If one of your patients has lost multiple teeth, you may recommend dentures to restore function to their bite and improve the look of their smile. These dependable dental appliances are custom made to suit each patient’s specific needs. Here’s a quick look at the selection, design, and manufacturing process for a set of dentures.
Types of Dentures
Patients who are missing several teeth will need a partial denture. These are removable sections of false teeth which are used instead of a permanent dental bridge. They can be held in place using a metal or acrylic flame, or they can be fastened to one or more dental implants.
Full dentures, on the other hand, replace an entire arch of teeth. They can be supported by dental implants, or they can adhere to the roof of the mouth using adhesive pastes or suction.
The Denture Manufacturing Process
It takes a patient’s jawbone and gums 8 to 12 weeks to finish adjusting to the absence of each tooth. If this time has already passed, they’re ready to be fitted for a denture. A dentist will take several molds of your mouth and then send them to a dental lab. The lab technicians will build the dentures, using acrylic resins and metal to create a sturdy, comfortable, and realistic set of teeth. Over the course of several weeks, the patient will have multiple fittings to ensure that the denture is comfortable, sits securely in their mouth, and creates a proper bite which will not strain their jaw.
If your practice has dentures to make, refit, or replace, send the work to Aloha Dental Laboratory in Aiea, HI. Serving Honolulu and all of Oahu, this full-service lab provides all kinds of dental appliances and prosthetics, from implants to full dentures, as well as offering same-day repair work on existing pieces. To take advantage of their quick turnaround times and digital capabilities, call (808) 947-2877 or learn more about their services online.