Our top priority is to help you get your smile back. In our office we offer a variety of removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all or some of your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Here are some examples of what we offer in our office:
1. Conventional Complete Dentures: This full removable denture is made in four steps and placed in your mouth after remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed.
2. Immediate: This removable denture is inserted on the same day that the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and make models of your jaw during a preliminary visit (in just two steps).
3. Partials: Our partials are made with resin or valplast base (flexible) materials. Partials fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth after they have been prepared by your dentist. Our partials are also made in five steps.
What are the five steps?
Step 1: Your dentist will take an impression of your gums. If you need extractions before creating your denture, your dentist will wait until your gums have healed before taking the impressions.
Step 2: Wax rims are placed in the mouth to establish a proper bite and orientation (occlusion) of the teeth. Patients can then select the size, shape and shade of the teeth for the denture with the help of the dentist. Your dentist will send the impressions as well as the selection for shape, size and shade to a dental lab.
Step 3: Try-ln: This is a critical step in the denture process. The dental lab will send a mockup of your denture including a set of pre-made plastic teeth, set in wax, to make sure you are happy with the general color, look, fit and feel of the denture. If any changes are needed, additional try-in appointments may be necessary. Once the denture is made to your satisfaction, the try-in denture will be sent back to the lab to create the final denture
Step 4: This is the fitting to create the final denture. The lab has now processed the premade teeth into a hard, tissue colored acrylic base. If necessary, your dentist will make adjustments to the fit and the bite.
Step 5: You may need to return to the office if you experience any sore spots or issues within the next few weeks to have the denture adjusted and/or relined.