Denture Designs will reopen at its new permanent home in Walpole in December.
Kathryn A. Young, a licensed denturist, is reopening the practice at 40 Harrington Road in Walpole. A native of South Bristol, Young has worked in the dental profession for more than 26 years in a variety of roles, including as a lab technician and dental assistant.
After graduating with honors from George Brown College in June 2006, Young opened Denture Designs, which offers a full range of denture services. For the past nine years, the practice has been located at 748 Main St. in Damariscotta.
In early June, a pipe burst in the building and displaced Denture Designs and Lincoln County Dental Inc., a nonprofit that utilized part of the space to provide dental care for local residents at or below 200 percent of the property level.
Denture Designs relocated to Thomaston for the summer and began a search for a new, permanent location. Young, who lives in South Bristol, said she had driven by the property at 40 Harrington Road many times. She purchased the property in early August.
The land includes a carriage house, a large garage, and a small building near the road, all of which will be utilized, Young said. The buildings are currently under renovation. The property was formerly home to a pottery store, TB Pots Pottery.
The Denture Designs office will be located in the carriage house and have a historic feel, Young said. Antique and historic tools will hang on the walls of the reception area, and wood from Young’s property in South Bristol will be used to create the trim, baseboards, and the doors.
The office will have a consultation room, and three spacious treatment rooms that are handicapped-accessible.
The laboratory used to create dentures will be on the second floor of the carriage house. Having an in-house laboratory to create dentures will allow Young to be a more effective practitioner and have quality control, she said.
“I think it’s very important to talk with the patients about what will work best for them and then be able to come to the lab and translate that myself rather than writing it on a piece of paper and sending it somewhere,” Young said.
Denture Designs has four employees, including Young. Each of the employees is cross-trained to work in the laboratory as well as in their individual duties: as an office manager, a dental assistant, and a receptionist.
“I think it is really important for people who are explaining things to patients and talking with them about their treatment plans to understand the steps,” Young said.
In addition to a new location for Denture Designs, the property also allows Young and her husband, Toby Plummer, to bring together their separate businesses into one central location. Plummer owns Plummer Excavation and operates Granite Hill Quarry. Stones from the quarry will be used throughout the building.
Part of the second floor above the garage will be renovated into office space for Young and her office manager, as well as Plummer. The space will also include a kitchen and conference table.
The garage will be used for sandblasting and engraving rocks from the quarry. The finished products will be displayed in the small building and on the property.
Young will see her first patients at the new location Tuesday, Dec. 6. The other projects, including the office space, will be completed as time goes on.
“We’re doing it all in stages, which I think the patients will enjoy watching,” Young said.
For more information about Denture Designs, visit denturedesigns.com or find Denture Designs on Facebook.