The process of getting dentures is different for every patient as every prosthesis is customised, depending on your mouth shape. On average, the process can take anywhere from six weeks to three months, and it depends on whether you are getting partial or complete dentures, whether you need tooth extractions and how long it takes your mouth to heal. Let’s take a look at the denture process from start to finish and what you can expect to replace missing teeth.
The Denture Process From Start To Finish: Replacing Missing Teeth
How Many Missing Teeth Do You Have?
The first step in replacing missing teeth with a denture is for your dental practitioner to evaluate your mouth and teeth. If you still have some healthy teeth remaining, your dentist may suggest a partial to fill in the spots where you are missing teeth. For some patients, the best way forward is a full extraction and complete dentures.
If you do need tooth extractions, your gums will need to heal before complete dentures can be made, and the timeline for this process is different for everyone. It’s important for your gums to heal so that your dentures fit you comfortably. For most patients, this means at least six to eight weeks before impressions can be taken. If this is the case, your dental practitioner will fit immediate dentures and replace them with complete dentures once healing has been completed.
Taking The Impressions
Once your gums have healed, your dentist will take an impression using a liquid or semi-solid substance. When it sets, it will leave an impression of your oral cavity, which your dentist will use to create wax blocks that will be sent to the dental laboratory with the impression. Your dentist may ask you for input on the size, shape and colour of your false teeth.
Sending The Impression To The Dental Laboratory
The wax blocks and the impression will be sent to a dental laboratory so your complete dentures can be made. After a few days, you will be called back to your dentist’s office to try your dentures on and your dentist will check them for the fit and aesthetics.
If any changes need to be made, they will be done at this stage, before the final processing is done. This takes a few more days to complete before your denture is cleaned and polished and you can return to the practice to collect them. It might be necessary to make some minor adjustments before you can go home with your artificial teeth.
Adjusting To Your Dentures
Dentures are an effective way to replace missing teeth but it may take some to get used to them. Over the first few weeks, you may experience some discomfort but your gums will adjust in due course. It’s important to take them out at night to give your mouth a chance to heal and recover. You also need to take good care of them by cleaning them properly every day.
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