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Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete Dentures: Complete dentures are made of a plastic base that is colored in order to replicate gum tissue and supports a full set of plastic teeth. The traditional full denture is held in the mouth by forming a seal with the gums. They can also be held in place by attaching to dental implants that are surgically placed in the bone of the jaws.
Partial Dentures: Partial dentures can either be made with a plastic base or a metal framework that supports the number of teeth that need to be replaced. It is held in the mouth by using clasps and rests that are carefully adapted around the natural teeth. The partial denture that uses a metal framework is the traditional design, due to the rigidity and strength of the metal.
There are several steps to fabricating a denture or partial denture to ensure a proper fit:
a. Impression- taken in a stock impression tray
b. Impression- taken in a special tray molded to your mouth
c. Wax Bite-Dentist uses wax to register the relationship between your upper and lower jaw. Shape/size / color of teeth will be chosen @ this visit.
d. Wax Try-In- Dentist will check position of teeth, correct biting position, and general appearance of teeth in a wax stage. If you and the Dentist are satisfied they are correct they will be sent to the lab to process.
e. Insert- Final prosthetic is delivered and adjustments are made
*The prosthetics are sent to a laboratory outside of the dental office. There are several days/weeks between each step making the process for completion of the prosthetic 5-6 weeks. *