Modern dentures bridge the demands for function, strength and aesthetics without compromising your comfort. Dr. Fischer and Dr. Alconcel offer exceptionally natural, aesthetic and individualized teeth for the best in cosmetics and function. We work with you to design custom dentures that can help restore your natural, beautiful smile.
One of the most common complaints we hear from denture wearers is about the “false teeth” look, causing them to be self-conscious about their dentures and consequently, smile less. This complaint is usually accompanied by shortcomings in the ability to chew and the overall discomfort they experience. Studies have shown, dentures that don’t look good, usually don’t feel good. Interesting enough, we generally find the above research results to be accurate. A denture that looks better often feels better.
The better the dentures, the more natural and lifelike they appear. Dr. Fischer and Dr. Alconcel will make your dentures appear more natural because they are designed and handcrafted especially to complement your personality, gender, ethnicity and physical appearance. We will take special measures to make sure that your smile is absolutely incredible.
Once both you and Dr. Fischer have decided which type of denture is right for you, then it’s time to make strength and comfort meet style. Every beautiful smile found in nature can be used to design a denture for you that is truly a work of art! We can even use a previous picture of you to help replicate a smile you once had or even one you’ve always dreamed of having. Not only can you choose the shape, length and size of your new teeth, but now you can also choose their color. The many advancements in denture technology can now provide you with a vast array of color options for your teeth.
But the choices don’t just stop here! Modern technology now enables you to not only choose the color of your denture teeth, but to also choose the color of the soft tissue (i.e. your gums) so that it matches you. When it comes to making dentures Dr. Fischer wants to make sure that no detail is overlooked.
There are a variety of customized gum shade colors to choose from, light pink to brown to speckles. We can even combine different shades for the most natural look.
Now you have the option to choose and design your new smile!
Conventional Full Dentures
Conventional Full Dentures replace missing teeth and their adjacent tissues with a removable dental appliance made of acrylic resin. Conventional full dentures allow a recovery time (usually four to eight weeks) after all of the teeth are extracted before the dentures are placed in the mouth. This allows the gum tissue to heal. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
Procedure for Conventional Denture Treatment (Order of appointments):
- First evaluation and denture site preparation. If tooth extraction is required, the teeth are extracted and left to heal.
- Impressions are taken. Once the gums are healed and healthy, an impression of the mouth is taken for a wax-up.
- Wax-up try-in. The wax-up is used to determine the most optimal position of the jaw and teeth. Tooth dimensions (size, shape, length, width) and shade are determined. The wax up is sent to a laboratory to construct a “try-in” set of dentures.
- Trial of “try-in” set of dentures and adjustments. The “try-in” dentures are placed in the mouth to assure comfort, fit, bite position and appearance. The “try-in” dentures are re-worked at the lab and trial fitted during the next visits until the color, shape and proper fit is obtained for the final set of dentures to be cast.
- Insertion of final dentures. The finished dentures are tried in the mouth and records are taken to ensure a perfect bite. Final bite adjustments are performed in-lab.
- Delivery of final dentures!
When a person has lost some but not all of their teeth, a partial denture may be the desired treatment choice. In this situation, partial dentures can provide a simple and attractive way to replace missing teeth.
Partial dentures are created from an impression of your teeth and gum, which ensures a synonymous fit with the rest of your mouth. These appliances are designed to fill in the empty spaces, and to ensure an attractive, gap-free smile. Teeth are selected to match your remaining teeth and complement your individual appearance. Special care is taken to match the size, shape, and color to that of your natural teeth. The result is a seamless replacement that can blend in with your natural teeth.
Retained by small clasps that engage the teeth, the partial denture will secure itself in your mouth. In the right situation, your partial denture will be both comfortable to wear and will function with your remaining natural teeth.
Partial dentures will also help to maintain the spacing of your natural teeth. When teeth are lost or removed, the remaining teeth will often shift to eventually fill the gap created by the lost tooth. This change in teeth spacing can affect the way you bite. This can lead to numerous problems, such Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) problems that could cause headaches, ear aches, clicking or popping sounds, or even difficulty moving your jaw. Partial dentures aim to prevent these problems by working to keep your remaining teeth in their natural position.
Types of partial dentures offered in our office:
Conventional Partial Dentures:
These have metal frameworks and metal clasps that snap over certain remaining teeth to gain support.
Combination Partial Dentures:
These partial dentures are made to show as little metal as possible. The clasps can be designed in flexible clear, tooth colored, or pink acrylic in order to minimize their appearance. Also, attachments may be used. These are little devices built into the denture that lock into crowns or implants for stability, but are not visible to other people.