Getting removable dentures is a relatively easy, non-invasive procedure. The first step is to consult a dentist who will conduct a thorough oral examination (may include x-rays and CT scans) to determine the current state of your dental health and your needs. The exam also helps your dentist recommend the kind of removable dentures that suit you best.
After the examination, the dentist creates a model out of your remaining teeth and gum line. This model is often made of resin hardened with UV light. The dentist sends the model to a lab unit that will create your removable dentures. It takes several days or a few weeks for the lab to finish creating you removable dentures, depending on the number of orders and if you’re paying extra to have your dentures finished faster.
Removable dentures are made of either plastic or porcelain. Plastic is generally cheaper than porcelain. However, porcelain dentures are more durable and are resistant to staining and discoloration. When cared for properly, porcelain dentures can last between five to ten years. Ideally, your dentures should look like an improved model of your natural teeth. The lab technician take cares not to make them look too perfect, otherwise they may look fake and may not fit your natural dental structure.
Tooth Extraction and Restorations
After creating a model of your mouth, the dentist may extract or restore your remaining teeth. If your teeth can still be restored, the dentist usually recommends dental overlays. Severely damaged teeth need to be extracted. In such cases, your dentist recommends a full set of removable dentures.
After restoration or tooth extraction, your new dentures are fitted. If they feel uncomfortable in any way, the dentist sends them back to the lab for modifications. Tell your dentist right away if your dentures bite into your tongue, gums and inner cheeks.
Wearing removable dentures for the first time requires a period of adjustment. Speaking and eating may feel odd or uncomfortable until you get used to wearing them. If you want a permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth, consider dental implants. Call New Albany implant dentist Dr. Ron Receveur at (812) 945-7645 to learn more.