How Dentures Are Made

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Dentures are false teeth that are custom-designed to replace missing teeth. Dentures can restore and improve the original appearance of the teeth. They are also fully functional and can do all the things that normal teeth can. Dentures can be either permanent or temporary. If you are wondering how dentures are made, the following sums up the rather complex process and what you should expect during the procedure.

Assessment and impression stage

During the initial assessment, you dentist will examine the remaining teeth, the jaws and the overall state of your dental health. They will explain why you need dentures, and this is an opportune time to talk about your expectations with the new teeth. The dentist can only start forming the denture impressions after all other treatments to make your mouth healthy.

The impression is used to create a three dimensional replica of the shape of your jaws and the position and spacing of remaining teeth. The dentist uses soft dough-like material to create this impression. This impression is sent the laboratory to use as the blue print for making the dentures. Since the impression is the negative of your mouth, the technician has to create a plaster-cast model of the teeth by pouring the plaster cast into the impression from your mouth.

The technician then makes custom trays made to measure in order to create impressions that are more accurate. Therefore, your next dentist appointment will be a repeat of the same procedure in order to create a more accurate impression that can be used to produce a model to make the dentures.

Trial stage

Most technicians have to make more than one denture before finding the right fit. The information collected from the impressions and models is used to construct the dentures. The dentures or false teeth are sent to your dentist for trial. Therefore, your next appointment will involve checking if the dentures have been formed correctly or if they still need some adjustments. If the measurements are correct, you can move on to the next stage

Fitting stage

The final measurements and adjustments are then taken back to the lab to create the finished product. The dentures are polished and finished, ready for fitting in the mouth. The dentist fits the dentures into your mouth and checks for correct positioning. Sometimes you may feel discomfort after a couple of hours of wearing the denture. You can go back to the dentist for trimming.

For more information, contact a business such as Emergency Denture Repairs.


17 March 2015

Dental Care and Seniors: Helping to Maintain Your Smile

As you age, it can become harder to take care of your teeth. Motor challenges can make it hard to floss, while memory issues may make it easy to overlook brushing. Whether you are a senior looking for solutions to some of the common dental problems or a senior with specific questions about cavities or oral surgery, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I am going to touch on a range of topics related to seniors and oral health. This is the type of resource I wish my mum would have had access to in her senior years, and I hope you enjoy having access to it during yours. I appreciate you reading my posts.