There is now another option for specialized denture solutions in town.
Modern Smiles Denture & Implant Centre, which operates in Grande Prairie, Alta., opened a satellite office on Woodland Drive on Feb. 6.
Denturist Rae-Lynne Robichaud and her business partner Tia Chabot both live in Grande Prairie and will be travelling to Hay River every two weeks to serve patients.
Together they have owned and operated their clinic for two and a half years.
“We like helping people, and we noticed something was missing here,” said Robichaud.
The clinic will be taking on patients who need dentures, partial dentures, relines, implants, retained dentures and denture repairs.
Robichaud said, previously, patients who needed denture care were given the choice of travelling for their care or just waiting until a specialist came through town.
“We received pages and pages of referrals from the dental clinic here,” said Robichaud. “People have been waiting years for their denture care. Some people’s dentures are going on 20 or 30 years, when they’re meant to last five to seven years. I don’t even know how they’re chewing their food, their teeth are down to nothing.”
Robichaud hopes having a clinic in Hay River will help improve the patients’ quality of life.
The business partners got the idea for the satellite clinic when a patient from Hay River visited their Grande Prairie office.
“A patient informed us that there was nothing here,” said Chabot. “We had a lot of people from around the North coming to our office, so we saw the opportunity.”
Robichaud said there are enough patients in the South Slave to keep their office busy part time. Once patients have their dentures, they usually do not need to return to the clinic until the lifespan of the piece has expired. However, with its range of services, the clinic will be busy with repairs and other maintenance.
The clinic is set up with one patient chair, as well as a lab for creating the dentures in-house.
A celebratory open house marked the clinic’s opening on Feb. 6, with patients stopping in to see the new office.
Robichaud and Chabot will be making their office available from Thursday to Saturday every two weeks.