Getting New Dentures- What to Expect During the Process
The entire denture development process, from the time you and your dentist make the decision that dentures are right for you to the delivery and placement of your new denture may take anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks. During that time you will have several visits with your dentist for measurements and fittings to ensure that when you finally get your dentures, they fit and look as best they can.
Familiarizing yourself with the process will help you feel more confident about getting new dentures. This will help reduce any lingering anxiety or doubts that you may have.
Here’s what you can expect to happen once you decide to get new dentures:
Step 1: Taking Measurements
The first thing the dentist will do is to take impressions of your mouth using a putty-like material. The dentist will also assess how your upper and lower jaws relate to one another and measure the space between them.
Step 2: Creating the Initial Cast
The impressions and measurements that the dentist takes are used to create the new teeth set in wax. When the initial denture is ready, you will return to the dentist to determine if the shape, fit and color are the right for you.
This trial denture is then used to determine if the denture feels right and fits comfortably. If not, this is the time to make any changes.
Step 3: The Final Denture is Cast
Once you are fully satisfied with the way the trial denture looks, feels and fits, it is sent back to the technician to make the final version. This could be after several appointments as many trial dentures are created and tested for the best fit.
Regular Checkups Are Required Even After You Get Your New Dentures
Once you start wearing your new dentures, there will be an adjustment period. Your dentist will ask you to return to assess your progress. If there are any problems, small adjustments may have to be made to rectify any lingering issues. This is to be expected and it’s nothing to be worry about. The discomfort will eventually diminish as your mouth and the muscles of your tongue and cheek adjust to the new denture.