufacture, but your denture professional will work as long as necessary to make sure you have a comfortable fit.

Partial denture plates are made in much the same way, but are easier to fit since they cover a smaller area. The main difference is that partial dentures depend more on being attached to the teeth with special clips, and are less dependent on suction.

The Cu-Sil denture is a variation on the partial denture set. Cu-Sil dentures look like standards with one exception. They have open spaces to accommodate the few natural teeth that may be left. These dentures have the advantage of offering more stability because the remaining natural teeth help anchor the denture in place. Together with the proper suction, they can be very comfortable dentures to wear.

Immediate dentures, sometimes referred to as temporary dentures, are set into the open gum sockets immediately after the natural tooth has been removed. Immediate dentures give you the advantage of walking out of the dental office with new teeth the same day. However, as the gums begin to heal and swelling goes down, some shifting can take place and your denturist will need to make further adjustments to align the teeth properly.

Which brings us to the highest standard in denture stability, the implant denture. As with dentures in general, they fall into the two basic categories; full set and partial.

Whichever type of denture you and your dentist feel is right for you, advancements in denture technology have brought us the most natural looking and comfortable dentures the world has known to date.

Gillooly Denture Clinics are well versed in these and many other Denture techniques that are available to help you enjoy your active lifestyle with a smile

 

The age of Blogging has arrived

Well….what can I say …..The age of the blog has arrived for the Gillooly Denture Clinics, and I must say it is exciting to know that I will be able to keep all my past present and hopefully future patients up to date with all of the latest technologies available to them.

Keep posted to this blog as I will return as often as time Permits to post lots of information, and some tidbits about the Office also