What Are Dentures?

Tooth loss is very common and can happen at any age. Dentures are the fastest and generally the least expensive way to replace missing teeth. They can be made to replace one tooth or whole rows of missing teeth. You can use dentures as a temporary, or permanent means of replacing lost teeth.

Types Of Dentures

There are two types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures replace all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. 

Partial dentures are for people who are only missing some of their teeth. You can also have a fixed partial denture (not removable) replacing some missing teeth. Technically these are not dentures but a permanent fixed bridge.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Most dentures are made out of various types of acrylic resin, which is a type of plastic. There is another type of plastic that is used called Valplast. This is a nylon type of material, which is very flexible.

Some dentures are also partially made of metal, an alloy called chromium cobalt. The main reason for using this material is its strength. Another reason is the denture can be made much thinner than with acrylic and yet have the same or often greater strength properties.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Dentures?

Just about anyone who is missing one to several teeth is a potential candidate for dentures. Whether a denture is the right choice for you will depend on several factors:

    • Your expectations of how well the teeth will work
    • How quickly you need/want the teeth
    • Your short and long term plans regarding your  teeth
    • Your budget

They are perfect for those seeking a fast and effective means of tooth replacement. Some people choose to have a denture for the long term as other options are either too cost-prohibitive or health reasons prevent them from utilizing the other options available. Sometimes people get dentures while they are waiting for a full set of dental implants. Learn more about dental implants vs dentures in our detailed article.

Advantages Of Dentures

    • Quick to make and inexpensive
    • Immediate tooth replacement
    • No surgery required
    • Full use of your mouth and teeth again
    • Aesthetically they can look natural 
    • Dentures fill out your cheeks and avoid a “hollow” appearance 
    • A partial denture will help to prevent this shifting of teeth

How Are Dentures Made?

When you come in for your appointment, we will take an impression of your mouth. That impression serves as the mold for your new set of custom-fitted dentures. In some cases, dentures can be inserted the second visit after taking the initial molds.

Will Dentures Feel Like Regular Teeth?

Dentures may take some getting used to. However, if they are fitted correctly you will quickly adapt to them. You may need to have your dentures adjusted if they do not feel like they fit properly.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

The cost of dentures ranges depending on the type of dentures you need. If you require a full mouth of dentures it will generally be more expensive than partial dentures. Dentures cost anywhere between $900 – $2300 per arch depending on the type of material and denture being made. Most dentures are around $1300-1500 per arch.

How Do Dentures Stay In Place?

Complete dentures have very little to hold them in place. In the case of upper dentures, it is possible to create suction against the gums. The tongue actually works subconsciously to hold dentures in place. Many people need to use a denture adhesive. Partial dentures are much better at staying in place. They are often designed to have some type of retentive element that holds onto the remaining teeth.

What Are Single Tooth Dentures?

These are essentially partial dentures for one tooth. Often these are made of acrylic and may not have any retentive elements other than friction these are called “flippers”.

How Do I Clean My Dentures?

Dentures have to be removed and cleaned every night. You should brush and clean your dentures at least once a day. Any toothpaste will do a good job of cleaning your dentures. They should be placed in liquid when they are not in your mouth.

Disadvantages Of Dentures

    • You cannot chew as efficiently 
    • Limits foods you can eat
    • Dentures don’t always stay in place
    • Dentures do not preserve the jaw bone
    • Not as comfortable as alternatives 
    • Not ideal long term

Ask Your Dentist About Dentures

There are many options for permanent tooth loss. If you are thinking about getting dentures, you can book an appointment to see if they are a good option for you. VCCID has an in house denturist who can meet with patients in house and discuss their denture options. Give us a call today at (604) 434-0248 to learn more.

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Covid Phase II:  Dental offices reopening


We are “OPEN”


UPDATE May 22 2020


Dear patients:


The BC provincial health officer has given dental offices in BC the green light to reopen under “Phase II” regulations.  These regulations are dictated by WorksafeBC, the provicnical licencing body, the ongoing progression or diminishing of viral cases and current understanding of transmission, particularly in the dental office setting. 


The  greatest risk/concern re further spread of this virus is with those that are currently ill or who may have come into contact with someone who has been ill within the past 14 days. In the dental clinic the  concern is the generation of any aerosols that may contain virus particles.


Therefore when booking appointments  we will ask a series of questions to determine your risk. For those at risk of being Covid positive, treatment will be deferred until  the 14 day risk of transmission has passed. If treatment is of an urgent nature, we have  additional safety measures in place to provide emergency care, assuming it will not create a greater health risk. Alternatively referrals to a hospital may be  recommended for anyone with severe health risks who cannot be treated in office.


For those without contact or risk of Covid, we will be able to book your appointments. Upon arrival to the office you are required to complete a COVID screening  and consent form prior to being seen in the clinic area. The clinical staff will also do an assessment to determine if there is any risk. 


Similarly our staff will also be assessed daily to ensure none are ill or have had contact with a potential case of COVID within the previous 14 days.


We are required to modify our scheduling to allow for continued distancing and other measures to minimize potential spread. Therefore we anticipate a slightly longer waiting period for available appointments until this Phase II is complete.


Our primary concern is your overall health, consequently we have incorporated  additional protocols and precautions during this time to ensure the safety of patients as well as staff from this viral infection.  It involves additional barrier protection, modifying how procedures are done to avoid generating aerosols and sterilization protocols to decontaminate any surfaces that may have come in contact with aerosols. 


The good news is that over the past 50+ years the dental industry has learned to manage and control in-office transmission of many viruses, bacteria and outbreaks of  illnesses, and we anticipate these same protocols  will continue to protect yourselves as well as the staff. As we move through Phase II and  see this pandemic lose its “foothold” we expect we will slowly return to a more normal routine and scheduling of appointments. 


Of course your dental health is also paramount and therefore finding appointments for your care is also essential. Rest assured that we will be following up and contacting anyone who has missed appointments and those that are currently booked in the weeks ahead. 




Dr Peter Balogh and all of us at VCCID