A Step By Step Guide To the Denture Procedure
The idea of getting dentures can be a little intimidating at first, but it’s important to remember that with the right solutions, they can transform your life for the better. Understanding the process of getting replacement teeth - from denture impressions to construction - can help make the process seem a little less overwhelming and prepare you for the steps ahead.
Here is what to expect from your denture procedure:
The first step in getting dentures is to visit your local denture clinic. Your denturist will take a preliminary impression of your mouth as a guide for making your new dentures.
If you have to have some teeth extracted, a denture impression is done after your gums have healed (4-6 weeks)
SELECTING YOUR NEW TEETH
With the help of your denturist, you then select which tooth shapes and colors (shades of white) you want for your replacement teeth.
The objective is to make them look as real and natural as possible.
Once the dentures are made, you will be scheduled for an appointment at your denture clinic for an initial fitting.
The dentures will be placed in your mouth and your denturist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a good and comfortable fit.
**After the initial fitting, you will probably need some additional appointments for fine adjustments to eliminate any sore spots**
Getting Used to Your New Dentures
Dentures will feel unnatural at first and will take a while to get used to. First-time denture wearers often experience feelings such as:
A full-mouth sensation
However, with some patience and advice from your denturist, your replacement teeth will eventually feel natural, and you will be back to speaking clearly and eating normally.
Eating Tips For Your Dentures
Choose foods that are easier to chew and swallow such as eggs, fish, cheese, chopped meat, cooked vegetables or ice cream.
Take small bites and chew slowly.
Don’t bite down hard with your front teeth. Try to balance food evenly in your mouth when you chew, so your dentures remain securely in place.
Hot foods will take some time to get used to, as your mouth won’t be able to sense heat as it did before.
Avoid chewy or hard foods, like caramel or chewing gum.
Tips for Speaking With Your New Dentures
Practice speaking out loud while wearing your new dentures.
Read from a book or magazine in front of a mirror or a loved one.
Try biting down and swallowing just before you speak. This helps set your full/partial denture in place.
Keeping your dentures clean and in good shape is very important to protect this investment that you have made. You should soak and brush your dentures daily but DO NOT use regular toothpaste.
Your denturist can recommend the best cleaners and denture products to help keep your replacement teeth as bright and shiny as new.
Denture Repairs, Relines & Re-base
Denture wearers often find that, over time, their replacement teeth become damaged, loose, broken or cracked. In many cases, there may be a quick and efficient solution to solve these issues.
Denture relines are often necessary as your mouth and gums change shape. This may occur for several reasons including:
Illness or disease
By adding new base material to the gum side of the denture, a denture reline can ensure a proper and comfortable fit once again.
A denture re base is performed when the base of the denture material has worn down. By replacing the base material with new acrylic, your denturist is able to create better-fitting, more stable replacement teeth without having to replace any denture teeth.
Dentures that have been cracked or broken are a cause for concern and should be dealt with quickly. Repairs may be performed on dentures that have chipped or cracked, or when one or more teeth need to be added to your dentures.