Getting dentures for the first time or replacing an old denture can be both a challenging and difficult process. We are here for you along the way to make the process as easy as it can be. It will take time, patience, and will-power, but it helps to remember that dentures are not a substitute for natural teeth, but a substitute for no teeth.
What to expect the day you come in to get your dentures made:
We have an in-office lab and we can make dentures in one all-day process. It typically takes 3 appointments:
First appointment - we will take impressions of your mouth, a bite measurement, and a pick a tooth shade for the denture.
Second appointment - we will do a wax try-in, making sure you are happy with the looks and that your bite is right. Sometimes everything is not quite right and you may have to come back another day, as we do not want to rush the process.
Third appointment - if everything looks good, we will ask you to come back for the delivery of your dentures , which typically takes place around 5:00 pm.
What to expect when you pick up your dentures:
Dentures will be loose until they seat on your gums and you get used to keeping your dentures in place with the support of your cheek and tongue muscles. This process will take a few weeks. During the seating process if you feel irritation or soreness, give us a call - we expect to see you for a few follow-up fittings. They may also feel strange and bulky, like you have a huge mouth full. The more you wear them, the more you will get used to them.
Chewing - Eating my never be the same again. Dentures are designed to eat with your back teeth and to chew evenly on both sides of your mouth. You shouldn't chew with your front teeth. When you chew with the front teeth of the denture or only on one side of your mouth, it will cause the denture to dislodge and slip out of place. This may cause food to get under your denture. Chewing on both sides of your mouth will allow the denture to be more secure and stable and you will have better success.
Speaking - Talking with new dentures can be a challenge at first, but you can do it! We recommend talking out loud to yourself, counting to 100, and saying the alphabet for practice. Focus on numbers in the forties, fifties, and sixties and words that start with the letter F or S. Also pick more difficult words to try and pronounce.
Remember, as Audrey Hepburn said, "Nothing is impossible - the word itself says, "I'm possible".