Dentures are false teeth that are removable and made of acrylic (plastic), nylon, or metal. They are designed to fit snugly over the gums, replacing missing teeth and eliminating potential problems caused by gaps.
Gaps left by missing teeth can make eating and speaking difficult, and teeth on either side of the gap may grow into the space at an angle.
Dentures can help with eating and speech issues. If you need full dentures, they may also improve the appearance of your smile and give you confidence.
Although we are renowned for our implant dental work, we fabricate bespoke dentures ranging from 1 tooth to complete upper and lower dentures in our denture laboratory in Bournemouth. Our Dorset denture and dental artisans take pride in creating lifelike dentures, detailing not only the teeth on the dentures but also the pink gum aspect for clients in Bournemouth, Poole and nationwide.
We layer the muscle contouring and gum shading on our dentures to ensure that when they are in your mouth they are camouflaged against your own anatomy. Tooth and gum shades will be decided with our patients included in the decision, it is important that you are happy with every step of the process.
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We are a small but dedicated team in Bournemouth who believe that dentures can be the perfect solution for you if they are made well. That’s why at our Dorset denture clinic, we take pride in offering the highest quality new and partial dentures in the South West!
We can repair your denture on the day; create a brand new denture in one day and work closely with your clinic to provide work quickly and efficiently.
We can create brand new dentures for you in just one day – working closely with your dental practice you can leave with a new smile all crafted for you whilst you wait.
With award-winning team members and a focus on training and development we work hard to create the best possible prosthesis for you so you know you’ll always leave with your perfect smile.
Contact us now to arrange a mobile denture repair which can be completed in our fully-fitted mobile dental laboratory whilst you wait in the comfort of your own home.
Our team have over 50 years of experience in the dental industry between them; they have trained to the full extent of their scope of practice and can provide a number of services to help improve the end result of your smile.
We have invested in a digital photography suite and the latest in camera technology to make sure the photos we take are as true to life as possible. Our technicians will talk you through the tooth shades and together you will choose the perfect match.
We only use the best materials on the market. Brexit has unfortunately allowed a number of suppliers to enter the market with little-to-no tests for safety in place but we prefer to pay a higher price for products and materials which we know are safe for our patients.
We have invested in a fully digital suite with the latest CADCAM technology to ensure we can match the contours of your teeth exactly.
Everything we create is bespoke and unique to each patient. We know that your smile is important to you and so we want to make sure you are perfectly happy with your teeth.
The Hive Dental Laboratory can make new full or partial dentures for you – from start to finish – in just one day. We use the most advanced techniques in dentistry, enabling our fully qualified dental technicians to create the most aesthetic results. Learn more about our process below.
For the initial consultation, you will first sit down with our denture artisan, who will listen to what you want to achieve from your smile. You can also see the different materials that can be used to make your denture so that you’re fully involved from the get-go.
For example, there are multiple materials for denture plates: the traditional acrylic ‘all pink’ dentures, Cobalt Chrome ‘metal dentures’, flexible dentures and ‘PEEK’ – this is a relatively new material in dentistry although it has been in medicine for many a year, it’s extremely bio-compatible (body-friendly), very strong! (fracture resistant), neutral-tasting, AND extra thin!
This is just a sample of some of the options you will be shown in your first appointment. If you would like to go ahead we will refer you to our dentist, at our Bournemouth denture clinic you will go to for your appointments, who will meet with you to ensure you’re dentally fit with an oral cancer screening. The dentist will then prepare a treatment plan for you and a prescription for the dental artisan allowing you to have all the options written out, outlining everything discussed and the costings. Our dental artisans are working under their extended scope of practice as a dental technician therefore some stages will be carried out by the dentist.
So, you’ve met your Hive Artisan, discussed your options and now you’re ready for your new smile! Firstly, we will answer any questions you have and make sure you are 100% happy.
Then we will begin with some impressions: we will be using impression material to take a mould of your mouth to get a perfect new denture. The material we use in the clinic is completely harmless: the main ingredient is seaweed. So, sit back and relax in our dental spa!
These moulds will enable us to recreate your mouth in our Dorset denture laboratory so that we can create a bespoke impression tray that will fit every curve & dip in your mouth. This allows us to take another impression at your next denture appointment that will be a very accurate representation of your mouth.
