PMMA is a milled product and is short for poly (methyl methacrylate). It is strong but lightweight and has a compressive strength between 85 and 110 MPa and a tensile strength between 30 and 50 MPa. Staining options allow for more character to be added to the restoration, creating a lifelike look that blends into the patient’s smile. With the lab handling the temporaries, the dentist is saved time by eliminating the need to make them chair-side. Dentists and patients can be apart of the design process so clients are happy with the shape and overall look of the restoration.
The process of manufacturing a PMMA restoration begins with a diagnostic wax up that has been prepared by either the technician or the dentist. The dentist and their patient both approve of the overall look before it is milled. It is then finished by either a polishing process, or glazed using a light curable glaze system called Optiglaze.
PMMAs are best used for:
- cosmetically driven patients wanting a more lifelike temporary
- long term temporaries
- temporary crowns for patients undergoing orthodontic treatments
Our clients choose PMMA restorations for their patients because:
- they wish to save time chair-side as well as free up their staff’s time
- they want their patient to feel confident in their temporaries
- they need need a more durable solution if they know the time frame before seat time will be extended
WDL staff that specialize in this technology:
Anna is a Washington local who is beginning her career in dental technology. She joined our team in 2023 and is assisting in our CAD/CAM department.
Milling & Printing Department Lead
Brian is our milling and printing guru here at WDL. Additionally he assists in the CAD/CAM department.
Ceramist/ Finish Technician
Chris is one of our skilled ceramists here at WDL. He has been a dental technician since 2013 and works on cosmetic restorations as well as hybrid cases.
Owner/ Cosmetic Specialist
Nate is one of WDL’s owners. Over the past two decades he has grown to become the county’s specialist for cosmetic work and complex cases.
Owner/ Production Manager/ Finish Technician
Tom is one of the owners here at WDL. On top of managing the lab’s daily production he also specializes in implant work and other complex cases.