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Dentures and Bridges

No matter how old you are, the genetic and environmental factors that affect the health of your teeth can start to show. If you have a family history of weak teeth, you may be looking into dentures already, even if you’re only in your thirties or forties. But, the truth is that there are options when your teeth just aren’t cooperating or working as they should. Keep reading to learn more about your options, and how dentures really work.

The Process of Getting Dentures

Getting a permanent, full set of dentures can take from three to six weeks. The denture-making process involves several dental appointments and follows a series of steps.

Impressions

Your dentist will take several impressions of your jaw and measure the space in your mouth that needs to be adjusted for when it comes to the dentures.

Models

Your dentist then will make a wax or plastic mold in the exact shape of the denture so you can give it a try. If you need us to make any adjustments to the color, shape, and fit it’s best to get it right at this point, before the permanent dentures are created.

Cast

The final dentures will then be cast, and then adjusted as necessary.

When you first receive your permanent dentures, your dentist may recommend that you wear them constantly, even while you sleep, because this is the easiest and quickest way for you to decide whether there are any spots that need tweaking or adjusting. It’s important to ensure a good fit right away, because dentures that don’t fit well can be irritating to the gums. Plus, if your dentures don’t fit comfortably, you’ll just be frustrated and more likely to mess with them.

Once you have the dentures adjusted to your liking, you can take them out at night. This is important to the health of the gums, as they will be stimulated by the tongue and saliva while you sleep. Then, you’re good to go. Just remember to let us know if you have any issues or need adjustments made.

Are you interested in learning more about dentures? Give us a call at 480-539-7979 to schedule a consultation.

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