If you and your dentist decide it is time for dentures, or perhaps you want a new set, you should know what the fitting process entails. In the hands of an experienced dental health care provider, the process is easy and will give you the smile aesthetics and function you desire. In this blog, you will learn what to expect during your denture fitting appointments.
The In-Office Denture Evaluation
Your denture fitting will take several appointments to complete. While the process is easy on you, it often takes some time. This is because your dentist wants to ensure you have the best of oral health, denture fit and smile appearance when you go home with your new dentures.
First, you will undergo a complete oral check-up in which your dentist assesses the health of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. They will also do X- rays and extractions of any unhealthy teeth.
Next, your dentist will discuss what kind of dentures would best serve your oral function and facial appearance. While some people choose traditional full dentures which replace their entire set of teeth, others may choose implant-supported dentures which are stabilized by several titanium implants inserted into the jawbone.
Other choices include partial or overdentures. These artificial teeth replace one or more missing teeth on either arch and are held in place by metal clasps attached to neighboring natural teeth.
Finally, your dentist will take oral impressions of your top and bottom jaw and also a wax pattern to determine your dental bite. These items will be sent to the dental lab where a skilled technician will create your dentures from natural-looking, stain-resistant, and durable resins.
Fitting Your New Dentures
Most patients wear a trial set of full dentures while their permanent appliances are made. Once completed, you will come back to your dentist’s office for a trial fitting. They will check that the dentures rest comfortably and securely in place, along with how they feel and if the color and shape of the new teeth and gums are what you expected. Modifications can be made as needed, and at the final appointment, you will receive your permanent dentures.
Caring For Your New Smile
As you adjust to your renewed smile at home, you will learn how to modify your eating and drinking habits. For example, you may find that the best way to chew food is by using both sides of your mouth simultaneously. You will also learn how best to take care of your dentures, such as rinsing them with an American Dental Association approved denture paste or soak after eating. Be sure to also remove your dentures at night to rest your gums.
Remember that adjusting to new dentures takes practice and patience. If you have questions or concerns, such as oral discomfort, give your dental office a call right away. It is not unusual to need a minor adjustment or two.
Expert Denture Fabrication And Fitting in Eugene, OR
At Bender Family Dental, Dr. Ari Binder and his team want all of their denture patients to feel confident in their personal appearance, oral health, and ability to bite, chew and speak. That is why they carefully assess what dentures would work best for each qualified patient and work with them step by step to ensure their best possible smiles.
Call us today at (541) 689-1645 to learn more about the denture-fitting process with Dr. Ari Binder or request a visit by completing our online form. We will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.