If you’ve considered getting dentures, chances are that you don’t picture a beautiful new smile makeover, but you can. These days, dentures can look as beautiful and natural as you’d like them to. No longer do people have to hide their smiles. Dr. Rick Lane, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, combines training, experience, and an artistic eye to create comfortable dentures. If you have lost your natural teeth, yet want a beautiful, natural-looking smile, removable dentures may be a solution.
The materials used for your dentures matter. For example, acrylic denture teeth are used by many dentists, because they are inexpensive and easy to work with, but low cost yields low quality. In addition to staining easily and wearing down quickly, acrylic can’t give the depth of color variation or translucency found in real teeth. Also, in creating the base of the denture, cheaper materials tend to lose their shape during the manufacturing process, leading to a less accurate fit and possibly denture sores.
Dr. Lane uses the highest quality materials for the dentures he creates. He uses premium Ivoclar teeth and high-quality shrink-resistant base materials.
The Denture Process
The first step in creating dentures is taking a set of impressions in order to create accurate models of your upper and lower jaws, as well as the positions of your cheeks, tongue, and lips. The impression process is a favorite place for shortcuts by many dentists. They can get by with one simple impression. Dr. Lane, however, uses Dr. Massad’s impression technique with its moldable trays and layering of different viscosities of impression material to accurately record all the details of the soft tissues upon which the denture will rest. The result is an improved fit and a minimization of denture sores.
The second step is to develop the bite. This can be tricky without teeth which show a natural biting position, so Dr. Lane will block out what is called a trial base to test how far apart your jaws should be and to record your bite. This is an important step because if your jaws are set too far apart or too close together it can cause not only muscle strain but difficulty speaking and eating.
After all these measurements are completed, teeth are selected and placed in a trial base for you to try them in. He will ask for your input on the shade, shape, and size of the teeth.
The try-in process follows, and, in order to ensure the correct appearance and bite, it is not uncommon to have more than one try-in appointment. After a successful try-in, the dentures are processed and then delivered to you.
Different Types of Dentures
Dr. Lane can provide you with complete removable dentures, partial dentures, or implant overdentures, also called implant-supported dentures. In some cases, you may want immediate dentures where the complete denture is placed the same day the teeth are extracted. He will help you determine the best denture approach to achieve your desired smile. If you would like an examination, just call our office or complete the request an appointment page. If you have questions prior to wanting to commit to an examination, simply request a brief complimentary consultation.