The Process of Getting Dentures
Getting Replacement Dentures
Getting dentures is a multi-step process that involves several visits to the office. Here are the steps of the process.
1. Consultation: The first step in getting dentures is to schedule an appointment. During the consultation, Bill will examine your gums and discuss the options available to you.
2. Impressions: We will take impressions of your gums. This involves placing a clay-like material in a tray and inserting it into your mouth to create a mold of your gums.
3. Bite registration and vertical restoration: We will take a bite registration to determine the correct alignment of your teeth when you close your mouth. We also do an in-depth assessment of your bite and vertical to restore any lost distance due to bone, tissue, or tooth loss.
4. Fabrication: Based on the impressions and bite registration, we will create a wax model of the denture. This model is used to make the final denture right here in our lab. We can fabricate your teeth faster and more efficiently than a general dentist because we make your dentures from start to finish in our lab.
5. Delivery: When the denture is ready, you will return to the office. We will check the fit of the denture and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it fits comfortably.
We complete multiple visits in one day which cuts the waiting time for your dentures in half. Your time is valuable to us and completing multiple visits in one day saves on your gas and time, especially when traveling from a distance. However, the end result is a set of dentures that are custom-made to fit your mouth and improve your smile and oral health.
Getting Immediate Dentures
Immediate dentures are inserted into the mouth immediately following extraction of natural teeth.
1. Consultation: The first step is to schedule a consultation to determine if immediate dentures are the right option for your situation. We will examine your oral health and discuss your options.
2. Impressions: We will take impressions of your remaining teeth and gums. These impressions will be used to create a model of your mouth.
3. Temporary dentures: Based on the model of your mouth, temporary dentures can be created.
4. Extraction: You will have the teeth extracted, and your immediate dentures will be inserted right away.
5. Follow-up appointments/ temporary relines: You will visit the office several more times over a span of months to have temporary relines inserted into your dentures. Temporary relines fill the empty space in the denture after your gums heal and shrink away from it.
6. Final Reline: After 10-12 months, you will return to the office and we will remove the temporary relines and insert the final base into the denture.