Making a Denture at Kings Dental
(Average time to make complete dentures – 3-5 Days)
- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Initial impressions – 30 mins to 1 hr – Making Molds and creating models
- Bite Block – 30 mins – Recording the correct bite, form, and function
- Wax Try-in – 30 mins – Trying the actual teeth in, but instead of being set in acrylic like the final product, they are set in wax so the teeth can be moved easily, if necessary.
- Delivery of Denture – 30 mins – Denture is inserted and adjusted as needed
If you would like more information on dentures there is a video and descriptions of our different types of dentures below.
There are several types of Dentures that we make: Immediate Dentures, Conventional Dentures, Removable Implant Denture, and a Fixed Hybrid Implant Denture
Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed in your mouth right after your teeth are extracted. The shape of your mouth changes quickly for about a month. As the healing process continues, your gums, which support the denture, will shrink. Changes will continue for around 6 months, so after the 6 month period it will need to be relined. During this time, it is important that you keep your dentist office appointments for adjustments. Following are tips to help you adjust to, and take care of your immediate denture.
Implant Dentures – 2 Types
Removable Implant Denture
(comes in and out at night)
Fixed Implant Denture
(stays in all the time, except dental cleanings)
Implant supported dentures (or simply implant dentures) are a type of full overdenture that is secured in place by dental implants instead of simply resting on the gums as conventional dentures. Implant supported dentures can be used in either the lower or upper jaw, but generally upper jaw dentures need a larger number of denture implants for adequate support.
Advantages over Conventional/Immediate Dentures:
Improved Confidence: Patients with implant dentures can feel more confident in public because they are no longer afraid the embarrassment of a denture that might slip out of place when they eat, talk or laugh.
Improved Comfort: Implant supported dentures are much more comfortable for the patient, basically due to their secure placement that eliminates slipping or moving. The patient’s comfort is also increased by:
- less irritation of gum tissue (pain and canker sores are common problems for patients with conventional dentures)
- not covering the palate allows better, more natural feel of the mouth
- better feel due to the less plastic used
- no need to use denture adhesives
Eat Better: Even with a perfectly fitting removable full denture, the patient has about 20% of the chewing efficiency of a person with natural teeth. The problem becomes worse with aging, because more jawbone is lost and dentures do not fit well, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Implant supported dentures can significantly restore the chewing efficiency over 50% and allow the patient to eat properly and follow a more normal diet without being restricted to soft foods. (very hard or sticky foods should still be avoided)
Taste Better: An implant supported denture does not cover the palate of the mouth. This alone can improve the sensation of taste and let the patient better enjoy his food.
Less Bone Loss: When the natural teeth are lost, the surrounding bone loses its role of supporting them and the body starts to resorb it as useless. The lack of stimulation provided by the teeth roots can lead to massive bone loss in the jaws, seriously affecting facial integrity and appearance. Dentures start to not fit well and have to be replaced or repaired every few years. Denture implants act as the teeth roots continuing to stimulate the bone cells and help the jawbone around them to stop deteriorating. If enough denture implants are used they can help the jawbone structures to remain healthy and intact.
Improved Speech: Patients with conventional dentures have difficulty with speaking clearly. Slurred speech and clicking noises are common problems. Steady implant supported dentures help patients talk easily and relaxed with more clear and natural voice.
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture can be made of acrylic (plastic like material) or a combination of acrylic with metallic framework. The metallic framework is usually made of cast metal. The metal used is a chrome cobalt alloy. These metallic dentures or cast partial dentures are superior to the regular acrylic dentures. We recommend the removable Cast partial dentures which are made of cast metal alloy overlaid with acrylic teeth and take support from the remaining teeth, thereby maintaining the health of the underlying tissues. The cheaper readily available option of full acrylic partial dentures with metal wires/clasp are not considered as permanent dentures as they may cause more damage to the underlying tissues. These dentures are given only as interim dentures for a short period of time.