New techniques help the CDT create dentures that are more stable, comfortable and natural looking than in the past. It is now possible to place the artificial teeth in their natural position and not on the ridge like yesteryear.
It is often a good idea when visiting your Clinical Dental Technician to bring old photographs to help recreate your original smile.
Complete dentures are needed when a patient has lost all their remaining teeth, this might be due to tooth decay, injury or gum disease.
It is important both physically and mentally to have a well made comfortable and aesthetically pleasing substitute for a lost natural dentition. Quality of life can be greatly enhanced by replacing old worn out dentures with new well fitting ones. As a person ages their gums shrink meaning that what was once a good fitting denture is now a bad fit, this can lead to breakages, sore spots and embarrassment.
When fabricating new dentures it is also possible to recreate good lip support, this in turn gives the patient a more youthful appearance by reducing wrinkles. Over a period of time due to normal wear and tear dentures lose their vertical dimensions as do the underlying mouth tissues causing over closure of the mouth thus leading to loss of facial height. The tell tale signs are creasing and sore spots at the corners of the mouth. New dentures can help to eliminate this these problems.
It is very important to communicate with your CDT and explain your hopes and fears regarding your new teeth and describe any shortfalls any previous treatment has presented you with.