If you’re missing multiple teeth, dentures can improve your quality of life and give a boost to your confidence! There are so many reasons to be excited when getting your new, beautiful smile. And while we understand the process of getting your dentures can be quite involved, the results are well worth it in the end. To make the process as simple as possible, take note of these few things you can expect when getting your dentures.
1. The process can take a few months.
Typically, you can expect the process of getting your dentures—from your initial appointment to bringing home your final device—to take around three to six weeks. Over this period, you will likely have about four or five appointments, depending on your individual needs. The process will begin with a preliminary evaluation, where we will take x-rays to examine your jawbone and gums to ensure they can support your new dentures. When your mouth is deemed ready for the device, we will take impressions of your mouth to create a device that is customized to your needs—be it a complete set of dentures or just a partial set. The remaining time will be used to create your device and ensure it fits your mouth perfectly.
2. You may need teeth removed.
There is a possibility that you may need to have a separate, minor oral surgery to prepare your mouth for your denture device. This can entail removing excess gum tissue or removing teeth that will impede the device. Regardless of your individual needs throughout the process, we will work closely with you to ensure that you are fully informed about what the process of getting your dentures should entail.
3. It may take time to adjust to your new device.
When you first get your new device, it may take you a few weeks to adjust and feel completely comfortable with your new set of teeth. At first, they may feel slightly loose—your gums and tongue will need some time to grow used to them. You can also expect some excess saliva production, minor soreness, and irritation as you get acclimated to the dentures. If a few weeks pass and you’re still not comfortable with the device, then you should schedule a new appointment with us at Steger Smiles. We will make any necessary changes to their fit and comfort, as well as advise you on potential new adhesives and cleansers if needed.
4. Your dentures will require special care.
Once you have received your new dentures, you’ll want to ensure that you’re taking proper care of them. You’ll need to rinse them after each meal as well as after you’ve put them in a denture-soaking solution. Be certain to clean your dentures daily to avoid the buildup of plaque, odor, and stains—just as you would with natural teeth. That said, you should be careful to clean them with denture toothbrush and avoid the use of toothpaste to protect the device from damage. Finally, you’ll want to soak your dentures each night to keep them in good shape.
5. Regular visits to your dentist are highly recommended.
Visiting your dentist every six months will allow you to ensure that your dentures fit properly and last as long as possible. Also, it is expected that your bite will gradually change over time, so you may need to have your device relined or repaired every so often to suit your needs. Ultimately, you will likely need a new device every five to seven years as a result of regular wear and the change in your bite.
Are you ready to get new dentures and improve your quality of life? Call Steger Smiles today to set up your consultation!