Taking the decision to have dentures is an important step in your journey towards a better laugh, smile, improved eating, and speaking. Be it one or two or your entire teeth that you are missing, with dentures you can chew food better as they provide support for your jaw and face muscles.
Some people quickly get used to the perks of having dentures, but it takes some time to get used to having this dental treatment.
Should you have had your teeth taken out due to tooth decay, gum disease, or serious body contact, you might want to consult our Corrimal dentist for more details on what to expect during a full or partial denture treatment including the benefits.
Here are some things you should prepare for:
Your first appointment
When you have decided to have dentures, your dentist will refer you to an expert denturist for your first consultation and fitting. Here, impressions of your teeth will be taken to design your permanent dentures. Your tooth will be extracted, and other dental preparations will follow suit as you keep visiting.
Upon taking your impressions, 5 to 8 teeth on each side of your mouth will be removed simultaneously. Should you have a few teeth left, all remaining chompers might be extracted in this appointment. When the inflammation and soreness have reduced, you will be asked to visit the clinic to take out a second set of 5 to 8 teeth, and it continues. You can visit the Corrimal dental clinic for a hassle-free tooth extraction.
Also called immediate dentures, these devices are used to cover up the missing teeth of patients awaiting their permanent dentures. Temporary dentures require regular relining since there is an adjustment of bones and gums as the mouth heals.
These dentures are fitted into the patient’s mouth after it has healed. This healing period usually spans up to 6 months. The first few weeks may see patients having difficulty speaking, eating, and experiencing soreness and stiffness in the jaw. Over time, all these discomforts will fade. Our expert Dapto dentists can help you with some pain-relieving techniques. For eating, it is recommended that your food should be cut into smaller pieces that are easy to chew particularly fruits and vegetables.
Just like people take care of their natural teeth, do the same for your dentures so that bacteria and plaque do not build up. Rinse your dentures very thoroughly after each meal, and have your tongue, gums, and remaining teeth cleaned properly before wearing them again. Also, brush your dentures with a non-abrasive toothpaste and soak them all night to prevent dryness.
Lastly, schedule an appointment with any of our dentists in Dapto to ensure your dentures fit snugly onto your gums as a tight or loose fit can trigger mouth sores.
We can help you prepare for your new dentures by providing useful advice and answering all your questions.
Contact us today!