Replacing human teeth with pieces of animal teeth or wood is a thing of the past. Today, dentures are made from ever-lasting materials that are safe and effective. Let’s take a deeper look at the materials that give dentures these characteristics.
Dentures are derived from various dental materials, each serving a specific purpose. The framework forms the structural base made of either acrylic, nylon, or metal. The choice of material is largely dependent on the type of denture you are placing. For example, partial dentures may have metal clips with an acrylic base, while full dentures may use acrylic or metal gum attachments.
The Making Process
A step-wise guide to the denture-making process:
- Measurements: Your dentist begins by taking an impression of the mouth to create a plaster model. This model serves as the skeleton for your denture and ensures the product is of the right size and shape. Additional measurements of your jaws are also taken for optimal alignment.
- Models: The next step is the making of multiple models using that plaster prototype and artificial teeth. Placing the plaster model in an articulator that replicates the jaw, fake teeth are attached with the help of dental wax, which is then shaped into a gum line, and multiple models may be tried on to determine the best fit.
- Final Fabrication: This is the second last step before the transformation of your dentures from a wax model to the final appliance. Plaster is poured to maintain the denture’s shape, and the wax is melted away. Then, a solution is applied to the plaster to prevent acrylic from sticking, and it is injected where the wax is. The final denture is taken out after removing excess plaster and acrylic and finally polished.
- Adjustments If Needed: Once the final denture is made, it is fit inside the mouth, and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure a comfortable fit.
Tips for Taking Care of Your Dentures
For improving the longevity of these structures, having adequate knowledge regarding materials, strengths, and weaknesses can help a great deal. Here are some tips that can be of help.
- Partial Dentures: Remove them before eating and brushing your natural teeth.
- Cleaning: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture-specific toothpaste. Clean over a towel or bowl to prevent accidental drops.
- Nighttime Routine: Avoid wearing dentures at night to prevent mouth irritation and potential fungus growth.
- Oral Health: Do not ignore oral hygiene for remaining natural teeth. Regularly brush, floss, and get checkups every six months.
Whether you are considering the option for partial or full dentures, the intricate details regarding materials, the process of making it, and care practices are crucial to increase its functional life. If you have questions regarding this topic or the types of dentures we offer, contact Nimmi Shine Dental at (858) 999-8550. Or, drop by our office at 9888 Carroll Centre Rd Suite #112, San Diego, CA 92126, United States.