What to Expect When Getting Dentures: The Process
The process of getting dentures can vary, depending on the specific needs of each patient. For some general guidelines, however, consider the following road map.
How Long Does the Denture Process Take from Start to Finish?
The total timeline for getting dentures can vary greatly: For some, it takes as little as two weeks; for others, as long as two months. There are many factors here, including the number of teeth you have extracted and the number of additional dental processes you require along the way.
The process begins with a thorough examination from one of our dentists. A dental examination consists of an oral evaluation and radiographic images that will allow us to determine the overall state of your oral health and to evaluate if any teeth need to be extracted prior to the denture process. Based on your evaluation, the doctor will provide their recommendations on how to proceed.
Making the Dentures
If no preliminary treatment is needed the denture process averages 2-4 office visits before delivery of the denture. The first appointment will be dedicated to taking impressions. In between your first and last appointment, you will be scheduled to try in custom fit molds of your dentures. These molds will be made of wax and be adjusted if they are not fitting properly. Once you are content with the fit, the lab will fabricate the dentures with the appropriate materials and then will be delivered on your last appointment.
Fitting the Dentures
Once your dentures have been sent back to us from the lab, we will invite you to the office to make certain they fit accordingly and look aesthetically pleasing. During this appointment, denture care instructions will be explained to you.
Adapting to the Dentures
You should anticipate some “growing pains” for the first few weeks. You will need to get used to the feel of dentures in your mouth, and also grow accustomed to denture maintenance habits. Any physical discomfort should be minor and short-lived. Most patients are fully comfortable with their dentures in 30 days or less. It is also important to note that may take a few days for you to get used to speaking with your dentures. One way to expedite this process is by practicing your speech, perhaps reading out loud to yourself. The first few days may feel discouraging, but be patient. You will get there!