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High River Location: 403-652-1111

(On Macleod Trail across from George Lane Park & Highwood Memorial Centre)

Claresholm Location: 403-625-1700

Our Claresholm location is not currently accepting patients

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All About Dentures – Types & Care

High River Denture Clinic is happy to help you gain a better understanding of your dentures. Whether you want to know about the different types of dentures or you need to know how to properly care for your dentures, we have the resources for you.


Your First Dentures

Caring for Your Dentures

Dentures – Your Way to a Stronger Bite in High River and Claresholm

Immediate Dentures

An immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of natural teeth.



There are several advantages of an immediate denture. The most important factor is that you will never need to appear in public without teeth. It is also easier to duplicate the shape, colour and arrangement of your natural teeth while some are still present in your mouth. When an immediate denture is inserted at the time of extraction, it will act as a Band-Aid to protect the tissues and reduce bleeding. An immediate denture will allow you to establish your speech patterns early. You will not have to learn to speak without a denture in place and then later relearn to speak with a new denture. An immediate denture will also allow you to chew better than without any teeth and minimize facial distortion that may occur when teeth are removed.



The biggest drawback of immediate dentures is the inability of the denturist to construct your dentures using the same procedures normally used. This means that you will not have an opportunity to view the appearance of the dentures before they're inserted into your mouth. You will not be able to ‘try-in’ your new denture to see if you like the look.


The denturist will do his best to make sure the relationship of your jaw is as close to your natural position as possible, and the new teeth are the right size, shape and colour. But remember some guesswork is involved in the fit of the immediate denture as the amount of bone lost during extractions can vary from person to person.


Post-Immediate Dentures

Post-immediate dentures are constructed after your teeth are extracted and your gums feel comfortable enough to take impressions. This time period can be as early as one week and take no more than two weeks to complete.


Post-immediate dentures allow the denturist to fabricate your new dentures with the same measurements and techniques normally used in denture construction and design.


The biggest advantage of post-immediate dentures is the ability to try your new dentures in your mouth before completion. The degree of satisfaction with this method is increased twofold, especially if you are looking for a functional and aesthetically pleasing change.


The decision you make regarding immediate or post-immediate dentures will be determined by your unique situation with the help of the Denturist. It is important to note that the longer you wait before the first impressions are taken the better the outcome of your new dentures.

Dentures are Made with High-Quality Acrylic and Need to be Maintained

Caring for your dentures

In time, your dentures will lose their smooth, shiny finish due to scrubbing them with a denture brush or by the very nature of the foods we eat. Once this smooth surface is gone, stains and plaque will be harder to remove. You should return to your Denturist to have your dentures polished approximately every six months.


You will also find that stains and calculus will adhere to the surfaces of the denture generally around the neck of the teeth. Daily cleaning with a soft brush and a professional denture cleaner, such as Denture Brite™ will assist in keeping your dentures clean and comfortable.


Your mouth is an environment that contains many oral structures like glands and ducts. To ensure that you are in good oral health it is necessary to return to your Denturist for an examination every year. The Denturist will examine your denture for wear and fit and complete an oral examination.

As a rule of thumb, you should establish the following routine:

  • Have your dentures checked annually

  • Reline your dentures every 2 to 3 years

  • Replace your dentures every 5 to 6 years, depending on the amount of wear on the teeth and the shrinkage of your gums

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Visit our denture clinic in High River Monday through Friday, or Tuesday afternoons in Claresholm.

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High River Location

Gerard A. Mercier, DD, F.C.A.D., Denturist



520 Macleod Trail, Box 5099 Suite 103

High River, AB T1V 1M3


Main: 403-652-1111

Fax: 403-652-2555

Toll-Free: 1-866-652-5111



Monday to Thursday: 

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Claresholm Location

Gerard A. Mercier, DD, F.C.A.D., Denturist



127 - 49 Avenue West

Claresholm, AB T0L 0T0


Main: 403-625-1700



Not currently accepting patients 


Service area

  • High River

  • Claresholm


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