full denturesA full denture or a complete set of upper and lower dentures will be fitted if all your upper or lower teeth need to be removed or you're having an old complete denture replaced. As a primary oral health-care giver, a Denturist can provide various types of full dentures specific to the needs of fully edentulous patients who have no more natural teeth standing in their mouths.

The Denturist will consult with you and assist you to make an informed and educated decision that will best suit your needs. During the consultation, the Denturist wants you to explain your expectation and lifestyle issues. This critical information will help in the optimal design of your denture. Your Denturist will recommend solutions specific to your oral condition, functional needs, and aesthetic requests. As an example: Denture wearers playing some blow instruments have special needs that can only be solved through experimenting with airflow- and tongue-support designs, through direct cooperation between consumer and manufacturer. 

denture matchYour prosthesis is handcrafted to match your age, complexion and facial features. Considerations such as the shape of your jaw line, lips, eyes, eyeglasses and hair colour are noted. The teeth are set so that they look natural and your smile is aesthetically pleasing and fit your personality. A number of procedures and good quality teeth are used in the construction of your dentures. Patients who have unusual conditions may require additional extensive measurements and alternative procedures in denture construction, to accommodate their needs during everyday life activities, optimizing the ability to eat, speak or laugh confidently. 

The process requires the patient to schedule a number of appointments. Depending on variable factors, it normally takes between 4 and 6 visits, but complications can result in multiple visits and follow-up procedures.  

  • First, the Clinician (Dentist or Denturist) will take a primary impression of the upper and lower arches of your mouth. This impression is then used to create a plaster mould of your mouth. On that mould a wax bite-rim is constructed to transfer the bite relationship. A special custom tray is normally constructed to take a more accurate final impression.  
  • At the next visit, the Clinician will record the relationship of the arches that best resembles your original bite and help you select the shape and colour of the denture teeth and gums. Keep in mind that everybody is unique, even the colour of everyone's gums varies. To make a more natural denture the Clinician will help you choose the shade that best matches your mouth. That bite relationship is used to mount your plaster models in relation to each other on a device that simulates your jaw movements, called an Articulator. On this device a trial denture will be constructed, setting up preformed teeth on upper and lower arches in a functional aesthetic relationship.  
  • The Clinician will try this in your mouth to assess the fit and for you to assess the appearance. In the subsequent visits the Clinician will make arrangements to adjust your bite, test your speech and check the appearance and functionality of the denture teeth and gums and also various technical aspects such as freeway space, vertical dimensions and centreline position. This is the time to assess aesthetical aspects related to lip support, the amount of teeth showing and the shape and colour-shade of the teeth.  
  • Subsequent retries of the wax denture can be done until mutual consent is reached that both Clinician and Patient are happy with the result.  
  • After a satisfactory fit and appearance is achieved, the tried-in wax-denture can then be used as a model from which a mould is made to process the final denture. The cured denture is then removed from the mould, worked off and polished and can then be fitted in the patient’s mouth.

When dentures are made though a Dentist via a dental laboratory the process can normally take between 6-12 weeks, due to the fragmented procedures and the back-and-forth deliveries between the dental surgery and dental laboratory. Many surgeries server denture patients only on specific week days to accommodate the bulk of other patients in need of other dental services. In contrast, Denturists are known to provide dentures within a few days, even overnight in emergency situations. Denturists can personally do all required adjustments while the patient is present and personally does all the clinical as well as laboratory work him/herself, without any prescribed communication barriers.