At Chrenek Denture Clinic & Implant Centre in Grande Prairie, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about getting yourself, or perhaps a loved one, dentures. Browse through the FAQs below to read the answers to some of the most common questions we get. If you have any other concerns, would like further clarity on any of the things mentioned below, or would just like to talk to a denturist and book a free consultation, feel free to give us a call to get your queries answered.
Do you treat patients of all ages?
We do. While the majority of our patients are over 50, we are proud to treat patients of any age and from all different walks of life and financial situations.
Do you accept direct billing?
Yes, we do accept direct billing, as long as we have a credit card on file that may be used to cover any outstanding amounts that your insurance company may not cover. We accept both Visa and MasterCard, and other methods of payment are by debit card, cash or cheque. See the full list of our partners for direct billing.
Do dental implants hurt?
One of the largest obstacles to receiving necessary treatment for many people is the fear of pain. The reality is that any minor pain associated with dental implant treatment can easily be treated with over-the-counter pain relief medication.
How long does it take to make dentures?
The process usually takes a couple of weeks. First, you will come in for a few appointments where we will take impressions of your mouth and bite records before you get the chance to try out your completed teeth.
I’m from out of town. How many trips will I have to make?
We can provide a quick turnaround to meet your travel needs. We can accommodate up to three appointments in one day to cut down on travel time for you. This can save up to three trips in total.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
What people really want to know is: How long will I be without my teeth? From Day 1, you will have teeth in your mouth and be able to talk, smile and eat naturally. During this time, your bone and the implant will need about six to eight weeks to completely heal. At that point, we can complete your treatment.
In order to meet our commitment to patient safety, we will be practicing social distancing as well as asking for no drop-in visits to our clinic. Please call us at 780-538-1077 as we will accept visits by appointment only. We are also following the guidelines set out by the College of Alberta Denturists to ensure a safe environment for both our clients and staff:
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.
Upon your arrival in the clinic, please use the hand sanitizer provided for you at the front desk.
You will be asked some additional screening questions and to complete a COVID-19 Dental Consent form.
Prior to leaving the office, you will be provided hand sanitizer to once again sanitize your hands.
If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, have travelled internationally in the last 2 weeks, or have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you not book an appointment at this time.
Your dentures play a crucial role in your everyday life and need to be reliable each and every time that you eat, drink, speak, and smile. Daily and annual maintenance will help ensure the security and confidence that you need and expect from your dentures.
Although dentures will not last forever, regular maintenance will help extend their life cycle and prevent unwanted and/or painful effects such as:
Tissue or gum irritation
Joint pain and headaches
As with natural teeth, tartar and stains can build up on your dentures' surface. You should brush your new teeth as you would your original ones, but with a low-abrasion toothpaste such as Oxyfresh™ and using a denture-specific toothbrush. We also suggest that you soak your removable dentures every night and soak them overnight in a special denture cleaner such as Renew™ to keep them clean and odour-free. Be sure to rinse them thoroughly with water before reinserting them.
Once you have your dentures, make sure to follow these basic guidelines:
Replace your dentures every 5 to 7 years.
Reline your dentures every 2 to 3 years.
Visit your denturist annually.