Dentures are an excellent replacement option for people who have lost a few or all of their teeth. The dentures process is simple, direct, and does not take long to complete. We can create dentures for your specific needs that look attractive when we place them in your mouth. Our dentures will provide function and aesthetic value to your dental structure. The dentures will also preserve your current facial bone structure, which could begin to deteriorate without the proper support system that teeth or dental replacements provide.
At a dentures appointment with Kirkland Dental Excellence, we will first examine the patient’s gums and any remaining teeth, so that we can ensure dentures are the right option for the patient. We will make one or more impressions of the patient’s gums and any healthy teeth that may still be present in the mouth. The purpose of an impression is to create a mold that will help in the creation of the dentures.
The more precise the impression we obtain, the better the dentures will fit. We will also take measurements of the patient’s dental structure and make notes on the bite and how the gum ridges align. During this time, we will also help determine which color of dentures we think is best for the patient.
Dentures Creation and Fitting
In most cases, we will receive a wax appliance for the patient to bite into as a first step to trying on the dentures. This will give the patient a preview of how the dentures will fit into place and allow us to make necessary adjustments so that the dentures fit securely.
Once we receive the finalized dentures, we will call the patient back in for another fitting session. If the customized dentures fit securely, we can cement them into place. If we need to make adjustments at this point, we will perform final tweaks before we send the patient home with his or her dentures.
After Receiving Your Dentures
During the first few days or weeks of wearing the new dentures, the patient may notice that it is challenging to speak without a lisp. This common side effect will subside more quickly if the patient speaks often and allows the mouth to adjust to the dentures. Slight irritation of the gums and tongue is also a normal part of the adjustment period.
If irritation becomes more severe or one notices that the dentures begin to slide around or fall out of place, then he or she needs to come back into our office for additional adjustments. The dentures should fit comfortably in the mouth, allowing one to eat and speak without any lingering issues. We want the dentures to feel and look natural so that the patient can truly enjoy the replacements.
Following the uncomplicated dentures process, you will have a new and improved smile. You will have teeth that function properly, and that give you a reason to smile. If you have any problems after your dentures are placed, please do not hesitate to let our office know so we can fix the problems. Your dentures experience should be a good one from the beginning to end.
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