How are dentures fitted?

The procedure involves an initial consultation with your dentist. He or she will examine your mouth to see if you are suitable for a denture. He/she will also discuss your medical history with you as well as your expectations of this procedure.

If you need to have teeth removed before the denture fitting then he or she will arrange to so do. Teeth extraction can be carried out at your dental clinic or in hospital.

If you have no teeth at all then your dentist will assess the condition of your gums before any denture fitting. He or she will ensure that your gums are in a healthy condition before he/she fits the denture.

Your dentist will then make a mould using dental putty which you will be asked to bite into. This mould or impression is used as a blueprint for the dentures and will ensure that your dentures are custom made to your individual needs. This fabrication is carried out by a dental laboratory.

If you have chosen an immediate denture then this will be fitted right away. This will have been fabricated in the initial visit and before any teeth are removed. This means that it will be ready and waiting for you as soon as you have undergone teeth extraction.

You will have to visit your dentist several times during the healing process so that he can check your progress as well as fine you’re your denture.

If you are having the standard set of dentures then you will be asked to wait for up to 8 weeks to allow your mouth to heal. Once it has done so then you will return to your dentist’s for the denture fitting.

If you are having a fixed denture then this will be cemented in place. The other type of denture – removable type can be removed for cleaning. Your dentist can advise you about this.

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