If you have lost your teeth or had them extracted due to disease or injury, getting dentures will help you restore your smile. However, it can be a bit stressful if you’re not quite sure about what to expect. Here’s what you should know to help reduce your anxiety and make the right decision when getting dentures for the first time.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are artificial, removable replacements for missing teeth. They are custom-manufactured in a dental laboratory, based on your mouth impression and the color of your teeth and gums to produce a natural appearance.
You may need full dentures or partial dentures, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. Your denturist will suggest which denture type is best for you.
What to Expect During the First-Time Dentures Fitting Process?
You can expect the following steps to take place during your denture fitting process:
- Tooth Removal – Your dentist will guide you through the steps, and offer advice for aftercare to make you feel relaxed and fully informed during tooth removal.
- Mouth Impression – Impressions of your mouth will be taken to fabricate a custom denture for you.
- Bite Casts – Wax blocks are used to learn about your biting action. You may also be asked to pick out the shape and color of your new denture at this point.
- Wax Models – Your artificial teeth are set in wax so that you have a better idea of how your final denture will appear and work.
- Denture Fitting – Your final denture is fitted, and you will be given instructions on how you should care for it.
- Immediate Dentures – You can ask your dentist about getting an immediate denture once your teeth have been removed.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?
You can expect to have four or five appointments with your dentist, for three to six weeks until you get your new denture set. However, it may differ from person to person.
How Do You Put On Dentures for The First Time?
When you start wearing dentures, they may seem loose. Until you get used to keeping your dentures in place with the support of your cheeks and tongue muscles, they may shift while chewing and cause food or liquids to get inside them. After a few weeks, these problems will go away as your oral tissues will adapt to wearing dentures. However, if you still feel irritation or excessive soreness in any area, contact your dentist’s office immediately.
On your first day with new dentures, you may feel like you want to give up. It can be a few months before you get fully accustomed to your new dentures. Sore spots on your gums may occur when you get new dentures due to adjustment issues. This can be fixed by your dentist. After your dentures get adjusted, you won’t have any more soreness or pain in your mouth.
Dentures are used to restore the natural appearance of your smile. We are the leading denture clinic in Boise, Idaho, Caldwell, Idaho, Ontario, Oregon, and Everett, Washington, Call our dental office today at 208 584-5433 (Idaho), 541 881-3912 (Oregon), 425-374-8470 (Everett), or visit us today for a free consultation and see how dentures can improve your smile!