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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Immediate Denture

Immediate Denture is a removable dental prosthesis or a dental appliance, custom made for the patient who is planning to remove (extract) one, two or more teeth. Sometimes patient and his/her provider decide to extract all of the patient's teeth due to condition of the teeth or other health problems. Since an option of living without any teeth for 2 months or so is not the one preferred by most people (while waiting for the gums to heal), an immediate denture is a great alternative.

Immediate denture is made before the teeth are removed, and is inserted within 30 minutes after the extractions of the teeth. The denture works as a band-aid, controls the swelling and helps the healing of the gums.

The process of making an immediate denture includes longer after care than in case of the regular denture; after the extractions the gums are healing and shrinking, and there are many changes that happen with the tissues in the patient’s mouth. As the gums are shrinking, the denture becomes looser and requires first a temporary soft reline and later a permanent reline.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Full or Complete Denture

Full or Complete Denture is a removable dental prosthesis or dental appliance, custom made for the patient who has no natural teeth left on the upper or lower arch. Both, the teeth and the gum colored acrylic resin are custom fitted to the patient’s mouth during few appointments with his/her denture provider. The try-in version of the denture is made in wax, so the revisions in bite registration and teeth setting are easy to make. After the wax try-in is approved by the patient, the denture is heat processed and finished in the acrylic resin.

Properly made and fitted denture will improve patient’s ability to chew, talk and patient's appearance.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Types of Dentures

The term “denture” is commonly used to describe the removable dental prosthesis. The main purpose of the dental prosthesis is to assist in chewing, speaking and to restore the cosmetic aspects of patient’s appearance. There are several types of dentures, depending on the need of the patient. Generally they can be categorized as follows:

1. Full or Complete Denture,
2. Immediate Denture,
3. Partial Denture:
- acrylic partial,
- metal frame partial,
- flexible partial.

Many years ago the porcelain teeth were used as a standard material for the artificial teeth for dentures. As porcelain is a very hard material, porcelain teeth were very hard on the gums and bones in the patient’s mouth, making them vulnerable to accelerated deterioration. Today, acrylic resin is used to produce highest quality artificial teeth that absorb the shocks generated during the chewing much better than the porcelain teeth; therefore, they are much easier on the gums and jaw bones of the patient. Acrylic teeth are also more “quiet” as they don’t “click” as loud as porcelain teeth during chewing and speaking. In the next few posts I will present in more detail the information about different types of dentures and the process of making them.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Welcome to my Denture Info blog!

I'm Alex Garland, second generation dental technician and a denturist. I use this blog to post some information about dentures that you may find interesting or useful. Almost everyone knows someone who wears dentures. Some denture wearers can casually talk about their dentures - some don't feel comfortable to do that. The information posted here will hopefully answer some of the most common questions about dentures. At the same time I welcome any questions pertaining to dentures.
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In our clinic, all our dentures are made by us in our own lab. In our practice we incorporate the skills and the knowledge of making dentures that come together to over 40 years of experience. We are also working directly and together with the patient to assure that all personalized denture design details are taken under consideration, and that the final product functions and looks the best it can. A best made denture sitting on the table is just a piece of acrylic resin, but in the patient’s mouth it becomes a new smile, new confidence and attitude, it becomes a mean to a better nutrition and health; in short - it improves the quality of life of the patient. It’s a great pleasure to be a part of that process. Let us be Your denture provider!