We have set the photos up as a slide show, if you press on the photo, you can proceed slide by slide and read the captions to get an idea what we did for the day.
In today’s visit, the first thing we do is check to see how Mike is doing. The extraction sites are healing nicely. I’m happy for Mike: he will never have another tooth ache, ever again.
Remold, Reshape, Recontour
The lab has sent us upper and lower wax rims for today’s visit. The wax rims are a starting point: we take the wax rims and remold, reshape, recontour them to the shape we think would be ideal for Mike’s mouth.
Also in this visit, we select the teeth that will be used on Mike’s dentures. I love looking at teeth! Whenever I meet anybody who works with denture teeth, I am always asking, what are the prettiest teeth out there? In my opinion, the best-looking teeth in 2013 are Portrait IPN by Dentsply. While taking a denture course, I was fortunate enough to go on tour at the Dentsply factory in York, Pennsylvania, where the Portrait IPN teeth are made. The teeth are made of layers, with depth and “personality” — because of this; they are just beautiful! At today’s visit, we also pick the shape of the tooth and the color. Mike likes the idea of having a lighter color. He picks a Portrait P1 for his color.
Since the second visit, the lab poured up our master models and fabricated wax rims for today, the third visit.
Anastasia has everything ready for today’s visit: flame for melting the wax; tools for sculpting and contouring the wax; and Blu-Mousse Bite Registration by Parkell.
The wax rim that the lab sent is a starting point; it is our job to take that wax rim and sculpt a denture in wax. I need to add more, to make a fuller smile.
Working with the wax involves melting the new wax onto the wax rim.
We spend time trimming away the excess wax, sculpting and contouring.
The denture needs to be longer, so more sculpting and contouring.
We take this wax rim in and out, visually checking to see it is what we are looking for, sculpting and contouring.
Even more melting the wax, trimming, sculpting and contouring.
Let’s check how this looks!
Team Seasons of Smiles Dental, hard at work.
We made the upper wax rim first, working it against his lower older, existing denture.
Almost there! We use a stick as a tool to measure how close Mike’s upper jaw is to his lower jaw.
Using the big mirror helps us get an idea what the denture is going to look like.
Anastasia Snow of Seasons of Smiles Dental.
Nellie Clark of Seasons of Smiles Dental.
Working with the big mirror, almost there.
Now we make the lower denture so it works against the upper denture.
The upper wax rim and lower wax rim both look good; now it is time to record their relationship.
We must record the midline. This is where the lab will place the two front teeth.
We check the midline from different angles to make sure it’s in the middle.
Now we tie the upper wax rim to the lower wax rim using Blu-Mousse – Bite Registration by Parkell.
We ask Mike to bite down softly and wait for the Blu-Mousse to cure.
We record where we think the canines should go.
I love looking at teeth! Whenever I meet anybody who works with denture teeth, I am always asking, what are the prettiest teeth out there? In my opinion, the best-looking teeth in 2013 are Portrait IPN by Dentsply. Now all we have to do is pick a mold.
For a multitude of reasons, we picked 42F. I think it’s a “manly tooth” that should work out nicely.
The next big decision we need to make is on color. We are going with A1; it’s a color you might see on an 18-year-old young man. I showed Mike some whiter shades, but he liked the idea of A1 better.
We are done for the day! We will be sending this off to Eliason Dental Lab. Thank you, Julie Skelton, for all your help; Eliason Dental Lab has offered to do this work for us at no charge. They can be reached at Eliason Dental Lab, 190 Riverside St., Unit 6B. Portland, ME 04103 (207) 774-7881 http://www.eliasonlab.com
Eliason Dental Lab has offered to do this work for us at no charge. They can be reached atEliason Dental Lab
190 Riverside St., Unit 6B
Portland ME 04103
We are done for the day! We will be sending this off to Eliason Dental Lab. Thank you, Julie Skelton, for all your help; Eliason Dental Lab has offered to do this work for us at no charge. They can be reached at
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Fantastic! I always have a good feeling when I leave the office. My last visit was very successful and kind of fun! We played musical chairs! LOL I was in and out in record time and my problem was fixed. Thanks Michelle! Always nice to visit with you Nellie, we always have a laugh together.
They got me in the day I called! Very thorough, knowledgeable and kind. Medina is my favorite by far out of any dentist, any doctor I have ever had. He was personable, sensitive and I didn’t feel rushed at all. The nurses were all wonderful as well and were sensitive to the fact that I hadn’t been to a dentist in years and was nervous. They explained everything before they did it and talked me through everything. I felt like their only priority was me at the moment and they weren’t mentally somewhere else and that’s rare to find.
5 stars in spite of the fact the dentist is not my favorite place to go. My great experience started from the initial call to Nellie...working with my availability and making it happen. Dr. Medina and Michelle were amazing. They made a difficult visit as easy as they could with sincerity and compassion. I will definitely be making the call to completely change my dental provider to Seasons of Smiles.
Best experience I've ever had at any type of doctor or dentist. The staff was more than accommodating and went above and beyond to make my children and I feel comfortable. Dr. Medina was awesome. Highly recommend this office.
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the staff at Seasons of Smiles. Everybody is friendly, kind, and knowledgeable. Dr. Medina and Michelle were so patient and gentle with my seven year old daughter. Thank you for the great care.
Dr Medina and his staff always treat me with the utmost courtesy and respect. They are upfront and honest about the treatment needed. I've had some pretty bad experiences with dentists in my past but at Seasons of Smiles I am always made to feel comfortable and cared about. Thank you all so very much for such great care.
Everyone there is very professional. Always fits me in when necessary . The office is always spotless. The hygienist is very thorough and gentle. Nellie is always pleasant and a great first person to represent the office when people come in !!!!
(this is Diane) I have been using this office for the past 17 years. I have never once even considered finding someone else to be my dentist. They are kind, smart, dependable, and fun! Thank you for making all my fears vanish!
They were so great about getting me in same day because I was in so much pain. The staff was super nice and so passionate and patient. They took the time to hear my concerns and really cared about the fact that I was in pain and not just another check coming in. Dr. Medina was so nice and thoughtful, patient and kind. That is the kind of person you want taking care of your teeth!
My family has been going to Dr. Medina for many years. Nellie has always been so accommodating with making the appointments for the whole family. She calls and sends out reminders for the visits. She is friendly and is happy to see you when you walk into the office. Our hygienists ( We have seen Kim and Michele) are kind and are very gentle. They care about you when you are in their chair and make you feel at home. Dr. Medina always comes in at the end of every cleaning. He goes over any treatment plan and spends time going over any questions that you have. He cares about you as a person, not just another patient. Seasons of Smiles even sends out birthday cards with all of their signatures. My family has always had great experiences and we will continue to be patients of Seasons of Smiles. It is a great place!
10/13/15: My family have been patients of Dr. Medina for 20 years. From the minute you walk in with Nellie's friendly greeting and making you feel like more than a number, to the knowledgeable hygienist (Kim this time) who take the time to answer ALL my questions, to Dr. Medina who will take the time to explain procedures and listens to concerns to give me quality dental care. This office seems to be genuinely concerned with preventative care: Save the tooth, don't replace it. I like that I am not a number in this office. Thanks.