What to Expect When Getting Dentures?
Your dentist will carry out a comprehensive examination to assess what types of denture are suitable for your case, including the taking of targeted dental X-rays to assess your teeth and jawbone condition. At Truly Dental we see ourselves as your partners in your dental care, and so at this consultation your dentist will also discuss with you your hopes, preferences and any concerns for treatment, to determine alongside the circumstances of your teeth and mouth health what the best and most appropriate treatment option is for you going forward.
Once you and your dentist have decided upon the ideal course of action, you will be given a detailed treatment plan, including an accurate estimate for the total time until completion of all stages, and a full breakdown of costs involved using our various payment plans. Only once you are happy to proceed with treatment, your dentist will take an impression (a 3D recording) of your mouth and remaining teeth, to allow for the fabrication of your denture to begin.
Your new custom-made denture will be constructed in a number of different stages by a dental technician following your initial consultation, where a record impression of your teeth is taken, including a record of your bite so this can be replicated on your denture. Your dentist will schedule you to return to the clinic for review after each stage is completed.
The dentists at this clinic work closely with our dental lab technicians to ensure that your unique denture mimics your natural teeth as closely as possible, advising and choosing with you whichever options are right for your smile. It takes between 3 to 5 visits to create a new denture – our dentists and technicians take time to carefully select tooth shape, size and colour and to ensure your new set of teeth are easy to insert and fit comfortably.
If you have opted for a metal denture, at some of your appointments your dentist will have to make some very minor adjustments to some of your teeth to make space for your denture and allow it to clip on securely. This process is completely pain free and can be done without the need for dental anaesthetic.
Once the fabrication model has been fully completed for your new denture, including replicating your original bite pattern and matching for shape and size, the clinic will receive a temporary wax rendering your new denture – from this you and your dentist will get an idea of how your final denture will look. At this stage we can discuss, revise and change the colour of the teeth until you are happy with both the feel and appearance of the prosthetic.
The lab technicians will fabricate your completed, permanent denture from this final revision using the materials decided on in your treatment plan. At this stage your dentist will schedule you to return for your final visit and will fit the denture in place. Some fine tuning may be carried out at this appointment to perfect your bite. You will also be given detailed instructions on how to properly care for your new denture by your dentist, who will also be happy to answer any remaining questions or concerns that you have.
At your final fitting appointment, your dentist will let you know the ideal maintenance schedule for both your dentures and how to best look after and safeguard the remaining of your natural teeth, and when you should next book in for a dental check-up.
After having teeth removed, the density and profile of your jawbone changes, and this ‘shrinkage’ will affect the fit of your dentures over time, as there is less bone for them to hold on to and rest on. Routine dental examinations with your treating dentist will ensure that your denture is providing the optimal support and function at all times, and allow them to catch any complications or issues arising early, to take action to offset or prevent them.
In most cases your denture will have to be changed after a period of 7 to 10 years. Dentures are an everyday, high-use high-impact prosthetic, and even the most durable of materials will usually need to be replaced by the end of that time period, to ensure you are still receiving the full benefits and enhancement to your bite function and appearance.