Dentures of the 21st Century: How are they created?
Did you know that George Washington famously sported a set of dentures made from lead, human teeth and elephant ivory? Needless to say that denture technology in the 21st century has made astronomical advancements. More durable, stable and form-fitting than ever before, modern dentures are just about the next best thing to your natural teeth. They improve the quality of your health and the beauty of your smile, while restoring your ability to eat and speak with ease.
Nowadays, there is no reason why you should ever have to suffer through rigid, ill-fitted dentures! At Millwoods Denture Clinic in Edmonton, we provide our patients with meticulously crafted complete and partial dentures for a flawless smile.
In this blog post, we’ll explain how dentures are created and focus on the latest materials used in denture design.
Every individual’s mouth is different, meaning each denture must be custom designed to fit perfectly. The process starts by taking a series of impressions or moulds of the oral tissue that will support the denture. Upon consultation, your dentist will take a number of different measurements to ensure the cast is moulded to fit your mouth’s precise dimensions. It isn’t uncommon for dentists to try two or three different casts, as the perfect fit is imperative for efficient chewing and comfortable wear. Once all measurements have been recorded, your dentist will work with a laboratory technician to add teeth to the mould, transferring it to your mouth at each step to ensure a snug fit and to establish a proper bite.
Modern technology has allowed considerable advances in the materials used to make artificial teeth, such as acrylic resins and porcelain. Nowadays, most artificial teeth are made from high-quality acrylic resins. They are wear-resistant and are stronger and more attractive than their predecessors. However, porcelain is still sometimes favoured for its translucent appearance that mimics the look of natural tooth enamel.
Artificial teeth are seated in a metal or plastic frame, which is shaped to conform to the patient’s gums and palate. While frames are typically constructed with metal alloys, the latest generations of lightweight plastic materials that are virtually indestructible and can be easily adjusted or repaired.
New and improved innovations in denture technology—such as denture implants, which allow prosthetic teeth to be implanted directly into the jawbone—are happening all the time. Today’s dentures are indistinguishable from natural teeth and restore all the same functions that your original set of chompers once provided.
At Millwoods Denture Clinic, we address each patient’s unique set of challenges with beautiful, strong dentures that look natural and fit comfortably. Whether you’re missing some or all of your teeth, contact your trusted denturist in Edmonton today! We’ll help renew your confidence and smile.