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Plastic trays line a shelf in the lab in the back room of John Mateskon’s office, each one holding a white plaster model of a person’s teeth.

The formation of those models is one of the first steps in making dentures, which is what Mateskon has done for more than 40 years.

But it isn’t all about making perfect sets of pearly whites. People want their teeth to look the way they always have. Mateskon often recreates a person’s dental imperfections — leaving gaps, or twisting a tooth just right.

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Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

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