What happens when you get dentures?
What Happens When You Get Dentures?
A denturist can make a full conventional denture when all teeth have been lost or all extraction sites have healed (up to eight weeks or longer).
The denture process takes about three to seven appointments: the initial diagnosis is made; an impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position; a "try-in" is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit; and the patient's final denture is placed following any minor adjustments.
Since both appearance and function are important features of your dentures, digital photography is frequently used to help guide you in making decisions about your dentures.
New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new "teeth" because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While some patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours, some patients report discomfort with eating or chewing for several days to a few weeks. To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, easy to chew foods. In addition, denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow or minor speech difficulty.
While you may be advised to wear your denture almost constantly during the first two weeks even while you sleep, under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove it at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums.
It is important to continue having regular dental checkups so that a dentist can examine oral tissues for signs of disease or cancer. As a result of normal aging, your mouth will change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your denture or possibly remake your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period because doing so can contribute to bone loss. When in doubt, consult your denturist or dentist.
At A Dental and Denture Associates, we are available as needed, without additional charge, to help you through these stages of adjusting to your new dentures.
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