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Dentures

Missing teeth are problematic for a number of reasons - even though patients sometimes neglect treatment and overlook the need for a resolution. The truth is, missing teeth are more than just an aesthetic annoyance. From a purely physical standpoint, a missing tooth allows the adjacent teeth to shift unnaturally. As well, the empty space increases the potential for decay. And finally, missing teeth can set the stage for periodontal disease. Once diagnosed, an effective treatment for missing teeth is the installation of dentures. They are very effective and aesthetically pleasing. 

Dentures are simply “artificial teeth” that are custom-designed to fill the spaces where teeth are missing. They are typically made from material like porcelain and acrylic resin, and are fabricated to match natural teeth. Depending on the patient, and the overall condition of the teeth, dentures can fill the empty space of one tooth, several teeth, or many teeth. Once completed, dentures are effective in improving biting and chewing, in supporting facial muscles, even normalizing speech. Importantly, dentures provide stability to the jaw, preventing surrounding teeth from shifting.

At the Mackenzie Dental Centre servicing Vaughan, Woodbridge and Maple, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis carefully diagnoses every patient, and advises if dentures are the right approach. Since every patient condition is different, Dr. Pedvis assesses the value of the treatment and the potential outcomes. In some situations, this may entail “partial” dentures, while in other situations it may entail a “full” denture. In either case, the procedure will be fully reviewed with the patient, and considerations made regarding the extent of treatment and the process of healing and recovery. Long term, care and maintenance will be required.

Partial dentures are sometimes referred to as “removable” dentures. These are installed if the surrounding teeth aren’t strong enough to hold a dental bridge, or when many teeth are missing. Partial dentures comprise an artificial tooth (or teeth) held together with clasps that attach onto the adjacent teeth. Partial dentures can be easily removed for proper cleaning during the night.

Complete dentures are commonly referred to as “false teeth.” Also known as “full” dentures, they are used when all of the natural teeth are missing. These types of dentures are fully removable, and are typically held in place by suction. Complete dentures do require some getting used to, but provide excellent long-term results when no other treatment approach will work as effectively.    

Dentures can also be installed in conjunction with implants. Here, the All-On-Four dental implant may be a viable option. In short, four implants are placed in the jaw, and a fixed denture is firmly secured to those four implants. It's a procedure that is less invasive than others, and allows the patient to quickly regain clear speech, restored biting/chewing, and even a brand new smile.

Clearly, dentures are more complex procedures than other dental treatments. In addition, when installation is complete, regular care and maintenance is essential. Like natural teeth, they must be thoroughly cleaned. But dentures need more - any superfluous build up of plaque can cause stains, bad breath, and even gum problems. As it is, a high level of oral maintenance is required.

Post-installation, the Mackenzie dental team will advise on proper upkeep and care of dentures. There are various cleaning implements that are recommended; various cleaning agents; and various cleaning techniques. Needless to say, a regular visit to the dentist is highly recommended – this will ensure that the appliance is fitting properly, and performing “as advertised”.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. Beautiful facility, state of the art equipment, phenomenal dentist Dr. Lloyd Pedvis is indeed!! Beyond knowledgeable and best of all is his calming influence. He has such a down to earth approach, I just find it reassuring and just don't have the anxiety that I've had with past dental work. Just moved into the city and thrilled with our families new dentist and dental clinic!

Josh Katz

Dr. Pedvis and is staff are absolutely wonderful! My family and I are so happy that we have found him. He is absolutely amazing with young children. Both my kids needed work done and he was very gentle and patient. Both of them left his office happy and with great smiles! We are very happy we switched to Dr. Pedvis.

Holly D.

Our Family has gone to Dr. Pedvis for over 25 years in his previous location. You are all so lucky to have him and his team to look after you in Vaughan now. I am a very complicated dental patient due to healthcare issues… I knew I was always safe with Dr. Pedvis!  I will miss your great stories, and trying not to laugh, as you work on my dental issues. Most people do not get to laugh at "The Dentist". Your new office looks awesome! 

Dorothy McMahon

I have been a patient of Dr. Pedvis for 13 yrs now. He is the greatest dentist I've ever had. He's extremely gentle, listens to your concerns and is compassionate. I once emailed the office with a severe toothache when it was closed. Shortly after Dr Pedvis contacted me with my concerns, he called in a prescription for me to get me out of pain. He then took me first thing in the morning and did a root canal. I highly recommend this dental office to anybody looking for a caring dentist. Also the staff is fantastic and they truly care about you as a person.

Kimberly Oppermann

I have seen many dentist prior to Dr. Pedvis, so I believe I have ample reference points to say that Dr. Pedvis is at the top of his field. He keeps up to date with developments in the field, invests in the latest equipment for his office and is able to handle a wide variety of procedures, from simple to complex. He also maintains a equally top level network of professionals to add to his service capabilities if needed.

Christopher Omiecinski

I am pleased to share my experience I had at the office of Dr. Lloyd Pedvis. From the moment I stepped into the office, I was made to feel welcome and comfortable, by the friendly competent staff. I found the office environment very pleasant. Dr. Pedvis is an excellent dentist. He takes the time to explain every procedure, and is attentive that I was comfortable at all times.

Melissa Lombardo

Me and my family have been going to Dr. Pedvis 's dental practice since 1995. He always performs excellent services, and is often available to handle emergencies. First class staff ,as well. Their new location in Vaughan is stunning! Highly recommended.

Cameron A M Muir

Dr Pedvis was so amazing! I can't say enough good things about him. Not only did he get me in quickly for a root canal (replying on a Sunday to my plea for help!) He was so great about addressing my pain, and understanding my irrational fear. His follow up after the root canal was absolutely amazing! I was shocked at his follow through and care for his patients even after the procedure. I would recommend him to anyone in need of dental work.

Nancy B.

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