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Author: David M. Hern, D.M.D.


Be sure that the dentures have:

  • Healthy denture bearing tissue
  • Acceptable esthetics
  • Proper extensions
  • Proper vertical dimension
  • Proper centric

While taking the impression, be sure to constantly check that:

  • Patient is in the proper occlusion
  • Patient is at the proper VDO
  • Midline is centered
  • No anterior displacement of the denture, particularly the maxillary, has occurred

**Every procedure during impression making is done with a closed mouth technique**

1. Impression Phase

  1. Remove all of the undercuts
  2. Reduce the denture periphery as you would a custom tray
  3. Border molding and impression making, as usual
  4. All impression procedures are to be done with the closed mouth technique
  5. Mark the posterior limit on a maxillary impression with an indelible pencil

2. Cast Phase

  1. Boxing and pouring, as usual
    1. Do not separate
  2. Trimming, as usual
    1. Do not separate

3. Prescription and Processing

Write a prescription and take it to the appropriate person(s) for approval and subsequent processing.