Millions of Americans choose dentures as an affordable option to replace missing teeth. Thanks to technological advances in cosmetic dentistry, patients are able to wear dentures that are lightweight, durable, and look like natural teeth. If you are considering having a set of dentures made, here’s what you can expect throughout this process:
Having Your Dentures Made:
It takes approximately five months for a patient to have their dentures fitted. During the first appointment, a dentist will measure the patient’s mouth and jaw and make an impression. This impression helps the dentist create a set of dentures that will ensure proper bite alignment. Once the impression has been created, the dentist may use a set of temporary dentures to help the patient determine the proper fit, shape, and color for the final appliance.
Wearing Your Dentures:
Because a denture wearer’s mouth needs to adjust to wearing this new appliance, it takes about two months for the patient to get used to their new dentures. Depending on the patient, a dentist might recommend continuous wear of the new dentures in order to identify any pressure points or areas of discomfort. If a problem does arise during this adjustment period, the dentist can make some additional adjustments.
Taking Care of Your Dentures:
Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be cared for with everyday brushing and cleansing. After every meal, individuals should rinse and brush their dentures to ensure that no bacteria or plaque builds up on the surface of the gums. To ensure that the dentures are thoroughly cleaned and kept moist to prevent cracking, denture wearers should also let them soak in denture solution throughout the night. Removing dentures at night also gives the patient’s soft gum tissue the opportunity to breathe.
Are you interested in learning more about dentures? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenn Kakosian, D.D.S., P.C. by calling (212) 661-9777. Dr. Kakosian has been practicing dentistry for 25 years, offering general and cosmetic treatments like dentures and Invisalign to patients of NYC.