Category: Dentures

Dentures that don’t fit well anymore

Recently, television the air waves have been filled with commercials for denture adhesives to secure those loose fitting dentures and now those loose fitting partial dentures. So, what’s that all about. Well anyone with dentures know that even if they had a lot of suction when the dentist delivered them brand new to you, dentures over time loose that suction, “that tight feeling”. This is because dentures always move more than our teeth, no matter how good we make them, and because they move against our tissues, we loose boney support over time. The bone just melts away forming small and some time large gaps under the denture. This helps to break the seal (the suction) and produce a “looser” fit. Then more movement, more loss of boney support and so on. Those adhesives work for a time, but then again you have to put more and more in every day. The solution is to get a “reline” to your denture. So what’s a reline. We take a new impression of the voids inside your existing denture, send it to the lab and later that day, after the lab has put new denture material inside, we deliver the “new” denture back to you. A new fit and the suction is restored. In our practice, we use a very old time tested technique and an impression material that is “mucostatic”,...

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Are All Dentures The Same?

Not all dentures are made the same way.  Many new materials have been developed to make dentures stronger and to make them look better longer.  That’s good for everyone, but for most people, they just want a great fit; they want to be able to eat better.  They want the denture to stay put on their ridges and not wobble around. In our practice, we have taken a page out of the past in many respects.  We do things a little bit different.  Whether like the “immediate” denture described below or one made after healing has been allowed or even for the next pair of dentures made after the old pair has worn out.  It’s how we take impressions.  I am old school.  I use a technique and an impression material that is well over 50 years old.  Well the impression material is not 50 years old, but this impression material was developed first over 50 years ago.  Most dentists will use “stock” trays; they fit anyone!  We use custom trays made from an initial impression.  We use “green stick” compound to develop the boarders of the denture to fit your mouth and only your mouth.  Then we use the special ingredient.   We use the only muco-static impression material ever marketed, zinc oxide paste.  Muco-static is a big word for the material does not displace or move the soft...

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