Your dentures broke and now they are off being fixed. But how are they fixed? Who fixes them and what type of stuff do they use? Is it safe to rely on a lab for denture repair? These questions and more could be going through your head as you await your order to be finished.
Denture Repair Lab Location and Staffing
Denture repair occurs in a dental lab. The lab could be found inside the dentist office, but more likely it's a stand-alone facility to which the dentist or denturist ships appliances which need attention. Cosmetic labs also fix dentures based on orders received directly from the individual. These orders are placed via the telephone, Internet or via mail-order.
Specially trained denture technicians work in the lab where they may construct and fix various kinds of dental appliances from bridges and crowns to dentures and retainers. Or the laboratory may focus solely on denture construction and repair. Workers primarily use hand tools to make a specific model of the patient's mouth or teeth. The tech follows written directions from the dentist and uses models, casts or molds of their patients' mouth or teeth, if available.
Construction and Fixing Dentures
To repair dentures, a technician might need to do any number of things. They may need to mix ingredients like the high-quality oil used to create dentures with the coloring agent used to color the gum part of the device. Technicians may use little spatula-like tools to spread the acrylic over a fracture or fracture or they might have to use wire cutters, Bunsen burners or soldering apparatus to reinforce the apparatus with cable.