- Posted on: May 15 2019
When you hear the word “dentures,” you might think of your grandparents. And, you may even think that people don’t really get dentures anymore. We seem to take better care of our teeth in this day and age, and you may look around and see only beautiful smiles. Granted, we do have better knowledge of health these days, and we understand more about how to take care of our teeth. Access to better health care often allows us to treat problems before they turn into serious conditions. But, what if your teeth just aren’t on board?
The Process of Getting Dentures
Getting permanent, full dentures can take from three to six weeks. The denture-making process involves several dental appointments and follows these overall steps:
- Impressions: Your dentist takes several impressions of your jaw and measures the space in your mouth available.
- Models: Your dentist makes a mold of wax or plastic in the exact shape of the denture so you can try it out. If you need us to make any adjustments to the color, shape, and fit it’s best to get it right at this point, before the permanent dentures are made.
- Cast: The final dentures are cast, and then adjusted as necessary.
When you first receive your permanent dentures, your dentist may recommend that you wear them constantly, for twenty four hours a day, because this is the easiest and quickest way for you to determine whether there are any spots that need tweaking. It’s important to ensure a good fit right away, because dentures that don’t fit well can be irritating to the gums. Plus, if your dentures don’t fit comfortably, you’ll likely keep fussing with them, causing frustration.
Once you have adjusted to the dentures to your liking, you can remove them at night. This is important to the health of the gums, as they can be stimulated by the tongue and saliva while you sleep.
Give us a call today at (713) 943-9832 to learn more about dentures. These aren’t just for grandparents, and we have younger clients who need dentures because of poor genetics or environmental factors.
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