The process of restoring your smile after tooth loss is an exciting one, and there are certain things that you can do to make the most of your new dentures.
For first-time denture wearers, the process can seem overwhelming. It is helpful to know all of the steps involved in treatment as well as how to care for your dentures to keep them in the best condition.
Getting Dentures: What to Expect
The process of getting dentures is completed over a number of appointments at our office. During the initial consultation, your dentist will examine your smile and take all of the measurements needed to design your new dentures. This may entail the provider taking dental impressions, x-rays or photos, as needed.
That data is then forwarded to the dental lab that will actually create your new dentures. When we have received the dentures back from the lab, we will contact you to schedule your initial fitting. At this appointment, we can make further adjustments to the appliances if needed.
We will give you directions on how long to wear your new dentures, how to eat with them and how to care for them. Follow these directions closely for the best results.
Tips to Maximize the Benefits of Your Dentures
If you’re wondering what to consider as you get adjusted to life with dentures and to get the most out of your new smile, here are a few suggestions:
- Be patient: It does take some time to get used to new dentures, so if they feel unnatural for a few weeks, know that this will pass. If you experience ongoing discomfort or poor fit, contact our office to see if a refitting might be needed.
- Handle with care: Your dentures are not indestructible, so don’t be careless with them. Whenever they’re not in your mouth, store them in the case provided for safe keeping.
- Keep your dentures clean: Clean your dentures daily, and use gentle products specifically designed for denture care. Abrasive cleansers or rough techniques can damage your dentures.
If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your dentures, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Give us a call and one of our friendly, knowledgeable staff members will be happy to get you the information that you need.