Dentures can restore your appearance and chewing ability while giving you a new outlook on life. Typically, it takes between six weeks and three months to get dentures.
This blog will explain the process of getting dentures and how long you can expect each step to take.
Step 1: Tooth Extraction
Before you can have your full-arch dentures made, you must have your remaining teeth extracted. Tooth extraction requires healing time, so the dentures have a solid base.
Many dentists offer a temporary denture that you can wear at home on the day of your tooth extraction, easing your transition. Most people will be ready to continue the denture process in about six to eight weeks.
Step 2: Pre-Denture Consultation and Impressions
The dentist will check whether your gums have healed and whether your oral tissues are healthy enough to support dentures. You may also need surgical procedures to adjust the soft and hard tissues in your mouth to ensure a proper denture fit.
When your gums are ready, the dentist will take detailed impressions of your oral cavity.
After the impression, the dentist uses wax blocks to establish the correct bite for your new dentures. You will choose what your new dentures will look like.
Step 3: Making the Permanent Dentures
The lab receives your impressions and the wax blocks used to check your bite. Within a few days, they will have wax dentures for you to try. This step helps fine-tune the fit and appearance of your dentures.
After this appointment, the dentist sends the wax dentures back to the lab to create the final version.
Adjusting to New Dentures
If you received temporary dentures, adjusting to the final product might be easier. The adjustment process may lead to some soreness and discomfort. You may have trouble eating and speaking as you become accustomed to your new dentures, but this is normal in the healing process.
Your mouth will need time to get used to the dentures. If you have severe discomfort, your dentures may need adjustment in the office.
Other Denture Options
If you are missing only a few teeth, partial dentures may be the right choice. Partial dentures have metal attachments that slip over your existing teeth. They may be more affordable than bridges or implants.
These dentures have a better fit than traditional dentures because they have implant anchors. They may be permanent or removable for cleaning.
Talk to your dentist about which denture type is most appropriate for your situation.
Call Jacobs and Thatcher Dentistry
If you have problems with your existing teeth and need dentures, ensure that you meet with an expert. We can provide well-fitting, highly functional dentures that can improve the look of your smile. Call our office at 813-634-1932 to schedule an appointment.