How Are Dentures Made?
A properly fitting pair of dentures can be comfortable to wear and use – that’s why we take a lot of care when building your dentures.
When we create your set of dentures, we take specific measurements of your mouth and jaw. These measurements are used to inform the type and size of your dentures, as well as to influence their shape and alignment (to facilitate ideal comfort). We also take impressions of your mouth/jaw, which allows to ensure your dentures fit comfortably and look natural.
What to Expect During the Denture Creation Process
- Create an impression of your jaw. These impressions allow us to assess your jaw structure, alignment, and orientation.
- Build a to-scale model of your dentures. During a “try-in” we will assess the model’s fit, finish, and colour. This model is used to inform the cast of the final denture.
- Adjust the denture and further refine it for maximum comfort. This may take one or more adjustments, but the end result is worth it.
This process can take several weeks. This time is necessary to ensure accuracy and quality of the final result. We take our role seriously and put care into each set of dentures we make.
Materials Used to Make Dentures
Modern dentures are made from either resin or porcelain. The material used depends on the needs of the patient and what their priorities for their dentures are. In most cases, resin is the material of choice, though porcelain remains popular and has some advantages when compared to resin.
Dentures made from porcelain can be more easily colour matched to resemble your natural tooth, enamel, and gum colours. They also feel more like natural teeth compared to resin/plastic materials, making adaptation psychologically easier. Porcelain also lasts longer than resin dentures, as they are much harder than resin dentures.
However, porcelain dentures are also more fragile than resin dentures. If they are dropped with any appreciable amount of force, they are likely to shatter. Porcelain teeth can also wear natural teeth, making them ideally suited for complete dentures as opposed to partial dentures or bridges.
Acrylic Resin Dentures
Compared to porcelain, acrylic resin is becoming the material of choice. While dentures made of this material may not be as hard or durable, they are still reasonably long lasting (averaging five to eight years per set), lighter and easier to adapt to, and are significantly less expensive than porcelain.
Acrylic resin dentures also look quite good, projecting a natural appearance.
Chinook Denture Clinic
#700 – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary, AB T2H 0K9