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Cosmetic Makeover Dentures
The typical treatment experience new denture wearers have consists of getting several extractions, creating some impressions for the new denture(s) and then going through a series of adjustments to the denture product as the gum tissues heal and reduce swelling.
Over a period of a few weeks to a few months, the new dentures will be lined and relined to accommodate the loss of gum tissue.
Depending upon the quality of the measurement and fabrication properties of the new denture and individual characteristics of a patient's jaw structures, bone health and gum tissue health, the new prosthetic teeth may fit and function well.... or they may fit and function miserably.
Inexperienced Denture WearersIt is not uncommon for new "inexperienced" (to be explained) denture wearers to be told they will have loose dentures at the start and will be required to use ample amounts of adhesive to make their new teeth "work".
Denture products fabricated in specialized clinics and dental practices that promote value over function tend to have the greatest number of disgruntled denture wearers. High production fabrication facilities create new teeth based on a single impression.
Seasoned Denture WearersThere are, fortunately, a great number of denture wearers who have above average treatment results with their dentures. They fit snugly, don't become loose, don't affect speech and enable eating of most favorite foods.
These standard dentures (not implant retained or anchored) are created with attention to detail that denture clinics or high production denture dentists can't provide.
The Turbyfill ProcessA literal pioneer in denture prosthetics, Dr. Jack Turbyfill developed a system of prosthodontic protocols that enable artistic denture dentists, like Dr. Koeppel, to create a denture product that is custom fit to a patient's jaw structures.
Initial Training and Evaluation DentureThe first denture is designed to function as an assessment tool that is used, over time, to get everything "just right". Fit, feel, comfort, perfect speech, effortless eating and chewing, fearless laughing and smiling, etc.
Relinings for the initial denture create the data points used by Dr. Koeppel for modifying measurements for what he will create as a final denture. The patient provides feedback and input during this phase to assure every important patient need is satisfied.
Designer DenturesDuring the very last phase, denture cosmetics are implemented by Dr. Koeppel to create a final denture that looks like natural teeth.... NOT denture teeth.
Differences in texture, whiteness shading, opalescence, size, rotation, incisal edges, cosmetic gaps, maybe even a gold crown.... are used (according to patient interests) to eliminate the appearance of mass produced denture teeth.
Fleshy, tinted areas of the denture representing normal gum tissue are painstakingly stained by hand to convert what is supposed to be cold acrylic into something that looks like warm, live gum tissue.
The finished product is called a Turbyfill Denture. There is no known fabrication process that can duplicate this process.
QuestionsCall our office at 631-689-1800 to schedule a consult to learn how Turbyfill prosthodontics can change the way you think about wearing dentures.
Patients with specific questions about cosmetic makeover dentures are invited to contact Dr. Koeppel directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form. Dr. Koeppel will respond directly with the answers and information you are seeking.
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New York Reconstructive Dentist
Ira Koeppel, D.D.S.
126 Gnarled Hollow Road
East Setauket Long Island New York NY 11733
Nassau - Suffolk County Spa Dentistry