The following describes 10 essential steps in the manufacture of dentures, Pour the model. Custom bite tray and edge manufacturing The first visit will be to make sure your gums and soft tissue are healthy and prepared for new teeth. To do this, we will perform a complete examination on the patient, which will include x-rays. X-rays are to make sure there are no unforeseen problems with the underlying bones.
Sometimes, we'll recommend additional procedures during this phase, such as removing excess sagging tissue for a better fit of the prosthesis or remodeling the bone to better adapt it. In this video, we visit Dr. Tony Johnson, a dental technician, in the dental lab to see how dentures are made. Now that we have impressions, we'll create a model of your dental prosthesis.
This model is made of gypsum and is then placed on an articulator. An articulator is a mechanical device that works just like the jaw. This allows us to open and close the model of your dental prosthesis, examining how they would work in real life. The dental technician will make any last-minute adjustments before you return home with your new dental prosthesis.
Patients seeking a temporary solution while waiting for their dental prosthesis to be made can have their teeth and dentures removed the same day with an immediate set of dental prostheses. Dentures may seem a little weird at first, as they take some time to break, but we'll work with you to make sure they fit you comfortably. This visit allows us to see what the dentures will look like, adjust them to size and have the lab make the final adjustments. As an estimate, it usually takes between six weeks and three months, but it may take longer and will depend on whether or not a tooth extraction is required, the healing time and whether or not it is a complete or partial denture.
Patients who require immediate complete dental prostheses should have their back teeth removed approximately 6 to 8 weeks before their immediate denture is manufactured. Normal dental prostheses are molded to fit the patient's oral cavity and provide a long-term solution. The final set will look and feel exactly the same as a dental prosthesis, with the exception that the base fits loosely to the gums and the teeth themselves are made of wax instead of the final plastic. The cast is removed, the acrylic is trimmed, and you'll have a realistic looking denture model that we'll use for your initial adjustment.
If you've been wearing immediate dentures throughout the healing process, your mouth may have already started the process of getting used to wearing dentures. The following is a brief description of the steps needed to provide a set of dental prostheses to a patient and the video shows each step in the dental laboratory (with the time shown in the video in parenthesis).