Dentures and Partials
A denture is an appliance that replaces an entire arch of teeth. A partial is a retainer that replaces a few missing teeth, using the remaining teeth as an anchor. Both appliances are removable.
How it's done
Full Denture: Should any teeth need to be removed, you would be referred to an oral surgeon. After a portion of time for healing (or immediately should no teeth need extracting), our office would make an inital impression which is sent to the lab in order to create a custom tray for the final impression. At the appointment for the final, more accurate impression, a wax rim is also taken to capture an accurate bite and the size, shape, and color of the teeth are chosen. Teeth are then set into a wax form and this wax denture is tried in for accuracy (fit and bite). At final appointment the true denture is seated and any adjustments are made. The entire process taking about 4 weeks.
Partial Denture: As with a full denture, an inital impression is made which is used to create a custom tray in order to make a final, more accurate impression. A metal framework is made from this final impression and is tried in for comfort and fit. The final, true partial is then made and at a final appointment it is adjusted if necessary. The entire process taking about 5 weeks.
We also reline dentures and make repairs/add teeth to partials.