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We are pleased to offer the following services:

New Dentures |Implant-Retained Dentures |Immediate Dentures

Relines | Partial Dentures | Repairs


 

New Dentures

There are several steps in the process of making new dentures for you:

The first step is a free consultation where I evaluate your mouth and existing dentures.  I am looking for tissue that is healthy and will examine the state of the existing ridges in your mouth.  The ridge is extremely important in determining how successful your new dentures will be. 

The second step is taking impressions and measuring the jaw with an instrument called the facebow.  This allows me to place the model of your upper ridge on an articulator as it sits in your head. 

The third step is taking a bite (this doesn’t mean you get to bite me).  The bite orients your upper and lower jaw so I know how you chew. 

The next step is a wax try-in.  This is where I have set teeth in wax for you to critique their color, shape, size and placement.  If they don’t look correct to you this is where I make changes and you look at them again.  If you find these aesthetically pleasing I process the dentures and deliver them to you at your next appointment.  We then start the process of fitting them and making them comfortable for you through any needed adjustment appointments.  This may take up to three months.

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Implant-Retained Dentures

Dental implants are titanium "screws" that are implanted  into the bone in place of your teeth. They are the most permanent and trouble-free solution to missing teeth. They can significantly change your life, by improving your smile, and the chewing, speech, and function of your mouth. They are versatile, and can be used to replace a missing tooth, several missing teeth, or all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch.

We fabricate the dentures on the implants. This is done  the same way we make replacement dentures. The implants are placed by your dentist, the abutments (the pieces you see above the gums) are the pieces that attach to the dentures.

An implant-retained denture is a type of overdenture that  is supported by and attached to dental implants. A regular denture rests on the gums and tends to fit less snugly in the mouth.

An implant-retained denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-retained denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants.

Implant-retained dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an  upper jaw is quite stable on its own, and doesn't need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-retained denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You can remove an implant-retained denture easily. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can't be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

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Immediate Dentures

These dentures are made before you have your teeth extracted.  I take the impressions of your existing teeth.  Your immediate dentures are then fabricated and you take them to the dentist who is doing the extractions.  After the extractions I take care of you for nine months.  This involves placing temporary liners in the dentures while you are healing.  At the end of nine months a reline may be necessary.

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Relines

Your dentures need to be relined about every two years.  This is because your ridges change.  They shrink and change constantly for the rest of your life.   Relining your dentures involves taking an impression inside your denture to make it fit your tissue as it is now.

This process is done in one day.  Your appointment is in the morning to take the impression, we keep your denture to reline it and return it to you in the afternoon.

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Partial Dentures

There are several types of partials. 

The first is called a “flipper” or temporary partial.  This is used during healing or to be used while crowns and bridge work is being done by your dentist. 

The second is a flexible partial and is used when you don’t want metal showing or used in your mouth.  We might also use a flexible partial if design is difficult due to teeth configuration. Chrome partials are the standard appliance people think of when discussing partials.   This partial is stronger and lasts longer if your teeth are healthy.

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Repairs

You may break your dentures.  This is very traumatic.  We can complete most repairs within hours of you seeing us.  You can often wait for the repair.  We discourage super gluing your broken denture as it makes our job very difficult and the results may not be satisfactory.

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