Dentures Overview

 

A denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces some or all of the teeth of a jaw. If a denture substitutes all teeth in the arch, it is called a full removable denture or a complete denture. If some of the natural teeth are still present, than the prosthesis replacing the missing teeth is called a removable partial denture.

Full Removable Dentures Full dentures are still the most common restoration used today for edentulous (no teeth present) patients. The only other alternative to the complete dentures is implants. Full dentures are plastic plates custom-made to fit each individual. It is made from pink acrylic simulating gum tissue and plastic or porcelain teeth, custom set for each patient. The name full denture or complete denture this restoration gets from it's function: it substitutes the full dentition on the patient's jaw

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Full Upper and Lower Dentures

In our Greenpoint Denture Center we have the dental tecnician on premises.
What it means:
 
All repairs and relines are done while you wait.
 
All repairs and relines are lab processed, providing you with the best possible results.
 
Same DAY new Denture Service is available.
 
 
 

   

How full dentures are done? 
It is usually takes five appointments to make standard full dentures.
1.    At the first visit, the doctor will take a first impression with the standard trays and send it to the lab, where these impressions are poured with plaster to form accurate models of the patient’s mouth. The technician will make the custom trays (trays that fit the patient) and send it back to the doctor

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Preliminary alginate impression

2.    On the second visit, the doctor will take second functional impression with custom trays. This impression is more precise and records more details of the gums. The success of the full denture depends on its borders, which are determined by this impression. The impression is sent back to the lab, new models are poured and the base is fitted with wax rims for bite determination.

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Custom Upper tray is ready for final impression

3.    Using wax rims the doctor will determine the size of the desired teeth, the relation of upper and lower teeth and jaws, the height of occlusion, direction of smile, fullness of cheeks and lips. Doctor will make several marks on the wax rims allowing technician to set the teeth correctly. In the lab, the technician will set the teeth according to doctor’s marks and prescription and send it back for the try in.

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Bite rims with doctor's marks

4.    The next appointment is called “wax try-in”. The wax try-in looks like the final dentures, except it fits loosely in the mouth and there is wax instead of plastic. At this time, we check how the teeth are set up, how they look, and patient comfort when biting. The bases fit loosely so we cannot check how tight the denture will stay, but all the rest is checked and necessary corrections are done. The wax-up is sent to the lab and final dentures are processed there.

5.   After minor adjustments and correction of pressure spots dentures are inserted in and patient walks out of the office with new full dentures.
 
6.     It may take few more appointments for minor adjustments and removal of pressure spots.

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Full Upper Denture completed

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Inside view of Full Upper Denture

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Full Lower Denture Completed

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Inside view of Full Lower Denture