👨⚕️ Why contour a denture?
🎤 Improved esthetics, of course (especially for patients with a HIGH lip line) – contouring provides proper lip and cheek support – improved tolerance, stability, and control – to be short it prevents chronic cheek and tongue biting and fills out your face!
😃 Esthetics for a denture?
🚨 Gingival contours must be reproduce for the best results possible. We want your dentures to look and function like your natural teeth and this is often a difficult process for most dentists. Or experienced lab technicians have seen it all and can fix any case prior to processing, also know as fabrication.
🤔 Normal like my teeth?
🤗 The canines and first premolars are similar to your natural state, so we start there. Again, we want your dentures to look like your natural teeth as much as possible (unless you dislike your natural teeth) so we use them as a guide.
🤯 What is stippling? (Like a 🍊peel)
🤑 Stippling gives us better esthetics (reflection of light) and is super important – it also keeps food from traveling to the periphery of the denture, helping you keep foot out from under your dentuers!
👅 Will I bite my tongue!? 😛
👋 Maybe at first. The gingival roll and concavity of your upper denture should take care of this. The lingual contour of your lower denture will typically prevent any tongue biting!
🤨 What’s the lingual concavity?
😋 Inside of your lower denture. It facilitates stability and control during mastication, or the chewing process. We’re a fan!
😍 Palatal thickness?
🤓 1-2 mm thick and smooth, this promotes proper speech articulation and decreases gagging. In rare instances where patients are comfortable with a palate-less denture, we will remove the palate. Dental implants help us remove the palate as well.
😎 Posterior Palatal Seal?
🙂 A fancy name for the thick part at the end of your denture. It enhances retention and prevents movement.