In some cases we don’t take impressions at all: we can take an intraoral scan of your mouth to stitch together a 3D model of your mouth, allowing a greater level of accuracy and negating the need for the second impression appointment when creating a new denture. You will discuss this at your initial consultation and your dentist will advise what is best for you.
We will then schedule you an appointment anytime up to 7 days that suits you for your next stage.
You’re new bespoke trays are eagerly awaiting some impressions. This will be the same process as before but with your new denture trays. We will also take an ‘occlusal registration’, that means assessing how your upper and lower jaw come together harmoniously. We use wax for this technique, moulding it to the missing tooth areas of your mouth and getting you to bite together into it.
You’re sat up the entire time we are doing these stages, with ample time for us to show you what we are doing and talk you through each stage.
We also pick the colour (shade) of your teeth. If you still have some of your own teeth we can colour match to ensure you have a seamless smile. Or if you’re going for new teeth all together we can advise you on the most natural colour of teeth for your skin tone & age etc.
We also choose the shape, taking measurements and ensuring you have the right shape of teeth to match your facial anatomy. If you managed to bring in any old photographs of you smiling then this is the appointment where we can analyse the photos with you to get the right shape and shade.
Now your bespoke models have been cast, your wax occlusal registration (wax bite) has all been aligned and the teeth have been carefully chosen in colour and shape. Our dental artisans have used all the information you have given them with the measurements and models to create your new dentures in wax! This appointment is the final one before the big reveal of your new teeth. We want you to be 100% happy with how the teeth are, their positioning. How much lip support it gives you etc.
We can make adjustments, if necessary, chair-side to ensure you are smiling ear to ear with the aesthetics of your new teeth. Then, and only then, do we take the waxed up versions of your dentures and go ahead with booking your final fit appointment. A dentist will be present for this appointment.
The day has come, you may have your old dentures in as you arrive but you know they are soon to be your back up pair!
Upon arrival at our Dorset denture clinic, we will ensure your new teeth fit comfortably. It is normal to need minimal adjustments chair-side, ensuring that you bite together properly. A dentist will fit your dentures.
We will get you to say some tongue-twisting sentences to ensure you’re happy with how they feel when talking.
Denture aftercare instructions will be explained to you, and you will leave with the aftercare in paper form. Any questions you have regarding the new teeth will be listened to and answered. You will also get to leave with all your dental models for you to keep in case you need them, after all, you paid for them! Then when you are happy to go and try your new teeth out, we will book you a follow up appointment for 3-4 weeks time to ensure everything is going as planned with you teeth.
“I first met Emily 3 years ago where I walked into the practice needing completely new dentures.
She spent a lot of time with me talking through all the options available; showing me the difference between them all and even letting me see inside the laboratory just to allay my fears about where the teeth come from. I can honestly say I have never met a more lovely person or kind dental professional in my life.
Her commitment to getting it right is second to none and I never feel like I’m wasting her time.”
“My smile is perfect now and, I always thought false teeth were meant to look bad! or at least false, not these ones!
I’ve told everyone to come to The Hive Laboratory to get their teeth done!
“I cannot thank you enough for the time, care and skill given to making my implant crown.
From the moment you came in to the surgery I felt at ease, you talked through everything that was going to happen; picked the shade with me and even showed me how you design on the computer! (Isn’t technology marvellous?!).
The crown fitted beautifully and looks very natural. All round gold star!”
“It was a joy meeting Emily to discuss my new teeth. She explained the stages in the laboratory into making teeth and I now realise why dentists charge so much!
You have not only given me teeth you have given me back my confidence and my life. Thank you so much Emily.”
I would like to thank you for your care, attention and expertise over the last couple of months when I had a replacement implant denture made and fitted. Everything was explained in full detail as to what would happen at each visit and the materials that the denture would consist of – and I was consulted at the time re the colouring of the teeth.
I am really pleased with the end result – which fits like a glove.”
“My dentist explained that your laboratory made my tooth from the moulds he took. I don’t know how you managed to do it but the tooth is PERFECT! I have always been skeptical of dentists stealing money but now I have completely turned my opinion around.
Thank you and your team for giving me my smile back.”
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