Sooner or later in life, the process of getting dentures will become very relevant indeed to most people.
Unless you are very lucky or took great care of your teeth, you are likely to need some type of false teeth, whether that be a dental implant or a full set of upper and lower dentures.
As there are many types of dentures, the process will depend very much on the type you are choosing.
Your dental treatment could take place over a number of months, and include extractions etc., or in some cases you may be able to opt for same day treatment and have everything completed in one day.
The traditional process would usually involve:
- Extractions – if necessary
- Choosing color and type of dentures
- Dental Impressions
- Trial Fitting – final adjustments can be made
- Final fitting
Several steps may take place during the same appointment. For instance, once it has been decided what type of false teeth you want, then the color of those teeth could be discussed.
Most dentists would recommend leaving a gap between the extractions and getting new false teeth. This is to allow the gums to heal, and also to allow for changes in the shape of the gum after healing has finished.
However, many people do not wish to wait, especially if the extracted teeth leave visible gaps, such as where front teeth have been removed.
If you have chosen to get your dentures using the same day option, then all steps of the process will take place during that day. In other words, instead of the usual series of short appointments, you will probably attend a dental clinic for several hours while your new false teeth are being made.
Some dentists use modern digital technology for taking dental impressions, whereas other prefer to rely on the traditional method.
Of course, the process of getting new dentures may also vary according to your own dental expert’s way of doing things, but generally speaking things should follow a similar pattern.
It may take a while to get used to your new false teeth, whether you waited for months or got them in one day. You may experience a few issues, or have no problems at all.
Your dental clinic will probably advise on aftercare, but always ask your dentist about any concerns you might have. Remember, they will have dealt with the denture process many times, and they should be happy to address any concern at all.