Are you considering getting dentures but have no idea what the process entails? Perhaps you are scared or confused as to what exactly happens when you get dentures? Learning more about dentures will help you feel more at ease. Dentures are an artificial replacement method for your natural teeth and can be made from acrylic and metals. Dentures will be designed to fit your mouth exactly and will look like they are your real teeth.
Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures that your dentist can recommend. The dentist will need to review your teeth and can then recommend which type will work best for your specific needs. Full dentures, with upper and lower replacements, will work best when all teeth need to be replaced. A partial is used when just one or a few of your natural teeth need to be replaced. The partial will be used to help align your remaining teeth so they do not shift in the future.
The Denture Process
Once your dentist has explained your options and which denture type will work best in your mouth, you will be ready to start the actual process of getting dentures. Your current dental condition will be reviewed by the dentist and a course of action recommended. If teeth remain, your dentist will need to consider if these teeth need to be extracted before the dentures can be used.
Having teeth extracted can be upsetting but is a process that is done each and every day by experienced dentists. You will be treated with care and helped along the way as you transition from losing your natural teeth to having new and shiny dentures for a beautiful smile.
An impression of your mouth will be taken by the dentist during this process so that your dentures can be created. Impressions can take place several times to ensure the dentures will be a perfect fit. You will be able to choose the tooth shape, size, and color that will fit your mouth, providing you with a natural look. The initial fitting will take place once the dentures have been created and you will be able to see how they look. Additional appointments will be needed for the dentist to make adjustments if you have issues with fitting or comfort.
Continue with Regular Exams
Once you have your dentures in place, you will need to continue to continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist will help you learn how to clean the dentures as well as keep the replacement in top condition so you will be able to enjoy your new smile for years to come.
To learn more about dentures or to schedule a consultation, contact our office at (602) 482-5100. We can work with you on the process of dentures, explaining each step along the way, easing you through the replacement process.