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How we make your dentures

Dentures would you believe, have been around for thousands of years! But because today’s dentures are custom made in a dental laboratory, they’re much easier to get your hands on.

Our Keys team start the process by taking an initial impression of your teeth and the soft tissues inside your mouth. We use both an upper and lower impression to make a near identical stone reproduction of the maxillary and mandibular arches. We then use the stone reproduction to create an even more detailed impression.

There are several very technical steps and measurements that go on in the lab before your dentures can be made. To sum it up, the technicians figure out the relationship between your upper and lower teeth when you chew. They also take an impression of the upper and lower teeth in the bite position so they can very carefully emulate this when creating your dentures. It’s a mouthful really, but then your new dentures will be too!

Once the technicians have all the information they need, they create a wax try-in for your try-in appointment. When you try it in, your dentist will then be able to see if everything fits as it should with all phonetic requirements met and the arrangement of the teeth as good as your original teeth. Once done, all that’s left to do is select the shade for your dentures so the denture can be processed.

How long is the appointment

Depending on your denture needs, times do vary. The list below provides a typical timeline as an example.

1st Visit
Preliminary impressions – 30 minutes

2nd Visit
Secondary impression – 30 minutes

3rd Visit
Base and Rim, shade selection of teeth – 20 minutes

4th Visit
Try-in with teeth – full upper and lower dentures, partial acrylic dentures, for cast metal dentures a try-in of the frame work and teeth – 20 minutes

5th Visit
Insertion of dentures – 20 minutes

6th Visit
Any adjustments to dentures made after a week to relieve any sore spots.

The FAQ’s on Dentures

What are Dentures?Icons/Icon_ArrowDown_48x48_Grey

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are laboratory made prosthetic teeth that we use to replace missing teeth. They are removable and can come as a partial or a complete denture set.

Some dentures are made to bond to your existing teeth or dental implants. Dentures can even replace missing teeth on the lower mandibular arch or on the upper maxillary arch. They do not function or feel like real teeth.

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Dentures can help improve your chewing ability making eating easier and more enjoyable. They can also give you a more natural appearance by providing support to your lips and cheeks, correcting the collapsed appearance that usually comes with the loss of teeth.

With anterior dentures, you will notice an improvement in the pronunciation of words when speaking. In general, by improving speech and assisting with a more natural appearance, dentures can give you a confidence boost, making socialising more enjoyable.

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Removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures are suitable when you’re only missing a few teeth on a singular arch.

Complete dentures

If you are missing all your teeth in a single arch or on both arches, then complete dentures are the solution for you.

Copy dentures

Many people want a copy of their dentures to keep as a backup. Copies are often made for those who don’t want to have to adjust to new dentures or they simply like the aesthetics their current dentures give. The good news is that to make a copy, we simply take an impression of your current dentures. So you don’t need to go through the whole process again yourself.

What are dentures made of?

Most modern dentures are made from acrylic because of its likeness to your gums and teeth. With acrylic, we can match tissue-like shades and colours so we can create a more natural appearing denture set.

Acrylic dentures are not without a downside. If you experience difficulties adapting neuromuscular control when wearing acrylic dentures, because they are fragile, they can fracture. In this case, a reinforced denture base, made with cobalt chromium is the answer. These dentures are usually thinner, stronger and more comfortable to wear.

Let’s light up the room with your smile!

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning patient, we never grow tired of seeing another smile. So hit “book an appointment” and let’s get cracking!