Creating a quality pair of dentures is a multistep process requiring technical expertise and premium materials. Sometimes dentists make cheap dentures by skipping steps or using inferior supplies. That’s why cheap dentures often won’t meet your expectations in terms of fit, aesthetics, comfort, and durability. Dr. Marion uses high-grade materials and does not skip any steps.
No matter how well made, dentures are always less strong and stable than natural teeth. That’s why craftsmanship really makes a difference—the user experience is all in the fit.
Components of Quality Dentures
Dentures consist of synthetic teeth mounted on a base that fits snugly over your gums. Some dentists save money by using cheap acrylic teeth that break easily and pick up stains over time. Dr. Marion uses premium teeth from brands such as Kulzer. These teeth are made of patented materials known for their resistance to breakage and fading as well as their lifelike beauty.
The denture base is usually made of acrylic, but there are varying grades of quality. Cheap base materials don’t maintain their shape as well during the creation process. Dr. Marion only uses high-quality base materials for the best possible fit.
How We Create Beautiful Dentures
At your initial appointment, Dr. Marion will take multiple impressions of your mouth. From the first impression, he’ll craft a custom tray. He’ll use that tray to make additional impressions of your oral tissue and bone so the denture base is contoured to your gum. Finally, Dr. Marion will make a wash impression that captures fine details. Some dentists cut costs by skipping the custom tray or taking fewer initial impressions, which affects the fit.
Next, Dr. Marion will measure your mouth with a facebow to learn more about the orientation of your teeth and gums. It’s important for the final bite alignment and a natural appearance.
Dr. Marion will use wax rims to ensure your new teeth are the right height. Wax rims fit over your gums like dentures but are made entirely of wax. Dr. Marion will remove small amounts of the wax until the fit is perfect. When dentures have too much vertical height, you might have trouble speaking and chewing. With too little, dentures can make you look old.
Dr. Marion will send all the measurements and impressions to the lab. The final step before you receive permanent dentures is the wax try-in. The lab will give Dr. Marion a wax model of your dentures fitted with the permanent teeth. You’ll see exactly how your new smile will look, fit, and feel before the work is complete. If the wax dentures fit perfectly and you’re happy, Dr. Marion will have the lab make your permanent dentures.
When your dentures are finished, you can expect:
- Stability and comfort when you talk and chew
- To speak clearly, without whistling or lisping
- An attractive smile that suits your face
- The confidence of knowing that no one can tell you’re wearing dentures
Upper Versus Lower Dentures
Upper and lower dentures are a little different in terms of fit. Suction securely holds a well-made upper denture in place. Lower dentures are trickier because they move easily when you speak or chew. With practice, you’ll learn to keep them in place with your tongue and cheeks.
It’s possible to secure dentures with implants so they never slip. A conservative option would be placing two implants to stabilize the lower denture. It’s also possible to anchor overdentures completely with implants; the final result is like having your own teeth back. Here is more information about implant overdentures.
If you’d like to learn more about how high-quality custom dentures can restore your smile, confidence, and ability to enjoy food, please call us at 770-628-5780. You can also contact us using this form, and we will call you.